DAILY CATHOLIC    TUESDAY      June 23, 1998     vol. 9, no. 121


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Historical Events in Church Annals for June 23:

  • 304 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Alban, first martyr of Britain who was beheaded for hiding a priest during the persecution of Diocletian. After being converted by the priest he exchanged identities with the priest so that the priest could go free.

  • 304 A.D.
  • On the same day as St. Alban, Saint Febronia, a nun who refused to take a pagan husband, was killed in Nisbis, Mesopotamia. Just before her death she was quoted as saying to her persecuting judge, "I have a marriage chamber in Heaven, not made with hands, and a wedding feast that will never come to an end has been prepared for me. I have as my dowry the entire kingdom of Heaven, and my Bridegroom is immortal, incorruptible, and unchangeable."

  • 679 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Audrey, also known as Etheldreda, daoughter of the King of the East Anglo Saxons, who, after being forced to marry a young boy for political reasons, was submitted to humiliation and gave her life to God, refusing to consummate the marriage once the young boy came of age twelve years later. She fled and eventually became an abbess of a convent where she died on this day.

  • 1526 A.D.
  • Pope Clement VII sends one of his top men Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio to the diet of Nuremberg to reassure the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V of his backing for the edict of Worms which outlawed the teachings of Martin Luther. However, the powerful princes of Germany had stolen Luther away in hiding, allowing the former monk to formulate the Lutheran creed. It would come down to Charles' inability to control the protestant princes that would allow the Diet of Augsburg and force the emperor and the Catholic League into a bitter war with the Protestant forces for many years.

June 23, 1998       volume 9, no. 121


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