DAILY CATHOLIC    LABOR DAY WEEKEND     September 4-7, 1998     vol. 9, no. 174

MILLENNIUM MILESTONES: TIME CAPSULES

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THIS DAY IN CHURCH HISTORY

Historical Events in Church Annals for September 4:

  • 422 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Boniface I, 42nd successor of Peter. The interference of Charles of Ravenna maks the beginning of secular power interference in the election of the Popes. Boniface's consecration was delayed for several months because of the opposition presented by the antipope Eulalius.

  • 1261 A.D.
  • Consecration of Pope Urban IV, French Pope known as the "Corpus Christi Pope" who was elected on August 29 in a surprise election at the conclave of Viterbo to which he had come in order to pay homage to the future Pope only to be confirmed as the 182nd successor of Peter.

  • 1160 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Rosalia, virgin and religious from Palermo who forsook the temptations of the Norman court and spent sixteen solid years in steady prayer. She is considered the patron saint of Sicily.


Historical Events in Church Annals for September 5:

  • 1316 A.D.
  • French Cardinal Jacques Duese is elected at Lyons, France as the 196th successor of Peter, taking the name Pope John XXII, the last to assume that name until Cardinal Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli in 1959. John XXII instituted the feast of the Most Holy Trinity. He was also responsible for the institution of the Sacra Rota and for the building of the Papal Palace in Avignon during the Captivity of Avignon.

  • 1479 A.D.
  • Death of Blessed Alan de Roche, Dominican priest who founded the first Confraternity of the Rosary and established the custom of meditating on the life of Jesus within the Mysteries of the Rosary during each decade.

  • 1670 A.D.
  • Saint Laurence Justinian, Archbishop and prophet who died on January 8, 1455 in Venice, was canonized by Pope Clement X on this day.

  • 1895 A.D.
  • Pope Leo XIII issues his 57th encyclical Adiutricem on the Holy Rosary.

  • 1898 A.D.
  • Pope Leo XIII 68th encyclical Diuturni temporis is also on the Holy Rosary.


Historical Events in Church Annals for September 6:

  • 972 A.D.
  • Death of Pope John XIII, 133rd successor of Peter who was imprisoned by the supporters of an opposing faction for ten months. He was released with the help of Emperor Otto I who assisted in the spread of Christianity in Poland and Bohemia. John introduced the custom of blessing and giving a name to bells.

  • 1181 A.D.
  • Election of Pope Lucius III as 171st successor of Peter. By means of a hurriedly put-together constitution Lucius exhorted all those in authority to suppress heresy by force of arms, having himself been forced to take refuge in Verona because of the riots which had broken out in his own territories.

  • 1914 A.D.
  • Cardinal Francis Della Chiesa of Genoa is chosen as the 258th successor of Peter, taking the name Pope Benedict XV and succeeding the popular Pope Saint Pius X. Benedict ruled for eight years. He beatified Joan of Arc and increased the number of countries diplomatically accredited to the Vatican from 14 to 27 including England which had been without representation since Henry VIII had revolted.


Historical Events in Church Annals for September 7:

  • 560 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Cloud, oldest son of Saint Clotilda and Chlodomir, King of Orleans. Cloud became a priest and built a monastery south of Paris.

  • 1295 A.D.
  • Legend has it that on this date the angels carried the modest home of the Holy Family Joseph, Mary and Jesus to a special place in Loreto, Italy on the coast of the Adriatic where today it is a major shrine.

  • 1478 A.D.
  • Death of Blessed Serafina Sforza, battered wife who took refuge in a Poor Clares monastery and prayed ceaselessly for forgiveness of her wayward husband and his mistress who taunted Serafina. Nevertheless Serafina did not despair but trusted in God for redemption and reconciliation with her husband. Her prayers were answered and he converted.

  • 1303 A.D.
  • King Philip of France, also known as "Philip the Fair", dispatches agents to arrest Pope Boniface VIII because the Holy Father had prepared a papal bull Super Petri solio which would excommunicate Philip. He had planned to publish it on September 8, 1303 but was seized the day before and his captors intended to take him to France to stand trial, but faithful citizens rescued the Pope and placed him under the protection of the Orsini family, but the ordeal was too much and the Pope died on October 12, 1303 - many say broken in body and spirit.


September 4-7, 1998       volume 9, no. 174
TIME CAPSULES

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