THIS DAY IN CHURCH HISTORY
Historical Events in Church Annals for July 20:
The election of Pope Saint Hormidas as the 52nd successor of Peter. It was during his papacy that Saint Benedict founded the Benedictine Order and the celebrated Abbey of Monte Cassino, destroyed by bombs in in 1944. He also decreed that Bishoprics should not be bestowed in privilege.
The Grand Khan of the Mongols is converted by the missionaries sent by Pope Innocent IV and the Khan demands homage to the Supreme Pontiff on this day.
Birth of Giovanni Antonio Fachinetti is born in Bologna. He would go on to become cardinal and eventually Pope Innocent IX - the 230th successor of Peter who succeeded in limiting the effects of the terrible Black Death Plague.