DAILY CATHOLIC    THURSDAY     May 14, 1998     vol. 9, no. 94


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Historical Events in Church Annals for May 14:

  • 637 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Carthage, also known as Carthage and Mochuda, this Irish saint actually took his name from Saint Carthage the Elder who ordained him. He became a hermit, and founded a monastery in Offaly with the help of Saint Comgall. He ruled over 800 monks as abbot, but he was driven from the monaster by the local ruler and finished his life as a hermit in a nearby cave.

  • 964 A.D.
  • Death of Pope John XII. In one of the more embarassing times of the papacy, this pontiff is said to have had a stroke while bedding his mistress, a married woman. A week later he was dead. It was this pope who reconstituted the Holy Roman Empire, crown Otto I of Germany who later would depose John XII.

  • 1004 A.D.
  • Henry II is crowned as Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Sylvester II who had ushered in the Second Millennium for the Church as the 139th successor of Peter.

  • 1265 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Giles of Portugal, who had dabbled in the black arts early in life but was converted and became first a physician and then a Dominican. Because of his past ties to the satanic sciences, he was constantly tormented by the devil until Our Lady appeared to him, setting him at peace. He went on to become prior general of the Dominicans in Portugal and retired to Santarem where he received many prophecies and experienced mystical ecstacies.

  • 1494 A.D.
  • Christopher Columbus discovers the island of Jamaica on one of his return trips, proclaiming it for Spain and Holy Mother Church.

May 14, 1998       volume 9, no. 94


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