DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN      July 24-26, 1998     vol. 9, no. 144

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME: TIME CAPSULES

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THIS DAY IN CHURCH HISTORY

Historical Events in Church Annals for July 24:

  • 459 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Simon Stylites, who lived on top of pillars at the top of a Syrian mountain. Thus this first of the pillar ascetics was called "Stylites" after the Greek word stylos meaning "pillar." He was consulted by all from the commoner to royalty.

  • 1148 A.D.
  • The Second Crusade arrives at the edge of Damascus in the Holy Land.

  • 1221 A.D.
  • The Battle of Bahr As-Saghir results in the defeat of the efforts of the Fifth Crusade.

  • 1567 A.D.
  • The Catholic Queen Mary, Queen of Scots is forced to abdicate her throne, opening Scotland to Protestantism.


THIS DAY IN CHURCH HISTORY

Historical Events in Church Annals for July 25:

  • 44 A.D.
  • 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.

  • 251 A.D.
  • 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."

  • 1261 A.D.
  • Fall of the Latin Church in Romania at the hands of Michael VIII of Constantinople.

  • 1593 A.D.
  • 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!"

THIS DAY IN CHURCH HISTORY

Historical Events in Church Annals for July 26:

  • 10 A.D.
  • Approximate date of the death of Saint Anne, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There is no known date for Anne's husband and Mary's father Saint Joachim. For more, see THIS WEEKEND'S LITURGY.

  • 1267 A.D.
  • Pope Gregory X establishes the Institution of the Inquisition, under the auspices of the Dominicans and Franciscans in order to safeguard the truths of Holy Mother Church.

  • 1417 A.D.
  • Pedro de Luna, cardinal deacon is deposed as the antipope Benedict XIII on this day by the 37th session of the Council, having taken refuge in an impregnable castle in Valencia, Spain.

  • 1471 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Paul II, 211th successor of Peter. This Venetian-born pontiff is the one who decided cardinals should wear the red berrettta - thus the term "red hat."


July 24-26, 1998       volume 9, no. 144
TIME CAPSULES

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