THIS DAY IN CHURCH HISTORY
Historical Events in Church Annals for July 2:
Saint Miltiades becomes the first African Pope as the 32nd successor of Peter. During his pontificate the emperor Constantine would issue his decree of tolerance for the Christian faith. It was Miltiades who constructed the Basilica of St. John Lateran.
Pope Leo XIII releases his 54th encyclical Litteras a vobis intended for the bishops of Brazil on the clergy of Brazil.
Pope Pius XII issues a warning against materialism in preparation for the 100th anniversary of the Lourdes apparitions, Le pelerinage de Lourdes.