Historical Events in Church Annals for April 20:
Death of Pope Clement V, the 195th successor of Peter who fixed the papacy at Avignon under the influence of King Philip the Fair of France. It was the beginning of the 70-year "Avignon Captivity." Clement also founded the University of Oxford and convened the 15th Ecumenical Council.
Catholic forces overcome and massacre a growing sect of Waldensian militants in Provence, France during the Protestant revolt which has resulted in a hate campaign between Protestant and Catholic. Pope Clement VII greatly laments the course society has taken and the many unnecessary deaths that have resulted from this schism.
Birth of Mother Angelica. The dynamic Franciscan nun who began EWTN seventeen years ago, celebrates her 75th birthday today. A Happy and Blessed Birthday to this stalwart leader of the loyal Roman Catholic movement in America and worldwide. May she have many more!