Historical Events in Church Annals for March 25: |
The Archangel Gabriel appears to the young Blessed Virgin Mary to announce she is to be the Mother of the Savior.
Syrian Pope Constantine becomes the 88th successor of Peter.
Pope Stephen II is elected the 92nd supreme pontiff on the same day another Pope Stephen II dies after only one day in office. In deference to the latter and because the first was never consecrated, the second pope took the same name, thus causing confusion that Pope Stephen II was elected and died on the same day. Both succeeded the holy Pope Saint Zacharias who had died ten days earlier.
Birth of Henry II who would becomes King of the England
Pope Innocent IV excommunicates Manfred, illegitimate son of Frederick II Hohenstaufen who had also been handed the bell, book and candle by Innocent and Pope Gregory IX. On that same day Manfred's half-brother Conrad IV's wife gave birth to a son - Conrad the Younger whom Conrad Senior entrusted to Innocent's care and upbringing on his deathbead two years later. The child would go on to become King of Jerusalem and Sicily. See the most recent installment of The History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church
Robert I - "the Bruce" proclaimed King of the Scots at Scone, Scotland, pledging his loyalty to the Church and country.
Birth of Saint Catherine of Siena who would go on to influence popes and bring reform to the Church and return the pontiffs to their rightful place at the Vatican after the Avignon exile years.
James II becomes King of the Scots in Holyrood, Scotland
The Catholic village of Valencia in Venezuela is founded in honor of Spain.
The first Catholic colonists take Lord Baltimore up on his offer of promulgating religious freedom to all settlers and arrive in Maryland, establishing what would be a Catholic stronghold in America.
The same year that the celebrated Louis XIV became King of France, Saint John Eudes founded the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists) for the purpose of upgrading clergy and establishing effective seminaries.