DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-TRINITY SUNDAY     June 5-7, 1998     vol. 9, no. 109

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME: TIME CAPSULES

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THIS DAY IN CHURCH HISTORY

Historical Events in Church Annals for June 5:

  • 755 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Boniface, Bishop and "Apostle of Germany" for his missionary work to the people of Deutchland, Austria and Holland. In fact, it was in a trip to baptize several Dutch that a heathen troop ambushed him and his party and he was martyred for the faith on this day and his body buried at the monastery he founded.

  • 1249 A.D.
  • The Seventh Crusade captures the city of Daimetta in the Holy Lands.

  • 1510 A.D.
  • The master sculptor Buonarroti Michelangelo, at the age of 35, is commissioned by Pope Julius II to fashion fifteen statues of saints for the Duomo of Siena, Italy. The response would prompt Julius to bring him to Rome and turn over the Sistine Chapel to the master of masters who recruited Raphael to help finish the work.


THIS DAY IN CHURCH HISTORY

Historical Events in Church Annals for June 6:

  • 1134 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Norbert, founder of the Norbertines in the twelfth century and close friend of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a holy influence on the popes of his time. Norbert died peacefully at Magdeburg and his remains and relics transfered to Bohemia a few centuries later after he had been declared a saint by Pope Gregory XIII.

  • 303 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Erasmus, also known as Saint Elmo, the bishop of Campagna, Italy who was martyred under the persecution of Diocletian though it was not easy for the pagan emperor. Elmo was hurled into a fiery pit but emerged unscathed (thus the phrase "St. Elmo's fire") and then imprisoned. An angel freed him and led him to Formiae where he eventually died of his wounds in dignity. He is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and is patron saint of sailors.

  • 1484 A.D.
  • The Dominicans in Toledo, Spain issue instructions on how to deal with cases of sorcery for the Inquisition of Toledo which were spread to all orders and Inquisition courts throughout Europe.

  • 1536 A.D.
  • Through the Jesuits and Dominicans, the Court of Inquistion is brought to Mexico four years after Our Lady appeared to Blessed Juan Diego, an Aztec peasant, at Guadalupe and presented him the miraculous tilma that is intact today and hangs in the Basilica in Guadalupe.


THIS DAY IN CHURCH HISTORY

Historical Events in Church Annals for June 7:

  • 555 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Vigilius, 59th successor of Peter, who convened the Fifth Ecumenical Council and ruled for 18 years.

  • 1002 A.D.
  • Henry II, who would be coronated Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Benedict VIII, was elected on this day the King of Germany, succeeding Otto III.

  • 1099 A.D.
  • The First Crusade arrives at the walls of Jerusalem in their effort to recover the Holy Land for Christianity.

  • 1159 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Robert of Yorkshire or of Newminister where he is buried. This Benedictine monk founded abbeys and affiliated with the Cistercians, making his monasteries much-sought-after centers of holiness and austerity, which, after his death, became pilgrimage destinations.

  • 1304 A.D.
  • Blessed Pope Benedict XI, under pressure from King Philiv IV of France, nevertheless carries through in excommunicating the king's minister Guillaume de Nogaret for his major part in the attack at the Papal Palace in Anagni of Benedict's predecessor Pope Boniface VIII.

  • 1498 A.D.
  • Explorer Christopher Columbus departs on his third voyage to the new world.

  • 1502 A.D.
  • Birth of Ugo Boncompagni in Bologna, Italy, who would not only go on to become a cardinal but the 227th successor of Peter and the man who would reform the universal calendar, henceforth called the "Gregorian calendar."


June 5-7, 1998       volume 9, no. 109
TIME CAPSULES

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