Sunday, 6 January 2008

Catholic Anniversaries in 2008

Cardinal Pole - who died 450 years ago

Here are some anniversaries of Catholic interest that we will be keeping this year. There are probably many others I haven't mentioned:

26 January 900th Anniversary of the death of St Alberic, one of the Cistercian Founders
6 February 1750th Anniversary of the martyrdom of Pope St Sixtus II
11 February 150th Anniversary of the First Apparition at Lourdes
21 March 400th Anniversary of the martyrdom of the priest Bl Matthew Flathers at York
11 April 400th Anniversary of the martyrdom of Bl George Gervase, OSB at Tyburn
3 May 250th Anniversary of the death of Pope Benedict XIV
27 May 1700th Anniversary of the election of Pope St Marcellus I
23 June 400th Anniversary of the martyrdom of St Thomas Garnet, SJ at Tyburn
6 July 25oth Anniversary of the election of Pope Clement XIII
15 July 20oth Anniversary of the birth of Henry Edward Cardinal Manning
9 September 100th Anniversary of the opening of the International Eucharistic Congress in London (it continued until 13 September)
24 September 1150th Anniversary of the election of Pope St Nicholas the Great
3 October 550th Anniversary of the birth of St Casimir of Poland
5 October 350th Anniversary of the birth of Mary of Modena (our last Catholic Queen)
9 October 50th Anniversary of the death of Pope Pius XII
28 October 50th Anniversary of the election of Bl John XXIII
8 November 700th Anniversary of the death of Bl Duns Scotus
17 November 45oth Anniversary of the deaths of Queen Mary I and Reginald Cardinal Pole



Anonymous Vernon said...

Regrettably 11th February this year falls on the first Monday of Lent and is hence a Feria with only a Commemoration of the Apparition at Lourdes.

10:35 pm  
Blogger the owl of the remove said...

p.s. - I should have said England's greatest non-martyr Cardinal - of course St. John Fisher died a Cardinal.

7:05 pm  
Anonymous Jon said...

Vernon, how old calendar you are! With good pastoral reason, why, ANYTHING is permitted in the new dispensation. Here in Rome, a mere few years ago, in the Chiesa Nuova, the feast of S. Philip Neri displaced the coinciding Solemnity of Pentecost! Why, you may ask? Well, 'cause they said so!

10:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just checking!

9:08 pm  
Blogger the owl of the remove said...

Father - obviously my first post got lost - my question was: will there be any special celebrations for the 450th Anniversary of England's second greatesr Cardinal - and if nothing is planned - will you do something?

4:06 am  
Blogger Fr Nicholas said...

Owl of the Remove - I think I did hit the publish button for your first post but I was using my father's very old computer, which doesn't always co-operate with blogger.

Anyway, I'm not aware of any celebrations for Pole's anniversary - I suppose people are more likely to celebrate the 400th or 500th anniversary of his death as opposed to the 450th. Also it is eleven months away, and things may emerge as the year progresses. There are occasional Catholic Masses in Canterbury Cathedral and perhaps one of these might be a Requiem for the Cardinal.

Interested to hear that you consider Pole the greatest of our non-martyr Cardinals. He is certainly a contender, though others would posit Langton, Allen, Manning and Newman. And, of course, the irony is that Pole was facing investigations for his supposed Lutheran sympathies at the time of his death!

9:43 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is unconnected with the post, for which I apologise, and please feel free to delete, but I wonder if you can assist with identifying the content of the photograph found here:

3:20 pm  
Blogger the owl of the remove said...

I am a particular fan of Cardinal Manning and, of course, soon to be beatified (D.V!) John Henry Newman - however, because of the times - and having a martyr for a mother - Pole pips the post. I always venerate his tomb in Canterbury Cathedral every year when I come home - even though they won't let you get close enough to actually pray beside it. I will be dead for his 500th Anniversary!

7:52 pm  
Anonymous Augustinus said...

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. Worth celebrating?

10:48 pm  
Blogger Fr Nicholas said...

Thanks for reminding us about HV. I was only concentrating on centenaries and half-centenaries.

12:05 am  
Blogger Miguel José Ernst-Sandoval said...

Pole has always been one of my favorite historical figures. I enjoyed peeking into his titular church in Rome, Sta. Maria in Cosmedin.

7:43 am  

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