THIS DAY IN CHURCH HISTORY
Historical Events in Church Annals for July 25:
Death of Saint James the Greater, Apostle, to whom Our Lady appeared in Zaragoza, Spain and bid him return for the Council in Jerusalem. He died shortly thereafter. For more, see THIS WEEKEND'S LITURGY.
Death of Saint Christopher, legendary saint from Lycia who ferried a child across a swollen river, saving him from drowning. The child then revealed that He was Jesus. Our Lord conveyed to
Christopher, which means "Christ bearer," that the reason the "child" became so heavy was because Christopher was carrying the "weight of the world on his shoulders" and he did it willingly and was rewarded. Though having been demoted in Church liturgy, Saint Christopher is still commonly known as the "Patron Saint of Travelers."
Fall of the Latin Church in Romania at the hands of Michael VIII of Constantinople.
Conversion of the Protestant King Henry IV of France to Catholicism as the French return to the Church. Upon his conversion, the monarch is quoted as proclaiming, "Paris is worth a Mass!"