DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     October 9-11, 1998     vol. 9, no. 198


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Historical Events in Church Annals for October 9:

  • 258 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Denis or Dionysius, Bishop and his companions Saint Rusticus and Saint Eleutherius, all by beheading near Paris during the percution of Christians by the Roman emperor Decius. For more on this, see THIS WEEKEND'S LITURGY.

  • 1045 A.D.
  • Death of Blessed Gunther, hermit and cousin of emperor Heinrich II. He died at the age of 50 in Bohemia in his hermitage.

  • 1047 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Clement II, 149th successor of Peter, who was elected on Christmas day 1046. This Saxony-born pontiff ruled for less than a year. His great preoccupation was with the arrogance of the Count-Bishops, the cause of much bitter fighting among their vassals during this time known as the "Dark Ages." He succeeded in overcoming the resistance of Bishop Aribert of Milan as not was all harmony within the Holy See during this time.

  • 1192 A.D.
  • Richard the Lionhearted escapes Jerusalem under disguise after the Saladin had issued a ransom for his capture.

  • 1609 A.D.
  • Death of Saint John Leonardi, priest and religious founder. For more on this saint, see THIS WEEKEND'S LITURGY.

  • 1958 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Pius XII, 260th successor of Peter. Born Eugenio Pacelli in Rome, he was elected on his birthday on March 2, 1939 just as World War II was about to break out. He strongly opposed Marxist persecutions. It was Pius who discovered the tomb of Saint Peter druing the excavations under the great Basilica. He celebrated the 24th Jubilee in 1950 and proclaimed the Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. His pontificate lasted nineteen and a half years.

Historical Events in Church Annals for October 10:

  • 1572 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Francis Borgia, Duke of Gandia in Spain and Captain-General of Catalonia who became a Jesuit priest after the death of his wife. He was elected the Third General of the Society of Jesus and accompanied the great Saint Pius V on a crusade to recruit troops to fight the Turkish menace. A year after the great victory at Lepanto he died in Rome physically spent from his travels.

  • 1982 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II canonizes fellow Pole Father Maximilian Mary Kolbe who was born in 1894 and died at Auschwitz on August 14, 1941 after volunteering himself in place of a young Jewish father with a wife and children. This Conventual Franciscan founded the Militias of the Immaculate Mary, a monthly newsletter that spread rapidly as well as founding the cities of the Immaculate Conception twenty-five miles out of Warsaw in Poland.

  • 1993 A.D.
  • Pope John Paul II beatifies Maria Francesca Rubatto and Maria Crucified Satellico.

Historical Events in Church Annals for October 11:

  • 304 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Andronius, Saint Probus and Saint Tarachus, martyrs of Cilici who were put to death in the amphitheatre and fed to the animals but the beasts would not touch them. Hence, the Romans had these men put to death by the sword and the animals still refused to lick the blood.

  • 599 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Kenneth of Kilkenny, Irish-born monk who was a close friend of Saint Columba. Legend has it the Holy Spirit would warn him of dangers from afar so that he could pray in intercession for others. One such account was of the time Kenneth was sitting down to a meal in the monastery refectory at Kilkenny when suddenly he bolted for the chapel, knowing Columba was in a serious storm at sea on his way to Scotland. After intense prayer by Kenneth, Columba's ship made it safely to port thanks to the former's devout prayers.

  • 1303 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Boniface VIII, 193rd successor of Peter. For more on this lawyer/pope, see this past Tuesday's feature in THE HISTORY OF THE MASS AND HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.

  • 1521 A.D.
  • Pope Leo X infers the title "Defender of the Faith" on King Henry VIII. A few years later that would change when the English monarch would rebel vehemently against Rome and Pope Clement VII.

  • 1954 A.D.
  • Pope Pius XII releases his 30th encyclical Ad Caeli Reginam which proclaims the Queenship of Mary.

  • 1962 A.D.
  • The Second Vatican Council begins on this day in Rome as Pope John XXIII convenes the cardinals and bishops and other leaders for what would result in the winds of change within the Church.

  • 1969 A.D.
  • Pope Paul VI calls together the 2nd Bishops Synod of Rome which would last until October 28, 1969.

October 9-11, 1998       volume 9, no. 198


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