DAILY CATHOLIC    TUESDAY     May 12, 1998     vol. 9, no. 92


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Historical Events in Church Annals for May 12:

  • 403 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Epiphanius of Salamis, bishop and abbot, noted for his spiritual wisdom and understanding of Scripture. He was the authority of his time on the Blessed Virgin Mary and taught the primacy of Peter among the Apostles. He was a staunch defender of the faith against Origenism and encountered many tiffs with fellow prelates over this. He died on his way back to Salamis after defending Saint John Chrysostom in Constantinople.

  • 1003 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Sylvester II, the 139th successor of Peter who ushered the Church into the second millennium. He tried to repress debauchery and it was this French-born pontiff who introduced the use of Arabic numbers.

  • 1191 A.D.
  • Richard I - the Coeur de Lion (the Lionhearted), a great defender of the Church in England solidifies his claim by marrying Lady Berengaria of Navarre.

  • 1250 A.D.
  • Saint Louis IX, King of France arrives at Acre in Ptolemais enroute from Egypt.

  • 1349 A.D.
  • The Catholic church in Shaftsbury, England elects their fourth new vicar in days after the three previous had all died from the Bubonic Plague - known as the "Black Death."

  • 1364 A.D.
  • The Jagiellonian University, second oldest in central Europe and where Pope John Paul II would both attend in 1937 and return to teach in 1954, is endowed in Krakow, Poland.

  • 1539 A.D.
  • The Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto, who had discovered Cuba for Spain and the Church, embarks from that tiny island in search of the seven Cities of Gold he had heard so many legends of. With a band of Franciscans, Dominicans and Carmelites, DeSoto and his men would not reach the so-called seven cities of gold but rather the Mississippi River and the faith would be brought to middle America through his efforts.

  • 1588 A.D.
  • The Day of the Barricades in Paris, France when the Huguenots would usurp the crown forcing Catholic King Henry III to flee and placing on the throne Henry IV who had been excommunicated by the "iron pope" Pope Sixtus V in 1585. Because of Rome's persistance, the faith in France would be saved and the Hugenots driven from the land.

May 12, 1998       volume 9, no. 92


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