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30-64        Peter served as the first pope. By 2003 he was still noted as the longest-serving, for a total of 34 or 37 years, until 64 or 67 A.D.
    (AP, 10/16/03)

31        Mar 25, The 1st Easter, according to calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguus.
    (MC, 3/25/02)

50-60        The Didache, the earliest catechism of the Catholic church, was written about this time as teachings of the 12 Apostles to the gentiles. It was later discovered in a monastery in Constantinople and published by P. Bryennios in 1883.
    {Turkey, Books, Vatican}
    (SFC, 10/27/11, p.E1)(www.earlychristianwritings.com/didache.html)

136-140    Hyginus was pope. He was later proclaimed a saint.
    (WUD, 1994, p.697)

141-155    St. Pius I, pope, martyr.
    (PGA, 12/9/98)

155        Feb 23, Polycarp, disciple of Apostle John, was arrested and burned at stake.
    (MC, 2/23/02)

c182-c251    Origen of Caesarea, a church father, urged Christians not to celebrate birthdays because they were a pagan custom.
    (WSJ, 12/18/98, p.W15)

199-217    Pope Zephyrinus led the Church.
    (ITV, 1/96, p.59)

~200         Pope Zephyrinus assigned his deacon, Calixtus (a former slave), to administer the large underground complex beneath the Appian Way. The subterranean graveyard had existed from about 150CE. This first official Christian cemetery probably originated as the private open-air burial ground of the noble Cecili family of Rome. From this time on it became known as the Catacombs of St. Calixtus. It extended over an area of 20 km., one 3-5 levels, and includes some 500,000 tombs.
    (ITV, 1/96, p.59)

200-400    Christianity spread rapidly in Numidia and the diocese of Lamiggiga was established. It was later abandoned and just the name was used as an honorary jurisdiction for Auxiliary bishops.
    (SFC, 9/19/98, p.C1)

215        Clement of Alexandria, a Church father, died. He cited early efforts to fix the Nativity on Apr 19, 20th or May 20.
    (WSJ, 12/18/98, p.W15)

235        An inscription in Greek in the Calixtian Complex of Rome was dedicated to the pope St. Pontian, who died in the Sardinian mines.
    (ITV, 1/96, p.60)

235        An inscription in Greek in the Calixtian Complex of Rome was dedicated to pope St. Anterus, who reigned for only 43 days and died in prison.
    (ITV, 1/96, p.60)

250        An inscription in Greek in the Calixtian Complex of Rome was dedicated to pope St. Fabian, who re-organized the Church in a period of peace and was then martyred during the Decian persecutions.
    (ITV, 1/96, p.60)

254        Pope St. Lucius I, who spent part of his pontificate in exile, was buried in the Calixtian Complex of Rome and has an inscription in Greek.
    (ITV, 1/96, p.60)

254        May 12, St. Stephen I began his reign as the 23rd Catholic Pope. According to the "Liber Pontificalis" he instituted the rule that clerics should wear special clothes at their ministrations.
    (SC, internet, 5/12/97)(HN, 5/12/98)

257        Aug 2, Pope Stefanus I (St. Stephen), bishop of Rome (254-57), heretic fighter, died.
    (MC, 8/2/02)

258        Aug 6, Pope Sixtus II, bishop of Rome (257-58), was beheaded upon orders of Emperor Valerian.
    (ITV, 1/96, p.60)(MC, 8/6/02)

258        A red agate cup with gold handles, the Santo Caliz, was sent to Spain by Pope Sixtus II and St. Laurence as Rome went under siege by the Persians. In 1437 the church moved it to the Cathedral of Valencia.
    (SSFC, 5/27/06, p.G3)

259        Jul 22, Dionysius was raised to the office of Bishop of Rome.

268        Dec 26, Dionysius, bishop of Rome and saint, died. He served as Pope from 259 until his death.

270        The Catholic Bishop Valentine was clubbed, stoned and beheaded by Emperor Claudius for refusing to acknowledge the monarch’s outlawing of marriage. The Catholics then made Valentine a symbol to oppose the Roman mid-February custom in honor of the God Lupercus, where Roman teenage girls’ names were put in a box and selected by young Roman men for "sex toy" use until the next lottery.
    (SFEM, 2/9/97, p.11)

283        Pope St. Eutychian escaped persecution but struggled with early heresies. He was buried in the Calixtian Complex of Rome and has an inscription in Greek.
    (ITV, 1/96, p.60)
283        Sebastian, a Christian soldier, enlisted in the Roman army about this time. Emp. Diocletian, unaware that he was a Christian, appointed him as a captain of the Praetorian Guard. When he treated Christian prisoners due for martyrdom kindly, Diocletian reproached him for his supposed ingratitude and ordered him executed by arrow. He survived and returned to preach to Diocletian. In 287 Diocletian ordered Sebastian to be beaten to death.

288        Sebastian (b.256), a Christian and Roman soldier, was beaten to death about this time on the orders of Roman Emp. Diocletian. The exact date when St. Sebastian was canonized by the Catholic Church is unknown. The Saint's canonization is categorized as pre-congregation, meaning it occurred prior to the formation of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in 1588, according to the Vatican. St. Sebastian is known as the patron saint of athletes.

296        Apr 22, St. Gaius ended his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (HN, 4/22/98)

299-311    The period of Christian persecutions begun by Diocletian.
    (WSJ, 10/30/98, p.W11)

300-400    It was during the Fourth century that the celebration of Christ's birth on December 25 was gradually adopted by most Eastern Churches.
    (HNQ, 12/25/99)
300-400    Saint Nectarius of Auvergne (also known as Nectarius of St-Nectaire, Nectarius of Limagne, Necterius of Senneterre), venerated as a 4th century martyr and Christian missionary, was one of the seven missionaries sent by Pope Fabian from Rome to Gaul to spread Christianity there. Nectarius was accompanied by the priests Baudimius (Baudenius, Baudime) and Auditor (Auditeur); tradition states that they were all brothers.

309-310    Apr 18, St. Eusebius began his reign as Catholic Pope. He ruled for just 4 months in either 309 or 310.
    (PTA, 1980, p.62)(WUD, 1994 p.492)(HN, 4/18/98)

311         Jul 2, St. Miltiades began his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (SC, 7/2/02)

311        At the consecration of bishop Caecilian of Carthage, one of the three bishops, Felix, bishop of Aptunga, who consecrated Caecilian, had given copies of the Bible to the Roman persecutors.  A group of about 70 bishops formed a synod and declared the consecration of the bishop to be invalid.  Great debate arose concerning the validity of the sacraments (baptism, the Lord's Supper, etc.) by one who had sinned so greatly against other Christians.

311        The Donatists were a Christian sect that developed in northern Africa [Numidia] and maintained that it alone constituted the whole and only true church and that baptisms and ordinations of the orthodox clergy were invalid. The Donatists insisted that sinners must be re-baptized.
    (WUD, 1994, p.425)(SFC, 9/19/98, p.C1)(Econ, 5/14/05, p.87)

316        Diocletian, former emperor of Rome, died. By this time there were about 30,000 converts to Christianity and some 33 popes had followed in the footsteps of St. Peter.
    (ITV, 1/96, p.58)

325        May 20, An ecumenical council was inaugurated by Emperor Constantine in Nicea, Asia Minor. The Church Council of Nicaea (aka Iznik) in Asia Minor condemned the teaching of Arius, a Christian priest at Alexandria (d.336), who held that Christ was not divine in the same sense as God the Father. The council fixed Orthodox Easter as the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox unless the date falls on the 1st day of Passover, in which case it moves to the next Sunday.
    (WUD, 1994, p.80,81)(Sky, 4/97, p.56)(SFC, 4/25/97, p.A21)(HN, 5/20/98)

325        Aug 25, Council of Nicaea ended with adoption of the Nicene Creed establishing the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. The Council also decreed that priests cannot marry after their ordination.
    (MC, 8/25/02)(SFC, 3/16/02, p.A3)

326        Jul 25, Constantine refused to carry out the traditional pagan sacrifices.
    (HN, 7/25/98)

326        The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem was begun by the Roman emperor Constantine.
    (SFC, 12/26/96, p.B2)

336        Dec 25, The first recorded celebration of Christmas on this day took place in Rome. By this year Dec 25 was established in the Liturgy of the Roman Church as the birthday of Jesus. [see 354] The Basilica of St. Anastasia was built as soon as a year after the Nicaean Council. It probably was where Christmas was first marked on Dec. 25, part of broader efforts to link pagan practices to Christian celebrations in the early days of the new religion. In 2007 Italian archaeologists unveiled an underground grotto, near St. Anastasia, that they believe ancient Romans revered as the place where a wolf nursed Rome's legendary founder Romulus and his twin brother Remus. 
    (WSJ, 12/18/98, p.W15)(AP, 12/25/99)(AP, 12/22/07)

352        May 17, Liberius began his reign as Catholic Pope replacing Julius I.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

353-431    St. Paulinus, poet and Bishop of Mola: "For it is after the Solstice, when Christ born in the flesh with the new sun transformed the season of cold winter, and giving to mortal men a healing dawn, commanded the nights to decrease at his coming with advancing day."
    (WSJ, 12/18/98, p.W15)

354        Augustine (Aurelius Augustinus, d.430) was born in Tagaste, North Africa (modern Souk Ahras, Algeria). Augustine of Hippo, Church Father and philosopher, held that as long as the fetus was "shapeless" homicide laws did not apply because it had no senses and no soul.  "Total abstinence is easier than perfect moderation." He fused the New Testament with Greek philosophy. "Nothing is so powerful in drawing the spirit of a man downwards as the caresses of a woman."
    (http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/jod/augustine.html)(AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.13)(HN, 11/13/98) (SFC, 3/16/02, p.A3)

354        Pope Liberius decided to add the Nativity to the Church calendar and selected December 25 to celebrate it. [see 336]
    (WSJ, 12/21/07, p.A19)

355        Donatus, bishop of Casae Nigrae in North Africa, died. He taught that the effectiveness of the sacraments depends on the moral character of the minister. In other words, if a minister who was involved in a serious enough sin were to baptize a person, that baptism would be considered invalid.

356        Feb 19, Emperor Constantius II shut all heathen (non-Christian) temples.
    (MC, 2/19/02)

366-384    Pope St. Damasus located martyr’s graves and composed verse inscriptions for their tombs. He transformed the catacombs into popular and venerated shrines.
    (ITV, 1/96, p.58)

376        Dec 25, In Milan, Ambrose, the Bishop of Milan, forced the emperor Theodosius to perform public penance for his massacre.
    (HN, 12/25/98)

385        Pope Siricius left his wife to become pope and told priests to stop sleeping with their wives.
    (SFC, 3/16/02, p.A3)

385        Priscillian, bishop of Avila in Spain, was convicted of sorcery and executed by the Roman emperor Maximus.
    (NH, 9/96, p.20)

392        Nov 8, Theodosius of Rome passed legislation prohibiting all pagan worship in the empire and declared Christianity the state religion.
    (HN, 11/6/98)(MC, 11/8/01)

401        Dec, St. Innocent, born in Albano, Italy, became pope. He was the pope nine years later when the Visigoths captured and sacked Rome.
    (AP, 3/21/09)

410        Aug 18, King Alaric I's Visigoths occupied and plundered Rome. [see Aug 24]
    (PC, 1992, p.50)

410        Aug 24, Rome was overrun by the Visigoths, an event that symbolized the fall of the Western Roman Empire. German barbarians sacked Rome [see Aug 18].
    (V.D.-H.K.p.87)(AP, 8/24/97)(HN, 8/24/98)

418        Dec 27, Zosimus, Greek Pope (417-8), died.
    (MC, 12/27/01)

430        Aug 28, Augustine (b.354) died in Hippo (Annaba, Algeria) with a Vandal army outside the gates of the city. His writings included "The Confessions." In 1999 Garry Wills authored the biography "St. Augustine." Augustine had developed the theory of a "just war" and said a nation’s leaders must consider among other things, anticipated loss of civilian life and whether all peaceful options have been exhausted before war starts. In 2003 Garry Wills authored "Saint Augustine's Sin." In 2005 James J. O’Donnell authored “Augustine: A New Biography."
    (www.connect.net/ron/august.html)(SSFC, 12/21/03, p.M6)(Econ, 5/14/05, p.86)

431        The Council of Ephesus was held to deal with the heretics and heresies of the day such as Arianism and Apollinarianism. The council condemned Nestorianism, which taught that there were 2 person in Christ and that Mary was the mother of the human Christ but not of God. In 2009 Miri Rubin authored “Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary."
    (Usenet, 3/4/97)(PTA, 1980, p.86)(Econ, 2/21/09, p.84)

431        The Assyrians and Chaldeans broke from what was to become the Roman Catholic Church over a theological dispute.
    (WSJ, 3/12/00, p.A10)

440        Aug 19, Pope Sixtus III (432-440) died.
    (PTA, 1980, p.88)

451        Oct 8, Council of Chalcedon (4th ecumenical council) opened. The Council declared that the two natures of Christ, divine and human, were united without change, division or confusion in Christ. This led to the formation of the Coptic Monophysite Church which continued to hold that Jesus had but one divine nature. Copt comes from the Arabic word for Egyptian.
    (CU, 6/87)(SFC, 3/31/97, p.A9)(MC, 10/8/01)

452        Pope Leo I met Attila the Hun on the banks of the Mincio and Attila agreed to make peace and spare Rome.
    (PTA, 1980, p.90)

461        Nov 10, Leo I the Great, Pope (440-61), died.
    (MC, 11/10/01)

468        Mar 3, St. Simplicius was elected to succeed Catholic Pope Hilarius.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

483        Mar 13, St. Felix began his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (HN, 3/13/98)

492        Mar 1, St. Felix III ended his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (SC, 3/1/02)
492        Mar 1, St Gelasius I began his reign as Catholic Pope (492-496).
    (PTA, 1980, p.98)(SC, 3/1/02)

495        May 3, Pope Gelasius asserted that his authority was superior to Emperor Anastasius.
           (PTA, 1980, p.98)(HN, 5/3/98)

496        Nov 21, Pope Galasius, an African by birth or descent, died. He changed the mid-February lottery rules for young Roman men so that they drew names of Catholic Saints to emulate instead of young girls for play. The Lupercalia pagan rite had been revived to bring good luck to the city following a plague.
    (PTA, 1980, p.98)(SFEM, 2/9/97, p.11)

498        Nov 19, Anastasius II, Pope (496-98), (Dante Inferno XI, 8-9), died.
    (MC, 11/19/01)

526        May 18, St. John I, Catholic Pope (523-526), died.
    (HN, 5/18/98)(SC, 5/18/02)

530        Oct 14, Dioscurus, anti-Pope (530), died.
    (MC, 10/14/01)

532        Oct 17, Boniface II, 1st "German" Pope, died.
    (MC, 10/17/01)
535        May 13, St Agapitus I began his reign as Catholic Pope
    (SS, Internet, 5/13/97)

536        Apr 22, St. Agapitus I ended his reign as Catholic Pope (535-36).
    (HN, 4/22/98)(MC, 4/22/02)

549        Jerusalem held to a Jan 6 date for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus until this year. In the end the West added the Epiphany and the East added the Dec 25 nativity to their liturgical calendars.
    (WSJ, 12/18/98, p.W15)

555        Jun 7, Vigilius ended his reign as Catholic Pope (537-555).
    (PTA, 1980, p.118)(SC, 6/7/02)

556        Feb 21, Maximianus van Ravenna, bishop (Basilica S Stefano), died.
    (MC, 2/21/02)

556        Apr 16, Pelagius I began his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (HN, 4/16/98)

561        Mar 4, Pelagius I, Italian Catholic Pope (556-61), died.
    (PTA, 1980, p.120)

561        Jul, John III was consecrated Pope.
    (PTA, 1980, p.122)

574        Jul 13, Pope John III died.
    (PTA, 1980, p.122)

575        Jun 2, Benedict I (d.579) began his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

579        Jul 30, Pope Benedict I died.
    (PTA, 1980, p.124)

580        Pope Pelagius left married priests alone if they kept their wives and children from inheriting church property.
    (SFC, 3/16/02, p.A3)

590        Feb 7, Pelagius II, Gothic Pope (579-90), died from plague.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

590        Pope Gregory said he spotted an angel atop Hadrian’s Mausoleum. The site was then reconfigured as a fortress called Castel Sant’Angelo. In 1925 it became a national museum.
    (SSFC, 5/1/05, p.F8)
590        Pope Gregory I revised an earlier list to form the more common Seven Deadly Sins, by folding sorrow/despair into acedia, vainglory into pride, and adding extravagance and envy, while removing fornication from the list (Anger, Envy, Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, Sloth). In the order used by both Pope Gregory and by Dante Alighieri in his epic poem The Divine Comedy, the seven deadly sins are as follows: 1. luxuria (extravagance/lust) 2. gula (gluttony) 3. avaritia (avarice/greed) 4. acedia (acedia/discouragement/sloth) 5. ira (anger/wrath) 6. invidia (envy) 7. superbia (pride).

590-604    Pope Gregory the Great led the Church. He established the popes as the de facto rulers of central Italy, and strengthened the papal primacy over the Churches of the West.
    (CU, 6/87)

600        Feb 16, Pope Gregory the Great declared "God bless you" to be the correct response to a sneeze. It was once thought that sneezing was an omen of death, since many dying people fell into sneezing fits.

604        Mar 12, Gregory I the Great (64), Pope (590-604), died. In 1997 R.A. Markus authored “Gregory the Great and His World."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Gregory_I)(WSJ, 4/12/08, p.W8)

609        May 13, Pope Boniface I turned Roman Pantheon into Catholic church.
    (MC, 5/13/02)

615        May 8, St. Boniface IV ended his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (MC, 5/8/02)

615        May 25, Boniface IV, Pope (608-15), died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

636-638    As Muslims conquered the Holy Land St. Sophronius (560-638), the patriarch of Jerusalem, sent Pope Theodore I a wooden structure believed to be part of the manger where Jesus was born.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophronius_of_Jerusalem)(SSFC, 12/1/19, p.A2)

642        Pope Theodore I began using the title “Patriarch of the West." In 2006 the Vatican took the unusual step of explaining its decision to renounce the title, saying the omission of "patriarch of the West," from the new edition of the Annuario Pontificio, the Vatican's 2,373-page directory of prelates, should benefit relations with the Orthodox Church, not hinder them.
    (AP, 3/23/06)

649        May 14, Theodore, Greek Pope (642-49), excommunicated by Paul II, died.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

649        Jul 5, St. Martin I began his reign as Pope.
    (MC, 7/5/02)

653        Pope Martin I was charged with treason. He was stripped naked in public and exiled to Crimea.
    (Econ, 2/16/13, p.61)

657        Jun 2, St. Eugene I ended his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

678        Jun 27, St. Agatho began his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (SC, 6/27/02)

682        Aug 17, Leo II, later St. Leo, began his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (SC, 8/17/02)

684        Jun 26, Benedict II (d.685) was consecrated as Pope.
    (PTA, 1980, p.162)

685        May 8, St. Benedict II ended his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (MC, 5/8/02)

686        Aug 2, John V, 1st Greek-Syrian Pope (685-86), died.
    (MC, 8/2/02)

c700        Nov 1, The Celts of Ireland, Great Britain and northern France celebrated Oct. 31 as their New Years' Eve from around 1000-500BC. The pagan harvest event incorporated masks to ward off evil ones, as dead relatives were believed to visit families on this night. The Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day, set for Nov. 1, was instituted around 700 CE to supplant this All Hallows' Eve. Halloween was transplanted to the US in  the 1840s.
    (WSJ, 10/28/99, p.A24)

700-800    The Catholic Church changed its rules on fasting and allowed fish to be eaten on Fridays and during Lent.
    (NH, 5/96, p.58)

c700-800    Dionysus Exiguus (Dennis the Short), a Catholic monk, created a chronology for Pope St. John I with a calendar that began in the year CE 1.
    (SFEC,11/16/97, BR p.5)

701        Sep 8, Sergius I, Syrian and Italian Pope (687-701), died.
    (MC, 9/8/01)

705        Mar 1, John VII began his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

708        Mar 25, Constantine began his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (HN, 3/24/98)

715        Apr 9, Constantine I, Greek-Syrian Catholic Pope (708-15), died.
    (HN, 4/9/98)(MC, 4/9/02)

715        May 19, St. Gregory II began his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (HN, 5/19/98)

731        Feb 11, Pope Gregory II (b.669), born in Rome as Gregorius Sabellus, died.

731-741    Syria-born Gregory III (b.741) served as Pope.
    (WUD, 1994, p.621)

732        Pope Gregory III, banned horseflesh from Christian tables after he learned that pagans of northern Europe ate it in their religious rites.
    (SFC, 5/30/98, p.E4)

752        Mar 23, Pope Stephen II was elected to succeed Pope Zacharias; however, Stephen died 4 days later.
    (AP, 3/23/97)(PTA, 1980, p.184)

752        Mar 26, Pope Stephen II died 4 days after his election.
    (SS, 3/26/02)(PTA, 1980, p.184)

754        The Iconoclasts (image smashers) prevailed and religious art was banned in churches by an edict that remained in effect for a century.
    (WSJ, 3/10/97, p.A16)(AP, 7/16/97)

757        Apr 26, Stephen II ended his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (HN, 4/26/98)

757        May 29, St. Paul I (d.767) began his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (PTA, 1980, p.188)(SC, 5/29/02)

768        Aug 7, Stephen IV was consecrated as Pope. He served to 772.
    (PTA, 1980, p.190)

787        Sep 24, The 2nd Council of Nicaea (7th ecumenical council) opened in Asia Minor.

787          Oct 23, Byzantine Empress Irene (c. 752-803) attended the final session of the 2nd church council at Nicaea, Bithynia [now Iznik, a city in Anatolia (now part of Turkey)]. The council formally revived the adoration of icons and reunited the Eastern church with that of Rome.

799        Nov 29, Pope Leo III, aided by Charlemagne, returned to Rome.
    (MC, 11/29/01)

800        Dec 25, Pope Leo III crowned Frankish warrior-king Charlemagne as heir of the Roman emperors at the basilica of St. Peter's at Rome.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.105)(Econ, 9/4/10, p.56)

834        Oct 31, This evening became All Hallow’s Eve with the establishment of Nov 1 as Feast of All Saints by Pope Gregory IV.
    (PTA, 1980, p.204)(SFC, 10/31/01, p.C2)

834        Nov 1, This day was declared to be All Saints’ Day by the Catholic Church.  [see 835CE]
    (SFC, 10/31/01, p.C2)

835         Nov 1, After the spread of Christianity through the west, the Roman Catholic Church in 835 A.D. made November 1 a church holiday to honor all the saints. This celebration was called All Saint's Day or All Hallows and the day before it--October 31--was called All Hallow's Eve (later Halloween). Pope Gregory extended the Feast of All Saints on Nov 1 to France and Germany. [see 834CE]
    (PTA, 1980, p.204)(HNPD, 10/31/99)

842        Feb 19, The Medieval Iconoclastic Controversy ended as a council in Constantinople formally reinstated the veneration of icons in the churches.
    (MC, 2/19/02)

855        Benedict III (d.858) was elected Pope.
    (PTA, 1980, p.210)

858        Apr 17, Benedict III, Catholic Pope, died.
    (PTA, 1980, p.210)

858        Apr 24, Nicholas I succeeded Benedict III as the Catholic Pope.
    (HN, 4/24/98)(MC, 4/24/02)

867        Nov 13, Pope Nicholas I (the Great) died at age 67. He served from  858-867.
    (MC, 11/13/01)

872        Dec 14, Adrian II (~80), Italian Pope (867-72), the last married pope, died.
    (MC, 12/14/01)

872-882    Pope John VIII. A novel by Donna Cross in 1996 is based on historical documents that indicate that he was actually female.
    (WUD, 1994, p.769)(SFEC, 11/17/96, BR p.8)

884        May 17, St. Adrian III began his reign as Catholic Pope.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

891-896    Formosus served as Pope following Stephen VI.
    (PTA, 1980, p.224)(WSJ, 6/27/01, p.A14)

896        Feb 22, Pope Formosa was crowned king Arnulf of Carinthia, French emperor.
    (MC, 2/22/02)

896        Apr 4, Pope Formosus died. His body was exhumed by his successor in the Cadaver Synod. He was then put on trial for perjury, found guilty and dumped in the Tiber River.
    (PTA, 1980, p.224)(WSJ, 6/27/01, p.A14)

900        Benedict IV succeeded John IX as Pope.
    (PTA, 1980, p.236)

903        Benedict IV, Catholic Pope, died.
    (PTA, 1980, p.236)

955        May 16, Alberich II, (bastard?) son of Octavianus, was elected pope.
    (MC, 5/16/02)

962        Feb 2, Otto I (912-973), founder of the Holy Roman Empire, was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope John XII.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_I,_Holy_Roman_Emperor)(AHD, 1971, p.931)

964        Jun, Holy Roman Emperor Otto I forced Pope Benedict V (d.965), who had recently succeeded John XII as Catholic Pope, to resign in favor of Leo VIII.
    (PTA, 1980, p.236)(Econ, 2/16/13, p.61)

965        Mar 1, Leo VIII, Italian (anti-)Pope (963-65), died.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

965        Jul 4, Benedict V, Catholic Pope, died.
    (PTA, 1980, p.236)

973        Jan 19, Benedict VI was consecrated as Catholic Pope. He succeeded John XIII.
    (PTA, 1980, p.236)

974        Pope Benedict VI was strangled to death by a priest named Stephen under directions of anti-Pope Boniface Franco, who called himself Boniface VII.
    (PTA, 1980, p.270)

974        Oct, Benedict, the bishop of Sutri, was elected pope and became Pope Benedict VII.
    (PTA, 1980, p.272)

983        Jul 10, Pope Benedict VII died.
    (PTA, 1980, p.272)

996        May 21, Otto III (16) was crowned the Roman Emperor by his cousin Pope Gregory V.
    (HN, 5/21/98)(MC, 5/21/02)

999        Feb 18, Gregory V, [Bruno] 1st German Pope, died.
    (MC, 2/18/02)

1001        Otto III was ousted. He had moved his thrown from Germany to Rome and fancied himself Holy Roman Emperor.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R54)

1002        Jun 21, Pope Leo IX was born. He brought the conflict between Rome and the eastern Church to a head in 1054, ending with the Patriarch of Constantinople being excommunicated and the creation of the Schism.
    (Camelot, 6/21/99)

1012        Tehophylactus, son of Count Gregory of Tusculum, became Pope Benedict VIII.
    (PTA, 1980, p.288)

1014        Feb 14, Pope Benedict VIII crowned Henry II, German King (1002), as Roman German emperor (1014-1024).
    (HN, 5/6/98)(MC, 5/6/02)(MC, 2/14/02)

1024        Apr 7, Pope Benedict VIII died.
    (PTA, 1980, p.288)

1027        Mar 26, John XIX crowned Conrad II the Salier Roman German emperor.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1032        Theophylactus, the nephew of Pope John XIX, became Pope Benedict IX. His papacy was bought for him by his father.
    (PTA, 1980, p.292)(Econ, 2/16/13, p.61)

1036        The Romans drove Pope Benedict IX out of Rome.
    (PTA, 1980, p.292)

1044        The Romans drove Pope Benedict IX out of Rome for a 2nd time. John, bishop of Sabina, was set up as Pope Sylvester III, but Benedict’s family base from Tusculum fought their way back into Rome and restored Benedict.
    (PTA, 1980, p.292)

1045        Pope Benedict IX abdicated and, for a large sum of money, turned the papacy over to his godfather, archpriest John Gratian, who became Pope Gregory VI.
    (PTA, 1980, p.292)

1046        Dec, Pope Gregory VI abdicated. As Benedict IX, Sylvester III, and Gregory VI claimed the papal throne, all were deposed by Henry III in the Synod of Sutri. Henry selected Clement II. Clement then crowned Henry and his wife as emperor and empress.
    (PTA, 1980, p.294)(V.D.-H.K.p.111)

1046        Dec 25, Suidger, bishop of Bamberg, was enthroned as Pope Clement II.
    (PTA, 1980, p.296)

1047        Oct 9, Pope Clement II died.
    (PTA, 1980, p.296)

1047        Former Pope Gregory VI died.
    (PTA, 1980, p.294)

1048        Jul 17, Damasus II, born as Poppo, became Pope. He was the second of the German pontiffs nominated by Emperor Henry III.

1048        Aug 9, Pope Damasus II, born as Poppo, died. He was the second of the German pontiffs nominated by Emperor Henry III.

1053        In Italy Richard of Aversa helped win the Battle of Civitate, inflicting a decisive defeat over the papal army.

1054        Mar 12, Pope Leo IX escaped captivity and returned to Rome.
    (MC, 3/12/02)

1054        Jul, The Council of Florence in 1445 established this date for the Great Schism between the Eastern and Western (Orthodox and Catholic). An official date was needed so that talks could begin on reunion.
    (WSJ, 7/16/97, p.A23)

1054        The Roman and Orthodox Churches split decisively. [see 330CE] The Orthodox Church did not accept the papal authority from Rome. Christians in southern Albania were left under the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople and those in the north under the pope in Rome. The Orthodox Church maintained the tradition of married priests.
    (WSJ, 11/14/95, p. A-12)(WP, 6/29/96, p.B7)(www, Albania, 1998)(SFC, 3/16/02, p.A3)

1058        Despite protests from the cardinals Count Gregory of Tusculum led the selection of John, bishop of Velletri, as Pope Benedict X.
    (PTA, 1980, p.306)

1059        A council gathered at Lateran and declared that the election of Benedict X was invalid. The council enthroned Gerard of Burgundy as Pope Nicholas II. A synod at Rome followed and set decrees for papal elections that rested election powers with the cardinal-bishops.
    (PTA, 1980, p.306)

1059        Richard of Aversa and his brother-in-law, Robert Guiscard, met with Pope Nicholas II. The Norman chiefs swore allegiance to the Pope in return for papal recognition for their conquests, whereupon Richard was invested as prince of Capua.
    (HNQ, 7/17/00)

1061        Jul, Pope Nicholas II died in Florence.
    (PTA, 1980, p.306)

1061        Sep 30, Pope Alexander II, born as Anselmo da Baggio, began serving as Pope.

1073        Apr 21, Pope Alexander II, born as Anselmo da Baggio, died. He had begun serving as Pope in 1061.

1073        Apr 22, Gregory VII, St. Hildebrand, became Pope. He was later driven from Rome and died in exile in 1085.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Gregory_VII)(WSJ, 3/10/99, p.A22)

1073        Apr 22, Gregory VII, St. Hildebrand, became Pope. He was driven from Rome and died in exile in 1085.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Gregory_VII)(WSJ, 3/10/99, p.A22)

1073        Pope Gregory VII canonized Paschasius Radbertus (785-865), a monk of Corbje in Picardy, later northern France.

1074        Pope Gregory VII summoned a council in the Lateran palace, which condemned simony and confirmed celibacy for the Church's clergy.

1076        Feb 14, Pope Gregory VII excommunicated Henry IV.
    (MC, 2/14/02)

1077        Jan 28, Pope Gregory VII pardoned German emperor Henry IV at Canossa in northern Italy. Henry had insisted that he reserved the right to "invest" bishops and other clergymen, despite the papal decree, but became penitent when faced with permanent excommunication.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walk_to_Canossa)(Econ, 5/9/09, p.88)

1083        Jun 3, Henry IV of Germany stormed Rome capturing St. Peter's Basilica.
    (MC, 6/3/02)

1084        Mar 31, Anti-pope Clemens crowned German emperor Hendrik IV.
    (MC, 3/31/02)

1085        May 25, Gregory VII [Ildebrando], Pope (1073-85), died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1095        Nov 26, Pope Urban urged the faithful to wrest the Holy Land from the Muslims, heralding start of Crusades.
    (AP, 11/26/02)

1095        Nov 27, In Clermont, France, Pope Urbana II made an appeal for warriors to relieve Jerusalem, defeat the Turks and recapture the Holy Sepulchre from the Muslims. He was responding to false rumors of atrocities in the Holy Land. The first Crusade sparked a renewal of trade between Europe and Asia. Urban declared to the assembled that Europe was "too narrow for your large population" and urged them to take up swords against the Saracens who defiled "that land that floweth with milk and honey," thus inspiring the Crusaders. Peter, a disheveled former soldier, seized the moment, preaching the "People’s Crusade" and quickly gathering a following of more than 20,000 Crusaders, including Walter, a French Knight.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.109)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R49)(HN, 11/27/99)(HN, 6/26/98)

1113        Feb 13, Pope Paschal II issued a papal bull recognizing the Knights of Malta as independent from bishops or secular authorities. The order traces had establishment an infirmary in Jerusalem that cared for people of all faiths making pilgrimages to the Holy Land.
    (AP, 2/5/13)

1118        Apr 7, Pope Gelasius II excommunicated Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor.
    (MC, 4/7/02)

1119        The Knights Templar were founded to protect pilgrims in the Holy Land during the second Crusade.
    (AHD, 1971, p.724)

1130        Feb 14, Jewish Cardinal Pietro Pierleone was elected as anti-pope Anacletus II.
    (MC, 2/14/02)

1133        Jun 4, In Rome Pope Innocentius II crowned German King Lothair II as emperor at the Church of the Lateran.
    (MC, 6/4/02)(PCh, 1992, p.92)

1138        May 29, Anti-Pope Victor IV (Gregorio) overthrew self for Innocentius II.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1139        Apr 20, The Second Lateran Council opened in Rome. The crossbow was outlawed in the 12th century, at least against Christians, by the second Lateran council (the 10th ecumenical council), called by Pope Innocent II. Capable of piercing chain mail from a range of up to 1,000 feet, this formidable missile weapon remained a fixture of technically-advanced European armies throughout the Middle Ages. Although it was used after the introduction of firearms, it was eventually succeeded by the harquebus—a primitive gun—in the late 15th century. The council attempted universal enforcement of priestly celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church.
    (HN, 4/20/98)(HN, 4/20/98)(HNQ, 12/5/00)(SFC, 3/16/02, p.A3)

1141        Jan 31, Pope Innocent II authorized Bishop Henry of Moravia to preach Catholicism in Prussia.
    (LHC, 1/31/03)

1144        Mar 8, Celestine II [Guido], Italian Pope (1143-44), died in battle.
    (MC, 3/8/02)

1148        The Second Crusade.

1153        Mar 23, The first Treaty of Constance was signed between Frederick I "Barbarossa" and Pope Eugene III. By the terms of the treaty, the Emperor was to prevent any action by Manuel I Komnenos to reestablish the Byzantine Empire on Italian soil and to assist the pope against his enemies in revolt in Rome.

1159        Sep 1, Adrian IV, [Nicole Breakspear], only English pope (1154-59), died.
    (MC, 9/1/02)

1160-1216    Giovanni Lotario de' Conti, served as Pope Innocent III from 1198-1216.
    (WUD, 1994, p.733)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R6)

1164        Apr 20, Victor IV, [Ottaviano Montecello], Italian antipope (1159-64), died.
    (MC, 4/20/02)

1164        Apr 22, Raynald of Dassel named Guido di Crema as anti-pope Paschalis III.
    (MC, 4/22/02)

1165        Nov 23, Pope Alexander III returned from exile to Rome
    (MC, 11/23/01)

1168        Sep 20, Paschal III, [Guido di Crema], Italian anti-Pope, died.
    (MC, 9/20/01)

1170        Henry II sent his Anglo-Norman barons to invade Ireland after he gained support from the English pope.
    (SFEM, 2/22/98, p.37)

1173        Feb 21, Pope Alexander III canonized Thomas Becket (1117-1170) of Canterbury.

1173        The Waldensian church was founded about this time by a wealthy merchant from Lyon, France, Pierre Valdo (c1140-c1205), who gave up his belongings to preach a Gospel of simplicity and poverty that condemned papal excesses. He was excommunicated in the early 1180s and his followers persecuted as heretics by Rome. By 1215, the Waldensians were declared heretical and subject to intense persecution; the group endured near annihilation in the seventeenth century, and were then confronted with organized and generalized discrimination in the centuries that followed. In 2015 Pope Francis asked forgiveness for the Catholic Church's persecution of members the Waldensian church.

1178        Aug 29, Anti-Pope Callistus III gave pope title to Alexander III.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1179        Pope Alexander III established The Apostolic Penitentiary, or Tribunal of Conscience, for sins considered so heinous by the Catholic Church that only the Pope can grant absolution to those who perpetrate them.
    (www.bishop-accountability.org/AbuseTracker/)(AP, 1/14/09)

1184        The first medieval inquisition, the episcopal inquisition, was established by a papal bull entitled Ad abolendam, "For the purpose of doing away with." The inquisition was in response to the growing Catharist heresy in southern France. It is called "episcopal" because it was administered by local bishops, which in Latin is episcopus. In 2012 Cullen Murphy authored “God’s Jury: The Inquisition and the making of the Modern World."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_Inquisition)(SSFC, 2/5/12, p.F7)

1191        Apr 14, Giacinto Bobo (85) became Pope Coelestinus III.
    (MC, 4/14/02)

1198        Jan 8, Lotario de Conti di Sengi became Pope Innocent III (d.1216). He raised the papacy to an acme of papal prestige and power, and Christian Europe came close to being a unified theocracy with no internal contradictions. He oversaw 2 crusades and established fees for indulgences to fatten the Church's treasury. He hired Italian merchant bankers to manage papal funds and sanctioned the new Franciscan and Dominican orders.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Innocent_III)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R6)

1205        Jun 19, Pope Innocent III fired Adolf I as archbishop of Cologne.
    (MC, 6/19/02)

1205        Jul 15, Pope Innocent III decreed that the Jews were doomed to perpetual servitude and subjugation due to crucifixion of Jesus.
    (MC, 7/15/02)

1208        Mar 24, King John of England opposed Innocent III on his nomination for archbishop of Canterbury.
    (HN, 3/24/99)

1209        The Franciscan brotherhood received papal approval.
    (SFC, 7/23/99, p.C8)

1210        Oct 18, Pope Innocent III excommunicated German emperor Otto IV.
    (MC, 10/18/01)

1210        Francis founded the Franciscans, and demanded that his followers subsist entirely on what they can beg while preaching.

1212        Aug 25, Children's crusaders under Nicolas (10) reached Genoa.
    (MC, 8/25/02)

1213        May 15, King John submitted to the Pope, offering to make England and Ireland papal fiefs. Pope Innocent III lifted the interdict of 1208. He named Stephen Langton Archbishop of Canterbury.
    (HN, 5/15/99)(MC, 5/15/02)

1215        Aug 24, Pope Innocent III, following a request from King John, declared the Magna Carta invalid. The barons of England soon retaliated by inviting King Philip of France to come to England. Philip accepted the offer.
    (MC, 8/24/02)(ON, 7/04, p.2)

1215        The 4th Lateran Council announced that "Christ descended into Hell, rose again from the dead, and ascended into Heaven. But he descended in soul, rose again in the flesh, and ascended equally in both."
    (WSJ, 4/18/03, p.W13)

1216        Jun 16, Pope Innocent III died. In 2003 John C. Moore authored “Pope Innocent III."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Innocent_III)(WSJ, 4/12/08, p.W8)

1220        Nov 22, After promising to go to the aid of the Fifth Crusade within nine months, German King Frederick II was crowned emperor by Pope Honorius III.
    (HN, 11/22/98)(PCh, 1992, p.106)

c1224/25-1274    Thomas Aquinas born in Aquino between Rome and Naples. He was a pupil of the Benedictines in the monastery of Monte Cassino. After nine years Emperor Frederic II temporarily disbanded the monks at Cassino and Thomas went to Naples to study and joined the Dominicans. He tried to reconcile theology with the emerging economic conditions of his time.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.119)(NH, 10/98, p.4)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R20)

1227        Roman Emperor Frederick II was first excommunicated by the Catholic Pope because his growing empire threatened the independence of the papal states. [see 1239]
    (AP, 5/5/06)

1228        St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order, was canonized.
    (AP, 10/3/97)

1231        Pope Gregory IX established the Papal Inquisition to deal with heresy, although he did not approve the use of torture as a tool of investigation or for penance.

1239        Roman Emperor Frederick II was excommunicated a 2nd time because his growing empire threatened the independence of the papal states.
    (AP, 5/5/06)

1243-1254    Pope Innocent IV. He established canon law that recognized communities such as cathedral chapters and monasteries as legal individuals.
    (WSJ, 12/23/99, p.A18)

1244        Oct 17, The Sixth Crusade ended when an Egyptian-Khwarismian force almost annihilated the Frankish army at Gaza.
    (HN, 10/17/98)

c1244        Pope Innocent III launched the Albigensian Crusade, a forerunner of the Inquisition, that systematically besieged and exterminated the Cathars.
    (SSFC, 6/17/01, p.T10)

1245        Thomas Aquinas was sent to Paris where he enrolled as a student of Albertus Magnus to study theology, philosophy, and history. In 1974 Michael R. Best and Frank H. Brightman edited "The Book of secrets of Albertus Magnus," which contained a recipe for Greek Fire.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.119)(AM, May/Jun 97 p.10)

1246        Khan Guyuk sent a letter to the Vatican from Karakorum, the capital of the Mongol empire. The letter was retained in the Vatican archive and made available to the public in 2010.
    (Econ, 5/1/10, p.87)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karakorum)

1250        Apr 15, Pope Innocent III refused Jews of Cordova, Spain, permission to build a synagogue.
    (MC, 4/15/02)

1251        Mindaugas of Lithuania accepted Christianity with his wife, 2 sons, about 600 of his nobility and many of his people. An envoy was then sent to Rome to request the Pope’s formal approval for coronation which was granted. The German Order then worked closely with Mindaugas in establishing the first Bishopric in Lithuania and were in turn granted lands in western Lithuania (Zemaiciuose). Pope Innocent IV authorized Mindaugas to be crowned King.
    (H of L, 1931, p.30,32)(XXIA, 7/21/99)

1253        Aug, Pope Innocent IV, after much worry about the order's insistence on absolute poverty, finally approved the rule of the 2nd Order of the Franciscans, the Poor Clares, founded by St. Clare of Assisi, the great friend of St Francis.

1255          Mar 6, Pope Alexander IV permitted Mindaugas to crown his son as king of Lithuania.
    (LHC, 3/6/03)

1256        Thomas Aquinas received his license to teach. He became involved in the current questions of doctrine on two basic issues. He sided with the Nominalists as opposed to the Realists on the question of "universals". The second issue was based on Aristotle's notion of nature. Aquinas saw a distinction between spirit and nature but also a unity.

1260-1390    Carbon-14 dating techniques in 1988 determined that the cloth of the Shroud of Turin dated to this period. E.T. Hall (d.2001 at 77) of Oxford Univ. led the testing, which was later held in question. In 1978 Walter C. McCrone (d.2002), chemical analyst, determined that the image was painted on the cloth some 1300 years after the crucifixion of Christ.
    (SFEC, 2/1/98, p.A24)(SFC, 8/22/01, p.D2)(SFC, 7/29/02, p.B5)

1261        May 25, Alexander IV [Rinaldo dei conti di Segni], Pope (1254-61), died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1266        St. Thomas Aquinas penned his "Summa Theologica," in which he attempted to reconcile theology with economic conditions. He argued that reason could operate within faith.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R14)(WSJ, 6/22/99, p.A22)

1267        Jul 26, The Inquisition formed in Rome under Pope Clement IV.
    (MC, 7/26/02)

1268        Jan 21, Pope Clement IV gave permission to Poland’s King Premislus II to take over Lithuania and establish Catholicism.
    (LHC, 1/18/03)

1270        Aug 25, King Louis IX (56), King of France (1226-70), died on The Eighth Crusade, which was decimated by the Plague.
    (PCh, 1992, p.114)(V.D.-H.K.p.110)(MC, 8/25/02)

1270        Oct 30, The seventh crusade was ended by the treaty of Barbary.
    (HN, 10/30/98)

1274        Mar 7, Thomas Aquinas (48), Italian theologian, saint, died.
    (MC, 3/7/02)

1274        Thomas Aquinas was summoned before a council at Lyons to answer for his opinions. He was publicly chastised but not condemned.

1294        Jul 5, Pietro di Murrone, a pious hermit, was elected as Pope Celestine V. He was so besieged by the political, social and religious challenges of the position that just five months later, on December 13, he became the first pope to resign, for which he was imprisoned by his successor, Boniface VIII. He died in the castle of Fumone, May 19, 1296.
    (SFEC, 10/22/00, p.A20)(www.newadvent.org/cathen/03479b.htm)

1296        May 19, Pietro di Murrone, former Pope Celestine V, died in the castle of Fumone, where he was imprisoned by his successor, Boniface VIII.
    (SFEC, 10/22/00, p.A20)(www.newadvent.org/cathen/03479b.htm)

1300        Jan 1, A Jubilee Year, the symbolic moment for Dante's Divine Comedy. It marked the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance. Pope Boniface VIII had issued a Papal Bull that declared a Rome Holy Year, "Giubileo." The event was such a success that papal gendarmes had to execute several dozen people to bring the crowds under control. Pope Bonifacius VIII introduced Jubilee indulgences.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.123)(WSJ, 4/2/97, p.A12)(WSJ, 1/13/00, p.A1)

1303        Sep 8, Anagni: French king Philip IV captured Pope Boniface VIII.
    (MC, 9/8/01)

1307        Oct 13, French king Philip IV convicted the Knights Templar of heresy. Members of the Knights of Templar were arrested throughout France, imprisoned and tortured by the order of the King Philip the Fair. Papal hearings convened after King Philip IV of France arrested and tortured Templar leaders under charges of heresy and immorality.
    (HN, 10/13/98)(AP, 10/12/07)

1308        The "Parchment of Chinon" contained the decision by Pope Clement V to save the Templars and their order. The document was misplaced for centuries in the archives and found again by researchers in 2001. In 2007 it was published as part of the Vatican’s secret archive documents about the trial of the Knights Templar.
    (AP, 10/12/07)

1311        Oct 16, The general Council of Vienne opened just south of Lyons. During the 2-year council Pope Clement V made the belief in the right to usury heresy and abolished all secular legislation which allowed it.
    (Econ, 1/7/12, p.60)(www.dailycatholic.org/history/15ecume1.htm)

1312        The Knights Templar were suppressed by Pope Clement at the Council of Vienna. Pressured by King Philip of France, Pope Clement reversed his 1308 decision and suppressed the order.
    (AHD, 1971, p.724)(SC, Internet, 5/12/97)(AP, 10/12/07)

1314        Apr 20, Clement V, [Bertrand Got], pope (1305-14) who moved papacy to Avignon, died.
    (MC, 4/20/02)

1317        Feb 3, Pope John XXII, under guidance from Gnesen Archbishop Borislav, offered Catholicism to Lithuania.
    (LHC, 2/3/03)

1324        Feb 10, The pope officially chastised the Knights of the Cross for ill treatment of Catholics and for pushing pagans away from Christianity.
    (LHC, 2/10/03)

1328        May 26, William of Ockham was forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII.
    (HN, 5/26/98)

1347        Dec 3, Pope Clemens VI declared Roman tribune, Cola di Rienzi, a heretic.
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1352        Dec 18, Etienne Aubert was elected as Pope Innocentius VI.
    (MC, 12/18/01)

1378        Mar 27, Gregory XI, [Pierre R the Beaufort], last French Pope (1370-78), died.
    (MC, 3/27/02)

1378        Aug 9, Cardinals declared pope Urbanus VI lawless (anti-Christian, devil).
    (MC, 8/9/02)

1378        Sep 20, The election of Robert of Geneva as anti-pope by discontented cardinals created a great schism in the Catholic Church.
    (HN, 9/20/98)

1378        Dec 31, Callistus III, [Alfonso the Borgia], Pope (1455-58), was born.
    (MC, 12/31/01)

1378-1417    The Great Western Schism split the Roman Catholic Church and involved 2 anti-popes at its height.
    (CU, 6/87)

1388          Mar 12, Pope Urban VI authorized Poznan’s Bishop Dobrogost to establish a Vilnius archdiocese.
    (LHC, 3/12/03)

1389        A French bishop advised the Pope that the Shroud of Turin, that had materialized in the village of Lirey a generation earlier, was a fraud.
    (WSJ, 4/10/98, p.W6)

1391        Saint Bridget (1303-1373), Sweden’s first saint, was canonized. She was the founder of the Bridgettines nuns and monks after the death of her husband of twenty years.

1406        Nov 30, Pope Gregory XII, born Angelo Correr or Corraro, succeeded Pope Innocent VII.
    (AP, 2/11/13)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Gregory_XII)

1414        Nov 16, A council of bishops opened in Constance Germany under Emp. Sigismund. When the council of Constance opened, Christians owed obedience to three different popes: Gregory XII of the Roman party, Benedict XIII of the Avignon party, and John XXIII, who had been elected after the death of Alexander V. John XXIII and Benedict XIII were deposed by the council, and Gregory XII voluntarily resigned. Then Martin V was elected pope on 11 November 1417 and he was regarded as the legitimate pontiff by the church as a whole.
    (www.ewtn.com/library/COUNCILS/CONSTANC.HTM)(WUD, 1994 p.313)

1414        Franceso Della Rovere, later Pope Sixtus IV, was born at Celle.
    (PTA, 1980, p.420)

1415        Jul 4, Pope Gregory XII (1326-1417), born Angelo Correr or Corraro, stepped down in a deal to end the Great Western Schism among competing papal claimants.
    (AP, 2/11/13)( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Gregory_XII)

1417        Feb 23, Pietro Barbo, later Pope Paul II (1464-1471), was born in Venice.
    (PTA, 1980, p.418)

1417        Nov 11, Martin V was elected pope and was regarded as the legitimate pontiff by the church as a whole.

1420        Mar 1, Pope Martinus I (1417-1431) called for a crusade against the Hussieten (Bohemia).
    (SC, 3/1/02)(PTA, 1980, p.408)

1423        May 23, Benedict XIII, [Pedro the Luna], Spanish Pope (1394-1423), died. He had been elected by the Avignon cardinals during the Great Western Schism.
    (MC, 5/23/02)(PTA, 1980, p.402)

1431        Jan 1, Rodrigo Borgia Lanzol (d.1503), member of the Borgia family, was born in Xativa, Spain. His mother was the sister of Pope Calixtus III. He was elected Pope Alexander VI in 1492 and amassed a fortune by pocketing church funds. His reign helped inspire the Protestant reformation. He fathered numerous children including Lucrezia Borgia. Machiavelli based "The Prince" on him.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R8)(PTA, 1980, 424)

1431        Mar 3, Bishop Gabriele Condulmer (1383-1447) was elected as Pope Eugene IV (1431-1447).
    (WUD, 1994 p.491)(PTA, 1980, p.410)(SC, 3/3/02)

1439-1448    Felix V served as the last antipope. He was born as Amadeus VIII, duke of Savoye in 1383.
    (MC, 9/4/01)

1443        Dec 5, Giuliano della Rovere, later Pope Julius II (1443-1513), was born in Liguria.

1445        The Council of Florence ended. It established the date for the Great Schism between the Eastern and Western (Orthodox and Catholic) churches as July, 1054. An official date was needed so that talks could begin on reunion.
    (WSJ, 7/16/97, p.A23)

1451        The Vatican Library was founded.
    (WSJ, 3/2/00, p.W10)

1455        Jan 8, The Romanus Pontifex, a papal bull, was written by Pope Nicholas V to King Afonso V of Portugal. As a follow-up to the Dum Diversas, it confirmed to the Crown of Portugal dominion over all lands discovered or conquered during the Age of Discovery.

1455        Apr 8, Alfonso de Borgia was elected as Pope Callistus III.
    (MC, 4/8/02)

1456        Pope Calixtus III appointed his nephew Rodrigo Borgia Lanzol, later Pope Alexander VI, a cardinal.
    (PTA, 1980, p.424)

1459        Mar 2, Adrian VI [Adriaan F Boeyens], Pope (1522-23), was born in the Netherlands.
    (SC, 3/2/02)

1461        The Pope's godson discovered a source of alum, used in dyes. This led to a booming business for the Catholic Church.
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R42)

1464-1471    Pope Paul II, Pietro Barbo, succeeded Pius II. He was responsible for a Papal Bull that established a 25-year interval between Holy Years.
    (PTA, 1980, p.418)(SFC, 12/24/99, p.A15)

1468        Feb 29, Pope Paul III was born.
    (SFC, 2/29/00, p.A1)

1471        Jul 26, Pope Paul II died.
    (PTA, 1980, p.418)

1471        Aug 7, Francesco Della Rovere succeeded Paul II as Pope Sixtus IV.
    (PTA, 1980, p.410)

1474        Guillame Dufay (b.1399), composer, died. His work included "Ecclesiae militantis," a 5-part motet on Pope Eugenius IV’s short-lived supremacy over the Eastern Orthodox Church.
    (WSJ, 1/2/02, p.A15)

1475        Cesare Borgia, illegitimate son of Rodrigo Borgia Lanzol, later Pope Alexander VI (1492-1503), was born. He was made a church cardinal before his 20th birthday.
    (PTA, 1980, p.424)(SFC, 3/16/02, p.A3)

1475        Pope Sixtus IV celebrated the Holy Year by building the Sistine Chapel and the Sixtus Bridge over the Tiber River.
    (SFC, 12/24/99, p.A15)

1482        Feb 11, Pope Sixtus VI appointed Reverend Dr. Tomas de Torquemada (1420-1498) as the assistant inquisitor. In 1483 Torquemada became the Grand Inquisitor of Castile.

1483        Aug 9, Pope Sixtus IV celebrated the first mass in the Sistine Chapel, which was named in his honor.
    (HN, 8/9/98)

1483        Felice della Rovere (d.1536), illegitimate daughter of Pope Julius II (r.1503-1513), was born about this time. Her mother was a member of the Normanni, an illustrious Roman family long in decline. In 2005 Caroline P. Murphy authored “The Pope’s Daughter: The Extraordinary Life of Felice della Rovere."

1484        Aug 12, Pope Sixtus IV died. His rule was marked by nepotism and he was involved in a conspiracy to overthrow the Medici in Florence.
    (PTA, 1980, p.98)

1484        Aug 29, Cardinal Cibo was crowned as Pope Innocent VIII.

1484        Dec 5, Pope Innocent VIII issued a bull deploring the spread of witchcraft and heresy in Germany. He ordered that all cats belonging to witches scheduled to be burned, be also burned. Kraemer and Sprenger, two Dominican friars, had induced Pope Innocent VIII to issue a bull authorizing them to extirpate witchcraft in Germany.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, zone 1 p.2)(HN, 12/5/98)(HNQ, 10/31/99)

1486        Heinrich Kraemer and Johann Sprenger, Dominican friars, published Malleus melefircarum (The Witches‘ Hammer), which became the authoritative encyclopedia of demonology throughout Christendom. The authority of their work, which was a synthesis of folk beliefs that had until then been manifested in local outbursts of witch finding, lasted through the European witch craze of the next three centuries.
    (HNQ, 10/31/99)

1487        Sep 10, Julius III, Italian counter-Reformation Pope (1550-1555), was born. He was also a poet and promoted the Jesuits.
    (WUD, 1994, p.773)(HN, 9/10/98)(MC, 9/10/01)

1487        Lorenzo the Magnificent ordered a giraffe from Africa and a cardinal’s hat for his 13-year-old son from Pope Innocent VIII. In return for the hat Lorenzo promised the hand of his eldest daughter for the Pope’s illegitimate son along with a nice loan. The giraffe was procured from Sultan Qaitbay, the Ottoman ruler of Egypt. Pope Innocent promised to get Queen Anne of France to hand over Djem, the exiled brother of Qaitbay, for use as a pawn. Lorenzo promised to give the giraffe to Anne. In 2006 the story was covered by Marina Belozerskaya in her book “The Medici Giraffe."
    (WSJ, 8/19/06, p.P9)

1492        Jul 25, Pope Innocent VIII died.

1492        Aug 11, Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia Lanzol (61), father of Cesare and Lucretia, became Pope Alexander VI (d.1503). He siphoned off untold riches from Church funds. Borgia arrived in Rome from Spain in 1449 and Italianized his name from Borja to Borgia. His rise in the church was helped a great deal when his uncle became Pope Calixtus III.
    (HN, 8/10/98)(PTA, p.424)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R4)(MC, 8/11/02)

1493        Feb, Christopher Columbus penned a letter to Spain's monarchs, four months after discovering the New World, describing what he had found and laying the groundwork for his request to fund another voyage. A Latin copy was printed in Rome by Stephan Plannack in 1493, and found its way into the Vatican Library. This was later stolen by book thief Marino Massimo De Caro and sold in 2014 to American collector David Parsons for $875,000. In 2018 it was returned to the Vatican.
    (Reuters, 6/14/18)

1493         May 4, The Discovery Doctrine, a legal doctrine claiming the right and duty of Christian states to rule newly discovered territories and their peoples, was first issued by Pope Alexander VI regarding the Americas. The Papal Bull Inter caetera ("Among other [works]") granted to the Catholic Majesties of Ferdinand and Isabella (as sovereigns of Castile) all lands to the "west and south" of a pole-to-pole line 100 leagues west and south of any of the islands of the Azores or the Cape Verde islands. “Inter Caetera" was amended in Sep. granting Spain the right to hold lands to the “western regions and to India." The Patronata Real granted the Spanish throne the privilege and duty of overseeing propagation of Christianity among Spain’s subjects in the New World.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inter_caetera)(SFC, 3/5/11, p.E3)

1495        Jan 28, Pope Alexander VI gave his son Cesare Borgia as hostage to Charles VIII of France.
    (MC, 1/28/02)

1497        May 13, Pope Alexander VI excommunicated Girolamo Savonarola for heresy. In Florence the Dominican monk Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498) had led the burning of musical instruments, books and priceless works of art. He preached against corruption in the Church and civil government.
    (Hem., 4/97, p.53)(WUD, 1994, p.1672)(MC, 5/13/02)

1498        Aug 17, French King Louis XII made Cesare Borgia (1475-1507) the Duke of Valentinois. Borgia resigned his position as cardinal, which had been bestowed on him at age 18 by his father, Pope Alexander VI.
    (Econ, 8/16/08, p.16)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesare_Borgia)

1499        Mar 31, Pius IV, [Gianangelo de' Medici], Italian lawyer, pope (1559-65), was born.
    (MC, 3/31/02)

1499        Michelangelo completed his "Pieta" for the Vatican.

1500        The Vatican established a permanent nunciature (diplomatic service) in Venice.
    (Econ, 7/21/07, p.59)

1501        Michelangelo was commissioned by Florence to carve a colossal David.

1502        Dec 31, Cesare Borgia (son of Pope Alexander VI) occupied Urbino.
    (MC, 12/31/01)

1503        Aug 18, Pope Alexander VI (1492-1503), born in Spain as Rodrigo di Borgia (1431),  died. He had recently authorized the building of a prison in the cellars of Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome.
    (PTA, p.424)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Alexander_VI)(SSFC, 7/22/07, p.G2)

1503        Nov 28, Giuliano della Rovere (1443-1513) was crowned as Pope Julius II.

1504        Jan 17, Pius V, Pope from 1566-1572, was born.
    (HN, 1/17/99)

1505        Pope Julius summoned Michelangelo to Rome to design the pope’s tomb. The contract was revised 5 times and only 3 of 40 large figures were executed.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.9)(OG)

1506        Jan 22, The Swiss Guard mercenaries, summoned by Pope Julius II to protect the pope and the Vatican, arrived in Rome. In 2006 Robert Royal authored “The Pope’s Army."
    (USAT, 5/6/98, p.6A)(AP, 1/22/06)(WSJ, 4/14/06, p.W5)

1506        Pope Julius II placed the 1st stone for the new St. Peter’s Basilica. Bramante began to rebuild St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome, which had been neglected since the 14th century when the popes resided at Avignon. Pope Urban VIII consecrated it in 1626.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.9)(SSFC, 2/18/07, p.A2)

1507        Pope Julius II announced an indulgence for the re-building of St. Peter’s.
    (TL-MB, p.9)

1508        Pope Julius II transferred Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling in Rome.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.9)(OG)

1508        Raphael at age 26 entered the service of Pope Julius II and was entrusted with the decoration of the new papal apartments.
    (TL-MB, p.9)

1509        Apr 27, Pope Julius II excommunicated the republic of Venice. The pope lifted the ban in February 1510.
    (AP, 4/27/07)

1510        The Catholic Church’s ban on usury was rewritten under Pope Leo X.
    (Econ, 8/1/15, p.71)

1511        Sep 1, Council of Pisa opened. Louis XII of France called the council to oppose the Holy League of Pope Julius II.
    (PTA, 1980, p.432)(MC, 9/1/02)

1511        Raphael completed the frescoes in the Stanza della Segnatura in the Vatican for Pope Julius II.
    (TL-MB, p.10)

1511        Pope Julius joined the Holy League with Aragon and Venice against the French. Papal forces captured Modena and Mirandola from the French.
    (TL-MB, p.10)

1512        Nov 1, Michelangelo completed his paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and the work was first exhibited to the public. In 2020 the Vatican released "The Sistine Chapel," a 3-volume set documenting every inch of Michelangelo's 4 years of work. 1,999 copies were printed at $22,000 per set.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.10)(AP, 11/1/97)(HN, 11/1/98)(Econ., 11/7/20, p.74)

1513        Feb 20-1513 Feb 21, Pope Julius II (1503-1513), born as Giuliano della Rovere (1443), died. He was laid in rest in a huge tomb sculptured by Michelangelo. He had been a patron of Michelangelo, Bramante, and Raphael.

1513        Mar 11, Giovanni de' Medici became Pope Leo X. The Medici Pope Leo X led the Catholic Church until 1521.
    (OG)(MC, 3/12/02)

1514        Pope Leo X issued a papal bull against slavery.
    (TL-MB, p.10)

1517        Cardinal Alessandro Farnese (1468-1549) began work on his Palazzo Farnese. He was Pope Paul III of the Roman Catholic Church from 1534 to his death.

1518        Raphael painted a portrait of Leo X which showed spectacles with concave lenses for short-sightedness.
    (TL-MB, p.11)

1518        Cardinal Wolsey arranged the Peace of London between England, France, the Pope, Maximilian I and Spain.
    (TL-MB, p.11)

1519        Jun 24, Lucrezia Borgia (39), daughter of Pope Alexander, died.
    (MC, 6/24/02)

1520        Jun 15, Pope Leo the Tenth threatened to excommunicate Martin Luther if he did not recant his religious beliefs. Pope Leo X excommunicated Martin Luther by the bull Exsurge.
    (AP, 6/15/00)(HT, 6/15/00)

1520        The funereal monuments of the Medici Chapel were commissioned by Pope Clement VII. They were done primarily by Michelangelo (1475-1564) from 1520 to 1534, being completed by his students after his departure. The four figures—dawn, day, dusk and night—are considered among the sculptor‘s most accomplished work. He left Florence in 1534, hoping to return, but spent his last years in Rome.
    (HNQ, 11/15/00)

1521        Jan 3, Pope Leo X excommunicated Martin Luther from the Roman Catholic Church.
    (NH, 9/96, p.18)(AP, 1/3/98)

1521        Apr 7, Inquisitor-general Adrian Boeyens banned Lutheran books.
    (MC, 4/7/02)

1521        Apr 17, Under the protection of Frederick the Wise, elector of Saxony, Martin Luther first appeared before Charles V and the Imperial Diet to face charges stemming from his religious writings. The Roman Catholic Church had already excommunicated him on Jan 3, 1521.
    (NH, 9/96, p.18)(HN, 4/17/98)(AP, 4/17/05)

1521        Oct 11, Pope Leo X titled King Henry VIII of England "Defender of the Faith" in recognition of his writings in support of the Catholic Church. Henry had penned a defense of the seven Catholic Sacraments in response to Martin Luther‘s Protestant reform movement. By 1534, Henry had broken completely with the Catholic Church, and the Pope‘s authority in England was abolished.
    (TL-MB, p.12)(HNQ, 8/12/00)(MC, 10/11/01)

1522        Adrian VI was elected Pope. He was the last non-Italian pope until John Paul II.
    (TL-MB, p.12)

1523        Adrian VI died and was succeeded by Pope Clement VII, nephew of Lorenzo de’ Medici. Adrian VI was the last non-Italian Pope until 1978 when Cardinal Wojtyla, Archbishop of Cracow, became Pope Paul II. Clement was pope until 1534.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1691) (TL-MB, p.12)(WUD, 1994, p.276)

1524        Apr 19, Pope Clemens VII fired the Netherlands inquisitor-general French Van de Holly.
    (MC, 4/19/02)

1527        May 6, German and Spanish troops under Charles V began sacking Rome, bringing about the end of the Renaissance. Libraries were destroyed,  Pope Clement VII was captured and thousands were killed. 147 of 189 of the Pope’s Swiss guard were killed.
    (HN, 5/6/02)(PCh, 1992, p.174)(WSJ, 4/14/06, p.W5)

1527        Dec 6, Giulio di Giuliano de' Medici (1478-1534) as Pope Clemens VII (1523-1534) fled to Orvieto in Umbria. In order to ensure a water supply Pope Clemens VII had a well dug by architect-engineer Antonio da Sangallo the Younger of Florence. St. Patrick’s Well was 45 feet wide with 496 steps leading down 175 feet.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Clement_VII)(SSFC, 12/29/13, p.P5) (MC, 12/6/01)

1527        Henry VIII appealed to the Pope for permission to divorce Catherine of Aragon.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.13)

1527        Florence expelled the Medici nephews of the Pope and reverted to a republic.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.13)

1527        Spanish mercenaries paid by Charles V sacked Rome and left 4,000 dead. Some see this event as marking the close of the Renaissance.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.13)

1527-1528    Henry VIII imprisoned Pope Clement VII for disobedience. It was to Clement that Henry appealed for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, which had been granted under special dispensation in the first place.

1530        Feb 23, Spain's Carlos I was crowned Holy Roman Emperor Charles V by Pope Clement VII in the last coronation of a German king by a Pope. Charles restored the Medici to power after capturing Florence and ceded Malta to the landless religious order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem.
    (TL-MB, p.14)(MC, 2/24/02)(PC, 1992, p.176)

1530        Mar 7, King Henry VIII's divorce request was denied by the Pope. Henry then declared that he, not the Pope, is supreme head of England's church.
    (MC, 3/7/02)

1531        Jan 5, Pope Clemens VII forbade English king Henry VIII to re-marry.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1531        Dec 12, Legend held that a dark-skinned Virgin Mary appeared to a peasant outside Mexico City and left an imprint on his cactus-fiber poncho. The poncho became an icon for the Virgin of Guadalupe. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, an Indian peasant, had visions of the Virgin Mary. In 2002 Pope John Paul II planned to canonize him. The Vatican’s main source was a religious work that dated to 1666.
    (SFC, 2/1/99, p.A9)(WSJ, 2/27/02, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/17/02, p.A1)(AP, 7/30/02)

1532        Mar 18, English parliament banned payments by English church to Rome.
    (MC, 3/18/02)

1532        Nov 15, Pope Clemens VII told Henry VIII to end his relationship with Anne Boleyn.
    (MC, 11/15/01)

1533        Jul 11, Henry VIII, who divorced his wife and became head of the church of England, was excommunicated from the Catholic Church by Pope Clement VII.
    (AP, 7/11/97)(HN, 7/11/98)

1534        Feb 26, Pope Paul III affirmed George van Egmond as bishop of Utrecht.
    (PTA, 1980, p.440)(SC, 2/26/02)

1534        Pope Paul III (1534-1549), Alessandro Farnese, confirmed "The Last Judgement" commission to Michelangelo, who settled in Rome and began to work on the immense painting on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.14)(OG)(Econ, 12/13/03, p.82)

1534        St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spanish ecclesiastic, founded the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in Paris with the aim of defending Catholicism against heresy and undertaking missionary work. Ignatius converted to Christianity while convalescing after a battle and wrote his Spiritual Exercises meant as a guide for conversion. In Paris, Ignatius and a small group of men took vows of poverty, chastity and papal obedience. Ignatius formally organized the order in 1539 that was approved by the pope in 1540. The society‘s rapid growth and emphasis on scholarship aided in the resurgence of Catholicism during the Counter-Reformation. The Jesuits were also active in missionary work in Asia, Africa and the Americas.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.14)(HNQ, 1/13/01)

1535        Aug 31, Pope Paul III deposed & excommunicated King Henry VIII.
    (YN, 8/31/99)

1536        May 23, Pope Paul III installed the Portuguese Inquisition at the request of John III. Its most common accusation was maintaining outlawed Jewish practices in secret. The Inquisition was disbanded in 1821.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese_Inquisition)(AP, 8/19/15)

1536        Jun 6, Mexico began it's inquisition.
    (MC, 6/6/02)

1536        Jul 18, The authority of the pope was declared void in England.
    (AP, 7/18/97)

1537        Jun 2, Pope Paul III banned the enslavement of Indians in the New World.
    (HN, 6/2/99)

1538        Dec 17, Pope Paul III excommunicated England's King Henry VIII. [see Aug 31, 1535]
    (MC, 12/17/01)

1538        Benvenuto Cellini, Florentine artist, was imprisoned for about a year in the dungeon beneath the papal fortress of Castel Sant’Angelo for killing his brother’s murderer.
    (SSFC, 7/22/07, p.G2)

1540        Sep 27, The Society of Jesus, a religious order under Ignatius Loyola, was approved by the Pope. The Jesuits were recognized by Pope Paul III. They were to become the chief agents of the Church of Rome in spreading the Counter-Reformation.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.16)(HN, 9/27/98)

1541        Oct 31, "The Last Judgement" by Michelangelo on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel at Rome was officially unveiled. It is one of the largest paintings in the world.       
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.16)(OG)

1542        Jul 21, Pope Paul III launched the Inquisition against Protestants (Sanctum  Officium). Alleged heretics were tried and tortured in an effort to stem the spread of the Reformation.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.16)(MC, 7/21/02)

1545        Feb 19, Pierre Brully, [Peter Brulius], Calvinist minister, was burned to death.
    (MC, 2/19/02)

1545        Dec 13, The Church Council of Trent began with the meeting of 30 bishops. It lasted 3 years but took 18 years to complete its work. The Council sparked the beginning of the Counter-Reformation. [see 1562]
    (CU, 6/87)(TL-MB, 1988, p.17)

1546        Pope Paul III put Michelangelo (71) in charge of the restoration of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. He  designed the dome of St. Peter’s.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.17)(SSFC, 2/18/07, p.A2)
1546        In Northern Italy the Church Council of Trent (1545-1547) declared that the Vulgate, a late-4th-century Latin translation of the Bible, was the only acceptable translation of the Bible. This exploded the life work of Dutch philosopher Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulgate)(Econ., 12/19/20, p.64)

1549        Sep 13, Pope Paul III closed the first session of the Council of Bologna.
    (HN, 9/13/98)

1549        Nov 10, Pope Paul III, born as Alessandro Farnese (b.1468), died. He was Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from 1534 to his death.

1550        Apr 28, Powers of Dutch inquisition were extended.
    (MC, 4/28/02)

1550        Michelangelo completed the frescoes of the Cappella Paolina, "the Conversion of Paul" and "The Crucifixion of St. Peter."

1550-1555    Julius III, Giommaria Ciocci del Monte or Giovanni Maria del Monte, served as Pope 1550-1555.
    (WUD, 1994, p.773)

1551        Pope Eugenius IV brought some of the Middle-Eastern Christians back into the Western Christian fold when he established the Chaldean rite of the Catholic Church.
    (WSJ, 3/12/00, p.A10)

1551        The Jesuits founded the Papal Univ. in Rome.
    (TL-MB, p.18)

1552        The shift from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar was begun. In 2000 Duncan Steel authored "Marking Time: The Epic Quest to Invent the Perfect Calendar."
    (SFEC, 2/20/00, Par p.7)

1553        Aug 12, Pope Julius III ordered the confiscation and burning of the Talmud.
    (SC, 8/12/02)

1554        Jan 9,  Gregory XV, Roman Catholic Pope was born.
    (HN, 1/9/98)

1554        Nov 30, England reconciled with Pope Julius III.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.18)(MC, 11/30/01)

1555        Mar 23, Julius III (67), born as Giovanni M. del Monte, Pope (1550-55), died. He was succeeded by Marcellus II and then by Paul IV.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.19)(SS, 3/23/02)

1555        Pope Paul IV decreed that all Jews in the Papal States be segregated into enclosed quarters.
    (SFC, 12/2/08, p.E1)

1556        Apr 13, Portuguese Marranos who reverted back to Judaism were burned alive by order of Pope.
    (MC, 4/13/02)

1556        Sep 9, Pope Paul IV refused to crown Ferdinand of Austria emperor.
    (MC, 9/9/01)

1559        Feb 16, Pope Paul IV called for the overthrow of sovereigns supporting heresy.
    (MC, 2/16/02)

1559        Aug 18, Pope Paul IV (b.1476) died and was succeeded by Pius IV.

1559        Pope Paul IV promulgated the Pauline Index, the Catholic Church's 1st Index Librorum Prohibitorum. The Index banned the entire oeuvre of Desiderius Erasmus. The Index of Forbidden Books was maintained until 1966.
    (SFC, 1/21/04, p.D2)(Econ., 12/19/20, p.64)

1562        Sep 17, The Council of Trent took ecclesiastical canon. The Council of Trent (1545-1563) demanded that clarity replace embellishment and display in church music.   
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.20)(MC, 9/17/01)

1563        The Council of Trent ordered a repainting of the "The Last Judgement" by Michelangelo to cloth many of the frescos' previously nude figures.
    (SFC, 1/21/04, p.D2)

1564        Aug 18, Spanish king Philip II joined the Council of Trent.
    (MC, 8/18/02)

1565        Dec 9, Pius IV (66), [Gianangelo de' Medici], Italian Pope (1559-65), died.
    (MC, 12/9/01)

1566-1572    Pius V (b. 1504) led the Catholic Church.
    (HN, 1/17/99)

1567        The Catholic Church outlawed the outright sale of indulgences.
    (WSJ, 1/13/00, p.A1)

1568        Feb 16, A sentence of the Holy Office condemned all the inhabitants of the Netherlands to death as heretics. From this universal doom only a few persons, especially named, were acquitted.

1568        In Rome Aonio Paleario, poet and protestant-style reformer, was burned at the stake by Pius V for posting a poem on a statue, a practice that was called the "talking statue" (Pasquino): "You’d think it was winter – the way Pius is burning Christians, - like so many logs on the fire. – He must be getting himself ready – to enjoy the flames of Hell.
    (WSJ, 5/3/01, p.A16)

1569        Feb 7, King Philip II ordered the inquisition in South America.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1569        Aug 27, Pope Pius named Cosimo I de' Medici, grand duke of Toscane.
    (MC, 8/27/01)

1570        Feb 25, Pope Pius V issued the bull Regnans in Excelsis which excommunicated Queen Elizabeth the First of England. This absolved her subjects from allegiance. Elizabeth responded by hanging and burning Jesuits.
    (TL-MB, p.22)(AP, 2/25/98)(HN, 2/25/99)(MC, 2/25/02)

1570        Apr 27, Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I [see Feb 25].
    (AP, 4/27/07)

1571        May 20, Venice, Spain & Pope Pius formed an anti-Turkish Saint League.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1572        May 1, Pius V (Antonio Ghislieri), grand inquisitor, Pope (1566-72), died. He was succeeded by Gregory XIII.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.22)(MC, 5/1/02)

1574        Feb 28, On the orders of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, two Englishmen and an Irishman were burnt for heresy.
    (HN, 2/28/99)

1581        Pope Gregory XIII attempted in vain to reconcile the Roman and Orthodox churches.
    (TL-MB, p.23)

1582        Feb 24, Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull, or edict, outlining his calendar reforms. The old Julian Calendar had an error rate of one day in every 128 years. This was corrected in the Gregorian Calendar of Pope Gregory XIII, but Protestant countries did not accept the change till 1700 and later. [see 1552 and Oct 4, 1582]
    (HFA, '96, p.22)(TL-MB, 1988, p.23)(HN, 6/7/98)(SFEC, 2/20/00, Par p.7)(AP, 2/24/02)

1582        Aug, Mateo Ricci (1552-1610), a Jesuit priest, arrived in Macao. He mastered Chinese and went on to establish an influential Jesuit mission and in 1601 became an advisor to the emperor. He was later accused of "going native," and ignoring his mandate to spread the faith.  His 1602 map of the world in Chinese characters introduced the findings of European exploration to East Asia.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matteo_Ricci)(WSJ, 9/4/98, p.W12)(Econ, 8/23/14, p.36)

1582         Oct 4, The Church Council at Trent, Italy, discussed the error of 10 days in the calendar as referenced to the spring equinox which was used to establish the date for Easter. Pope Gregory XIII announced a correction, "The Gregorian Adjustment," and had Oct. 4 followed by Oct. 15. The calendar is accurate to a day in 3,323 years.
    (K.I.-365D, p.97)(NG, March 1990, J. Boslough)

1585        Sep 9, Pope Sixtus V deprived Henry of Navarre of his rights to the French crown.
    (HN, 9/9/98)

1585        An obelisk that had been brought from Egypt to Rome by the emperor Caligula was erected at the Vatican.
    (RFH-MDHP, p.213, illustration)

1586        The Lateran Church of St. John, Rome, was rebuilt on the orders of Pope Sixtus V, who succeeded the late Gregory XIII.
    (TL-MB, p.24)

1587        Pope Sixtus V proclaimed a Catholic crusade for the invasion of England. Philip II prepared an invasion fleet but was interrupted by Francis Drake, who "singed the king’s beard" by burning 10,000 tons of shipping in Cadiz harbor.
    (TL-MB, p.24)

1588        Domenico Fontana, Italian architect and engineer, completed the Vatican library in Rome. He also completed the cupola and lantern of St. Peter’s in Rome.
    (TL-MB, p.24)

1591        Mar 1, Pope Gregory XIV threatened to excommunicate French king Henri IV.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1592-1605    Pope St. Clement VIII led the Church.
    (ITV, 1/96, p.61)

1593        Jan 27, Vatican opened a 7 year trial against scholar Giordano Bruno.
    (MC, 1/27/02)

1593        Michel Mercatus, physician to Pope Clement VIII, died. He left manuscripts on his study of Ceraunia, or ancient stone tools which had been thought to be rocks hurled down from the sky by lightning bolts, or rocks struck by lightning.
    (RFH-MDHP, p.70)

1599        Feb 13, Alexander VII, Roman Catholic Pope, was born.
    (HN, 2/13/98)

1600        Feb 8, Vatican sentenced scholar Giordano Bruno to death.
    (MC, 2/8/02)

1600        Feb 17, Giordano Bruno, advocate of Copernican theory, was burned at stake by Catholic Church.
    (MC, 2/17/02)

1600        Cardinal Filippo Spinelli, Pope Clement VIII’s ambassador in Prague, wrote to the Pope that Emperor Rudolf II was bewitched by the devil.
    (WSJ, 9/9/06, p.P9)

1605        Pope Paul V (d.1621) was elected following Clement VIII. After 2 months he elevated his young law-student nephew, Scipione Borghese, to the office of cardinal.
    (WSJ, 9/15/98, p.A20)(WSJ, 2/8/00, p.A20)

1606        Venice expelled the Jesuits as part of a larger jurisdictional dispute with the Vatican.
    (WSJ, 5/5/07, p.P10)

1610        Apr 22, Alexander VIII, [Pietro Ottoboni], Italian lawyer, Pope (1689-91), was born.
    (MC, 4/22/02)

1615        Mar 13, Innocent XII, Roman Catholic Pope, was born.
    (HN, 3/13/98)

1616        Mar 5, The Catholic Church’s Congregation of the Index banned Catholics from reading “On the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres" (1543) by Nicholas Copernicus. “De Revolutionibus" was not formally banned but merely withdrawn from circulation, pending "corrections." The prohibition was officially lifted in 1835.

1616        Galileo was forbidden from continuing his scientific work by the Roman Catholic Church.
    (NG, March 1990, p. 117)

1617        Aug 30, Rosa de Lima of Peru became the first American saint to be canonized.
    (HN, 8/30/98)

1621        Jan 28, Pope Paul V (b.1552), born as born Camillo Borghese, died. Shortly after his death Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the Pope’s nephew, commissioned Bernini to create a marble bust of the Pope.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Paul_V)(Econ, 6/27/15, p.73)

1621-1623    Gregory XV served as pope.
    (WSJ, 2/8/00, p.A20)

1622        Mar 12, Ignatius of Loyola (founder of the Jesuits) was declared a saint.
    (MC, 3/12/02)

1626        Nov 18, Pope Urban VIII consecrated St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome.
    (HN, 11/18/98)(SSFC, 2/18/07, p.A2)

1633        Feb 13, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition.
    (AP, 2/13/98)

1640        Pope Urban VIII ordered Spanish priests to stop smoking cigars.
    (SFC, 5/24/97, p.E3)

1644        Pope Innocent X was elected Pope. He was from the noble Roman Pamphili family.
    (SFC, 11/20/00, p.A20)

1648        Nov 26, Pope Innocent X condemned the Peace of Westphalia, which ended 30 Years War one month earlier.
    (AP, 11/26/02)

1657        Pope Alexander VII entrusted Italian Baroque master Gian Lorenzo Bernini with building the colonnade surrounding St. Peter’s Square. A restoration project was lauched in 2009. In 2012 the Vatican sought funds directly from pilgrims, stamp collectors and tourists to pay for the ambitious restoration.
    (AP, 11/27/12)
1657        Venice re-admitted the Jesuits ushering in a period of cultural conservatism that marked the end of the “Renaissance project."
    (WSJ, 5/5/07, p.P10)

1665        May 15, Pope Alexander VII condemned Jansenism.
    (MC, 5/15/02)

1676        Sep 21, Benedetto Odescalchi was elected as Pope Innocent XI.
    (MC, 9/21/01)

1678        Nov 30, Roman Catholics were  banned from English parliament.
    (MC, 11/30/01)

1683        Sep 12, A combined Austrian and Polish army defeated the Ottoman Turks at Kahlenberg and lifted the siege on Vienna, Austria. Prince Eugene of Savoy helped repel an invasion of Vienna, Austria, by Turkish forces. Marco d'Aviano, sent by Pope Innocent XI to unite the outnumbered Christian troops, spurred them to victory. The Turks left behind sacks of coffee which the Christians found too bitter, so they sweetened it with honey and milk and named the drink cappuccino after the Capuchin order of monks to which d'Aviano belonged. An Austrian baker created a crescent-shaped roll, the Kipfel, to celebrate the victory. Empress Maria Theresa later took it to France where it became the croissant. In 2006 John Stoye authored “The Siege of Vienna."
    (Hem., Dec. '95, p.69)(WSJ, 3/27/96, p.A-16)(HN, 9/12/98)(SFEC, 2/6/00, p.A1)(Reuters, 4/28/03)(WSJ, 6/3/03, p.D5) (WSJ, 12/6/06, p.D12)

1731        May 28, All Hebrew books in Papal State were confiscated.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1732        Sep 2, Pope Clement XII renewed anti-Jewish laws of Rome.
    (MC, 9/2/01)

1738        Pope Clement XII issued a bull against the Freemasons forbidding Catholics to join under threat of excommunication.
    (WSJ, 2/6/02, p.A16)

1740        Feb 8, Clement XII (87), [Lorenzo Corsini], blind Pope (1730-40), died.
    (MC, 2/8/02)

1742        Jul 11, A papal decree was issued condemning the disciplining actions of the Jesuits in China.
    (HN, 7/11/98)

1752        Mar 23, Pope Stephen II was elected to succeed Zacharias. He died 2 days later.
    (MC, 3/23/02)

1758        Pope Benedict XIV removed the blanket proscription against the works of Copernicus from the Index of Forbidden Books. He left Galileo on the Index because a Pope had participated in the condemnation of Galileo.
    (WSJ, 10/22/99, p.W15)

1759        Feb 28, Pope Clement XIII allowed the Bible to be translated into various languages.
    (MC, 2/28/02)

1759        Sep 3, Pope Clement XIII officially placed the French Encyclopedie on the Vatican’s Index of Prohibited Books.
    (ON, 4/05, p.9)

1766        Nov 25, Pope Clement XIII warned of dangers of anti-Christian writings
    (MC, 11/25/01)

1773        Jul 21, Pope Clement XIV abolished the Jesuit order. He disbanded, defrocked, and stripped them of their sustenance. They were ignored by other orders and denounced as schemers and plotters. The Jesuits finally regained respectability in 1814after flourishing underground.
    (HN, 7/21/98)(MC, 7/21/02)

1791        Mar 10, Pope condemned France's Civil Constitution of the clergy.
    (MC, 3/10/02)

1792        May 13, Giovanni-Maria Mastaia-Ferretti, later Pope Pius IX, "Pio Nono" (1846-78), was born at Sinigaglia.
    (PTA, 1980, p.510)(MC, 5/13/02)

1797        Feb 19, Pope Pius VI ceded papal territory to France in the Treaty of Tolentino.
    (PC, 1992 ed, p.353)

1797        Gammarelli was founded under Pope Pius VI as tailors to the clergy.
    (SSFC, 12/28/03, p.I4)

1798        Feb 20, Pope Pius VI fled Rome to Siena following an invasion of French forces. He was later arrested and deported 1st to Florence and then to France.
    (www.zum.de/whkmla/region/italy/papalstate17891799.html)(WSJ, 4/14/06, p.W5)

1799            Aug 29, Pope Pius VI (b.1717) died in Valence, France.

1801        Jul 15, Pope Pius VII and Napoleon signed the Concordat of 1801 brokering religious peace with Rome and granting equality to Jews. It solidified the Roman Catholic Church as the majority church of France and brought back most of its civil status.
    (Econ, 10/18/14, p.18)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concordat_of_1801)

1804        Dec 2, Napoleon was crowned emperor of France with Josephine as Empress as Pope Pius VII looked on. In 1807 Jacques-Louis David completed his painting of the event.
    (AP, 12/2/97)(WSJ, 12/14/04, p.D10)

1805        Prussia sent Baron Wilhelm von Humboldt as envoy to the Vatican, the first Protestant state to do so.
    (Econ, 7/21/07, p.59)

1809        May 17, The Papal States were annexed by France. Pope Pius VII responded by excommunicating Napoleon.
    (MC, 5/17/02)(PTA, 1980, p.502)

1809        Jul 5, Pope Pius VII was taken prisoner to France and held there until 1814.
    (PC, 1992 ed, p.371)
1809        Jul 5-1809 Jul 6, Napoleon beat Austria’s archduke Charles at the Battle of Wagram. He annexed the Illyrian Provinces (now part of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Montenegro), and abolished the Papal States.

1810        Mar 2, Leo XIII (Vincenzo G Pecci), 256th Catholic Pope (1878-1903), was born.
    (HN, 3/2/99)(SC, 3/2/02)

1814        Aug 7, Pope Pius VII reinstated the Jesuits.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1823        St. Peter's Basilica in Rome was destroyed by fire. It was reconstructed for the 1825 Holy Year.
    (SFC, 12/24/99, p.A15)

1835        Jun 2, St. Pius X, 257th Roman Catholic pope (1903-14), was born.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1835        The Vatican removed “On the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres" (1543) by Nicholas Copernicus from its list of banned books.

1846-1878    Pope Pius IX, Giovanni Mastai-Ferretti, allowed archeological excavations of the catacombs by G.B. de Rossi. Under Pius IX the child Edgardo Mortara was taken from the Jewish merchant, Momolo Mortara, in Bologna and raised as a foster son of the pope. The 6-year-old boy had been baptized by a Catholic servant and canonical law did not allow that he be raised by his Jewish parents. The story is told by David I. Kertzer in his 1997 book: "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara."
    (ITV, 1/96, p.58)(SFEC, 8/31/97, BR p.9)(PTA, 1980, p.510)

1848        Count Pellegrino, the prime minister for Pope Pius IX, was stabbed and killed during the unrest leading to the unification of Italy.
    (USAT, 5/6/98, p.6A)

1850        Jun 11, Cardinal Franzoni told Rev. Joseph Sadoc Alemany, a Dominican missionary who had worked in the Midwest frontier, that he was appointed the new bishop of Monterey, Ca.
    (SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A22)

1850        Jun 16, Pope Pius IX persuaded Rev. Joseph Sadoc Alemany to return to the US and to go to California.
    (SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A22)

1850        French priest Jean-Baptiste Lamy was dispatched by Rome to bring order and discipline to the New Mexican territory.
    (WSJ, 9/13/06, p.D10)

1853        Mar 4, Pope Pius IX recovered Catholic hierarchy in Netherlands.
    (SC, 3/4/02)

1853        Jul 29, Pope Pius IX established the archdiocese of San Francisco, Ca.
    (SSFC, 7/27/03, p.A22)

1854        Dec 8, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. In the encyclical Ineffabilis Deus (Latin for "Ineffable God") he stated that: "The Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God… Preserved immune from all stain of original sin".
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ineffabilis_Deus)(AP, 12/8/97)(WSJ, 6/3/99, p.A27)

1854        Archeologist G.B. de Rossi, while excavating the Christian catacombs discovered a marble-pillored chamber filled with rubble and fragments of inscriptions suggesting the burial of several early Popes.
    (ITV, 1/96, p.60)

1858        Mar 15, Pope Pius IX elevated deacon Teodolfo Cardinal Mertel to the status of cardinal.
    (http://tinyurl.com/hy46re2)(Econ, 7/30/16, p.48)    

1858        Papal police took Edgardo Mortara (6), a Jewish boy, from the arms of his father after a Catholic housemaid claimed to have baptized the boy during an illness. Edgardo grew up a church ward and later became a priest.
    (SFC, 9/1/00, p.D4)

1861        The L’Osservatore Romano newspaper was founded as the mouthpiece for the Vatican.
    (WSJ, 10/13/08, p.A16)

1864        Pope Pius IX issued the encyclical "Quanta cura," which included a syllabus of 70 errors in contemporary beliefs. The Syllabus of Errors included 80 negative points condemning modern ideas such as freedom of speech and religion and separation of church and state.
    (PTA, 1980, p.510)(SFC, 9/1/00, p.D4)

1867        The Vatican distrusted the Oxford Movement atmosphere sufficiently to issue a decree forbidding Catholics to attend Oxford University. This was not relaxed until 1895.

1870        Jul 18, Pontifical infallibility was proclaimed at the Vatican Council. It proclaimed as dogma that the Pope when speaking ex cathedra can make no mistake in solemn declarations of what must be believed in matters of faith and morals. The 20th ecumenical council, soon adjourned due to the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War.
    (PTA, 1980, p.510)(MC, 7/18/02)

1870        Sep 20, Italian troops took control of the Papal States, leading to the unification of Italy.
    (WSJ, 9/13/96, p.A6)(SFEM, 1/19/96, p.10)(AP, 9/20/97)

1870        Oct 2, The papal states voted in favor of union with Italy. The capital was moved from Florence to Rome.
    (HN, 10/2/98)

1870        The abolition of the Papal States freed the Jews from restrictions in Rome’s ghetto.
    (SFC, 9/1/00, p.D4)

1874        May 13,  Pope Pius IX issued the encyclical "On the Greek-Ruthenian rite."
    (SS, Internet, 5/13/97)

1876        Mar 2, Pius XII [Eugenio MGG Pacelli], 260th Pope (1939-58), was born to an aristocratic Roman family accustomed to serving the Catholic Church.
    (SFEC, 9/26/99, BR p.3)(SC, 3/2/02)

1878        Feb 7, Pope Pius IX (1846-1878), Giovanni Ferretti (85), died. Revenge-seeking Italian liberals tried to dump his body into the Tiber River. He served 31 years, seven months and 22 days. In 1954 E.E.Y. Hayes authored “Pio Nono."
    (PTA, 1980, p.510)(SFC, 9/1/00, p.D4)(AP, 10/15/03)(WSJ, 4/12/08, p.W8)

1878        Pope Leo XIII prohibited the hiring of new castrati by the church: only in the Sistine Chapel and in other papal basilicas in Rome did a few castrati linger.

1881        Nov 25, Pope John the 23rd (1958-1963) was born Angelo Roncalli near Bergamo, Italy.
    (AP, 11/25/97)(MC, 11/25/01)

1881        The area around Bosnia was annexed by the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Pope Leo XIII reasserted the Catholic Church with dioceses in Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Mostar.
    (SFC, 4/15/97, p.A10)

1886        The Catholic Church promulgated a ban on creation on the suspicion that the movement was top heavy with atheists and other infidels.
    (WSJ, 4/27/01, p.W17)

1887        Cardinal Gibbons and the American hierarchy convinced Rome to back off of a papal condemnation of the Knights of Labor.
    (WSJ, 8/31/01, p.W17)

1891        Pope Leo XIII wrote his encyclical "Rerum Novarum." It endorsed trade unionism and the safeguarding of property rights.
    (WSJ, 8/31/01, p.W17)

1896        Sep 15, Pope Leo XIII issued a papal bull titled Apostolicae Curae, declaring all Anglican ordinations to be "absolutely null and utterly void". The Anglican Archbishops of Canterbury and York of the Church of England responded to the papal charges with the encyclical Saepius Officio in 1897.

1896        A Catholic Chaplaincy was established at Britain’s Oxford University.
    (Econ, 9/4/10, p.57)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_University_Newman_Society)

1897        Sep 26, Pope Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini), the 262nd pope of the Roman Catholic Church, was born.
    (MC, 9/26/01)

1903        Feb 20, Pope Leo XIII celebrated 25 years as the Pope.
    (HN, 2/20/98)

1903        Jul 20, Pope Leo XIII died. He served 25 years, four months and 17 days.
    (AP, 10/15/03)

1903        Aug 4, Cardinal Giuseppe Sarto of Venice was elected Pope Pius X.
    (MC, 8/4/02)

1904        Jan 8, Pope Pius X banned low cut dresses in the presence of churchmen.
    (MC, 1/8/02)

1904        Aug 10, Angelo G. Roncalli, later Pope John XXIII, became a priest.
    (MC, 8/10/02)

1906        Feb 2, A Papal encyclical denounced the separation of church & state.
    (MC, 2/2/02)

1907        Jul 3, A Papal decree forbade the modernization of theology.
    (MC, 7/3/02)

1907        Sep 8, Pius X published his anti-modernism encyclical Pasceni dominici gregis.
    (MC, 9/8/01)

1909        Mar 8, Pope Pius X lifted the church ban on interfaith marriages in Hungary.
    (HN, 3/8/98)

1909        Apr 18, Joan of Arc was declared a saint.
    (MC, 4/18/02)

1910        May 29, Pope's encyclical on Editae Saepe was against church reformers.
    (SC, 5/29/02)

1912        Jun 7, Pope Pius X issued the encyclical: "On the Indians of South America."
    (SC, 6/7/02)

1917        May 13, Three peasant children near Fatima, Portugal, reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary. Francisco and Jacinta Marto and Lucia de Santos reported appearances later reported 5 more occasions. In 2000 the Vatican disclosed that the so-called third Secret of Fatima was a vision of an attempt to kill a pope. It was associated to the May 13, 1981, assassination attempt. The 1st secret foretold the end of World War I. The 2nd predicted the spread and collapse of Communism and the conversion of Russia.
    (AP, 5/13/97)(SFC, 5/14/00, p.A2)

1917        Jul 13, Three peasant children near Fatima, Portugal, reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary. In 2000 the Vatican unveiled the 62-line handwritten account of Lucia de Jesus dos Santos from the Fatima, Portugal. [see May 13]
    (SFC, 6/27/00, p.A12)

1917        The silent opera film "Thais" by Mary Garden was the first movie shown at the Vatican.
    (WSJ, 3/19/98, p.A16)

1917        The Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law of this year stated that “An ecumenical council enjoys supreme power over the universal church.
    (WSJ, 12/26/08, p.A11)

1920        May 16, Joan of Arc was canonized by Pope Benedict XV.
    (AP, 5/16/97)(HN, 5/16/98)

1920        May 18, Pope John Paul II (d.2005) was born as Karol Jozef Wojtyla, in Wadowice, Poland. In 1978 he became the 264th Roman Catholic pope. He was the first non-Italian Roman Catholic pope since the Renaissance and wrote the international bestseller "Crossing the Threshold."
    (SFC, 5/19/97, p.A13)(HN, 5/18/99)(SSFC, 4/3/05, p.A12)

1921        Apr 30, Pope Benedict XV issued his encyclical "On Dante."
    (MC, 4/30/02)

1921        Sep 21, Pope Benedictus XV donated 1 million lire to feed Russians.
    (MC, 9/21/01)

1922        Jan 22, Pope Benedict XV died; he was succeeded by Pius XI.
    (AP, 1/22/98)

1923        Jun 24, Pope Pius XI spoke against allies occupying Ruhrgebied.
    (MC, 6/24/02)

1925        Feb 10, Poland made an accord with the Vatican and the archdiocese of Vilnius was revived as one of 5 Polish dioceses.
    (LHC, 2/10/03)

1925        Mar 19, Angelo G. Roncalli (Pope John XXIII) became a bishop.
    (MC, 3/19/02)

1925        May 17, French nun Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897) was raised to sainthood by Pope Pius XI. In 1997 she made a doctor of the Church by John Paul II, a rare honor signifying that her writings and preachings are useful to Christians.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%A9r%C3%A8se_of_Lisieux)(AP, 10/18/15)

1926        Apr 4, The Papal Bull "Lituanorum Gente" established Lithuanian as a province of the Catholic Church.
    (LC, 1998, p.14)

1927        The Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith founded Fides to report and distribute information on Catholic missionary work.
    (WSJ, 3/30/01, p.W15)

1928        Oct 2, Spanish priest Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer (1902-1975) founded Opus Dei, a conservative Catholic organization, in Madrid. In 2002 Pope John Paul II raised him to sainthood.
    (WSJ, 5/19/06, p.A1)(www.josemariaescriva.info/index.php?id_cat=40&id_scat=34)

1929        Feb 11, The Lateran Treaty was signed, with Italy recognizing the independence and sovereignty of Vatican City. The Italian government, under dictator Benito Mussolini, paid the Vatican $91.7 million for the papal lands it seized in 1870. The Italian state agreed to supply water but the disposal of waste was not specified. This became a big issue in 1999.
    (SFEM, 1/19/96, p.10)(AP, 2/11/97)(WSJ, 12/3/99, p.A1)(Econ, 7/12/14, p.68)

1929        Jun 7, The sovereign state of Vatican City came into existence as copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged in Rome.
    (AP, 6/7/97)

1930        Dec 4, Vatican approved the rhythm method for birth control.
    (MC, 12/4/01)

1930        Dec 31, Pontifical encyclical Casti connubial was against mixed marriages.
    (MC, 12/31/01)

1933        Jun 3, Pope Pius XI encyclical "On oppression of the Church in Spain."
    (MC, 6/3/02)

1933        Jul 20, Vatican state secretary Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) signed an accord with Hitler.
    (MC, 7/20/02)

1933        Dec 23, The Pope condemned the Nazi sterilization program.
    (HN, 12/23/98)

1935        Thomas More (1478-1535) was canonized as a saint.
    (WSJ, 10/22/98, p.A20)

1937        Mar, The encyclical "With Burning Sorrow" (Mit brennender Sorge) was "smuggled" into Germany. Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (later Pius XII) helped Pius XI draft the work which denounced Nazi paganism and racism. The Encyclical was "published" in Germany and read from the pulpits of every Catholic church on Palm Sunday.
    (WSJ, 4/25/97, p.A18)(WSJ, 5/8/97, p.A23)

1938        May 3, Vatican recognized Franco's Catholic and fascist Spain.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1938        Jun, Pius XI commissioned American Jesuit John Lafarge to write a new encyclical expressly condemning Nazi anti-Semitism. Lafarge and others wrote "The Unity of the Human Race." Pius XI died soon thereafter and it was never published. In 1997 George Passelecq and Bernard Suchecky published: "The Hidden Encyclical of Pius XI."
    (WSJ, 5/8/97, p.A23)(SFEC, 9/7/97, BR p.4)

1939        Feb 10, Pope Pius XI died in Rome. He was born in Desio, Italy, as Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti. In 2014 David I. Kertzer authored The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe."
    (www.nndb.com/people/327/000088063/)(SSFC, 2/9/14, p.F5)

1939        Mar 2, Roman Catholic Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli (d.1958) was elected Pope; he took the name Pius XII.
    (WSJ, 4/25/97, p.A18)(WSJ, 5/8/97, p.A23)(AP, 3/2/98)

1939        Mar 12, Pope Pius XII was formally crowned in ceremonies at the Vatican.
    (HN, 3/12/98)(AP, 3/12/98)

1941        In Mexico Rev. Marcial Maciel founded the Legion of Christ, a conservative Roman Catholic order to minister to the wealthy and multiply its beneficial impact on society. In 1946 Pope Pius XII ordered Father Maciel to recruit Latin American leaders. In 1997 8 men went public with allegations of sexual abuse by Father Maciel dating to the 1940s and 1950s.
    (WSJ, 1/21/06, p.A13)

1942        Mar, Japan established relations with the Vatican, the 1st non-Christian state to do so. The first ambassador's name was Ken Harada.
    (Econ, 7/21/07, p.59)(www.reformation.org/vatican-and-japan.html)

1942        Sep 12, Free-Poland & Belgium asked Pope to condemn Nazi-war crimes. He did not.
    (MC, 9/12/01)

1942        Dec 25, Pius XII issued an encyclical with a strong attack on Nazism but no explicit mention of Jews.
    (WSJ, 5/8/97, p.A23)

1943        Apr 30, Pius XII wrote a letter to Bishop von Preysing of Berlin and referred to the extermination of the Jews. His concluding thoughts stated: "Unhappily in the present state of affairs, we can bring no help other than our prayers."
    (WSJ, 5/8/97, p.A23)

1943        May 18, In Croatia Archbishop Stepinac urged Pius XII to take a firm position to hold on "to its 240,000 converts." Eastern Orthodox practitioners had converted to Catholicism to escape death camps.
    (WSJ, 5/20/99, p.A21)

1943        Jul 12, Pope Pius XII received Baron von Weizsacker, the German ambassador.
    (MC, 7/12/02)

1943        Sep 10, German troops occupied Rome and took over the protection of Vatican City.
    (MC, 9/10/01)

1943        Sep 26, The Germans placed an extortion on the Jews of Rome with an order to produce 50 kg of gold within 2 days or face massive deportations. Pius XII offered to loan the Jewish community 15 kg of gold with interest with repayment within 4 years after the war. Rome’s Jews and citizens came up with sufficient gold to make the Pope’s offer needless.
    (WSJ, 5/8/97, p.A23)

1943        Oct 16, In Italy the Nazi SS police and Waffen SS began rounding up the Jews of Rome. There was an anti Jewish riot in Rome as the Jewish quarter was surrounded by Nazis, and Jews were evacuated to Auschwitz. Pope Pius XII made no public protest, though he did send some messages of disapproval through intermediaries. In total, nearly 8,000 Italian Jews died in concentration camps in World War II.
    (WSJ, 10/18/99, p.A46)(AFP, 10/27/18)

1945        A secret internal US Treasury Dept. document, hidden for 50 years, revealed in 1997 that the Vatican held some 200 million Swiss francs plundered from Serbs and Jews by the Nazi puppet government of Croatia after WW II.
    (SFC, 7/22/97, p.A8)

1946        Oct 23, A Vatican document advised French church authorities on how to handle information requests from Jewish officials, asking them not to put anything in writing: “Children who have been baptized must not be entrusted to institutions that cannot ensure their Christian education." The document surfaced in 2004.
    (SFC, 1/1/05, p.A12)

1948        Jun, In Rome Father Karol Jozef Wojtyla, later Pope John Paul II, completed his thesis “The Problems of Faith in the Works of St. John of the Cross" and earned a doctorate in philosophy. In July he returned to Poland as an assistant pastor at Niegowicd.
    (SSFC, 4/3/05, p.A12)

1949        Jun 20, The Vatican, as a counter measure, excommunicated all active supporters of Communism in Czechoslovakia.
    (EWH, 1968, p.1187)

1949        Jul 13, The militantly anti-communist Pope Pius XII excommunicated communist Catholics voters in Italy, an action aimed at the Italian Communist Party.
    (MC, 7/13/02)(AP, 5/5/06)

1950        Apr 18, Polish Catholic church and government signed an accord over relations.
    (MC, 4/18/02)

1950        Pope Pius XII declared that the bodily Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven was the "infallible" dogma of the Roman Catholic Church.
    (SFC, 12/24/99, p.A15)

1951        Jul 18, Pope Pius XII established the Archdiocese of Seattle and named Rev. Thomas A. Connolly as its 1st archbishop.
    (SFC, 7/13/01, WBb p.6)

1951        China and the Vatican broke formal relations after missionaries were kicked out and Catholics were forced to sever ties with Rome.
    (SFC, 1/7/00, p.A14)

1952        Dec 17, Yugoslavia broke relations with the Vatican.
    (HN, 12/17/98)

1953        Feb 13, Pope Pius XII asked the U.S. to grant clemency to convicted spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg.
    (HN, 2/13/98)

1953        Jul 27, Vatican disallowed priests holiday work in factories.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1954        May 29, Pope Pius XII, born as Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Pacelli (1876-1958), canonized Pope Pius X, born as Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto (1835-1914). It was the first canonization of a Pope since 1712.

1955        Jun 16, Pope Pius XII excommunicated Argentine President Juan Domingo Peron. The ban was lifted eight years later.
    (AP, 6/16/98)

1956        May 25, Pope Pius XII published his encyclical Haurietis aquas.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1957        May 16, Pope Pius XII published his encyclical Invicti Athletae.
    (MC, 5/16/02)

1957        Sep 8, Pope Pius XII posted his encyclical On motion pictures, radio, TV.
    (MC, 9/8/01)

1957        Argentina signed a treaty with the Vatican that created the post of military bishop.
    (Econ, 4/2/05, p.34)

1958        Oct 9, Pope Pius XII died, 19 years after he was elevated to the papacy. In 1999 John Cornwell published "Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII."
    (WSJ, 4/25/97, p.A18)(AP, 10/9/97)(SFC, 9/7/99, p.A4)

1958        Oct 28, The Roman Catholic patriarch of Venice, Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, was elected Pope, taking the name John XXIII.
    (AP, 10/28/97)

1958        Nov 4, Angelo G. Roncalli was crowned as Pope John XXIII.
    (MC, 11/4/01)

1959        Jan 25, Pope John XXIII proclaimed the 2nd Vatican council.
    (MC, 1/25/02)

1959        Apr 13, A Vatican edict forbade Italian Roman Catholics from for voting for communists.
    (MC, 4/13/02)

1960        It was reported that a rule that required women to wear head coverings in churches was repealed. No official statement to that effect was actually made.
    (WSJ, 10/8/97, p.A1)(www.catholicintl.com/qa/qa.htm)

1961        Jul 14, Pope John XXIII published his encyclical Mater et magistrate.
    (MC, 7/14/02)

1962        Jan 3, Pope John XXIII excommunicated Fidel Castro.
    (MC, 1/3/02)

1962        Oct 11, Pope John XXIII convened the first session of the Roman Catholic Church's 21st Ecumenical Council, also known as Vatican II, with a call for Christian unity. This was the largest gathering of the Roman Catholic hierarchy in history. Among delegate-observers were representatives of major Protestant denominations, in itself a sign of sweeping change. He declared its purpose to be "aggiornamento," an "updating" that would be a pastoral response to the needs of the modern world. It allowed for vernacular languages in the Liturgy and continued to 1965, when it published Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.
    (CU, 6/87)(AP, 10/11/97)(HN, 10/11/98)

1962-1965    Rev. Francis X. Murphy (d.2002) covered the Vatican Council. In 1963 he published "Letters from Vatican City: Vatican Council II." In 1968 he published "Vatican Council II," a history of the council.
    (SFC, 4/16/02, p.A18)

1963        Feb 20, Rolf Hochhuth's "Der Stellvertreter" (The Representative) premiered in Berlin. The work indicted Pope Pius XII for Nazi complicity during WW II. The Catholic Church was outraged at the portrayal of Pius XII as a war criminal. An English translation by Richard and Clara Winston was published as “The Deputy: A Play," by Grove Press in 1964. In 2002 The Deputy was made into the film “Amen." by Costa Gavras.
    (WSJ, 4/25/97, p.A18)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Deputy)(Econ, 10/25/08, p.73)   

1963        Apr 11, John XXIII put forth his encyclical "On peace in truth, justice, charity and liberty."
    (MC, 4/11/02)

1963        June 3, Pope John XXIII died at the age of 81, ending a papacy marked by innovative reforms in the Roman Catholic Church. He was succeeded by Pope Paul VI.
    (AP, 6/3/97)

1963        Jun 21, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini was chosen to succeed the late Pope John XXIII as head of the Roman Catholic Church. The new pope took the name Paul VI.
    (AP, 6/21/97)

1963        Jun 30, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Montini was crowned as Pope Paul VI, the 262nd head of the Roman Catholic Church. The softly spoken cardinal from northern Italy held Saint Peter's chair for 15 years in a difficult period for the Roman Catholic Church. Paul VI continued the Second Vatican Council launched by his predecessor Pope John XXIII in 1962, winding it up in 1965 and implementing its numerous reforms, including efforts to dialogue with other religions and a greater role for lay people.
    (AP, 6/30/97)(AP, 10/14/18)

1963        Jul 2, President John F. Kennedy met Pope Paul the Sixth at the Vatican, the first meeting between a Roman Catholic US chief executive and the head of the Catholic Church.
    (AP, 7/2/00)

1963        Sep 29, The second session of Second Vatican Council opened in Rome.
    (AP, 9/29/97)

1963        Nov 21, Roman Catholic Vatican Council authorized the use of vernacular instead of Latin in the Sacraments.
    (AP, 11/21/02)

1964        Sep 14, Pope Paul VI opened the third session of the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, also known as Vatican Two.'' The session closed two months later.
    (AP, 9/14/06)

1964        Nov 13, Pope Paul VI gave a tiara to the poor.
    (MC, 11/13/01)

1964        Nov 23, Vatican abolished Latin as the official language of Roman Catholic liturgy. [see Nov 29]
    (MC, 11/23/01)

1964        Nov 29, Catholic Church in US replaced Latin with English. [see Nov 23]
    (MC, 11/29/01)

1964        Saul Friedlander published "Pius XII and the Third Reich."
    (SFEC, 9/26/99, BR p.3)

1965        Sep 14, The 4th meeting of 2nd Vatican council opened.

1965        Oct 4, Pope Paul VI became the first reigning pontiff to visit the Western Hemisphere as he addressed the U.N. General Assembly.
    (AP, 10/4/97)

1965        Oct 28, Pope Paul VI issued a decree, Nostra Aetate, absolving Jews of collective guilt for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
    (AP, 10/28/99)(SFC, 3/11/06, p.B10)

1965        The 21st Vatican Council, begun in 1962 and later known as the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II), ended. In 2008 John W. O’Malley authored “What Happened at Vatican II."
    (WSJ, 12/26/08, p.A11)

1966        Mar 23, The 1st official meeting after 400 years of Catholic and Anglican Church.
    (SS, 3/23/02)

1966        Nov 18, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops did away with the rule against eating meat on Fridays.
    (AP, 11/18/97)

1966        Pope Paul VI allowed celibacy dispensations for men wanting to leave the Catholic priesthood. Over the next 2 decades thousands of Catholic priests left active ministry to marry.
    (SFC, 3/16/02, p.A3)

1967        Jan 1, Pope Paul VI announced his Apostolic Constitution (Indulgentiarum Doctrina). He also established this day as World Peace Day.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ah8ck9)(SFC, 1/2/99, p.C12)

1967        Mar 26, Pope Paul VI published encyclical Populorum Progressio (On the Development of Peoples).

1967        May 29, Pope Paul VI named 27 new cardinals, including Karol Wojtyla, archbishop of Krakow, who later became Pope John Paul II.
    (SSFC, 4/3/05, p.A13)

1967        Jun 24, Pope Paul VI published his encyclical Sacerdotalis Caelibatus (priestly celibacy).

1967        Dec 23, President Johnson, on his way home from a visit to Southeast Asia, held an unprecedented meeting with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican.
    (AP, 12/23/07)

1967        Robert Katz (d.2010 at 77), American writer and historian, authored "Death in Rome." It was a meticulous reconstruction of an infamous 1944 Nazi massacre. A subsequent movie based on it, called "Massacre in Rome," stirred controversy because it suggested Pope Pius XII did not intervene to stop the massacre even though he knew about the Nazis' plans.
    (AP, 10/21/10)

1968        Jul 29, Pope Paul VI issued the encyclical Humanae Vitae, which reaffirmed the Church’s opposition to abortion and to all contraception except the rhythm method.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1687)(AP, 7/29/98)(SSFC, 7/8/01, p.A4)

1968        Aug 22, Pope Paul VI arrived in Bogota, Colombia, for the start of the first papal visit to Latin America.
    (AP, 8/22/98)

1968        The Sant’Egidio community was started in Rome by a high school student with ideals of prayer, mission and solidarity wit the poor. By 2008 it had 60,000 members in 70 countries and had become active in faith-based peacemaking.
    (Econ, 7/5/08, p.72)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_of_Sant'Egidio)

1969        Pope Paul VI became the first modern pope to visit Africa and declared the continent a "new homeland" for Jesus Christ.
    (AP, 11/23/15)
1969        The society of Society of St. Pius X was founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. It split from Rome over its opposition to the liberalizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council, which among other things introduced Mass in the vernacular and revolutionized the church's relations with Jews. In 1988, the Vatican excommunicated Lefebvre and four of his bishops after he consecrated them without papal consent.
    (AP, 6/14/12)

1970        Nov 27, Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was slightly wounded at the Manila airport by Benjamin Mendoza, a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.
    (AP, 11/27/02)

1971        May 14, Pope Paul VI (1897-1978), the 262nd pontiff, delivered his Octagesima Adveniens apostolic letter on the 80th anniversary of the Rerum Novarum encyclical by Leo XIII. Paul VI was born in Lombardy, Italy, as Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini.
    (SFC, 11/20/96, p.C1)(http://tinyurl.com/65jr23)

1971        Sep 28, Cardinal Josef Mindszenty (1892-1975) of Hungary, who had spent 15 years in refuge in the US Embassy in Budapest, ended his exile and flew to Rome.

1973        Jan 15, Pope Paul VI had an audience with Golda Meir at Vatican.

1975        Sep 14, Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first native-born American saint in the Roman Catholic Church.
    (AP, 9/14/97)(HN, 9/14/98)

1975        Oct 12, Archbishop Oliver Plunkett (1625-1681) became the 1st Irish-born saint in 700 years. He was  beheaded by Cromwell's troops.

1977        Jan 27, The Vatican reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's ban on female priests.
    (AP, 1/27/98)

1977        Jun 19, Pope Paul VI proclaimed a 19th-century Philadelphia bishop, John Neumann, the first male US saint.
    (AP, 6/19/07)

1978        Aug 6, Pope Paul VI died at Castel Gandolfo at age 80.
    (AP, 8/6/97)

1978        Aug 11, Chiefs of state and foreign dignitaries arrived in Vatican City for the funeral of Pope Paul VI.
    (AP, 8/11/98)

1978        Aug 12, Pope Paul VI, who had died six days earlier at age 80, was buried in St. Peter's Basilica.
    (AP, 8/12/97)

1978        Aug 26, Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice was elected the 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church following the death of Paul VI. The new pontiff took the name John Paul I.
    (AP, 8/26/97)

1978        Sep 3, Pope John Paul I, Cardinal Albino Luchiani of Venice, was installed as the 264th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church.
    (AP, 9/3/97)(SFC, 12/10/99, p.AA11)

1978        Sep 28, Pope John Paul I [Albino Luciano] died after 33 days as pope. He was found dead the next day in his Vatican apartment.
    (www.prose-n-poetry.com/display_work/10583/)(AP, 9/29/97)

1978        Oct 4, Funeral services were held at the Vatican for Pope John Paul I.
    (AP, 10/4/98)

1978        Oct 16, The College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church chose Cardinal Wojtyla (58), Archbishop of Cracow, to become Pope. He took the name John Paul II. The first non-Italian since Adrian VI of Utrecht died in 1523.
    (AP, 10/16/97)(HN, 10/16/98)

1979        Jun 2, Pope John Paul II, formerly Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Warsaw, arrived in his native Poland on the first visit by a pope to a Communist country.
    (SFC, 11/20/96, p.C1)(SFEC, 6/1/97, p.D1)(AP, 6/2/97)

1979        Sep 29, John Paul II became the first pope to visit Ireland as he arrived for a three-day tour. Contraception and divorce were illegal and the Catholic Church's influence on a deeply conservative society was near-total.
    (AP, 9/29/99)(Reuters, 8/23/18)

1979        Oct 1, Pope John Paul II arrived in Boston for the start of a U.S. tour.
    (AP, 10/1/99)

1979        Oct 6, Pope John Paul II, on a week-long U.S. tour, became the first pontiff to visit the White House, where he was received by President Carter.
    (AP, 10/6/97)

1979        Oct 7, Pope John Paul II concluded a week-long tour of the United States with a Mass on the Mall in Washington.
    (AP, 10/7/99)

1979        Nov 30, John Paul II, while on a pilgrimage to Turkey, became the first pope in 1,000 years to attend an Orthodox mass.

1980        May 2, Pope John Paul II arrived Kinshasa for the centennial of Catholicism in Zaire and the beginning of his African tour.
    (SFC, 7/18/97, p.A10)(http://eightiesclub.tripod.com/id99.htm)

1980        May 4, Nine people were killed at Kinshasa, Zaire (later the Democratic Republic of Congo) during a stampede to attend mass given by Pope John Paul II.

1980        May 30, Pope John Paul II, formerly Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Warsaw, arrived in France on the first visit by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since the early 19th century.
    (AP, 5/30/97)

1980        Jul 9, In Brazil at least 3 and as many as 7 died in a stampede to see the Pope at a stadium in Fortaleza.

1980        Pope John Paul II allowed married Episcopal clergy to join the Catholic Church and serve as priests.
    (AP, 8/22/05)

1981        May 13, John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca. The shots hit the pope’s hand and penetrated his abdomen. John Paul forgave Agca 4 days later. In 2006 an Italian report said the Soviet Union was behind the attempted assassination.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1981)(AP, 5/13/97)(SFC, 6/14/00, p.A12)(AP, 3/2/06)

1981        Jun 3, Pope John Paul II left a Rome hospital and returned to the Vatican three weeks after the attempt on his life.
    (AP, 6/3/97)

1981        Aug 14, Pope John Paul II left a Rome hospital, three months after being wounded in an attempt on his life.
    (AP, 8/14/01)

1982        May 12, In Fatima, Portugal, security guards overpowered a Spanish ex-priest armed with a bayonet who was trying to reach Pope John Paul II. John Paul was visiting to give thanks for surviving an assassination attempt on May 13, 1981. Ultra-conservative Spanish priest, Juan Fernandez Krohn, lunged at the pope with a dagger and was knocked to the ground by police and arrested. The pope was wounded, but this was not disclosed until 2008.
    (AP, 10/12/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_John_Paul_II)(Reuters, 10/15/08)

1982        May 28, Pope John Paul II became the 1st Pontiff to visit Britain.

1982        Jun 7, Pres. Reagan met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican and later with Queen Elizabeth in England.

1982        Jun 18, The body of Roberto Calvi (1920–1982), an Italian banker, was found hanging from scaffolding beneath Blackfriars Bridge in the financial district of London. Calvi, director of Banco Ambrosiano, allegedly hanged himself following the fraudulent bankruptcy of the bank. Calvi's clothing was stuffed with building bricks, and he was carrying around $15,000 of cash in three different currencies. Calvi, dubbed by the press as "God's Banker" due to his close association with the Vatican, had gone missing on June 10. The Holy See was the main shareholder in the bank, which had been accused of laundering money for the Sicilian mafia. In 1992 Carlo De Benedetti, the chairman of Olivetti SpA, was convicted for contributing to the bankruptcy of Banco Ambrosiano. In 1996 courts upheld his conviction and that of 30 others. In 2003 RAI state television said prosecutors believed the Mafia killed Roberto Calvi because he lost their money and knew too much about their operations. In 2005 a trial began for 5 people in the murder of Calvi. In 2007 a jury acquitted all 5 defendants charged with the murder of Calvi.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Calvi)(WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A10)(AP, 7/24/03)(AP, 10/6/05)(AP, 6/6/07)(AP, 11/2/18)

1982        Sep 15, Pope John Paul II received PLO leader Yasser Arafat.

1982        Oct 10, Pope John Paul II canonized Rev. M. Kolbe (1894-1941), a Polish Franciscan friar. The controversial racist priest had volunteered to die in place of another inmate at Auschwitz concentration camp.
1982        Oct 31, Pope John Paul II became the 1st pontiff to visit Spain.

1982        Nov 16, A replica of the original 1854 "Pope’s Stone," donated by the Vatican, was dedicated at the Washington Monument. The original from Pope Pius IX, arrived in October 1853. It was taken by force in 1854 by unknown men. The common idea is that the men were part of a group called the Know-Nothings.

1982        The Vatican named Opus Dei a personal prelature, in recognition of its global presence of priests and lay faithful who carry out the mission of promoting holiness in ordinary life.
    (AP, 6/14/12)
1982        The Vatican Bank, properly know as the Institute for the Works for Religion (IOR), was involved in the collapse of Italy’s Banko Ambrosiano.
    (Econ, 7/12/14, p.67)

1983        Jan 1, Pope John Paul II declared this year to be an extraordinary Holy Year to mark the 1,950th anniversary of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in year 33.
    (SFC, 12/24/99, p.A15)

1983        Jan 19, The New Catholic code expanded women's rights in the Church.
    (HN, 1/19/99)

1983        Feb 3, Cardinal Antonio Samore (b.1905), Vatican representative and archivist, died. In 1978 he mediated the Beagle conflict, a border dispute between Argentina and Chile.

1983        Mar, In Guatemala on the eve of Pope John Paul’s visit Gen’l. Montt had 6 rebel suspects executed.
    (SFC, 7/31/98, p.D3)(http://tinyurl.com/ckmy6)

1983        May 7, Mirella Gregori (15) went missing in Rome. In 2018 the news agency ANSA reported that prosecutors were focusing on whether the remains found in an annex of the Holy See's embassy in Rome could be linked either to Gregori, or to Emanuela Orlandi, another 15-year-old girl who went missing a month later.
    (AP, 10/31/18)

1983        Jun 16, Pope John Paul II visited Poland.

1983        Jun 22, Emanuela Orlandi (b.1968), the daughter of a Vatican messenger, disappeared after a music lesson in Rome. She was 15 at the time. Her self-proclaimed kidnappers demanded the release of Ali Agca, who wounded the Pope in 1981, for her freedom. They never offered any proof they had the girl or that she was alive.
    (AP, 1/10/06)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emanuela_Orlandi)

1983        Dec 11, Pope John Paul II visited a Lutheran church in Rome, the first visit by a Roman Catholic pontiff to a Protestant church in his own diocese.

1983        Dec 27, Pope John Paul II pardoned Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot him. The Pope visited Mehmet Ali Agca at Rome’s Rebibbia prison and personally pardoned him for the 1981 assassination attempt.
    (SFC, 6/14/00, p.A14)(http://preview.tinyurl.com/pddl)

1983        Pope John Paul II came to Managua, Nicaragua, berated the leftist priests serving in the government of Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega, and ordered Catholics to obey their bishops and avoid "unacceptable ideological commitments".
    (AP, 6/3/18)
1983        The Vatican code to annul marriages was revised under Canon 1095. It permitted annulment if it could be proved beyond a reasonable doubt that at the time of their marriage one or both spouses suffered from a "grave lack of discretionary judgement" concerning their marriage obligations.
    (WSJ, 9/11/98, p.W9)
1983        The Vatican abolished the role of “devil’s advocate," who argued against prospective sainthood.
    (Econ, 1/25/14, p.56)

1984        Jan 10, The United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in 117 years.
    (AP, 1/10/98)(HN, 1/10/99)

1984        In a bank scandal the Vatican paid $244 million for its part in the collapse of another Italian bank.
    (SFEM, 1/19/96, p.10)
1984        A commission of the Roman Catholic Church, appointed by Pope John Paul II in 1980, concluded that the Inquisition was in error in its 1632 condemnation of Galileo‘s support of the Copernican Theory of the solar system. By 1611 Galileo had made a series of discoveries and observations with his telescope that clearly confirmed the theory of Polish astronomer Copernicus that the earth and planets revolved around the sun. Controversy erupted when Galileo announced his support of Copernicus, a theory in opposition to the accepted Church belief that the sun and planets revolved around a stationary earth. Galileo‘s 1632 publication of Dialogue on the Two Chief Systems of the World led to condemnation by the Inquisition, which forced him to renounce his views and live under house arrest until his death in 1642 [see 1992].
    (HNQ, 2/11/00)
1984        Pope John Paul II visited South Korea and canonized over 100 martyrs executed from 1791-1888 during the Joseon Dynasty.
    (SFC, 8/13/14, p.A7)

1985        Jan 27, Pope John Paul said mass to one million in Venezuela.
    (HN, 1/27/99)

1985        The Vatican suspended Rev. Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann and three other dissident priests in Nicaragua for defying a church ban on clergy holding government jobs. Brockmann served as the Sandinista government’s foreign minister from 1979-1990. In 2014 he was reinstated by Pope Francis.
    (SFC, 8/5/14, p.A2)

1986        Feb 3, Dalai Lama met Pope John Paul II in India.

1986        Mar 29, A court in Rome acquitted six men in a plot to kill the Pope.
    (HN, 3/29/98)

1986        Apr 13, Pope John Paul II visited a Rome synagogue and met with Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff in the first recorded papal visit of its kind.
    (AP, 4/13/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Paul_II)

1986        The Vatican issued a statement that described homosexuality as a disorder.
    (SFC, 7/14/99, p.A4)

1986        J.N.D. Kelly authored “The Oxford Dictionary of Popes."
    (WSJ, 4/12/08, p.W8)

1987        Mar 10, The Vatican condemned surrogate parenting as well as test-tube and artificial insemination.
    (HN, 3/10/98)

1987        Apr 30, Pope John Paul II began a five-day visit to West Germany.
    (AP, 4/30/97)

1987         May 1, During a visit to West Germany, Pope John Paul II beatified Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz.
    (AP, 5/1/97)

1987        May 4, Pope John Paul II ended his five-day visit to West Germany with a call for religious freedom in the Soviet bloc and praise for those who had opposed the "mass hysteria and propaganda" of the Nazi era.
    (AP, 5/4/97)

1987        Jun 25, Pope John Paul II received Austrian President Kurt Waldheim at the Vatican, a meeting fraught with controversy because of allegations that Waldheim had hidden a Nazi past. 
    (AP, 6/25/97)

1987        Sep 1, After Jewish leaders met with the Pope at Castel Gandolfo it was announced that a document would be produced on the Holocaust. The document was made public Mar 16, 1998.
    (SFEC, 3/15/98, p.A24)

1987        Sep 16, Pope John Paul II visited San Francisco and drew the largest protests of his US tour as homosexuals, feminists and Jews protested outside Mission Dolores Basilica.
    (SSFC, 9/16/12, DB p.46)

1987        Sep 18, In San Francisco Pope John Paul II ended his 21-hour visit to the city by celebrating Mass at Candlestick Park before some 70,000 people.
    (SSFC, 12/22/13, p.A14)

1987        Sep 20, Pope John Paul II concluded an 11-day visit to North America as he celebrated Mass for thousands of Indians at Fort Simpson in Canada's Northwest Territories.
    (AP, 9/20/97)

1988        Jan 29, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega received a coolly polite reception from Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
    (AP, 1/29/98)

1988        Apr 2, Secretary of State George P. Shultz briefed Pope John Paul II on his Middle East peace proposals during a private audience at the Vatican.
    (AP, 4/2/98)

1988        Jun 23, Pope John Paul II began his second papal visit to Austria, where he met with President Kurt Waldheim, despite controversy over Waldheim's alleged involvement in Nazi war crimes.
    (AP, 6/23/98)

1988        Jun 30, Renegade Roman Catholic Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre consecrated four bishops in defiance of papal authority; the Vatican announced the excommunication of all five.
    (AP, 6/30/98)

1988        Oct 8, Pope John Paul II journeyed to eastern France, where he addressed the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.
    (AP, 10/8/98)

1988        Dec 23, Pope John Paul II met with Yasser Arafat at the Vatican. The pontiff told the PLO leader he believed Palestinians and Jews had "an identical fundamental right" to their own countries.
    (AP, 12/23/98)

1988        The Shroud of Turin Research Project (Sturp) performed radiocarbon dating on fibers of the shroud and found that the linen dated to between 1260 and 1390 CE. Ian Wilson wrote the 1978 book "The Shroud of Turin" and in 1998 "The Blood and the Shroud: New Evidence That the Most Sacred Relic Is Real."
    (WSJ, 4/10/98, p.W6)

1989        Dec 1, In an extraordinary encounter, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.
    (AP, 12/1/99)

1990        Feb 2, In South Africa Benedict Daswa, as Catholic schoolteacher, was beaten to death in a spasm of violence born of a flash of lightning and a witch hunt. In 2012 a movement was under way to have the Vatican declare Daswa South Africa's first saint. Daswa was beatified on Sep 13, 2015.
    (AP, 7/15/12)(AFP, 9/13/15)

1990        Apr 21, Pope John Paul II was greeted by hundreds of thousands of people as he visited Czechoslovakia to help celebrate the nation's peaceful overthrow of communist rule.
    (AP, 4/21/00)

1990        Sep 10, In Ivory Coast Pope Paul II consecrated the Basilique Notre Dame de la Paix on the condition that a hospital for the poor be built next door. It was constructed between 1985 and 1989 at a cost of $300 million. Work on the hospital began in 2012.
    (Econ, 6/16/12, p.60)(http://tinyurl.com/ne47e)

1990        Pope John Paul II put forth his encyclical "Redemptoris Missio," on Christian evangelization and world religions.
    (WSJ, 10/16/98, p.W13)
1990        Pope John Paul II put forth his "Excorde Ecclesiae," a set of instructions to bishops to safeguard the identity of Catholic institutions.
    (USAT, 11/18/99, p.1A)
1990        A new church law required Catholic dioceses around the world to support the Holy See.
    (SFEM, 1/19/96, p.10)

1991        May 2, In his ninth encyclical, Pope John Paul the Second acknowledged the success of capitalism, but denounced the system for sometimes achieving results at the expense of the poor and of morality. Pope John Paul II put forth his encyclical "Centesimus Annus," on the dignity of the human person and the free economy in the free society. He pointed out that the main cause of the wealth of nations is knowledge, science, know-how, and discovery.
    (WSJ, 10/16/98, p.W13)(WSJ, 12/23/99, p.A18)(AP, 5/2/01)

1991        Jun 2, Pope John Paul the Second, on a pilgrimage to his native Poland, visited the town of Przemysl, less than ten miles from the Soviet border; an estimated 10,000 Ukrainians crossed into Poland to see the pontiff.
    (AP, 6/2/01)

1991        Jun 3, Pope John Paul the Second, visiting the Polish city of Kielce, indirectly criticized abortion, appealing to his listeners to "prevent further destruction of the Polish family."
    (AP, 6/3/01)

1992        Oct 31, Roman Catholic church rehabilitated Galileo Galilei after 359 years. Galileo was tortured and imprisoned by the Holy Office during the Inquisition, and was forced to recant his heretical views that the earth and planets revolve around the Sun. Pope John Paul II acknowledged that the church had erred in condemning Galileo. [see 1984]

1992        Jason Berry authored "Lead Us Not Into Temptation," a work on clerical sex abuse.
    (SFC, 3/18/02, p.F10)
1992        Pope John Paul II founded the Mater Ecclesia convent as a prayerful counterweight to the worldliness of the Roman Curia.
    (Econ, 2/16/13, p.61)

1993        Mar 20, Pope John Paul II declared Duns Scotus (1266-1308) a saint.

1993        Aug 11, Pope John Paul II visited Mexico.

1993        Aug 14, Pope John Paul II denounced abortion and euthanasia as well as sexual abuse by American priests in a speech at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver.
    (AP, 8/14/98)

1993        Aug 15, Pope John Paul II ended his four-day U.S. visit with a farewell address at Denver's Stapleton International Airport in which he denounced the "culture of death" of abortion and euthanasia.
    (AP, 8/15/98)

1993        Dec 30, Israel and the Vatican agreed to recognize one another. Pope John Paul II normalized relations between the Vatican and Israel.
    (SFC,12/25/97, p.A14)(AP, 12/30/97)

1993        Pope John Paul II put forth his encyclical "Veritatis Splendor," on the nature of moral truth in a relativistic world.
    (WSJ, 10/16/98, p.W13)

1994        Feb 20, Pope John Paul II demanded juristic discrimination of homosexuals.

1994        Mar 23, Alvaro del Portillo (b.1914), a Spanish engineer and Roman Catholic bishop, died in Rome. He served as the prelate of Opus Dei between 1982 and 1994 and was declared Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI on June 28, 2012. His beatification was held on September 27, 2014.

1994        Apr 3, In his Easter Sunday address, Pope John Paul II expressed hope that the joy of Christianity would overwhelm the din of violence and hate.
    (AP, 4/3/99)

1994        Apr 7, Pope John Paul II made remarks at the conclusion of a concert in commemoration of the Shoah (holocaust), in which he acknowledged the Nazi Holocaust killing of Jews for the 1st time.

1994        Jun 2, President Clinton met at the Vatican with Pope John Paul II.
    (AP, 6/2/99)

1994        Jun 15, Israel and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations.
    (AP, 6/15/97)

1994        Nov 26, Thirty clergymen were elevated to the rank of cardinal in a Vatican ceremony presided over by Pope John Paul II.
    (AP, 11/26/99)(www.usccb.org/pope/dates.htm)

1994        Dec 25, Pope John Paul II, in his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" message, bemoaned "selfishness and violence" around the world.
    (AP, 12/25/99)

1995        Jan 14, Pope John Paul II addressed a huge rally in Manila, urging young people to reject cynicism.
    (AP, 1/14/00)

1995        Oct 4, Pope John Paul the Second arrived in the United States for a five-day visit.
    (AP, 10/4/00)

1995        Pope John Paul II put forth his encyclical "Evangelium Vitae," on the culture of life and threats to human dignity. Also "Ut Unum Sint," on the unity of the Church and the unity of the world.
    (WSJ, 10/16/98, p.W13)

1995        The Vatican established a simple World Wide Web site.
    (Sky, 9/97, p.22)

1996        Oct 8, Pope John Paul II underwent a successful operation to remove his inflamed appendix.
    (AP, 10/8/97)

1997        Jan, Rev. Thomas J. Reese, a Jesuit journalist, published “Inside the Vatican", a look at the institution’s internal politics and organization.
    (SFEM, 1/19/96, p.10)

1997        Mar 10, The Vatican established diplomatic relations with Libya.
    (SFC, 3/11/97, p.A11)

1997        May 4, Pope John Paul beatified the first Gypsy Jimenez Malla, killed by Republican forces in the 1936 Spanish Civil War. Also beatified were Florentino Asensio Barroso, bishop of Barbastro, Spain, where Malla died; Enrico Rebuschini, a northern Italian priest who died in 1938; and Maria Encarnacion Rosal, a 19th century Guatemalan nun.
    (SFC, 5/5/97, p.A8)(AP, 5/4/98)

1997        Jun 10, Pope John Paul II bade farewell to his native Poland as he ended an 11-day pilgrimage.
    (AP, 6/10/98)

1997        Aug 21, Pope John Paul II began a visit to Paris with an outdoor encounter with 500,000 young people from around the world.
    (SFC, 8/22/97, p.A14)

1997        Aug 24, In France Pope John Paul II offered tough challenges and affectionate encouragement to more than 1 million faithful attending Mass during closing World Youth Day ceremonies in Paris.
    (AP, 8/24/98)

1997        Oct 2, In Brazil thousands turned out to greet Pope John Paul II for the start of his 4-day visit.
    (SFC, 10/3/97, p.B2)

1997        Dec 23, For the 1st time a Chanukah candle was officially lit in Vatican City.

1997        The Vatican’s top diplomat in Ireland told bishops that their policy of mandatory reporting suspected of sex abuse cases to police "gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and canonical nature." In 2011 the Vatican insisted the letter had been "deeply misunderstood."
    (AP, 1/19/11)

1998        Jan 23, Pope John Paul II condemned the US embargo against Catholic Cuba.

1998        Rev. Lawrence Murphy (d.1998), who had worked at the former St. John's School for the Deaf in St. Francis, Wisconsin (1950-1975), died. In July 1996, Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland sent a letter to the Vatican seeking advice on how to proceed with charges of sexual molestation by Murphy on as many as 200 deaf students. Cardinal Ratzinger, who led the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1981 until 2005, when he was elected pope, did not respond. The case was made public in 2010.
    (AP, 3/25/10)

1998        Jan 24, Pope John Paul II, delivering blunt political messages during his visit to Cuba, called for the release of "prisoners of conscience" and respect for freedom of expression, initiative and association.
    (AP, 1/24/99)

1998        May 4, In Vatican City Alois Estermann (43), the pope’s top bodyguard, was shot and killed along with his wife, Gladys Meza Romero (49) in their apartment by Cedrich Tornay (23), who then shot himself. Estermann had just been appointed the head of the Swiss Guards and was killed by Tornay due to damaged professional pride. An investigation was concluded in 1999 and suggested that marijuana and a brain cyst impaired Tornay.
    (WSJ, 5/5/98, p.A1)(USAT, 5/6/98, p.6A)(SFC, 2/9/99, p.A10)(AP, 5/4/99)

1998        Jun 19, Pope John Paul II visited Austria for 3 days.
    (SFC, 6/20/98, p.B3)

1998        Jun 25, The Vatican agreed to sign a joint declaration with the Lutheran Church on how humans receive God’s forgiveness and salvation.
    (SFC, 6/26/98, p.D2)

1998        Sep 18, In SF Rev. John Charles Wester was named as Catholic Bishop of SF and titular prelate of Lamiggiga.
    (SFC, 9/19/98, p.C1)

1998        Oct 3, In Croatia Pope John Paul II beatified Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, the World War II archbishop of Zagreb and a controversial figure because many Serbs and Jews accused him of sympathizing with the Nazis.
    (SFEC, 10/4/98, p.A22)(AP, 10/3/99)

1998        Oct 11, Pope John Paul II bestowed sainthood on Edith Stein, a Jewish-born woman who became a Catholic nun and was executed by Nazis in 1942.
    (SFC, 10/12/98, p.A1)

1998        Oct 15, Pope John Paul marked his 20th anniversary with a new encyclical "Fides et Ratio," or Faith and Reason with the basic message of: Be not afraid of human reason. The 40,000 word treatisse emphasizes spiritual truth over technology.
    (SFC, 10/16/98, p.A17)(WSJ, 10/16/98, p.W13)

1998        Oct 18, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass at the Vatican marking the 20th anniversary of his election to the papacy.
    (AP, 10/18/99)

1998        Nov 27, From the Vatican Pope John Paul issued a papal bull, "Incarnationis Mysterium" (The Mystery of the Incarnation) that proclaimed 2000 a special Holy Year. Special indulgences were offered for making pilgrimages, doing good deeds or fasting.
    (SFC, 11/28/98, p.A10)

1999        Dec 24, The Catholic Holy Year was to begin Christmas eve and last to Jan 6, 2001. The Church was expected to ask for forgiveness for past errors.
    (SFC, 12/25/98, p.A18)

1998        Robert J. Hutchinson published "When in Rome: A Journal of Life in Vatican City."
    (SFEC, 8/9/98, p.T8)

1999        Jan 8, Pope John Paul II met with the new Prime Minister and former communist leader, Massimo D'Alema.
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.A9)

1999        Jan 22, Pope John Paul II began a 5-day pilgrimage to Mexico and St. Louis. He was greeted by Pres. Zedillo some 2 dozen official sponsors who would help defray the $2 million costs of the 4-day visit.
    (SFC, 1/22/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/23/99, p.A10)

1999        Mar 11, Pope John Paul II met with Mohammad Khatami of Iran.
    (SFC, 3/12/99, p.A14)

1999        Mar 17, The Vatican and Sony announced the release of the first music video, "Abba Pater," by Pope John Paul II.
    (SFC, 3/17/99, p.C3)

1999        May 7, In Romania the Pope began a 3-day visit. This was his first visit to a country with an Orthodox Christian majority. The Pope was greeted by Orthodox Patriarch Teoctist (84).
    (WSJ, 5/7/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A10)

1999        Jun 2, President Clinton met at the Vatican with Pope John Paul II.
    (AP, 6/2/04)

1999        Jun 3, It was reported that Catholics and Lutherans had agreed to sign an accord over the theological issue of "justification." They agreed that divine forgiveness and salvation come "solely by God's grace" and that good works flow from that.
    (SFC, 6/3/99, p.C4)

1999        Jun 4, Pope John Paul II traveled to Poland, the first stop on a 13-day visit to 20 cities. This was his 8th visit to Poland.
    (WSJ, 6/4/99, p.A1)

1999        Oct 31, In Augsburg, Germany, leaders of the Roman Catholic and modern Lutheran Churches signed the Augsburg Accord, a "Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification," in a step toward reconciliation. The accord gave weight to the Lutheran position on salvation through faith and embraced the Catholic ethic of earthly service.
    (SFC, 11/1/99, p.A11,12)

1999        Dec 3, Acea SpA was at issue with the Vatican over a $23.2 million sewage disposal bill.
    (WSJ, 12/3/99, p.A1)

1999        Dec 24, The Catholic Jubilee Holy Year began Christmas eve and lasted to Jan 6, 2001. The Church was expected to ask for forgiveness for past errors. The bronze door to St. Peter's was opened and symbolized the passage from sin to grace.
    (SFC, 12/25/98, p.A18)(SFC, 12/25/99, p.A12)

1999        John L. Heilbron, a historian of science, authored "The Sun in the Church."
    (SFC, 10/25/99, p.A4)

1999        Monsignor Luigi Marinelli (d.2000 at 73) authored "Via col Vento in Vaticano" (Gone With the Wind in the Vatican). It alleged intrigue and corruption in the Vatican, became a best seller and prompted a defamation suit by the Vatican along with a decree ordering its removal from bookstores.
    (SFC, 10/25/00, p.A26)

1999        Thomas Plante edited "Bless Me Father For I Have Sinned: Perspectives on Sexual Abuse Committed By Roman Catholic Priests."
    (SFC, 8/14/99, p.A8)

1999        George Weigel authored "Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II."
    (WSJ, 10/5/99, p.A24)

2000        Jan 6, In China the state-controlled Catholic Church ordained 5 new bishops while the Pope elevated 12 prelates in St. Peter's Basilica.
    (SFC, 1/7/00, p.A14)

2000        Feb 26, Pope John Paul II visited the 6th century St. Catherine's monastery in Egypt, built on the reputed site where Moses encountered the burning bush. He met with Greek Orthodox Archbishop Damianos and held a short prayer service in an olive garden outside the monastery.
    (SFEC, 2/27/00, p.A20)

2000        Mar 12, In Rome Pope John Paul II begged for God's forgiveness for sins committed or condoned by Roman Catholics over the last 2,000 years.
    (SFC, 3/13/00, p.A1)

2000        Mar 20, Pope John Paul II arrived in Jordan for the beginning of his Holy land tour. He prayed at Mt. Nebo where the bible says Moses first viewed the Promised Land.
    (WSJ, 3/20/00, p.A1)(SFC, 3/21/00, p.A1)

2000        Mar 21, Pope John Paul II landed in Tel Aviv and began his official visit to Israel with a welcome from Pres. Ezer Weizman.
    (SFC, 3/22/00, p.A1)

2000        Mar 23, Pope John Paul the Second paid his respects at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial.
    (AP, 3/23/01)

2000        Mar 24, In Israel Pope John Paul II delivered a sermon from the Mount of Beatitudes before some 100,000 people.
    (SFC, 3/24/00, p.A10)

2000        Jun 26, The Vatican unveiled the 62-line handwritten account of Lucia de Jesus dos Santos from the Fatima, Portugal, vision of Jul 13, 1917.
    (SFC, 6/27/00, p.A12)

2000        Aug 20, At the Vatican some 2 million young people closed the 6-day World Youth festival dubbed the Catholic Woodstock.
    (SFC, 8/21/00, p.A9)

2000        Aug 29, Pope John Paul II laid down moral guidelines for medical research in the 21st century, endorsing organ donation and adult stem cell study, but condemning human cloning and embryo experiments.
    (AP, 8/29/01)

2000        Sep 3, At the Vatican Pope John Paul II beatified Pope Pius IX and Pope John XXIII.
    (SFC, 9/4/00, p.A8)

2000        Sep 5, The Vatican issued a statement that declared efforts to depict all religions as equal are wrong and reasserted that the Catholic Church is the one true church.
    (WSJ, 9/6/00, p.A1)

2000        Oct 1, Pope John Paul II canonized as martyrs 87 Chinese believers and 33 European missionaries killed between 1648 and 1930. He also canonized Mother Katherine Drexel (d.1955), a Philadelphia heiress, who became a nun.
    (SFC, 10/2/00, p.A12)

2000        Oct 10, In Portland the Roman Catholic Church apologized for the sexual abuse committed by Rev. Maurice Grammond (80) between 1950-1974. The church agreed to pay and undisclosed sum to 22 men.
    (SFC, 10/11/00, p.A3)

2000        Dec 16, Joerg Haidar, a far-right Austrian leader, visited Pope John Paul II along with a 250 person delegation to present a Christmas tree from Carinthia. This provoked heavy clashes between protesters and police.
    (SSFC, 12/17/00, p.D1)

2000        Gary Wills authored "Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit," an indictment of how the Vatican has rewritten history and twisted the truth in an effort to preserve outdated teachings on human sexuality and gender equality.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.C1)

2001        Jan 28, Pope John Paul II named 5 new cardinals and revealed the identities of 2 others from the former Soviet Union.
    (SFC, 1/29/01, p.A14)

2001        Feb 21, Pope John Paul II installed 44 new cardinals. It was the largest number ever installed at one time.
    (SFC, 2/21/01, p.A13)

2001        May 4, Pope John Paul II visited Athens and apologized for Roman Catholic sins of "action or omission" against Orthodox Christians. A day earlier some 1,000 Orthodox conservatives took to the streets to denounce his visit.
    (SFC, 5/4/01, p.D3)

2001        May 5, In Syria Pres. Bashar Assad greeted Pope John Paul II with a speech against Israel.
    (SSFC, 5/6/01, p.A14)

2001        May 6, In Syria Pope John Paul II prayed in the Great Umayyad Mosque, the 1st time a pontiff ever visited and prayed in a Muslim house of worship.
    (SFC, 5/7/01, p.A1)

2001        May 8, In Malta Pope John Paul II was welcomed on the final stop of his 6-day pilgrimage to retrace the steps of the Apostle Paul.
    (WSJ, 5/9/01, p.A1)

2001        May 24, In Rome 155 cardinals concluded a private 3-day meeting.
    (SSFC, 5/27/01, p.A3)

2001        Jun 23, Pope John Paul II began his 5-day visit to Ukraine, where the Greek Catholic Church had 5 million followers who observed Byzantine rites but were loyal to Rome. He hoped to mend a rift with the Eastern Orthodoxy.
    (SFC, 6/22/01, p.A14)

2001        Jun 25, In Ukraine Pope John Paul II planned to visit Babi Yar where some 200,000 Jews and other Nazi victims are buried. Pope John Paul II visited Babi Yar, the site of a Nazi massacre of at least 100,000 Jews. [see 1941]
    (SFC, 6/25/01, p.A8)(WS, 6/26/01, p.A1)

2001        Jul 19, The Roman Catholic Church declared that Mormon converts must be rebaptized.
    (SFC, 7/20/01, p.A9)

2001        Sep 22, Pope John Paul II arrived in Kazakstan with good wishes for Islamic leaders and for "all people of good will" who seek peace.
    (SSFC, 9/23/01, p.A27)

2001        Nov 22, Pope John Paul II issued a papal message via the Internet to Catholics in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands that included an apology for sexual abuse by priests.
    (SFC, 11/23/01, p.A1)

2002        Feb 15, The bishop of the Diocese of Dorchester, NH, named 14 priests implicated in the sexual abuse of children from 1963-1987.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A7)

2002        Feb, The Archdiocese of Boston identified 80 priests as having abused children over the last 40 years.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.A8)

2002        Mar 8, Anthony J. O’Connell, Palm Beach Catholic bishop, resigned after admitting to the sexual abuse of a teen-age seminary student 27 years earlier.
    (SFC, 3/9/02, p.A3)

2002        Mar 28, Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation of Julius Paetz, archbishop of Poznan, Poland, due to a sex scandal and accusations of molesting young seminarians.
    (SFC, 3/29/02, p.A7)

2002        Mar 31, Pope John Paul II used his Easter message to call for an end to violence in the Holy Land.
    (AP, 3/31/03)

2002        Apr 15, Pope John Paul II summoned all US cardinals to the Vatican to discuss clerical sex abuse scandals in the US.
    (SFC, 4/16/02, p.A1)

2002        Apr 23, Pope John Paul II opened a Vatican meeting with American cardinals to discuss sexual abuse by clergy.
    (SFC, 4/24/02, p.A1)

2002        Apr 24, US cardinals at the Vatican issued a communique for expedited procedures to defrock priests guilty of sexual abuse of minors.
    (SFC, 4/25/02, p.A1)

2002        May 22, Pope John Paul (82) arrived in Azerbaijan for a 2-day visit before continuing on to Bulgaria. He hope to improve relations with the Muslim and Christian Orthodox believers.
    (WSJ, 5/22/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/23/02, p.A1)

2002        May 24, Pope John Paul accepted the resignation of Rembert Weakland (75), archbishop of Milwaukee. Weakland admitted to a $450,000 settlement in 1998 to Paul Marcoux (53) for an alleged sexual assault in 1979.
    (SFC, 5/25/02, p.A3)

2002        May 28, Pres. Bush met with Pope John Paul II in Vatican City and expressed his worries on the sex scandals in the US involving Catholic clergy.
    (SFC, 5/29/02, p.A8)

2002        Jun 14, US bishops voted to remove any priest from his ministry who abuses a minor but stopped short of zero tolerance, as pushed by some victims.
    (SFC, 6/15/02, p.A1)

2002        Jun 16, Pope John Paul II declared Padre Pio (d.1968), a mystic Capuchin monk, a saint.
    (AP, 6/16/02)

2002        Jul 23, A frail Pope John Paul II walked down the steps of his plane instead of using a lift after arriving in Canada to join thousands of young Catholic pilgrims for World Youth Day. Tens of thousands of exuberant young Catholics massed in Toronto to greet the Pope.
    (AP, 7/23/02)(Reuters, 7/23/02)

2002        Jul 28, In Canada Pope John Paul ended the celebrations of World Youth Day for 800,000 people in Toronto's massive Downsview Park. Speaking publicly on the church abuse scandal for the first time, Pope John Paul II told young Catholics that sexual abuse of children by priests "fills us all with a deep sense of sadness and shame."
    (Reuters, 7/29/02)(AP, 7/28/03)

2002        Jul 30, In Guatemala City Pope John Paul II canonized his 463rd saint, Pedro de San Jose Betancur, a 17th century Spanish missionary and Central America's first saint.
    (SFC, 7/31/02, p.A2)(AP, 7/30/07)
2002        Jul 30, Pope John Paul II began a three-day visit to Mexico to canonize Juan Diego, the first Indian saint. He arrived from Guatemala to a greeting by President Vicente Fox and tens of thousands of people lining Mexico City's streets.
    (AP, 7/30/02)

2002        Jul 31, Pope John Paul II canonized Juan Diego, an Indian peasant to whom church tradition says the Virgin Mary appeared 500 years ago, in a ceremony in Mexico that drew more than 1 million believers into the streets.
    (AP, 8/1/02)

2002        Aug 2, Pope John Paul II returned to Rome after ending an 11-day pilgrimage to Canada, Guatemala and Mexico.
    (AP, 8/2/03)

2002        Aug 5, The Vatican excommunicated 7 women who claimed to have been recently ordained as priests, because they had attacked the fundamental structure of the Catholic Church. The 7 women, from Germany, Austria and the United States, had defied an earlier Vatican warning to repent over their participation in a June 29 ceremony which they claimed made them priests.
    (AP, 8/6/02)(WSJ, 8/6/02, p.A1)

2002        Aug 16, Pope John Paul II returned to Poland for a 3-day visit.
    (SFC, 8/17/02, p.A10)

2002        Aug 18, In a tearful, farewell Mass in his beloved Krakow, Pope John Paul II told more than 2 million Poles that he would like to return one day — but that "this is entirely in God's hands."
    (AP, 8/18/03)

2002        Aug 19, An ailing and aging John Paul II bid a tearful farewell to his homeland as he concluded a four-day visit to the Krakow region of Poland.
    (AP, 8/19/03)

2002        Oct 6, Pope John Paul II raised to sainthood Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer the Spanish priest who founded the conservative Catholic organization Opus Dei (1928), only 27 years after his death.
    (AP, 10/6/02)

2002        Dec 13, Pope John Paul II accepted the resignation, due to sex abuse, of Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law (71).
    (SFC, 12/14/02, p.A1)(AP, 12/13/07)

2002        Dec 20, Pope John Paul II brought Mother Teresa (d.1997) closer to sainthood when he approved a miracle attributed to the nun.
    (AP, 12/20/02)

2003        May 3, Pope John Paul II began a whirlwind visit to Madrid, Spain. He urged hundreds of thousands of young people outside Madrid to be "artisans of peace."
    (AP, 5/3/04)

2003        May 4, In Spain Pope John Paul II proclaimed five new saints and urged Spaniards to emulate them. They included: Pedro Poveda, a priest killed in 1936; Angela de la Cruz, who founded the Sisters of the Company of the Cross; Genoveva Torres, who founded the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and of the Holy Angels; Maravillas de Jesus, who founded convents for the Order of Barefoot Carmelites, and Jose Maria Rubio, a Jesuit priest.
    (AP, 5/4/03)

2003        May 17, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re acknowledged that Pope John Paul II was suffering from Parkinson's disease.
    (AP, 5/17/04)

2003        May 18, Pope John Paul II celebrated his 83rd birthday.
    (AP, 5/19/03)

2003        Jun 5, Pope John Paul II began his landmark 100th foreign pilgrimage with a five-day, five-city tour of Croatia.
    (AP, 6/5/03)

2003        Jul 31, The Vatican launched a global campaign against gay marriages, warning Catholic politicians that support of same-sex unions was "gravely immoral" and urging non-Catholics to join the offensive.
    (SFC, 8/1/03, p.A1)(AP, 7/31/04)

2003        Sep 11, Weary and trembling, Pope John Paul II struggled to greet Slovaks as he began a four-day visit.
    (AP, 9/11/03)

2003        Sep 14, Pope John Paul II wrapped up a pilgrimage to Slovakia by beatifying two clerics, Greek Catholic Bishop Vasil Hopko and Roman Catholic Sister Zdenka Schelingova, who were jailed and tortured under the former communist regime.
    (AP, 9/14/03)

2003        Sep 19, The government of Georgia scrapped an accord guaranteeing religious freedom for Catholics. The next day the Vatican issued an unusually strong rebuke to the former Soviet republic and its dominant Orthodox Church.
    (AP, 9/20/03)

2003        Sep 28, Pope John Paul II named 31 new cardinals.
    (AP, 9/29/03)

2003        Oct 5, Pope John Paul II declared three missionaries to be saints: Daniele Comboni, an Italian; Arnold Janssen, a German; and Josef Freinademetz, an Austrian.
    (AP, 10/5/03)

2003        Oct 16, Pope John Paul II celebrated his 25th anniversary, reaching a milestone matched by only three of his predecessors.
    (AP, 10/16/03)

2003        Oct 19, Pope John Paul beatified Mother Teresa before a crowd of 300,000.
    (AP, 10/19/03)

2003        Oct 21, Pope John Paul II added 30 names to the list of his possible successors, installing a diverse collection of cardinals.
    (AP, 10/21/03)

2003        Nov 9, Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square beatified two Spaniards, an Italian, a Belgian and a Frenchwoman.
    (AP, 11/9/03)

2003        Nov 27, At the Vatican the Dalai Lama visited Pope John Paul II.
    (SFC, 11/28/03, p.A3)

2004        Apr 25, Pope John Paul II added six more people to the ranks of Catholics on the path to possible sainthood. Honored were: August Czartoryski (1858-1893) of Poland, a prince who became a Salesian priest; Laura Montoya (1874-1949) of Colombia, who founded the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Mary; Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala (1878-1963) of Mexico, co-founder of the Congregation of the Servants of Saint Margaret Mary and the Poor; Nemesia Valle (1847-1916) of Italy, a nun of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Giovanna Antida Thouret; Eusebia Palomino Yenes (1899-1935) of Spain; a nun of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians; and da Costa (1904-1955), who became a lay Salesian cooperator.
    (AP, 4/25/04)

2004        May 16, Pope John Paul II named six new saints, including Gianna Beretta Molla, revered by abortion foes because she'd refused to end her pregnancy despite warnings it could kill her. Beretta Molla, an Italian pediatrician, died in 1962 at age 39, a week after giving birth to her fourth child.
    (AP, 5/16/05)

2004        Jun 4, Pope John Paul II met with President Bush and reminded him of the Vatican's opposition to the war in Iraq.
    (AP, 6/4/04)

2004        Jul 31, The Vatican issued a document denouncing feminism for trying to blur differences between men and women and threatening the institution of families based on a mother and a father.
    (AP, 7/31/05)

2004        Aug 14, A visibly weak Pope John Paul II joined thousands of other ailing pilgrims at a cliffside shrine in Lourdes, France, telling them he shares in their physical suffering and assuring them the burden is part of God's "wondrous plan."
    (AP, 8/14/05)

2005        Feb 1, Pope John Paul II was hospitalized for breathing problems and the flu.
    (AP, 2/1/06)

2005        Feb 27, Pope John Paul II made a surprise first public appearance after surgery, appearing at his Rome hospital window.
    (AP, 2/27/06)

2005        Mar 13, Pope John Paul II was released from the hospital and returned to his Vatican apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square.
    (AP, 3/13/06)

2005        Apr 2, Pope John Paul II, born in Poland in 1920 as Karol Wojtyla, died in Rome at age 84. He was elevated to Pope in 1978 and was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years. In November Viking published “John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father" by Peggy Noonan.
    (AP, 4/2/05)(WSJ, 11/22/05, p.D8)

2005        Apr 7, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe defied a European Union travel ban and arrived in Rome to join world leaders attending Pope John Paul II's funeral. Italy has a pact with the Vatican in which it does not interfere with people transiting the country to see the pope.
    (AP, 4/7/05)

2005        Apr 8, World leaders joined pilgrims and prelates in St. Peter's Square for the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
    (AP, 4/8/06)

2005        Apr 19, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (78) of Germany became Pope Benedict XVI. As the 265th pope he promised to enforce strictly conservative policies for the world's Roman Catholics. In Germany Ratzinger's latest book, "Werte in Zeiten des Umbruchs" (Values in Times of Upheaval), was already sold out after its release a week ago. Ratzinger viewed secularism and moral relativism as the chief adversaries of God and the church. After Ratzinger was elected pope, the Holy See's No. 2 official, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, signed a decree assigning "in perpetuity and worldwide" the copyrights of all Benedict's works, including the hundreds he wrote before becoming pope, to the Vatican's publishing house, Libreria Editrice Vaticana (LEV).
    (AP, 4/19/05)(WSJ, 4/20/05, p.A1)(AP, 2/19/06)

2005        Apr 20, In his first Mass as pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI pledged to work for unity among Christians and to seek an open and sincere dialogue'' with other faiths.
    (AP, 4/20/06)

2005        Apr 24, Pope Benedict XVI formally began his stewardship of the Roman Catholic Church; the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said in his installation homily that as pontiff he would listen to the will of God in governing the world's 1.1 billion Catholics.
    (AP, 4/24/06)

2005        May 13, Pope Benedict XVI appointed SF Archbishop William Levada (68) as the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s top arbiter of questions of faith and morals.
    (SFC, 5/14/05, p.A1)

2005        May 23, The Vatican said there was no investigation under way of allegations that Rev. Marcial Maciel Degallado, the Mexican founder of a conservative religious order, sexually abused seminarians more than 30 years ago.
    (AP, 5/23/05)

2005        Jul 25, Israel expressed outrage that Pope Benedict XVI failed to condemn terrorist attacks against Israelis. Pope Benedict urged dialogue with the best elements of Islam.
    (SFC, 7/26/05, p.A3)

2005        Aug 18, Pope Benedict XVI began his first foreign trip as pontiff, leaving Rome to take part in the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany.
    (AP, 8/18/05)

2005        Aug 19, Pope Benedict XVI warned of rising anti-Semitism and hostility to foreigners, winning a standing ovation from members of Germany's oldest Jewish community during a visit to a rebuilt synagogue that had been destroyed by the Nazis.
    (AP, 8/19/05)

2005        Aug 21, Pope Benedict XVI triumphantly ended his four-day trip to his native Germany, celebrating an open-air Mass for a million people in Cologne.
    (AP, 8/21/06)

2005        Oct 16, Polish television broadcast a recorded interview with Pope Benedict XVI, who said that he planned to visit Poland, the homeland of his predecessor, John Paul II (it's believed to be the first TV interview by a pope).
    (AP, 10/16/06)

2005        Oct 22, Bishops from around the world approved a set of 50 recommendations for Pope Benedict XVI on running the Roman Catholic Church that reaffirm church teaching on such issues as celibacy for priests.
    (AP, 10/22/05)

2005        Oct 23, Pope Benedict XVI named five new saints at the close of a 3-week Synod of Bishops. They included: Rev. Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga, a Chilean Jesuit who was known for his work with the poor as well as the young; from Ukraine Josef Bilczewski, archbishop of Lviv, who was greatly admired by Catholics, Orthodox Christians and Jews alike during World War and the Rev. Zygmunt Gorazdowski, who founded the Congregation for the Sisters of St. Joseph to care for the sick and poor; and Italians Felice da Nicosia, a lay Capuchin who lived in the 1700s, and the Rev. Gaetano Cantanoso, who founded the Veronican Sisters of the Holy Face in 1934.
    (AP, 10/23/05)

2005        Nov 10, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani met with Pope Benedict XVI amid tight security that closed down the main boulevard leading to the Vatican.
    (AP, 11/10/05)

2005        Nov 17, Israeli President Moshe Katsav met with Pope Benedict XVI and other top Roman Catholic officials to discuss a long-standing tax dispute that has irritated relations between Israel and the Holy See.
    (AP, 11/17/05)

2005        Nov 19, Pope Benedict XVI and Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi discussed relations between the Catholic Church and Italy, amid accusations that the church interferes in the country's domestic affairs.
    (AP, 11/19/05)
2005        Nov 19, Pope Benedict XVI curbed the independence of Franciscan friars running the famed St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, decreeing they must now get permission for their activities from the local bishop.
    (AP, 11/20/05)

2005        Nov 20, The Vatican beatified 13 Mexicans who died during a Roman Catholic uprising in the late 1920s that was crushed by the Mexican government.
    (AP, 11/20/05)

2005        Nov 22, Pope Benedict XVI created the diocese of Ba Ria, in the Vietnam province of the same name, by dividing up the existing diocese of Xuan Loc. He named Monsignor Thomas Nguen Van Tram bishop of Ba Ria. Vietnam had an estimated 6 million Catholics.
    (AP, 11/22/05)

2005        Nov 29, The Vatican published its long-awaited document on gays in the clergy, saying men with "deep-seated" homosexual tendencies should not be ordained but those with a "transitory problem" could be if they had overcome them for three years.
    (AP, 11/29/05)

2005        Dec 25, Pope Benedict the 16th marked his first Christmas as pope, calling for concrete actions to back up “signs of hope" in the Middle East and urging peace in Darfur, Sudan and the Korean peninsula.
    (AP, 12/25/06)

2005        John Cornwell authored “The Pope in Winter: The Dark Face of John Paul II's Papacy."

2006        Jan 25, Pope Benedict XVI said in his first encyclical, "God is Love," that the Roman Catholic Church has no desire to govern states or set public policy, but can't remain silent when its charity is needed to ease suffering around the world.
    (AP, 1/25/06)

2006        Feb 2, The Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of an auxiliary bishop of Detroit, Thomas Gumbleton, a liberal voice in the US church who recently revealed that a priest abused him 60 years ago.
    (AP, 2/2/06)

2006        Feb 22, Pope Benedict XVI named 15 new cardinals, including John Paul II's longtime private secretary and prelates from Boston and Hong Kong, adding his first installment to the elite group of churchmen who will elect his successor.
    (AP, 2/22/06)

2006        Feb 26, In Canada, 19 Catholic priests singed an open letter in Montreal’s La Presse newspaper denouncing Vatican opposition to gay marriage and having homosexuals into the priesthood.
    (AP, 3/1/06)

2006        Mar 13, Pope Benedict XVI and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak held talks at the Vatican about Iran, Iraq and the prospects for lasting peace in the Middle East.
    (AP, 3/13/06)

2006        Mar 23, Pope Benedict XVI convened the College of Cardinals for the first time since his election last year, inviting its members to share their concerns about the challenges facing the Catholic Church before adding 15 new members to their ranks.
    (AP, 3/23/06)

2006        Mar 24, Pope Benedict XVI installed his first group of cardinals, promoting 15 prelates, including two Americans, to the elite club that chooses his successor.
    (AP, 3/24/06)

2006        Mar 25, The Vatican's foreign minister said that the "time is ripe" for the Holy See and Beijing to establish diplomatic relations, and confirmed it is ready to move its embassy from Taiwan.
    (AP, 3/26/06)

2006        Apr 16, In his first Easter message as pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI urged nations to use diplomacy to defuse nuclear crises and prayed that Palestinians would one day have their own state alongside Israel.
    (AP, 4/16/07)

2006        Apr, A group of Austrian priests launched the Pfarrer Initiative, or pastor initiative, a call to disobedience aimed at abolishing priestly celibacy and opening up the clergy to women to relieve the shortages of priests.
    (AP, 4/5/12)(http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pfarrer-Initiative)

2006        May 3, China's state-approved Catholic church installed a bishop without Vatican approval, the second this week.
    (AP, 5/3/06)

2006        May 4, The Vatican excommunicated two bishops ordained by China's state-controlled church without the pope's consent, escalating tensions as the two sides explored preliminary moves toward improving ties.
    (AP, 5/4/06)

2006        May 13, Pope Benedict XVI named a new bishop for Vietnam, a country that lacks ties with the Vatican but has the second highest number of Catholics in Southeast Asia.
    (AP, 5/13/06)

2006        May 19, The Vatican said it had asked Rev. Marcial Maciel, the Mexican founder of the conservative order Legionaries of Christ (1941), to renounce celebrating public Masses and live a life of "prayer and repentance" following its investigation into allegations he sexually abused seminarians.
    (AP, 5/19/06)

2006        May 25, Poland welcomed Pope Benedict XVI with cheers and fluttering yellow and white Vatican flags as the German-born pontiff started a four-day visit aimed at honoring predecessor John Paul II and healing wounds from World War II.
    (AP, 5/25/06)

2006        May 28, Pope Benedict XVI urged some 900,000 Poles at a giant mass to fight growing secularism by spreading their Christian faith across Europe and the world. He visited Auschwitz.
    (AFP, 5/28/06)(WSJ, 5/30/06, p.A1)

2006        Jun 3, British PM Tony Blair had a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI, at which the two men focused on the importance of inter-faith dialogue, in particular with "moderate Islam", in achieving peace.
    (AP, 6/3/06)

2006        Jun 6, The Vatican issued a sweeping condemnation of contraception, abortion, in-vitro fertilization and same-sex marriage, declaring that the traditional family has never been so threatened as in today's world.
    (AP, 6/6/06)

2006        Jun 30, The Vatican said it will release from its secret archives years of files on Pope Pius XI, whose pontificate spanned most of the period between the world wars.
    (AP, 6/30/06)

2006        Jul 8, Pope Benedict XVI stressed family values during a visit to Spain, where church influence has waned and the government has angered the Vatican with its liberal take on issues including gay marriage.
    (AP, 7/8/06)

2006        Sep 9, Pope Benedict XVI began a six-day homecoming to his native Bavaria.
    (AP, 9/9/06)

2006        Sep 12, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a speech at Regensburg Univ. that included brusque words about Islam. He quoted a 14th century Byzantine emperor as saying “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." The speech quickly provoked criticism from the world’s Muslim communities. The pontiff later said he regretted that Muslims were offended.
    (SFC, 9/15/06, p.A17)(AP, 9/12/07)

2006        Sep 14, Turkey's top Islamic cleric asked Pope Benedict XVI to take back recent remarks he made about Islam on Sep 12. He unleashed a string of counteraccusations against Christianity, raising tensions before the pontiff's November visit.
    (AP, 9/14/06)(SFC, 9/15/06, p.A17)

2006        Sep 16, Leaders across the Muslim world demanded Pope Benedict XVI apologize for his remarks on Islam and jihad. The Vatican said Pope Benedict XVI "sincerely" regretted offending Muslims with his reference to an obscure medieval text characterizing some of the teachings of Islam's founder as "evil and inhuman," but the statement stopped short of the apology demanded by Islamic leaders. Two West Bank Christian churches were hit by firebombs, and a group claiming responsibility said it was protesting Pope Benedict XVI's remarks about Islam.
    (AP, 9/16/06)(AP, 9/16/07)

2006        Sep 17, Pope Benedict XVI said that he was "deeply sorry" about the angry reaction to his recent remarks about Islam, which he said came from a text that didn't reflect his personal opinion.
    (AP, 9/17/06)

2006        Sep 18, The Vatican opened part of its secret archives to let historians review millions of diplomatic letters, private correspondence and other church documents to gain insight into how the Holy See dealt with the growing persecution of Jews before World War II.
    (AP, 9/18/06)

2006        Sep 25, Pope Benedict XVI told Muslim diplomats that Christians and Muslims must work together to guard against intolerance and violence as he sought to soothe anger over his recent remarks about Islam.
    (AP, 9/25/06)

2006        Sep 26, The Vatican said it has excommunicated Zambia’s Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, for defying the Holy See by installing four married men as bishops. The prelate had already angered the Vatican by getting married in 2001.
    (AP, 9/26/06)

2006        Oct 13, Pope Benedict XVI met privately with the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, but the Vatican released no details of the low-key visit that was not even listed on the pontiff's official calendar.
    (AP, 10/13/06)

2006        Oct 15, Pope Benedict XVI gave Catholics four news saints, bestowing the honor on a 19th-century nun who struggled on the American frontier, a bishop who tended to the wounded during the Mexican Revolution and two Italian clergy.
    (AP, 10/15/06)

2006        Oct 18, Pope Benedict XVI received an open letter signed by 38 Muslim personalities from various countries and of different outlooks, which discussed point by point the views on Islam expressed by the pope in his Sep 12 Regensburg lecture.

2006        Nov 16, The Vatican reaffirmed the value of celibacy for priests after a summit led by Pope Benedict XVI that was spurred by a married African archbishop who has been excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.
    (AP, 11/16/06)

2006        Nov 26, More than 20,000 Muslims in Istanbul held the biggest protest so far against Pope Benedict's controversial visit to Turkey this week.
    (AP, 11/26/06)

2006        Nov 28, Pope Benedict XVI began his first visit to a Muslim country with a message of dialogue and brotherhood between Christians and Muslims in an attempt to ease anger over his perceived criticism of Islam. In Turkey Benedict urged all religious leaders to "utterly refuse" to support any violence in the name of faith.
    (AP, 11/28/06)(AP, 11/28/07)

2006        Dec 22, The Roman Catholic Church denied a religious funeral for Piergiogio Welby, the paralyzed Italian author who died after a doctor disconnected his respirator, saying it would treat his public wish to "end his life" as a willful suicide.
    (AP, 12/22/06)

2006        Dec 25, Pope Benedict XVI used his Christmas Day address to call for a peaceful resolution of conflicts worldwide and appealed for greater caring of the poor, the exploited and all who suffer.
    (AP, 12/25/07)

2006        Dec 26, The Vatican called on retired Bishop Fernando Lugo to give up his plans to run for Paraguay's presidency or face canonical sanctions. Lugo said he had already resigned from the priesthood to lead a planned opposition alliance and challenge conservative President Nicanor Duarte of the Colorado Party in elections scheduled for May 2008.
    (AP, 12/26/06)

2007        Jan 11, A US federal judge ruled that the Vatican can be sued for damages by US victims of clerical sex abuse.
    (WSJ, 1/12/07, p.A1)

2007        Jan 25, Pope Benedict XVI met with Vietnam's PM Nguyen Tan Dung. Their talks marked an important step toward establishing diplomatic relations following decades of tension.
    (AP, 1/25/07)

2007        Mar 3, Pope Benedict named Kazimierz Nycz, a bishop with a spotless record, as archbishop of Warsaw to replace a prelate who resigned in disgrace after admitting he spied for the communist police.
    (Reuters, 3/3/07)

2007        Mar 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope Benedict XVI met for the highest-level Kremlin-Vatican talks in more than three years, focusing on easing tension between Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians and finding common ground in denouncing intolerance and extremism.
    (AP, 3/13/07)

2007        Mar 28, In France an official at a Paris maternity hospital said Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre is the French nun whose testimony of a mystery cure from Parkinson's disease will likely be accepted as the miracle the Vatican needs to beatify Pope John Paul II.
    (AP, 3/28/07)

2007        Apr 13, Benedict XVI published “Jesus of Nazareth," his first book as pope. It offered a very personal meditation on the early years of Christ's life and teachings criticized the "cruelty" of capitalism and colonialism and the power of the wealthy over the poor. A second installment, released in 2011, concerned the final part of Christ's life, his death and resurrection.
    (AP, 4/13/07)(AP, 3/2/11)

2007        Apr 20, A Vatican committee issued a report concluding that unbaptized babies who die may go to heaven and not be stuck in Limbo, which “reflects an unduly restrictive view of salvation."
    (SFC, 4/21/07, p.A7)

2007        May 4, Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami met with Pope Benedict XVI for talks the Vatican hoped would help heal tensions left from the pontiff's remarks on Islam and violence, but the Iranian said the wounds were still very deep.
    (AP, 5/4/07)

2007        May 6, Italian news said a Vatican court for the first time has issued a drug conviction, giving a former employee of the Holy See a four-month suspended sentence for cocaine use.
    (AP, 5/6/07)

2007        May 9, Pope Benedict XVI departed for a 5-day visit to Brazil, as evangelical Christians packed converted storefronts and cavernous churches every Sunday. Benedict gave his first full-fledged news conference since becoming pontiff in 2005. When a reporter pressed Benedict on whether he agreed that Catholic politicians who recently legalized abortion in Mexico City should rightfully be considered excommunicated, the response was "Yes."
    (AP, 5/9/07)(AP, 5/10/07)

2007        May 10, In Brazil Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed the Roman Catholic Church's opposition to abortion in his first speech but avoided further suggestion that politicians who support abortion rights should be considered excommunicated.
    (AP, 5/10/07)

2007        May 11, In Sao Paulo Pope Benedict XVI canonized Antonio de Sant'Anna Galvao (d.1822), an 18th-century Franciscan monk, as Brazil's first native-born saint. Friar Galvao began a tradition among Brazilian Catholics of handing out tiny rice-paper pills, inscribed with a Latin prayer, to people seeking cures for all manner of ailments.
    (AP, 5/11/07)

2007        May 13, Pope Benedict XVI held an inaugural mass for the 5th conference of bishops from Latin America and the Caribbean. This brought together 166 bishops to discuss the church's situation in the region, home to nearly half of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics.
    (Econ, 5/5/07, p.47)(AFP, 5/13/07)

2007        May 14, Pope Benedict XVI returned to Rome after telling Brazilians a growing rich-poor gap is to be lamented, but that the solution isn’t Marxism.
    (WSJ, 5/15/07, p.A1)

2007        Jun 3, Pope Benedict XVI named four new saints from France, Malta, the Netherlands and Poland at a ceremony in St. Peter's Square. Among those honored was Sister Marie Eugenie de Jesus Milleret, a French nun who in 1839 founded the Religious of the Assumption to educate young girls; the Rev. George Preca of Malta, who founded the Society of Christian Doctrine in 1932 as a group of lay people who teach the faith to others; the Rev. Szymon z Lipnicy of Poland, a Franciscan monk who comforted Poles afflicted by the plague that broke out in Krakow from 1482-83 and died of it himself; and the Rev. Charles of St. Andrew (Dublin), who was born Karel Van Sint Andries Houben in the Netherlands in 1821.
    (AP, 6/3/07)

2007        Jun 5, A Vatican engineer said some Holy See buildings will start using solar energy, reflecting Pope Benedict XVI's concern about conserving the Earth's resources.
    (AP, 6/6/07)

2007        Jun 9, President Bush and Pope Benedict XVI discussed the pontiff's deep worries that Christians in Iraq would not be embraced by the Muslim majority. Bush, denounced by anti-American protesters on the streets of Rome, defended his humanitarian record as he met with the Pope. Bush met with PM Prodi for the first time several hours after seeing the pope.
    (AP, 6/9/07)(AP, 6/9/08)

2007        Jun 19, The Vatican issued a set of "Ten Commandments" for drivers, telling motorists not to kill, not to drink and drive, and to help fellow travelers in case of accidents.
    (AP, 6/19/07)

2007        Jun 23, Britain’s PM Tony Blair held long talks with Pope Benedict XVI, with the Vatican stop on his farewell tour fueling rumors that he plans to convert to Catholicism.
    (AP, 6/23/07)

2007        Jun 28, The Vatican said Pope Benedict XVI has approved a document that relaxes restrictions on celebrating the Latin Mass used by the Roman Catholic Church for centuries until the modernizing reforms of the 1960s.
    (AP, 6/28/07)

2007        Jul 7, Pope Benedict XVI removed restrictions on celebrating the old form of the Latin Mass in a concession to traditional Catholics, but he stressed that he was in no way rolling back the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
    (AP, 7/7/07)

2007        Jul 10, Pope Benedict XVI has reasserted the universal primacy of the Roman Catholic Church, approving a document that says Orthodox churches were defective and that other Christian denominations were not true churches.
    (AP, 7/10/07)

2007        Aug 27, Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, a Vatican-backed charter airline service, made its inaugural flight, aiming to carry pilgrims to such Catholic shrines as Lourdes, Fatima, Santiago de Compostela and the Holy Land.
    (AP, 8/27/07)

2007        Sep 6, Pope Benedict XVI met with Israeli President Shimon Peres, as the elder statesman and Nobel Peace Prize laureate continued his visit to Italy amid an international push for peace in the Middle East.
    (AP, 9/6/07)

2007        Sep 7, Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to Holocaust victims, extending his "sadness, repentance and friendship" to the Jewish people as he began a 3-day pilgrimage to Austria.
    (AP, 9/7/07)

2007        Sep 8, In Austria Pope Benedict XVI blasted Europeans for being selfish and not having enough children, in a sermon at the 850-year-old pilgrimage site of Mariazell.
    (AP, 9/8/07)

2007        Oct 11, Pope Benedict XVI appealed to South Koreans' "inherent moral sensibility" to reject embryonic stem cell research and human cloning after the country decided to let embryonic stem cell research resume.
    (AP, 10/11/07)

2007        Oct 17, Pope Benedict XVI named 23 new cardinals, tapping two Americans, the patriarch of Baghdad, and archbishops from five continents to join the elite ranks of the "princes" of the Roman Catholic Church.
    (AP, 10/17/07)

2007        Oct 28, The Vatican staged its largest mass beatification ceremony ever, putting 498 victims (1934-1937) of religious persecution before and during Spain's civil war on the path to possible sainthood.
    (AP, 10/28/07)

2007        Nov 6, In the Vatican Benedict XVI raised concerns about restrictions on Christian worship in Saudi Arabia in the first meeting ever between a pope and a reigning Saudi king.
    (AP, 11/6/07)

2007        Nov 24, Pope Benedict XVI elevated 23 churchmen from around the world to the top ranks of the Catholic Church hierarchy, telling them they must be willing to shed their blood to spread the Christian faith.
    (AP, 11/24/07)

2007        Pope Benedict XVI wrote an open letter to Chinese Catholics emphasizing that the church had no political ambitions.
    (Econ, 8/23/14, p.36)

2008        Mar 10, A top Vatican official listed drugs, pollution, genetic manipulation and social and economic injustice as new sins.
    (AP, 3/11/08)(WSJ, 3/11/08, p.A1)

2008        Mar 22, Magdi Allam (55), Italy's most prominent Muslim, converted to Catholicism in a baptism by the pope at a Vatican Easter service. The iconoclastic writer has condemned Islamic extremism and defended Israel.
    (AP, 3/22/08)

2008        Mar 30, The Vatican said Islam has overtaken Roman Catholicism in number of adherents. It recently put the Roman Catholic number at 1.13 billion. Others estimated Muslims to number around 1.3 billion.
    (WSJ, 3/31/08, p.A8)

2008        Apr 15, Pope Benedict arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and was met by President Bush and Catholic dignitaries. Benedict turned 81 the next day.
    (AP, 4/16/08)(SFC, 4/16/08, p.A2)

2008        Apr 19,     In NYC Pope Benedict XVI preached in St. Patrick's cathedral, assuring priests and nuns that he was close to them as they battled the damage left by the clergy sex scandal.
    (AP, 4/19/08)
2008        Apr 19, Alfonso Lopez Trujillo (b.1935), Vatican enforcer and former archbishop of Medellin, died. In 1995, as head of the Pontifical council for the Family, he published a “Lexicon of Ambiguous and Debatable Terms."
    (Econ, 5/3/08, p.93)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfonso_L%C3%B3pez_Trujillo)

2008        Apr 20, Pope Benedict XVI held a Mass at Yankee Stadium on his last day in the US.
    (WSJ, 4/21/08, p.A1)

2008        Jun 27, Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis, a church law expert known for his tough stance that politicians who support abortion rights be denied Holy Communion, was named to head the Vatican's supreme court.
    (AP, 6/28/08)

2008        Jul 12, Pope Benedict XVI left Rome on a flight to Australia for a 10-day pilgrimage. The Pope said he will use his visit to Australia to apologize for sexual abuse by priests and to examine how the Church can "prevent, heal and reconcile".
    (AFP, 7/12/08)

2008        Jul 13, Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Sydney, after a stop in Darwin, for one of the largest Christian gatherings on Earth, starting a visit set to be marked by his apology for sexual abuse by priests in Australia.
    (AFP, 7/13/08)

2008        Jul 17, In Sidney, Australia, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a stinging attack on pop culture, consumerism and "false idols" to 150,000 mainly teenaged Catholic pilgrims gathered for World Youth Day.
    (AFP, 7/17/08)

2008        Jul 18, In Australia Pope Benedict XVI warned Christian leaders that the push to unite Christian churches was at a "critical juncture" and called on people of all religions to join together against violence.
    (AFP, 7/18/08)

2008        Jul 19, In Sidney, Australia, Pope Benedict apologized directly for the first time for sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy, but victims groups said they wanted action and not words.
    (Reuters, 7/19/08)

2008        Jul 20, In Australia Pope Benedict XVI said a "spiritual desert" was spreading throughout the world and he challenged young people to shed the greed and cynicism of their time to create a new age of hope for humankind.
    (AP, 7/20/08)

2008        Jul 21, In Sidney Pope Benedict XVI met privately with Australians who were sexually abused as children by priests, ending a pilgrimage to the country with a gesture of contrition and concern over a scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic church.
    (AP, 7/21/08)

2008        Jul 30, The papal nuncio said Paraguay's president-elect Fernando Lugo (57) has received unprecedented permission from the pope to resign as bishop, ending a dispute over his priestly status.
    (AP, 7/31/08)

2008        Sep 12, Pope Benedict XVI urged France to take Christianity into account despite its secular tradition, saying on his first visit there as pontiff that church and state should be open to each other.
    (AP, 9/12/08)

2008        Oct 12, Pope Benedict XVI gave the Roman Catholic church four new saints, including an Indian woman whose canonization is seen as a morale boost to Christians in India who have suffered Hindu violence. They included Sister Alphonsa (1910-1946) of the Immaculate Conception, a nun from southern India and India’s first woman saint; Gaetano Errico (1791-1860), a Neapolitan priest who founded a missionary order in the 19th century; Sister Maria Bernarda, born as Verena Buetler (1848-1924) in Switzerland, who worked as a nun in Ecuador and Colombia; and Narcisa de Jesus Martillo Moran (1832-1869), a 19th century laywoman from Ecuador who helped the sick and the poor.
    (AP, 10/12/08)

2008        Nov 4, In a bid to improve strained Catholic-Muslim relations, the Vatican hosted scholars, imans and clerics from both religions as it opened a three-day religious conference.
    (AP, 11/4/08)

2008        Dec 12, The Vatican raised its opposition to embryonic stem cell research, the morning-after pill, in vitro fertilization and human cloning to a new level in a major new document on bioethics.
    (AP, 12/12/08)

2008        Dec 31, The Vatican announced that it will no longer automatically adopt new Italian laws as its own, citing the vast number of laws Italy churns out, many of which are in odds with Catholic doctrine.
    (AP, 12/31/08)

2009        Jan 5, The Vatican said that Bishop Allen H. Vigneron will replace Cardinal Adam Joseph Maida at the head of the Detroit archdiocese. The pope also named the auxiliary bishop of Halifax, Claude Champagne, as the new bishop of Edmundston in Canada. Benedict appointed the Rev. Cirilo Flores as new auxiliary bishop of Orange, California.
    (AP, 1/5/09)

2009        Jan 24, Pope Benedict rehabilitated four traditionalist bishops who lead the far-right Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), which has about 600,000 members and rejects modernizations of Roman Catholic worship and doctrine. One of the four, British-born Richard Williamson, has made statements denying the full extent of the Nazi Holocaust of European Jews, as accepted by mainstream historians.
    (Reuters, 1/26/09)

2009        Jan 28, Israel’s chief rabbinate cut ties with the Vatican to protest the reinstatement of English-born Bishop Richard Williamson (b.1940), who has continued to deny the Holocaust. Williamson was excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church in 1988 because of his unauthorized consecration by French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, deemed by the Holy See to be "unlawful" and "a schismatic act."
     (WSJ, 1/29/09, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Williamson_(bishop))

2009        Jan 31, The Vatican announced that the Pope has tapped the Rev. Gerhard Maria Wagner (54) to be auxiliary bishop in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria province. Wagner caused a stir in 2005 when he was quoted as saying that he was convinced that the death and destruction of Hurricane Katrina earlier that year was "divine retribution" for tolerance of homosexuals and laid-back sexual attitudes in New Orleans.
    (AP, 2/1/09)

2009        Feb 4, The Vatican demanded that Bishop Richard Williamson recant his positions on the Holocaust before being admitted as a bishop into the Roman Catholic Church.
    (WSJ, 2/5/09, p.A8)

2009        Mar 16, The Vatican said it will launch a Chinese version of its website on March 19 in an effort to bring more of Pope Benedict's message to China, whose communist government does not allow Catholics to recognize his authority.
    (Reuters, 3/16/09)

2009        Mar 17, Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Cameroon to start his first visit to Africa as pontiff. Benedict, arriving in Africa, said that condoms "increase the problem" of AIDS. The comment, made to reporters aboard his plane, caused a worldwide firestorm of criticism.
    (Reuters, 3/18/09)

2009        Mar 20, Tens of thousands of Angolans welcomed Pope Benedict XVI. He urged Angolans to continue on the path of reconciliation after nearly three decades of civil war, saying dialogue could overcome all conflict and tension.
    (AP, 3/20/09)

2009        Mar 21, In Angola Pope Benedict XVI appealed to the Catholics of Angola to reach out to and convert believers in witchcraft who feel threatened by "spirits" and "evil powers" of sorcery. Two people were killed in a deadly stampede that broke out at Luanda stadium a few hours before Pope Benedict XVI addressed young people.
    (AP, 3/21/09)

2009        Mar 23, The Vatican said Pope Benedict XVI has named Monsignor Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, a San Diego clergyman, to be bishop of Oakland, California.
    (AP, 3/23/09)

2009        Apr 17, The Vatican said it will spend $660 million to build the biggest solar plant in Europe on 740 acres of pasture land it owns north of Rome.
    (SFC, 4/18/09, p.C1)

2009        Apr 26, Pope Benedict XVI named five new saints, including Portugal's 14th century independence leader and an Italian priest who ministered to factory workers at the dawn of the industrial era.
    (AP, 4/26/09)

2009        Apr 27, Belarus' authoritarian Pres. Lukashenko met with Pope Benedict XVI on his first trip to Western Europe since the European Union lifted a travel ban imposed in 1999 over his dismal human rights record. The EU lifted the ban to allow Lukashenko to attend an East-West summit in Prague, Czech Republic, in May.

2009        May 8, Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Jordan and expressed deep respect for Islam. He said he hopes the Catholic Church can play a role in Mideast peace as he began his first trip to the region, where he hopes to improve frayed ties with Muslims.
    (AP, 5/8/09)

2009        May 10, In Jordan Pope Benedict XVI urged Middle East Christians to persevere in their faith despite hardships threatening their ancient communities, addressing a crowd of 20,000 who filled a sports stadium where he celebrated the first open-air Mass of his pilgrimage.
    (AP, 5/10/09)

2009        May 11, Pope Benedict XVI confronted the dark history of his native Germany on the first day of his visit to Israel, shaking the hands of six Holocaust survivors and saying victims of the genocide "lost their lives but they will never lose their names." He also called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian homeland, a stance that could put him at odds with his hosts on a trip aimed at improving ties between the Vatican and Jews.
    (AP, 5/11/09)

2009        May 13, Standing in Bethlehem, Pope Benedict XVI told Palestinians he understands their suffering and offered the Vatican's strongest and most symbolic public backing yet for an independent Palestinian homeland.
    (AP, 5/13/09)

2009        May 14, Pope Benedict XVI greeted tens of thousands of adoring followers in Nazareth with a message of reconciliation, urging Christians and Muslims to overcome recent strife and "reject the destructive power of hatred and prejudice."
    (AP, 5/14/09)

2009        May 15, In Israel Pope Benedict XVI ended his pilgrimage to the Holy Land with his strongest call yet for the creation of a Palestinian state and telling the faithful at the site of Jesus' crucifixion that peace is possible.
    (AP, 5/15/09)

2009        Jun 29, Pope Benedict XVI signed his latest encyclical, "Charity in Truth," a text on ways to make globalization more attentive to meeting the needs of the poor amid the worldwide financial crisis.
    (AP, 6/29/09)

2009        Jul 6, Vatican Radio began airing advertisements for the first time in its 80-year history. Vatican debt last year was pegged at $22 Million.
    (SFC, 7/27/09, p.D3)

2009        Jul 7, Pope Benedict XVI called for a radical rethinking of global economy in “Caritas et Verite" (Charity in Truth) his 3rd encyclical.
    (SFC, 7/8/09, p.A2)

2009        Jul 10, At the Vatican Pope Benedict XVI stressed the church's opposition to abortion and stem cell research in his first meeting with President Barack Obama.
    (AP, 7/10/09)

2009        Jul 30, Italy approved the use of the abortion drug RU-486, drawing fierce protests by the Vatican. The Italian Drug Agency ruled that the drug cannot be sold in drug stores but can only be administered by doctors in a hospital.
    (AP, 7/31/09)

2009        Sep 26, Pope Benedict XVI criticized the communist era's fierce religious persecution as he began a three-day pilgrimage to the Czech Republic, and urged the heavily secular nation to rediscover its Christian roots.
    (AP, 9/26/09)

2009        Oct 4, Pope Benedict opened a special meeting of bishops on Africa by praising the continent as the world's spiritual center but lamenting that it risks being afflicted by materialism and religious fundamentalism.
    (AP, 10/4/09)

2009        Oct 11, Pope Benedict XVI canonized five new saints, including Father Damien, a 19th-century priest who worked with leprosy patients on a Hawaiian island; Zygmunt Szcezesny Felinski, a 19th-century Polish bishop who defended the Catholic faith during the years of the Russian annexation; Spaniards Francisco Coll y Guitart, who founded an order of Dominicans in the 19th century, and Rafael Arniaz Baron, who renounced an affluent lifestyle at age 22 to live a humble life in a strict monastery and dedicate himself to prayer; and Jeanne Jugan (d.1879), a French nun, who helped found the Little Sisters of the Poor.
    (AP, 10/11/09)

2009        Oct 23, Bishops attending a Vatican meeting on Africa issued a blunt ultimatum to corrupt Catholic political leaders in Africa: repent or leave public office.
    (AP, 10/23/09)

2009        Oct 24, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Peter Turkson (61) of Ghana to head the Vatican's justice and peace office, a high-profile post that cements his reputation as a possible future papal candidate. Turkson's appointment to his new post was announced at the end of a three-week Vatican meeting on the role of the Catholic Church in Africa.
    (AP, 10/24/09)

2009        Oct 25, Pope Benedict XVI ended a three-week Vatican meeting on Africa with a call for peace and reconciliation among all people on the continent, regardless of ethnic and religious differences.
    (AP, 10/25/09)

2009        Oct 31, The Vatican said it will admit married Anglican priests to the Catholic priesthood case by case. In no case could a married man become a bishop, and the new rules would exclude any married Anglican bishop from retaining that post.
    (AP, 10/31/09)

2009        Nov 3, Europe's court of human rights ruled the display of crucifixes in Italian public schools violates religious and education freedoms under the continent's rights convention. The court ordered Italy to pay a $7,390 fine to a mother who has fought for 8 years to have crucifixes removed from public school classrooms. The Vatican denounced the ruling.
    (AP, 11/3/09)(SFC, 11/4/09, p.A2)

2009        Nov 10, The Vatican presented results of a 5-day conference that gathered experts to discuss astrobiology, the study of the origin of life and its existence elsewhere in the cosmos.
    (SFC, 11/11/09, p.A2)

2009        Dec 3, Pope Benedict XVI and visiting Russian Pres. Dmitry Medvedev agreed to upgrade Vatican-Kremlin relations to full diplomatic ties.
    (SFC, 12/4/09, p.A2)

2009        Dec 11, At the Vatican Vietnam’s President Nguyen Minh Triet met with Pope Benedict XVI for 40 minutes, twice as long as was scheduled and the first time that the head of state of Vietnam has met with the pope since the communists took power in 1954. Vietnam's 6 million Roman Catholics is one of the largest Catholic communities in Asia.
    (AP, 12/11/09)

2009        Dec 17, The Vatican said Bishop Donal Murray (69), a Roman Catholic bishop in Ireland, has resigned after a probe of child sex abuse by clergymen accused him of ignoring reports of crimes by priests in his diocese from 1982-1996.
    (AP, 12/17/09)
2009        Dec 17, The Vatican said it has stripped charismatic Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo of his priestly duties because he defiantly continues to ordain bishops despite already being excommunicated. Milingo angered the Vatican when he got married in 2001 to a South Korean woman by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church. He was excommunicated in 2006 after installing four married men as bishops.
    (AP, 12/17/09)

2009        Dec 24, At the Vatican a woman jumped a barrier and rushed at Pope Benedict XVI (82) for the second time in two years, managing to knock him down before being pulled away by security. The Vatican identified the woman involved as Susanna Maiolo (25), a Swiss-Italian national with psychiatric problems, who was immediately taken to a clinic for treatment. The pope was unhurt but retired Vatican diplomat, French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray (87), fractured his hip in the commotion.
    (AP, 12/25/09)

2009        Dec 31, The Ugandan government said it was investigating the breakaway Catholic Apostolic National Church in Uganda and would ban it if found to be illegal. 20 renegade Catholic priests, who are either married or want to marry, have broken from the mainstream Roman Catholic Church and formed a new church where celibacy is not required. Vatican officials said the priests were now considered "outside" the Catholic Church and would likely be excommunicated.
    (AP, 12/31/09)

2009        The Vatican submitted to the MoneyVal evaluation process after it signed onto the EU Monetary Convention in a bid to shed its image as a financially shady offshore tax haven.
    (SFC, 10/1/20, p.A2)

2010        Feb 19, Pope Benedict XVI approved sainthood for Mother Mary MacKillop (1842-1909), making the woman known for her work among the needy Australia's first saint. Sainthood was also approved for Stanislaw Soltys, a 15th-century Polish priest; Italian nuns Giulia Salzano and Battista Varano; Spanish nun Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y Barriola and a Canadian brother, Andre Bessette (d.1937). The formal canonization will take place Oct. 17 in Rome.
    (AP, 2/19/10)

2010        Mar 24, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop John Magee, a former papal aide who stands accused of endangering children by failing to follow the Irish church's own rules on reporting suspected pedophile priests to police.
    (AP, 3/24/10)

2010        Apr 12, The Vatican responded to allegations it long concealed clerical sex abuse by making it clear for the first time that bishops and clerics worldwide should report such crimes to police if they are required to by law.
    (AP, 4/13/10)

2010        Apr 18, Pope Benedict XVI met in Malta with a group of clerical sex-abuse victims and promised them with tears in his eyes that the Catholic Church would seek justice for pedophile priests and implement "effective measures" to protect young people from abuse. 10 Maltese men came forward earlier this month saying they wanted to meet with the pope to tell him their stories and to request an apology. They said they were abused by 4 priests at a Catholic orphanage.
    (AP, 4/18/10)

2010        Apr 22, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Irish Bishop James Moriarty of Kildare, who acknowledged failing to report abuse to police, while a German bishop also offered to step down.
    (AP, 4/22/10)

2010        May 1, The Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI would name a papal delegate to govern the scandal-plagued Legionaries of Christ and that a special commission would study its founding constitutions to reform it. The decisions were made after five Vatican investigators reported to the pope about their eight-month global inquiry into the order after its late founder was so thoroughly discredited by revelations of his double life.
    (AP, 5/2/10)

2010        May 8, Bishop Walter Mixa, a leading German bishop who has acknowledged slapping children and is being investigated for sexual abuse of minors and financial misconduct, lost his job as Pope Benedict XVI continued cleaning house.
    (AP, 5/8/10)

2010        Jun 4, Pope Benedict XVI began a pilgrimage to Cyprus bringing a message of peace to the region as Greek Cypriot leaders made a blistering attack on Turkey for its occupation of northern Cyprus.
    (AP, 6/4/10)

2010        Jun 8, At the Vatican groups that have long demanded that women be ordained Roman Catholic priests took advantage of the Vatican's crisis over clerical sex abuse to press their cause, demanding the Vatican open discussions on letting women join the priesthood.
    (AP, 6/8/10)

2010        Jun 20, The Vatican pledged that Naples’ Cardinal Crescensio Sepe would cooperated in an alleged corruption probe over his real transactions and other dealings.
    (SFC, 6/21/10, p.A2)

2010        Jun 27, Pope Benedict denounced as "surprising and deplorable" raids by Belgian police on Church offices and the home of a cardinal this week during an investigation into pedophilia by Roman Catholic priests.
    (Reuters, 6/27/10)

2010        Jun 28, Pope Benedict XVI announced the creation of a new Vatican office to fight secularization and "re-evangelize" the West, a tacit acknowledgment that his attempts to reinvigorate Christianity in Europe haven't succeeded and need a new boost.
    (AP, 6/29/10)

2010        Jul 10, The Vatican said it had posted its 3rd straight annual financial loss, registering a 4.1 million euro ($5.2 million) deficit for 2009.
    (SSFC, 7/11/10, p.A3)

2010        Jul 15, The Vatican issued a new set of norms to respond to the worldwide clerical abuse scandal. The norms extend from 10 to 20 years the statute of limitations on priestly abuse and also codify for the first time that possessing or distributing child pornography is a canonical crime.
    (AP, 7/15/10)

2010        Sep 16, Pope Benedict XVI, beginning a controversial visit to Britain, acknowledged that the Catholic Church had failed to act decisively or quickly enough to deal with priests who rape and molest children. He said the church's top priority now was to help the victims heal.
    (AP, 9/16/10)

2010        Sep 18, In Britain Pope Benedict XVI said he was ashamed of the "unspeakable" sexual abuse of children by priests, issuing an apology to the British faithful even as thousands of people opposed to his visit marched in central London in the biggest protest of his five-year papacy.
    (AP, 9/18/10)

2010        Sep 19, In Britain Pope Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman at an open-air Mass and marked the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a personal reflection on the evil of the Nazi regime, praising those who "courageously" resisted it.
    (AP, 9/19/10)

2010        Sep 21, Italian prosecutors launched an investigation into the Vatican bank's top executives for allegedly violating money laundering legislation, triggering a sharp rebuttal by the Vatican. The bank's top two officials were under investigation for suspected money laundering and police have frozen 23 million euros ($30.21 million) of its funds.
    (AFP, 9/21/10)(Reuters, 9/21/10)

2010        Oct 8, French President Nicolas Sarkozy met with the pope and top Vatican officials in a fence-mending visit following France's controversial crackdown on Gypsies, while a top Vatican cardinal urged France to welcome immigrants and those who have been persecuted.
    (AP, 10/8/10)

2010        Oct 12, Pope Benedict XVI formally created a new Vatican office to revive Christianity in Europe, his latest attempt to counter secular trends in traditionally Christian countries.
    (AP, 10/12/10)

2010        Oct 17, Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed Australia's first saint, canonizing Mary MacKillop (1842-1909), a 19th-century nun. The Vatican also declared five other saints in an open-air Mass attended by tens of thousands. Brother Andre (1845-1937), a Canadian, Italian nuns Giulia Salzano and Battista Camilla da Varano, and Spanish nun Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y Barriola were also canonized.
    (AP, 10/17/10)
2010        Oct 17, The official Vatican newspaper said that beer-swilling, doughnut-loving Homer Simpson and son Bart are Catholics, and what's more, it says that parents should not be afraid to let their children watch "the adventures of the little guys in yellow." Executive producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly the next day he was in "shock and awe" at the latest assertion, adding that the Simpsons attend the "Presbylutheran" First Church of Springfield. "The Simpsons" is the longest-running prime-time TV series in the United States and is now in its 22nd season.
    (Reuters, 10/18/10)

2010        Oct 20, Pope Benedict XVI named 24 new cardinals, putting his mark on the body that will elect his successor and giving a boost to Italian hopes to regain the papacy.
    (AP, 10/20/10)

2010        Nov 6, In Spain Pope Benedict XVI blasted the "aggressive" anti-church sentiment he said was flourishing in Spain as he sought to rekindle the faith in a once-staunchly Roman Catholic nation that is now among Europe's most liberal.
    (AP, 11/6/10)

2010        Nov 7, In Spain Pope Benedict XVI consecrated a world monument to family, the Sagrada Familia church, but faced a gay kiss-in protest before he attacked abortion and defended male-female marriage.
    (AFP, 11/7/10)

2010        Nov 8, Five Church of England bishops announced they are converting to Catholicism following an invitation to disaffected Anglicans from Pope Benedict XVI, the highest-profile defectors among conservatives opposed to gay bishops and female clergy.
    (AP, 11/8/10)

2010        Nov 19, The world's cardinals met at the Vatican to discuss religious freedom, sex abuse by clergy and other issues amid a new dispute with China over an illicit ordination that threatens delicate relations between the two.
    (AP, 11/19/10)

2010        Nov 20, Pope Benedict XVI formally created 24 new cardinals amid cheers in St. Peter's Basilica, bringing a mostly Italian group into the elite club that will eventually elect his successor. Benedict XVI reiterated that condoms are not a moral solution for stopping AIDS. But he added that in some cases, such as for male prostitutes, their use could represent a first step in assuming moral responsibility "in the intention of reducing the risk of infection.
    (AP, 11/20/10)(AP, 11/21/10)
2010        Nov 20, China's government-backed Catholic church ordained a bishop who did not have the pope's approval, despite objections from the Vatican.
    (AP, 11/20/10)

2010        Nov 24, The Vatican denounced China for ordaining a bishop without papal consent, accusing the government-backed church of gravely damaging the faith and warning that the bishop risked excommunication. The Vatican also accused Chinese authorities of committing "grave violations of freedom of religion and conscience" by forcing Vatican-approved bishops to attend the ordination ceremony of Rev. Joseph Guo Jincai.
    (AP, 11/24/10)

2010        Nov 26, In Chile the lawyer for a group of men who accused Fernando Karadima, a prominent Chilean priest, of sexually abusing them as teenagers said his clients will not appeal a ruling in favor of the clergyman. Five men, now adults, had alleged that Karadima began abusing them about 20 years ago, when they were between 14 and 17 years old. In 2011 the Vatican said Karadima was guilty of abusing minors and must retire.
    (AP, 11/26/10)(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A2)

2010        Dec 2, Retired Naples Cardinal Michele Giordano (80), the highest ranking church official to ever stand trial in Italy, died. The cardinal was acquitted in 2000 of charges that he supplied about $800,000 (€600,000) to finance a loan-shark ring run linked to his family. He was also accused of misappropriating another $500,000 in church funds. He had always proclaimed his innocence.
    (AP, 12/3/10)

2010        Dec 6, In Ireland Tony Walsh (56) was convicted of raping 3 boys over a 5-year period three decades earlier. Investigators had concluded that Walsh actually raped and molested hundreds of boys and girls while serving as a Dublin priest from 1978 to 1996. Investigators also reported that the Vatican had tried to stop the Dublin church from defrocking Walsh.
    (SFC, 12/18/10, p.A4)

2010        Dec 30, Pope Benedict XVI issued new norms governing the Vatican’s banking system.
    (SFC, 12/31/10, p.A2)

2011        Jan 12, Pope Benedict XVI named a new archbishop for the Catholic church in Haiti on the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed the bishop's predecessor along with dozens of other priests, seminarians and nuns. The Vatican said that Monsignor Guire Poulard, bishop of Les Cayes, is the new archbishop of Port-au-Prince.
    (AP, 1/12/11)

2011        Jan 15, Three former Church of England bishops who are opposed to the consecration of women bishops were ordained as Roman Catholic priests, the first traditionalist Anglicans to take up an offer by Pope Benedict.
    (Reuters, 1/15/11)

2011        Jan 20, Egypt's highest Islamic authority, al-Azhar, said it was freezing all dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church over what it called Pope Benedict's repeated insults toward Islam.
    (Reuters, 1/20/11)

2011        Feb 3, British lawmakers demanded an explanation into why 1.85 million pounds ($2.99 million) of foreign aid money helped pay for the pope's visit to the U.K. last year.
    (AP, 2/3/11)

2011        Feb 17, Pope Benedict XVI and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met at the Vatican, stressing the need for better ties and the promotion of shared Christian values.
    (AP, 2/17/11)

2011        Feb 18, The Vatican said Fernando Karadima, a prominent Chilean priest, has been found guilty of abusing minors and must retire to a life of prayer and penitence.
    (SFC, 2/19/11, p.A2)

2011        Mar 30, China ordained a new Catholic bishop approved by the Vatican for the first time since ties between the sides soured last year. Paul Liang Jiansen was made bishop of the southern city of Jiangmen.
    (AP, 4/11/11)

2011        May 1, Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II before 1.5 million faithful in St. Peter's Square and surrounding streets, moving the beloved former pontiff one step closer to possible sainthood in one of the largest turnouts ever for a Vatican Mass.
    (AP, 5/1/11)

2011        May 2, The Vatican said in a statement that Pope Benedict XVI had "removed from pastoral care" Bishop William Morris of the Toowoomba diocese, west of Brisbane. Morris had called on the church to consider ordaining women and married men.
    (AP, 5/2/11)

2011        May 4, The Vatican condemned former Canadian Bishop Raymond Lahey after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and said it planned to take disciplinary action against him.
    (Reuters, 5/4/11)

2011        Jun 23, China's state-controlled Catholic church said it will move swiftly to appoint new bishops in dioceses where there are none, in a step that is certain to worsen frictions with the Vatican. Filling the more than 40 empty bishop's seats is an urgent task because the vacancies are causing serious problems in the handling of church affairs.
    (AP, 6/23/11)

2011        Jun 29, The Vatican launched its new information portal: www.news.va.
    (SSFC, 6/26/11, p.A2)

2011        Jul 2, The Vatican reported that it made a profit of $14.3 million in 2010. Donations from the faithful fell 18% or nearly $15  million.
    (SSFC, 7/3/11, p.A5)

2011        Jul 14, China’s state-backed Catholic hierarchy held a 3-hour ceremony to consecrate a bishop in Shantou. 4 Rome-aligned bishops were reportedly abducted and pressed to take part in the ceremony.
    (Econ, 8/20/11, p.40)

2011        Jul 16, The Vatican announced that Chinese bishop Joseph Huang Bingzhang ordained without papal approval on July 14, was excommunicated for accepting his new post.
    (SSFC, 7/17/11, p.A4)

2011        Jul 18, The Vatican and Malaysia established diplomatic relations in the wake of tensions between Muslims and religious minorities in the Southeast Asian nation.
    (AP, 7/18/11)

2011        Jul 20, Ireland’s lawmakers declared that the Vatican encouraged Catholic bishops not to tell police about suspected pedophile priests sabotaging the 1996 Irish bishops’ decision to begin reporting suspected cases of child abuse to police.
    (SFC, 7/21/11, p.A3)

2011        Aug 17, The Vatican, reeling from unprecedented criticism over its handling of sexual abuse cases in Ireland, took the unusual step of publishing its internal files about Rev. Andrew Ronan (d.1992) accused of molesting youngsters in Ireland and the US. A man, known in court papers as John V. Doe, was seeking to hold the Vatican liable for the abuse. Files showed that the Holy See didn't learn of the accusations against Ronan until 1966, after the abuse against Doe occurred in Portland.
    (AP, 8/17/11)

2011        Aug 18, Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Spain for a nearly 4-day visit to celebrate World Youth Day.
    (SFC, 8/18/11, p.A2)

2011        Aug 19, In Spain Pope Benedict XVI lamented what he called modern society's "amnesia" about God as he traveled to a famed Spanish monastery on the second day of his four-day visit for the church's world youth festival.
    (AP, 8/19/11)

2011        Aug 20, In Spain Pope Benedict XVI said he would confer one of the Catholic Church's highest honors on St. John of Avila, an influential 16th-century Spanish saint, making a surprise announcement during a Mass at the church's world youth festival. Pope John Paul II added St. Therese of Lisieux to the list in 1997, the last time one was proclaimed, making her #33.
    (AP, 8/20/11)

2011        Aug 21, In Spain Pope Benedict XVI urged more than 1.5 million young people to become missionaries for the faith as he concluded a glitch-marred church youth festival and announced that the next edition will be in Rio de Janeiro in 2013.
    (AP, 8/21/11)

2011        Sep 22, Pope Benedict XVI warned Germans of the danger of ignoring religion as he began the first state visit to his homeland, seeking to stem the tide of Catholics leaving the church while acknowledging the damage caused by the clerical sex abuse scandal.
    (AP, 9/22/11)

2011        Oct 11, Two Italians, who say they were sexually abused by priests, completed a 19-day, 340-mile (550-km) protest march to the Vatican and tried unsuccessfully to obtain an audience with the pope.
    (AP, 10/11/11)

2011        Oct 17, In Italy Rev. Roy Bourgeois, a US Catholic priest who supports ordination for women, was detained by police after marching to the Vatican to press the Holy See to lift its ban on women priests.
    (AP, 10/17/11)

2011        Oct 23, Pope Benedict XVI named 3 new saints for the Catholic Church during a Mass in St. Peter's Square that was disrupted by a man who climbed out onto the upper colonnade of the square and burned a bible. Named were 3 19th-century founders of religious orders: Italian bishop and missionary Monsignor Guido Maria Conforti, Spanish nun Sister Bonifacia Rodriguez de Castro and Rev. Luigi Guanella an Italian priest who worked with the poor.
    (AP, 10/23/11)

2011        Oct 24, The Vatican called for an overhaul of the world’s financial systems and again proposed the establishment of a supranational authority to oversee the global economy in a report issued by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
    (SFC, 10/25/11, p.A5)

2011        Oct 27, Pope Benedict XVI joined Buddhist monks, Islamic scholars, Yoruba leaders and a handful of agnostics in Assisi making a communal call for peace, insisting that religion must never be used as a pretext for war or terrorism. The event commemorated the 25th anniversary of a daylong prayer for peace here called by Pope John Paul II in 1986.
    (AP, 10/27/11)

2011        Nov 3, Catholic Ireland announced that it is closing its embassy to the Vatican. Dublin's foreign ministry said the embassy was being closed because "it yields no economic return" and that relations would be continued with an ambassador in Dublin.
    (Reuters, 11/4/11)

2011        Nov 18, Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Benin, marking his second visit to Africa in a heartland of voodoo and warning against "unconditional submission" to the laws of the market and finance.
    (AFP, 11/18/11)

2011        Nov 19, In Benin Pope Benedict XVI called on Africa's leaders to stop depriving their people of hope and to govern responsibly, just hours before he planned to unveil an 87-page pastoral guide for the continent.
    (AP, 11/19/11)

2011        Nov 20, In Benin Pope Benedict XVI led tens of thousands of people in a panoply of African tongues during a Mass in the national soccer stadium. He formally delivered to Africa's bishops an 87-page document known as a treatise. It applies church doctrine to address the continent's ills, especially the wars and conflicts caused by ethnic divisions and has been called a "papal road map" for Africa.
    (AP, 11/20/11)

2011        Nov 23, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of another Irish bishop, leaving seven of Ireland's 26 Catholic dioceses without one and raising expectations of major cutbacks in the size of the Irish church following child-abuse scandals. Seamus Hegarty (71) offered his resignation two weeks ago as bishop of Derry, citing an unspecified "irreversible" illness as the reason for quitting.
    (AP, 11/23/11)

2011        Nov 27, A new translation of the Mass was rolled out across the English-speaking Catholic world after months of preparation.
    (AP, 11/28/11)

2011        Dec 13, Pope Benedict XVI approved seven new saints for the Catholic Church, including Hawaii's Mother Marianne and a 17th-century Native American, Caterina Tekakwitha. Marianne cared for leprosy patients on Hawaii's Molokai peninsula in the late 1880s, soon after the death of Father Damien, who was canonized in 2009. Tekakwitha, who lived from 1656-1680 in the US and Canada, became the first Native American to be beatified in 1980.
    (AP, 12/19/11)

2011        Jason Berry authored “Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church."
    (Econ, 8/11/12, p.24)

2012        Jan 1, Pope Benedict XVI named convert Rev. Jeffrey Neil Steenson, a married priest and former sportswriter, to head the first organizational structure for US converts to Roman Catholicism wanting to retain some of their Anglican heritage.
    (AP, 1/1/12)

2012        Jan 4, Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala (60) resigned under the code of canon law that lets bishops step down earlier than the normal retirement age of 75 if they're sick or for some other reason that makes them unfit for office. Zavala had told the Pope in December that he had two children who lived with their mother in a different state.
    (AP, 1/4/12)

2012        Jan 11, The Czech government agreed to pay billions of dollars in compensation for church property seized by the former totalitarian regime. The plan will be spread over 30 years. The Catholic church was awarded $4 billion worth of property, making it the country's largest private landowner. Its holdings included 140,000 hectares of woodland, some blighted in the past by logging and acid rain. In 2014 the Catholic Fund was established and by 2017 had 1 billion crowns under its management. The woodlands were being managed with environmental and economic sustainability in mind.
    (AP, 1/11/12)(Reuters, 9/5/17)

2012        Jan 26, The Vatican defended its transfer of a top official to Washington after he exposed alleged corruption in the awarding of Holy See contracts. The previous evening the Italian investigative news program, "The Untouchables," showed letters from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano to Pope Benedict XVI begging not to be transferred after exposing corruption costing the Vatican millions of euros (dollars).
    (AP, 1/26/12)

2012        Feb 18, Pope Benedict XVI brought 22 new Catholic churchmen into the elite club of cardinals who will elect his successor, in a greatly simplified ceremony that took account of evidence the 84-year-old pontiff is slowing down. This brought to 125 the number of cardinals under age 80 who are thus eligible to vote in a papal election.
    (AP, 2/18/12)

2012        Mar 23, Pope Benedict XVI departed for Mexico as part of a pilgrimage that will also take him to Cuba. He denounced the drug-fueled violence wracking Mexico and urged Cubans to use dialogue to find new models to replace Marxism.
    (AP, 3/23/12)

2012        Mar 25, In Mexico tens of thousands of people gathered to attend the highlight of Pope Benedict XVI's visit: an open-air Mass in the shadow of the Christ the King monument in Guanajuato state.
    (AP, 3/25/12)

2012        Mar 26, Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Santiago, Cuba, in the footsteps of his more famous predecessor, gently pressing the island's longtime communist leaders to push through "legitimate" reforms their people desire, while also criticizing the excesses of capitalism.
    (AP, 3/27/12)

2012        Mar 28, In Cuba tens of thousands of people massed in Havana's Revolution Plaza for Pope Benedict XVI's Mass on the final day of his visit.
    (AP, 3/28/12)

2012        Mar 31, Cuba said it will honor an appeal by Pope Benedict XVI and declared next week's Good Friday a holiday for the first time since the early days following the island's 1959 Revolution, though a decision on whether the move will be permanent will have to wait.
    (AP, 3/31/12)

2012        Apr 5, Pope Benedict XVI denounced priests who have questioned church teaching on celibacy and ordaining women, saying they were disobeying his authority to try to impose their own ideas on the church.
    (AP, 4/5/12)

2012        Apr 19, The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ordered an overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), based in Silver Spring, Md. I cited radical feminist themes and questioned official positions on homosexuality and the ordination of women.
    (SFC, 4/20/12, p.A6)

2012        May 15, In the Vatican prominent Legion of Christ priest Rev. Thomas Williams admitted that he had had a relationship with a woman and had fathered a child "a number of years ago." The next day the Legion of Christ admitted that it knew Williams had fathered a child several years ago yet did not remove him from teaching morality to seminarians and speaking publicly about ethics and other church issues.
    (AP, 5/16/12)

2012        May 19, The Vatican denounced as criminal a new book, “His Holiness," by journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, which reproduced letters and memos to and from Pope Benedict XVI and his personal secretary.
    (SSFC, 5/20/12, p.A4)

2012        May 24, Vatican Bank president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi was ousted for having leaked documents and failing to do his job. Tedeschi’s primary position was head of Spain’s Banco Santander Italian unit in Milan.
    (SFC, 5/25/12, p.A2)

2012        May 26, The Vatican confirmed that the pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele, has been arrested in its embarrassing leaks scandal, adding a Hollywood twist to a sordid tale of power struggles, intrigue and corruption in the highest levels of Catholic Church governance.
    (AP, 5/26/12)

2012        Jun 13, The Vatican proposed making the breakaway Society of St. Pius X, founded in 1969, a "personal prelature," akin to a diocese without borders, during a meeting with Bishop Bernard Fellay, the society's superior.
    (AP, 6/14/12)

2012        Jul 2, The Vatican said that Pope Benedict has "relieved from pastoral care" Bishop Robert Bezak of Trnava, Slovakia. Italian news reports suggested administrative problems were to blame.
    (AP, 7/3/12)

2012        Jul 6, China's state-run Catholic church ordained Father Yue Fusheng as Bishop in the northeastern city of Harbin in defiance of the Vatican.
    (AFP, 7/6/12)

2012        Jul 7, In China the Rev. Thaddeus Ma Daqin was consecrated as auxiliary bishop of Shanghai. Ma announced that he would no longer work for the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the government body that oversees Catholics in China.
    {China, Vatican}
    (SFC, 7/11/12, p.A6)

2012        Jul 8, Dozens of women who attended a Rhode Island high school run by the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order urged the Vatican to close the program, saying the psychological abuse they endured trying to live like teenage nuns led to multiple cases of anorexia, stress-induced migraines, depression and even suicidal thoughts. On July 12 The Legion's lay branch Regnum Christi posted a statement on its website outlining changes.
    (AP, 7/9/12)(AP, 7/13/12)

2012        Jul 18, The Council of Europe released a report showing the Vatican had received compliant or largely compliant grades on nine of the 16 "key and core" internationally recognized recommendations to fight money laundering and terrorist financing. The Vatican had submitted itself to the Moneyval evaluation process more than two years ago after it signed onto the 2009 EU Monetary Convention.
    (AP, 7/18/12)

2012        Jul 27, The Vatican named Oakland, Ca., Bishop Salvatore Cordileone (56), a leader in the fight against same-sex marriage, as the new archbishop of San Francisco.
    (SFC, 7/28/12, p.A1)

2012        Aug 13, A Vatican judge ordered Paolo Gabriele (45), the pope's butler, and fellow lay employee Claudio Sciarpelletti (48) to stand trial for allegedly pilfering documents from Pope Benedict XVI's private apartment. The scandal has embarrassed the Vatican and exposed infighting and alleged corruption at the highest levels.
    (AP, 8/13/12)

2012        Sep 14, Pope Benedict XVI appealed for peace and reconciliation among religions as violence over an anti-Islam movie spilled over into Lebanon within hours of his arrival. One protester was killed in the northern city of Tripoli in clashes with security forces after a crowd set fire to a KFC and a Hardee's restaurant to protest against an anti-Muslim film.
    (AP, 9/14/12)

2012        Sep 15, In Lebanon Pope Benedict XVI appealed for religious freedom in the Middle East, calling it fundamental for stability in a region bloodied by sectarian strife.
    (AP, 9/15/12)

2012        Oct 2, Pope Benedict XVI's onetime butler,  Paolo Gabriele, declared he was innocent of a charge of aggravated theft of the pope's private correspondence, but acknowledged he photocopied the papers and said he feels guilty that he betrayed the trust of the pontiff he loved like a father.
    (AP, 10/2/12)

2012        Oct 6, The pope's butler was convicted of stealing the pontiff's private documents and leaking them to a journalist in the gravest Vatican security breach in recent memory. Paolo Gabriele was sentenced to 18 months in prison, but the Vatican said a papal pardon was likely.
    (AP, 10/6/12)

2012        Oct 7, Pope Benedict XVI name St. John of Avila, Spain, and St. Hildegard of Bingen, Germany, as “doctors" of the church. Only 33 other church doctors have been singled out over the course of Christianity for their contributions to and influence on Catholic doctrine.
    (AP, 10/7/12)

2012        Oct 21, Pope Benedict XVI added seven more saints onto the roster of Catholic role models in a bid to reinvigorate the faith in parts of the world where it's lagging. They included Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint from the US; Mother Marianne Cope, a 19th century Franciscan nun who cared for leprosy patients in Hawaii; Pedro Calungsod, a 17th century Filipino teenage martyr; Jacques Berthieu, a 19th century French Jesuit who was killed by rebels in Madagascar; Giovanni Battista Piamarta, an Italian who founded a religious order in 1900 and established a Catholic printing and publishing house in his native Brescia; Carmen Salles y Barangueras, a Spanish nun who founded a religious order to educate children in 1892; and Anna Schaeffer, a 19th century German lay woman who became a model for the sick and suffering after she fell into a boiler and badly burned her legs.
    (AP, 10/21/12)

2012        Oct 24, Pope Benedict XVI named six new cardinals, adding prelates from Lebanon, the Philippines, Nigeria, Colombia, India and the United States to the ranks of senior churchmen who will elect his successor.
    (AP, 10/24/12)

2012        Nov 10, A Vatican court convicted Claudio Sciarpelletti (48), a Holy See computer technician, of helping the former papal butler in the embarrassing leak of confidential papal documents and gave him a two-month suspended sentence.
    (AP, 11/10/12)

2012        Nov 24, Pope Benedict XVI presided over a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica to formally elevate six men as Cardinals. They hailed from Colombia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Philippines and the United States.
    (AP, 11/24/12)

2012        Dec 21, Pope Benedict XVI pressed his opposition to gay marriage, denouncing what he described as people manipulating their God-given identities to suit their sexual choices — and destroying the very "essence of the human creature" in the process.
    (AP, 12/21/12)

2012        Dec 22, Pope Benedict XVI granted his former butler a Christmas pardon, forgiving him in person during a jailhouse meeting for stealing and leaking private papers in one of the gravest Vatican security breaches in recent times. Paolo Gabriele was freed and returned to his Vatican City apartment where he lives with his wife and three children.
    (AP, 12/22/12)

2012        Jason Berry authored “Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church."
    (Econ, 8/18/12, p.24)
2012        The Vatican's Philatelic and Numismatic Office, which sells commemorative coins and stamps featuring popes, saints and the like, began offering a special €20 ($26) stamp and certificate package to help offset a recession-induced drop in corporate sponsors for the restoration of the colonnade surrounding St. Peter’s Square.
    (AP, 11/27/12)

2013        Jan 13, Four women went topless in St. Peter's Square to protest the Vatican's opposition to gay marriage. Police quickly took the women away.
    (AP, 1/13/13)

2013        Jan 31, The book “They Promised Me Paradise" by Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot and wounded Pope John Paul in 1981, was released in Italy. In the book Agca writes that Iran’s late leader Ayhatollah Ruhollah Khomeini told him to kill John Paul in the name of God.
    (SFC, 2/1/13, p.A2)

2013        Feb 9, At the Vatican  the Knights of Malta marked its 900th birthday with a colorful procession through St. Peter's Square, a Mass in the basilica and an audience with Pope Benedict XVI, himself a member of the onetime chivalrous order drawn from Europe's nobility. The Knights are at once a Roman Catholic religious order, an aid group that runs soup kitchens, hospitals and ambulance services around the globe, and a sovereign entity that prints its own passports and enjoys diplomatic relations with 104 countries — yet has no country to call its own.
    (AP, 2/9/13)

2013        Feb 11, Pope Benedict XVI (85) announced that he would resign Feb. 28 — the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision set the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March.
    (AP, 2/11/13)

2013        Feb 22, Pope Benedict XVI, who steps down Feb. 28, named Monsignor Ettore Balestrero ambassador, or nunzio, to Colombia. Balestrero was head of the Holy See's delegation to the Council of Europe's Moneyval committee, which evaluated the Vatican's anti-money laundering and anti-terror financing measures.
    (AP, 2/22/13)

2013        Feb 25, Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O'Brien (74), resigned following allegations he behaved in an inappropriate way with priests, and said he would not take part in the election of Pope Benedict's replacement. O'Brien said he had tendered his resignation some months ago.
    (Reuters, 2/25/13)

2013        Mar 13, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (76), known for his work with the poor in Buenos Aires' slums, was elected as the 266th Pope. He became the first Jesuit pope and first non-European since the Middle Ages and decided to call himself Francis after St. Francis of Assisi.
    (AP, 3/14/13)

2013        Mar 18, Argentina’s Pres. Cristina Fernandez asked Pope Francis to intervene in the dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands.   
    (SFC, 3/19/13, p.A3)

2013        Mar 19, In Vatican City Pope Francis laid out the priorities of his pontificate during his installation Mass, urging the princes, presidents, sheiks and thousands of ordinary people attending to protect the environment, the weakest and the poorest.
    (AP, 3/19/13)

2013        Mar 28, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of two young women at Rome’s Casal del Marmo juvenile detention center, a surprising departure from church rules that restrict the Holy Thursday ritual to men.
    (AP, 3/28/13)

2013        Mar 31, Pope Francis delivered a plea for peace in his first Easter Sunday message to the world.
    (AP, 3/31/13)

2013        Apr 6, Pope Francis named a Spanish Franciscan to be the No. 2 at the Vatican's office for religious orders, his first appointment to the Vatican bureaucracy. Jose Rodriguez (60), who also was elevated to archbishop, replaced US Archbishop Joseph Tobin, who was transferred from the high-ranking Vatican post to a Midwestern US archdiocese following his efforts to mediate tensions between the Vatican and American nuns.
    (AP, 4/6/13)

2013        Apr 13, Pope Francis marked his first month as pope by naming nine high-ranking prelates from around the globe to a permanent advisory group to help him run the Catholic Church and study a reform of the Vatican bureaucracy.
    (AP, 4/13/13)

2013        Apr 29, The Catholic Church in Brazil said it has excommunicated Father Roberto Francisco Daniel for defending homosexuality, open marriage and other practices counter to Church teaching in online videos.
    (Reuters, 4/30/13)

2013        May 15, The Vatican ordered disgraced Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien to leave Scotland for several months to pray and atone for sexual misconduct, issuing a rare public sanction against a "prince of the church" and the first such punishment meted out by Pope Francis.
    (AP, 5/15/13)

2013        May 25, In Sicily Rev. Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi (d.1993) was beatified by the Vatican in a ceremony in Palermo, where he worked in a mobster-infested, poor neighborhood.
    (AP, 5/25/13)

2013        Jun 28, Vatican official Monsignor Nunzio Scarano and two others were arrested by Italian police for allegedly trying to illegally bring 20 million euros ($26 million) in cash into the country from Switzerland with a private jet.
    (AP, 6/28/13)(SFC, 6/29/13, p.A3)

2013        Jul 5, Pope Francis cleared Pope John Paul II for sainthood, approving a miracle attributed to his intercession and setting up a remarkable dual canonization along with another beloved pope, John XXIII.
    (AP, 7/5/13)

2013        Jul 11, Pope Francis overhauled the laws that govern the Vatican City State, criminalizing leaks of Vatican information and specifically listing sexual violence, prostitution and possession of child pornography as crimes against children that can be punished by up to 12 years in prison.
    (AP, 7/11/13)

2013        Jul 19, Pope Francis created another commission of inquiry into the Vatican's troubled finances, naming an eight-member committee to recommend ways to cut waste, improve transparency and fix the Holy See's administrative shortcomings.
    (AP, 7/19/13)

2013        Jul 22, Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro to begin a weeklong visit to participate in the World Youth Day festival.
    (AP, 7/22/13)

2013        Jul 24, The Vatican named a new Scottish archbishop to replace disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned in February after admitting sexual misconduct. Monsignor Leo Cushley (52) was named the new Roman Catholic archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh after years working in the Vatican bureaucracy.
    (AP, 7/24/13)

2013        Jul 25, In Brazil Pope Francis urged young Catholics to shake up the church and make a "mess" in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread the faith as he visited one of Rio's most violent slums and opened the church's World Youth Day on a rain-soaked Copacabana Beach.
    (AP, 7/26/13)

2013        Jul 28, In Brazil Pope Francis wrapped up a historic trip to his home continent with a Mass on Copacabana beach that drew a reported 3 million people.
    (AP, 7/28/13)

2013        Jul 29, Pope Francis reached out to gays, saying he wouldn't judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign trip.
    (AP, 7/29/13)

2013        Oct 1, The Vatican bank, dogged for decades by scandals and opaque dealings, published the first annual report in its 125-year history.
    (Reuters, 10/1/13)

2013        Oct 13, The Vatican beatified 522 people — mostly priests and nuns — who were killed in the turmoil that led to Spain's 1936-39 civil war.
    (AP, 10/13/13)

2013        Oct 23, Pope Francis temporarily expelled German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst (53) from his diocese because of a scandal over a 31-million-euro project to build a new residence complex, but refused calls to remove him permanently.
    (AP, 10/23/13)(SFC, 10/24/13, p.A3)

2013        Nov 26, Pope Francis issued the mission statement for his papacy, outlining how the Catholic Church and the papacy itself must be reformed to create a more missionary and merciful church that gets its hands dirty as it seeks out the poor and oppressed. The Pope denounced the global financial system that excludes the poor as he issued “Evangelii Gaudium" (The Joy of the Gospel).
    (AP, 11/26/13)(SFC, 11/27/13, p.A4)

2013        Dec 11, Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.
    (AP, 12/11/13)

2013        Dec 19, A 52-year-old Italian man set himself on fire in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican and suffered serious burns.
    (Reuters, 12/19/13)

2013        Robert Calderisi authored “Earthly Mission: The Catholic Church and World Development."
    (Econ, 9/7/13, p.81)

2014        Jan 12, Pope Francis named his first batch of cardinals, choosing 19 men from Asia, Africa, Latin America and elsewhere, including the developing nations of Haiti and Burkina Faso.
    (AP, 1/12/14)

2014        Jan 15, Pope Francis named an oversight commission of cardinals for the Vatican Bank, replacing all but one of the appointees made by his presdecessor Benedict XVI.
    (SFC, 1/16/14, p.A2)

2014        Jan 17, It was reported that Pope Benedict XVI defrocked 384 priests from 2011-2012 for sexually molesting children. This was a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009, when the Vatican first provided details on the number of priests defrocked.
    (AP, 1/17/14)

2014        Jan 19, Pope Francis' newly chosen Spanish cardinal, Fernando Sebastian Aguilar (84), described homosexuality as a "defect" that can be corrected with treatment, sparking condemnation from gay rights groups.
    (AFP, 1/20/14)

2014        Jan 21, Vatican Monsignor Nunzio Scaran, already on trial for allegedly plotting to smuggle 20 million euros ($26 million) from Switzerland to Italy, was arrested in Salerno in a separate case for allegedly using his Vatican bank accounts to launder money.
    (AP, 1/21/14)

2014        Jan 24, President Francois Hollande spoke of "convergence" on international issues after talks with Pope Francis amid a swirling scandal over the French leader's love life and divisions in France over issues like abortion and euthanasia.
    (AFP, 1/24/14)

2014        Jan 28, The Vatican library and four Japanese historical institutes agreed to inventory, catalogue and digitize 10,000 documents from a lost Japanese archive detailing the persecution of Christians in Japan in the 17th-19th centuries.
    (AP, 1/28/14)

2014        Jan, German officials seized a box packed with 14 condoms filled with cocaine from South America. The 340 grams of cocaine, valued at 40,000 euros ($55,200), was seized at the international airport in Leipzig and was addressed to the main postal center at the Vatican.
    (AFP, 3/23/14)

2014        Feb 5, A UN human rights committee urged the Holy See to open its files on pedophiles and bishops who concealed their crimes saying the Vatican "systematically" adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades.
    (AP, 2/5/14)

2014        Feb 22, Vatican Pope Francis appointed his first batch of cardinals, as his predecessor Benedict made a surprise rare appearance at the ceremony.
    (AFP, 2/22/14)

2014        Feb 24, Pope Francis announced the first major overhaul of the Vatican's outdated and inefficient bureaucracy in a quarter-century, creating an economics secretariat to control all economic, administrative, personnel and procurement functions of the Holy See.
    (AP, 2/24/14)

2014        Mar 17, Mining magnate Andrew Forrest launched the Global Freedom Network, an organization to end modern slavery, with the support of the Pope and the senior Islamic authority. In 2013 Mr. Forrest, Pierre Omidyar and the Legatum Foundation had launched the Freedom Fund to finance research into ways to reduce bonded labor.
    (http://tinyurl.com/qb6e6mp)(Econ., 3/14/15, p.61)

2014        Mar 20, Japan’s NTT Data Corp. agreed to digitize some 3,000 historical Vatican manuscripts and make them available online.
    (SFC, 3/21/14, p.A2)

2014        Mar 22, Pope Francis named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy, tapping lay and religious experts.
    (AP, 3/22/14)

2014        Mar 26, Pope Francis permanently removed German bishop Franz-Peter Terbartz-van Elst from his Limburg diocese after his 31 million-euro ($43-million) new residence complex caused an uproar among the faithful. Francis had temporarily expelled him in October pending a church inquiry.
    (AP, 3/26/14)

2014        Mar 27, A visibly energized President Barack Obama held a nearly hour-long audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, expressing his great admiration for the pontiff and inviting him to visit the White House.
    (AP, 3/27/14)

2014        Mar 28, Italian bishops published guidelines adopting a Vatican-backed sex abuse policy that says they have no obligation to inform police if they suspect a child has been molested.
    (SFC, 3/29/14, p.A2)

2014        Apr 3, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II paid a private call on Pope Francis at the Vatican, making him the fifth pontiff she has met.
    (AP, 4/3/14)

2014        Apr 10, Pope Francis said "enough" to human trafficking, denouncing it as a crime against humanity as police leaders and religious groups from around the world pledged to work together to combat it.
    (Reuters, 4/10/14)

2014        Apr 20, Pope Francis, in his Easter address "Urbi et Orbi" (Latin for 'to the city and to the world') denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa.
    (Reuters, 4/20/14)

2014        Apr 27, Pope Francis declared Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints before some 800,000 people in an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square.
    (AP, 4/27/14)

2014        May 6, The Vatican released comprehensive statistics for the first time on how it has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children. It said 848 priests have been defrocked and an additional 2,572 given lesser sanctions over the past decade.
    (SFC, 5/7/14, p.A3)

2014        May 23, A United Nations committee concluded that the Vatican has effective worldwide control over bishops and priests who must comply with a UN anti-torture treaty, a finding that could expose the Catholic Church to new lawsuits by victims of clerical sex abuse.
    (AP, 5/23/14)

2014        May 24, Pope Francis called for urgent steps to end Syria's three-year-old civil war as he arrived in neighboring Jordan.
    (Reuters, 5/24/14)

2014        May 25, Pope Francis landed at Israel's international airport, kicking off the final leg of his Holy Land pilgrimage.
    (AP, 5/25/14)

2014        Jun 5, Pope Francis ousted the all-Italian board of the Vatican's financial watchdog agency and installed a more international set of experts following clashes between the board and the agency's director.
    (AP, 6/5/14)

2014        Jun 8, Israeli and Palestinian presidents met in an unprecedented prayer meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Francis hoped the gesture will "re-create a desire, a possibility" of eventually relaunching the Middle East's stalled peace process.
    (Reuters, 6/8/14)

2014        Jun 27, The Vatican said that Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, a former ambassador to the Dominican Rep., was found guilty for sexually abusing boys and sentenced to laicization.
    (SFC, 6/28/14, p.A4)

2014        Jul 7, Pope Francis begged forgiveness in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and vowed to hold bishops accountable for their handling of pedophile priests.
    (SFC, 7/8/14, p.A4)

2014        Aug 12, The Vatican called on Muslim religious leaders to condemn "unspeakable criminal acts" by Islamic State militants who have taken a series of cities in northern Iraq.
    (Reuters, 8/12/14)

2014        Aug 14, Pope Francis arrived in South Korea for a 5-day visit and left the airport in a compact black Kia that many South Koreans would consider too humble a conveyance for a globally powerful figure. He called for renewed efforts to forge peace on the war-divided Korean Peninsula and for both sides to avoid "fruitless" criticisms and shows of force.
    (AP, 8/14/14)

2014        Aug 17, In South Korea Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean martyrs killed in the 18th and 19th centuries by the Joseon Dynasty.
    (SSFC, 8/17/14, p.A2)

2014        Aug 17, In South Korea Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China, saying he wants to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conqueror" but is rather a partner in dialogue.
    (AP, 8/17/14)

2014        Sep 17, Pope Francis signed on Sri Lanka's first saint, bending the Vatican's rules once again to bypass the usual requirement that a second miracle be confirmed. Francis is expected to canonize the Rev. Giuseppe Baz, a 17th-century missionary, during his January visit to Sri Lanka.
    (AP, 9/17/14)

2014        Sep 21, Pope Francis visited Albania and warned that religion can never be used to justify violence.
    (AFP, 9/21/14)

2014        Sep 25, Pope Francis forcibly removed conservative Paraguayan Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano who had promoted a priest accused of inappropriate sexual behavior and clashed with his fellow bishops on ideological grounds.
    (AP, 9/25/14)

2014        Oct 19, Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues. They failed to reach consensus on the two most divisive issues at the synod: on welcoming gays and divorced and civilly remarried couples.
    (AP, 10/19/14)

2014        Nov 8, Pope Francis removed American Cardinal Raymond Burke (66) as head of the Holy See's supreme court. Burke had championed campaigns to deny Communion to Catholic politicians who support legalized abortion.
    (AP, 11/8/14)

2014        Nov 14, At the Vatican three members of the Femen group appeared on St Peter's square wearing only leather mini-skirts and flower garlands in their hair in what they described as a protest over Pope Francis's upcoming visit to the European Parliament.
    (AP, 11/14/14)

2014        Nov 15, Pope Francis denounced the right to die movement, saying it's a "false sense of compassion" to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it's a sin against God and creation.
    (AP, 11/15/14)

2014        Nov 22, Pope Francis tenderly embraced children with autism spectrum disorders, some of whom avoided meeting his gaze, during an audience aimed at offering solidarity to people living with the condition.
    (AP, 11/22/14)

2014        Nov 23, Pope Francis canonized six new saints, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala and 4 Italians. Eufrasia Eluvathingal and Kuriakose Elias Chavara were from the Syro-Malabar Church, one of 22 Eastern rite churches that operates in full communion with Rome.
    (AP, 11/23/14)

2014        Nov 25, Pope Francis spoke before delegates of the EU Council in Strasbourg, France. He warned them that Europe had become too fearful and self-absorbed urged them to focus on poverty, immigration and joblessness.
    (SFC, 11/26/14, p.A2)

2014        Nov 28, Pope Francis arrived in Turkey to encourage Muslim leaders to take a stronger stand against extremists who twist religion to justify terrorism. He condemned the Islamic State group's assault on Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.
    (AP, 11/28/14)

2014        Dec 3, Pope Francis assured Dominican authorities that the truth must prevail in the case of his former ambassador to the Caribbean country who is accused of sexually abusing young boys. The Holy See recalled Jozef Wesolowski last year after rumors surfaced in Santo Domingo that he allegedly paid shoeshine boys to masturbate.
    (AP, 12/3/14)

2014        Dec 22, Pope Francis listed 15 "ailments" of the Vatican Curia during his annual Christmas greetings to the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the central administration of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church.
    (AP, 12/22/14)

2014        Dec 25, At the Vatican Femen protester and Ukrainian activist Yana Zhdanova shouted "God is woman" when she uncovered her chest in St. Peter’s Square, about an hour after Pope Francis had greeted and blessed tens of thousands of faithful. She was detained by police and released on Dec 27 with orders to never set foot again in Vatican City State.
    (AP, 12/27/14)

2014        Dec, Pope Francis and the grand imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar mosque, together with other religious leaders, launched the Global Freedom Network, a coalition to press governments and businesses to take the issue of bonded labor seriously.
    (Econ., 3/14/15, p.61)

2014        Doctors and nurses at the Vatican's Bambino Gesu (Baby Jesus) Pediatric Hospital complained that corners were being cut and medical protocols ignored. The Vatican responded by ordering up a secret in-house investigation. The diagnosis: The original mission of "the pope's hospital" had been lost and was "today more aimed at profit than on caring for children."
    (AP, 7/3/17)

2015        Jan 4, At the Vatican Pope Francis named 15 new cardinals from 14 countries, including many from Latin America and Africa.
    (AP, 1/4/15)(SFC, 1/5/15, p.A3)

2015        Jan 13, Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka, where Christians made up only 7.4% of the population.
    (Econ, 1/17/15, p.38)

2015        Jan 14, In Sri Lanka a million worshippers packed the Colombo seafront to greet Pope Francis as he canonized Sri Lanka's first saint, Joseph Vaz, a 17th century missionary. Sri Lanka released nearly 600 prisoners and reduced jail terms for others to mark Pope Francis' visit.
    (AFP, 1/14/15)(Reuters, 1/14/15)

2015        Jan 16, In the Philippines Pope Francis issued his strongest defense yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception, using a rally in Asia's largest Catholic nation to urge families to be "sanctuaries of respect for life." The Philippines is the only country in the world — aside from the Vatican — where divorce is forbidden.
    (AP, 1/16/15)

2015        Jan 18, In the Philippines Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia with an open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the government said drew up to seven million people.
    (Reuters, 1/18/15)

2015        Feb 3, Pope Francis approved a decree declaring slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero a martyr for the church. The cleric, a defender of the poor and vocal critic of the military, was shot dead in 1980 while celebrating mass. Pope Francis said Romero was killed out of hatred for his Catholic faith.
    (AFP, 2/3/15)(SFC, 2/4/15, p.A5)

2015        Feb 14, In Vatican City Pope Francis elevated 20 new “princes of the church" into the College of Cardinals.
    (SSFC, 2/15/15, p.A12)

2015        Mar 13, Pope Francis declared an extraordinary jubilee, or holy year, to last from December 8, 2015, to November 20, 2016. Ordinary jubilees are proclaimed every 25 years.
    (Econ., 3/21/15, p.48)

2015        Apr 1, Italy and the Holy See signed an accord to cooperate on fiscal matters, as the Vatican works to improve transparency after a string of financial scandals.
    (AP, 4/1/15)

2015        Apr 12, In the Vatican Pope Francis described the 1915 massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians as "the first genocide of the 20th century" at a 100th anniversary Mass. Turkey swiftly summoned the Vatican's ambassador in Ankara to protest.
    (Reuters, 4/12/15)

2015        Apr 16, The Vatican unexpectedly ended its controversial takeover of the main umbrella group of US nuns. A six-year row between activist American nuns (LCWR) and Vatican officials, who had branded them radical feminists, ended with the nuns conceding to demands that they keep within the doctrine of the Roman Catholic church. The umbrella group “Leadership Conference of Women Religious" represented 80 percent of US nuns.
    (AP, 4/16/15)    (Reuters, 4/16/15)

2015        Apr 21, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of US Bishop Robert Finn (62), who pleaded guilty in 2012 to failing to report a suspected child abuser, answering calls by victims to take action against bishops who cover up for pedophile priests.
    (AP, 4/21/15)

2015        Apr 29, Pope Francis added his voice to the feminist anthem of equal pay for equal work.
    (AP, 4/29/15)

2015        Apr, Chilean members of the pope's Commission for the Protection of Minors sent a delegation to Rome specifically to hand-deliver a letter to the pope about Bishop Juan Barros. The letter from Juan Carlos Cruz detailed abuse, kissing and fondling he says he suffered at the hands of Rev. Fernando Karadima. Cruz said Barros and others saw this but did nothing to stop it.
    (AP, 2/5/18)

2015        May 10, Cuban President Raul Castro (83) thanked Pope Francis for brokering the thaw between Havana and Washington and said the pope so impressed him that he might return to the Catholic Church, despite being a communist.
    (Reuters, 5/10/15)

2015        May 13, The Vatican said it has concluded its first treaty that formally recognizes the State of Palestine, with an agreement on Catholic Church activities in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority. It will be officially signed by the respective authorities in the near future.
    (Reuters, 5/13/15)

2015        May 16, Pope Francis praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an "angel of peace" during a meeting at the Vatican that underscored the Holy See's warm relations with the Palestinians as it prepares to canonize Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, two 19th century nuns from the region.
    (AP, 5/16/15)

2015        May 17, Pope Francis canonized two nuns from what was 19th-century Palestine. Sisters Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas were made saints in St. Peter's Square. Saints Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve from France and Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception from Italy were also canonized.
    (AP, 5/17/15)

2015        Jun 5, The Vatican appointed its first auditor-general in Pope Francis' latest move aimed at ensuring transparency in the scandal-plagued finances at the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.
    (Reuters, 6/5/15)

2015        Jun 6, Pope Francis arrived in Sarajevo for a visit aimed at bolstering reconciliation between war-scarred Bosnia's Serb, Croat and Muslim communities.
    (AFP, 6/6/15)

2015        Jun 10, The Vatican said Pope Francis has approved the creation of an internal Church tribunal empowered to punish bishops who cover up sex abuse by priests.
    (AFP, 6/10/15)
2015        Jun 10, The Vatican formally committed to share tax information of US citizens with the United States.
    (SFC, 6/11/15, p.A2)

2015        Jun 15, The Vatican said Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop and papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic, will stand trial on criminal charges of paying for sex with minors and possessing child pornography. Pope Francis also accepted the resignation Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche of St. Paul and Minneapolis after prosecutors there charged the archdiocese with having failed to protect children from unspeakable harm from a pedophile priest who was later convicted of molesting two boys.
    (Reuters, 6/15/15)(AP, 6/15/15)
2015        Jun 15, The Italian newsweekly L’Espresso published a draft copy of an encyclical on the environment by Pope Francis calling for urgent action to fight global warming.
    (SFC, 6/16/15, p.A3)

2015        Jun 18, Pope Francis issued a major encyclical on the environment, called "Laudato Si (Praise Be), On the Care of Our Common Home".
    (Reuters, 6/18/15)

2015        Jun 26, The Vatican signed a treaty with the "State of Palestine," saying it hoped its legal recognition of the state would help stimulate peace with Israel. Israel expressed disappointment.
    (AP, 6/26/15)

2015        Jul 6, In Ecuador Pope Francis celebrated an outdoor Mass for hundreds of thousands of people gathered under a broiling sun at Samanes Park on the northern edge of the port city of Guayaquil and then flew back to Quito.
    (AP, 7/6/15)

2015        Jul 7, In Ecuador Pope Francis held an open-air Mass that drew over a million people and pressed his case for a new economic and environmental order on his last full day in Quito.
    (SFC, 7/8/15, p.A4)

2015        Jul 8, Pope Francis flew to Bolivia after drawing about 1.5 million people to Masses in Ecuador on the first leg of a "homecoming" tour.
    (Reuters, 7/8/15)

2015        Jul 9, In Bolivia Pope Francis rallied tens of thousands of flag-waving Bolivians during his first public Mass.
    (AP, 7/9/15)

2015        Jul 10, In Bolivia Pope Francis arrived at the notorious Palmasola prison, greeting some by hand ahead of a message that focused on encouragement. The prison built for 800 inmates has more than 5,000.
    (AP, 7/10/15)

2015        Jul 11, In Paraguay Pope Francis received a very Argentine welcome at Paraguay's most important pilgrimage site, with thousands of his countrymen joining hundreds of thousands of Paraguayan faithful for a Mass that served as a makeshift homecoming for the Argentine pope.
    (AP, 7/11/15)

2015        Jul 12, In Paraguay Pope Francis put into practice his call for the world's poor and powerless to not be left on the margins of society by visiting a flood-prone slum outside Asuncion on the final day of his 3-nation tour.
    (AP, 7/12/15)

2015        Aug 5, Pope Francis declared that divorced Catholics who remarry, as well as their children, deserve better treatment from the church, warning pastors against treating these couples as if they were excommunicated.
    (AP, 8/5/15)

2015        Aug 6, Pope Francis slammed the "atrocious, inhuman and inexplicable" persecution of Christians and minorities, urging the international community not to remain silent.
    (AFP, 8/6/15)   

2015        Aug 10, Pope Francis designated Sept. 1 as a day for Catholics to pray for the care of the environment.
    (AP, 8/10/15)

2015        Aug 28, The Vatican said Jozef Wesolowski (67), its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, was found dead as he awaited trial. He was the highest-ranking Holy See official to ever be charged with sexually abusing young boys.
    (AP, 8/28/15)

2015        Sep 1, At the Vatican Pope Francis called on priests to pardon women who have abortions, and the doctors who perform them, during the upcoming Jubilee year -- overruling hardline traditionalists within the Catholic Church.
    (AFP, 9/1/15)

2015        Sep 6, Pope Francis said the Vatican will shelter two families of refugees who are "fleeing death" from war or hunger, as he called on Catholic parishes, convents and monasteries across Europe to do the same.
    (AP, 9/6/15)

2015        Sep 8, Pope Francis revolutionized the procedure for Roman Catholics to get marriage annulments, making them faster and simpler and calling on bishops to provide greater help to divorced couples.
    (Reuters, 9/8/15)

2015        Sep 19, Pope Francis began a 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States, embarking on his first trip to the onetime Cold War foes after helping to nudge forward their historic rapprochement.
    (AP, 9/19/15)

2015        Sep 20, In Cuba Pope Francis met with Fidel Castro after urging thousands of Cubans to serve one another and not an ideology.
    (SFC, 9/21/15, p.A2)

2015        Sep 22, Pope Francis (78) arrived Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, where he was greeted by US President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle and their two daughters. His historic six-day trip will focus on consumerism, poverty and the marginalized.
    (AFP, 9/23/15)

2015        Sep 23, In Washington, DC, Pope Francis celebrated the canonization of Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
    (SFC, 9/23/15, p.A1)

2015        Sep 25, In NYC Pope Francis declared that there is a "right of the environment" and that mankind has no authority to abuse it.
    (AP, 9/25/15)

2015        Sep 26, Pope Francis traveled to Philadelphia to promote the issue of religious freedom on the penultimate day of his first visit to the United States.
    (Reuters, 9/26/15)

2015        Sep 27, In Philadelphia, Pa., Pope Francis met with victims of child sexual abuse on the final day of his US visit and promised to hold accountable those responsible for the scandal in the church.
    (AP, 9/27/15)

2015        Oct 3, The Vatican dismissed a gay priest from his Holy See job on the eve of a major Church meeting for a highly public coming out that challenged the Roman Catholic teaching that homosexual acts are a sin. Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, a Polish theologian, had worked at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's doctrinal arm, since 2003.
    (Reuters, 10/3/15)

2015        Oct 4, Pope Francis reaffirmed Catholic opposition to gay marriage as he opened a three-week gathering of bishops.
    (Reuters, 10/4/15)

2015        Oct 18, The parents of French saint Therese of Lisieux -- dubbed "The Little Flower" -- were raised to sainthood, in a move Pope Francis hopes will underscore the importance of the family. Louis (d.1894) and Zelie Martin (d.1887) had nine children, four of whom died at a young age, while the other five all became nuns.
    (AP, 10/18/15)

2015        Oct 25, Pope Francis closed a contentious bishops' meeting on family issues calling for a more open-hearted, compassionate Church rooted in people's lives and not a programmatic, arid one that fears changes and challenges.
    (Reuters, 10/2515)

2015        Oct 26, Pope Francis called for a fresh start for Roma and Sinti communities, telling traveler families from around the world they could break free of prejudice by not falling into crime. The Sinti are a traditionally itinerant ethnic group that has been present in Italy for centuries.
    (AFP, 10/2615)

2015        Nov 2, The Vatican upheld the arrests of Spanish Monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Italian laywoman Francesca Chaouqui. Both had served on a financial reform commission set up by Pope Francis as part of the probe into yet another leak of confidential information and documents.
    (AP, 11/2/15)

2015        Nov 8, Pope Francis told followers in St. Peter's Square that the theft of documents describing financial malfeasance inside the Holy See was a "crime" but pledged to continue reforms of its administration.
    (AP, 11/8/15)

2015        Nov 21, A Vatican judge indicted five people, including two journalists and a high-ranking Vatican monsignor, in a scandal involving leaked documents that informed two books alleging financial malfeasance in the Roman Catholic church bureaucracy.
    (AP, 11/21/15)

2015        Nov 25, Pope Francis arrived in Kenya and was received at Nairobi's airport by President Uhuru Kenyatta on the first leg of a six-day pilgrimage that will also take him to Uganda and the Central African Republic. Francis urged all Kenyans to work for peace and forgiveness in order to heal ethnic, religious and economic divisions.
    (AP, 11/25/15)

2015        Nov 26, In Kenya Pope Francis held his first open-air mass in Africa with huge crowds hailing heavy rains as "God's blessing" as they sang and danced in Nairobi.
    (AFP, 11/26/15)

2015        Nov 27, Pope Francis landed in Uganda on the second leg of a landmark trip to Africa, with choirs and dancers waiting to greet him.
    (AFP, 11/27/15)

2015        Nov 28, Pope Francis honored Uganda's 19th century Christian martyrs and encouraged its 21st century Christian youths during a day that saw nearly a half-million Ugandans turn out to see him.
    (AP, 11/28/15)

2015        Nov 29, The Central African Republic welcomed Pope Francis as he brought a message of peace to the divided country, visiting people displaced by months of bloody sectarian violence and calling for unity. Interim president Catherine Samba-Panza asked for "forgiveness" from Pope Francis for two years of "evil" sectarian violence.
    (AFP, 11/29/15)

2015        Nov 30, In the Central African Republic Pope Francis said Christians and Muslims were "brothers" and urged them to reject hatred and violence as he visited a mosque in Bangui, which has been ravaged by sectarian conflict.
    (AFP, 11/30/15)

2015        Dec 8, Pope Francis launched an extraordinary Catholic Jubilee year of mercy by opening a "Holy Door" in the walls of St Peter's, embracing a 700-year-old tradition as he urged his Church to reach out to the modern world.
    (AFP, 12/8/15)

2015        Dec 10, The Vatican said Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should work with them to fight anti-Semitism.
    (Reuters, 12/10/15)

2015        Dec 14, In Italy police in Rome said they had seized 3,500 fake Vatican parchments that were being sold to unsuspecting pilgrims taking part in Pope Francis' Holy Year celebrations.
    (AP, 12/14/15)

2015        Dec 23, Organizers said Pope Francis will accept next year's Charlemagne prize, a prominent annual German award for promoting European values.
    (AFP, 12/23/15)

2015        Pope Francis allowed priests of the schismatic Society of St. Pius X, founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1969, to validly hear confessions.
    (SFC, 4/5/17, p.A2)

2016        Jan 2, The Vatican announced that its first accord with the Palestinians -- an agreement that Israel has attacked as counter-productive to the Middle East peace process -- has come into force.
    (AFP, 1/2/16)

2016        Jan 18, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, a former Vatican prelate, was acquitted of conspiring to smuggle millions of euros in cash into Italy from Switzerland for rich friends.
    (Reuters, 1/18/16)

2016        Jan 20, The World Economic Forum (WEF) opened in Davos, Switzerland. Pope Francis sent a letter to executive chairman Klaus Schwab beseeching those gathered to remember the poor. This year’s theme was the “fourth industrial revolution."
    (SFC, 1/21/16, p.C1)(Econ, 1/9/16, p.69)

2016        Jan 26, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani's made his first visit to the Vatican. Pope Francis urged Iran to back peace efforts in the Middle East.
    (AFP, 1/26/16)

2016        Feb 12, Pope Francis arrived in Cuba to meet the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Havana. The two religious leaders signed a 30-point joint declaration of religious unity that committed their churches to overcoming their differences. Francis then embarked on a tour of Mexico.
    (Reuters, 2/12/16)(AP, 2/13/16)

2016        Feb 13, Pope Francis kicked off his first trip to Mexico with speeches to the country's political and ecclesial elites. Francis called on Mexico's government to fight endemic corruption and drug trafficking and he then prayed with thousands before the icon that unites the country - the Virgin of Guadalupe.
    (AP, 2/13/16)(Reuters, 2/13/16)

2016        Feb 17, Pope Francis wrapped up his trip to Mexico with a visit to a Ciudad Juarez prison.
    (AP, 2/17/16)

2016        Feb 18, Pope Francis questioned Donald Trump's Christian faith over his vow to build a border wall to keep out immigrants, sparking a backlash from the Republican presidential candidate.
    (AFP, 2/19/16)

2016        Feb 21, Pope Francis called for a worldwide ban on the death penalty, saying the commandment "You shall not kill" was just as valid for the guilty as for the innocent.
    (Reuters, 2/21/16)

2016        Feb 29, Australian Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Vatican official to testify on systemic sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Roman Catholic Church, said senior clergy lied to him to cover up abuse in the 1970s.
    (Reuters, 3/1/16)

2016        Mar 10, Pope Francis imposed new financial accountability regulations on the Vatican's multimillion-dollar saint-making machine after uncovering gross abuses that were subsequently revealed in two books.
    (AP, 3/10/16)

2016        Mar 15, Pope Francis approved sainthood for Mother Teresa, the missionary nun who became a global if controversial symbol of compassion for her care of the sick and destitute. The pontiff set September 4 as the date for her canonization.
    (AFP, 3/15/16)

2016        Mar 31, Vatican officials said an investigation has been opened into the financing of renovations at a luxury penthouse occupied by Italian cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the former number two in the Holy See hierarchy.
    (AFP, 3/31/16)

2016        Apr 8, Pope Francis called for the Roman Catholic church to be more welcoming and less judgmental in an apostolic exhortation titled “Amoris Laetitia “The Joy of Love."
    (SFC, 4/9/16, p.A2)

2016        Apr 15, Bolivian President Evo Morales met with Pope Francis before attending a Vatican conference on social and economic justice. During the audience, Morales presented Francis with three books: "Coca, a bio-bank," ''Coca, citogenic diet" and "Coca, the anti-obesity factor."
    (AP, 4/15/16)

2016        Apr 16, Bernie Sanders, US Democratic presidential hopeful, held a private meeting with Pope Francis just before the pope traveled to meet migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos.
    (AFP, 4/16/16)
2016        Apr 16, Pope Francis brought a message of hope to thousands of people facing expulsion from Greece as he slammed the world community for failing to end the wars fueling the crisis. Francis returned hom with three families of Syrian refugees.
    (AFP, 4/16/16)(Reuters, 4/16/16)

2016        Apr 28, The Vatican's financial watchdog said it received 544 reports of suspicious financial transactions last year, thanks in part to beefed-up efforts to flag potential tax cheats who are using the Vatican bank to hide money.
    (AP, 4/28/16)

2016        Apr 29, US Vice President Joe Biden came to the Vatican to call for a global commitment to fund cancer research that benefits everyone, not just the "privileged and powerful."
    (AP, 4/29/16)

2016        May 6, Pope Francis accepted the prestigious International Charlemagne Prize, for his "message of hope and encouragement" and warned Europeans against the selfish temptation to put up fences to ward off newcomers, saying he still dreams of a Europe where migrants are welcomed.
    (AP, 5/6/16)

2016        May 23, At the Vatican Pope Francis met the grand imam of Egypt's highest Islamic authority, Al-Azhar, looking to heal Vatican relations with the influential center of Sunni Muslim learning after dialogue was frozen five years ago.
    (Reuters, 5/23/16)

2016        Jun 3, Pope Francis signed a declaration along with participants of a Vatican summit of about 100 judges, prosecutors and other public officials involved in fighting human trafficking and organized crime.
    (AP, 6/3/16)

2016        Jun 4, Pope Francis scrapped his proposed tribunal to prosecute bishops who failed to protect their flocks from pedophile priests and instead established new legal procedures to remove them if the Vatican finds they were negligent.
    (AP, 6/4/16)
2016        Jun 4, The Vatican signed an agreement with Qatar to digitalize Vatican manuscripts relating to the Persian Gulf and other Islamic regions.
    (AP, 6/4/16)

2016        Jun 5, Pope Francis proclaimed two new saints: Swedish-born Elizabeth Hesselblad (1870-1957), a Lutheran convert, who hid Jews during World War II and Stanislaus Papczynski (1631-1701), the Polish founder of the first men's religious order dedicated to the immaculate conception.
    (AP, 6/5/16)

2016        Jun 6, Pope Francis named a special administrator for the Catholic Church on the Pacific island of Guam after its archbishop was accused of sexually abusing young boys and of keeping church abuse policies weak to protect himself.
    (AP, 6/6/16)

2016        Jun 12, Pope Francis, addressing an audience of 20,000 sick and handicapped people at the Vatican, decried the marginalization of those with disabilities.
    (AFP, 6/12/16)

2016        Jun 24, Pope Francis set off for a three-day visit to Armenia, just over a year after he enraged Turkey by using the term genocide to describe the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire.
    (AFP, 6/24/16)

2016        Jul 1, A leading Italian newspaper reported that former Pope Benedict says in his memoirs, "The Last Conversations," that no-one pressured him to resign but alleges that a "gay lobby" in the Vatican had tried to influence decisions. It is due to be published on Sept. 9.
    (Reuters, 7/1/16)

2016        Jul 6, The Vatican said Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Brazilian Bishop Aldo di Cillo Pagotto of Paraiba who was accused of turning a blind eye to suspected pedophile priests in his diocese.
    (Reuters, 7/6/16)

2016        Jul 7, A Vatican court declared it had no jurisdiction to prosecute two journalists for having published confidential information. A Vatican monsignor and an Italian communications expert were convicted for having conspired to pass documents to the journalists.
    (SFC, 7/8/16, p.A2)

2016        Jul 26, The Vatican and the Bank of Italy signed a key cooperation agreement aimed at regularizing their relations and ending years of Italian mistrust over Holy See finances.
    (Reuters, 7/26/16)

2016        Jul 27, Pope Francis landed in Poland at the start of 5-day visit to join young Catholics for World Youth Day.
    (AP, 7/27/16)

2016        Jul 31, In Poland Pope Francis encouraged hundreds of thousands of young people  at the end of World Youth Day to "believe in a new humanity" that is stronger than evil and refuses to see borders as barriers.
    (AP, 7/31/16)

2016        Aug 2, Pope Francis appointed a commission to study the issue of female Church deacons in a move seen as a potential first step towards women entering the Catholic clergy.
    (AFP, 8/2/16)

2016        Sep 1, At the Vatican Pope Francis proposed that caring for the environment be added to the traditional seven works of mercy that Christians are called to perform, taking his green agenda to a new level by supplementing Jesus' Gospel call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit the sick.
    (AP, 9/1/16)

2016        Oct 14, At the Vatican a gathering of Jesuit priests from around the world elected the Rev. Arturo Sosa of Venezuela to replace the retiring Rev. Adolfo Nicolas of Spain as father general.
    (AP, 10/14/16)

2016        Oct 24, Venezuela’s Pres. Maduro made a surprise visit to the pope, who has been trying to arrange a meeting between the government and the opposition.
    (SFC, 3/6/17, p.29)

2016        Oct 31, Venezuela’s government and opposition leaders agreed to continue a Vatican-backed dialogue following initial talks meant to ease an escalating political standoff taking place against the backdrop of a worsening economic crisis.
    (Reuters, 10/31/16)

2016        Nov 7, The Vatican denounced the decision of a priest in China's underground Catholic Church to be ordained bishop without the pope's approval.
    (AP, 11/7/16)

2016        Nov 19, At the Vatican Pope Francis created 17 new cardinals from across the globe, elevating them in a time-honored ceremony to an elite body that advises and elects popes.
    (AFP, 11/19/16)

2016        Nov 20, Pope Francis brought to a close the Catholic Church's "Year of Mercy," shutting the Holy Door at Saint Peter's after a year in which he raised Mother Teresa to sainthood and took in Syrian Muslim refugees.
    (AFP, 11/20/16)

2016        Nov 21, Pope Francis extended indefinitely to all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a right previously reserved for bishops or special confessors in most parts of the world.
    (Reuters, 11/21/16)

2016        Dec 16, At the Vatican Pope Francis brought Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos and his main political opponent right-wing predecessor, Alvaro Uribe,  together to discuss the country's rebel peace deal.
    (AP, 12/16/16)

2016        Dec 22, Pope Francis told Vatican officials to start appointing women and lay people to top jobs in the Curia, the Holy See bureaucracy that he is seeking to shake-up.
    (AFP, 12/22/16)

2016        Dec 28, Pope Francis sent a letter to bishops around the world saying they must adhere to a policy of zero tolerance for clergy who sexually abuse children.
    (Reuters, 1/2/17)

2017        Jan 8, In parts of Europe blizzards and dangerously low temperatures persisted, prompting Pope Francis to draw attention to the homeless suffering in freezing weather.
    (AP, 1/8/17)

2017        Jan 17, The Vatican demanded that the leaders of the Knights of Malta, a worldwide Catholic chivalric and charity group, cooperate with an inquiry into alleged irregularities ordered by Pope Francis.
    (Reuters, 1/17/17)

2017        Jan 23, Pope Francis blasted the "money stained with blood" and "evil power" wielded by Italian organized crime as he met the heads of the country's anti-mafia squad.
    (AFP, 1/23/17)

2017        Jan 24, Pope Francis demanded the obedience of the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta and his resignation. The next day Vatican said that it is taking over the embattled Knights of Malta after its leader Mathew Festing (67) defied Pope Francis in a dispute over condoms.
    (SFC, 1/26/17, p.A2)(Econ, 3/18/17, p.63)

2017        Feb 4, Pope Francis named a top Vatican archbishop as his new envoy to the troubled Knights of Malta and gave him "all necessary powers" to help the religious order reform its constitutions and elect a new leader.
    (AP, 2/4/17)
2017        Feb 4, In Italy dozens of the illegal fliers appeared mysteriously around Rome picturing a stern-looking Pope Francis, a list of accusations against him, and the words "Where's your mercy?".
    (AFP, 2/6/17)

2017        Feb 8, Pope Francis issued a stinging criticism of atrocities against Myanmar's Rohingya minority, saying they had been tortured and killed simply because they wanted to live their culture and Muslim faith.
    (Reuters, 2/8/17)

2017        Feb 15, Pope Francis insisted that indigenous groups must give prior consent to any economic activity affecting their ancestral lands, a view that conflicts with the Trump administration, which is pushing to build a $3.8 billion oil pipeline over opposition from American Indians.
    (AP, 2/15/17)

2017        Feb 21, Investigating magistrates in Italy froze millions of euros worth of assets belonging to prominent banker Giampietro Nattino, who they believe used the Vatican bank and another Holy See financial department for market manipulation.
    (Reuters, 2/21/17)

2017        Feb 26, Pope Francis became the first pontiff to visit an Anglican church in Rome.
    (AP, 2/26/17)

2017        Feb, Vatican-based Cardinal Raymond Burke, the most outspoken critic of Pope Francis, spent two days in Guam presiding over the trial of Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who was accused of molesting altar boys.
    (Econ, 3/18/17, p.62)

2017        Mar 1, Marie Collins, a leading member of a group advising Pope Francis on how to root out sex abuse in the Catholic Church, quit in frustration, citing "shameful" resistance within the Vatican.
    (Reuters, 3/1/17)

2017        Mar 10, A Vatican spokeswoman said in a statement that Pope Francis has sent 100,000 euros ($106,090) to the poor in the ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo.
    (Reuters, 3/10/17)

2017        Mar 20, Pope Francis met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Francis begged forgiveness for the "sins and failings of the church and its members" during Rwanda's 1994 genocide, and told Rwanda's president that he hoped his apology would help the country heal.
    (AP, 3/20/17)

2017        Mar 23, Pope Francis signed canonization decrees making five more child saints: two Portuguese shepherd children who said the Virgin Mary appeared to them in Fatima 100 years ago and three Mexican adolescents who were killed for their faith in the 16th century.
    (AP, 3/23/17)   

2017        Apr 4, The Vatican announced a measure allowing priests of the schismatic Society of St. Pius X, founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1969, to celebrate marriages that will be recognized by Rome.
    (SFC, 4/5/17, p.A2)

2017        Apr 16, Pope Francis denounced "oppressive regimes" in his Easter message, but in an apparent call for restraint urged world leaders to prevent the spread of conflicts, as tensions rose in North Korea and Syria.
    (Reuters, 4/16/17)

2017        Apr 28, Pope Francis arrived in Cairo and urged Egypt's leading imams to teach their students to reject violence in God's name and preach messages of peace and tolerance instead.
    (AP, 4/28/17)

2017        May 4, The Vatican and Myanmar announced an agreement to establish diplomatic relations as Pope Francis met with Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's top civilian leader.
    (AP, 5/4/17)

2017        May 6, At the Vatican forty new Swiss Guards were sworn in, the latest halberd-clutching soldiers of the pope to serve a tradition stretching back 500 years. Applicants have to be a practicing Roman Catholic, Swiss, single, between 19 and 30 years old and at least 1.74 meters tall.
    (AFP, 5/6/17)

2017        May 12, Pope Francis arrived in Portugal where he is to visit the shrine at Fatima, one of the world's most popular Catholic pilgrimage sites.
    (AP, 5/12/17)

2017        May 21, Pope Francis named five new cardinals, for Spain, El Salvador and three countries where Catholics are a tiny minority: Mali, Laos and Sweden. Francis will formally elevate the churchmen to cardinal's rank in a ceremony on June 28.
    (AP, 5/21/17)

2017        May 24, Pope Francis urged US President Donald Trump to be a peacemaker at their first meeting after they exchanged sharp words last year, and Trump promised he would not forget the pontiff's message. Pope Francis presented Trump with a copy of his encyclical on preserving the environment.
    (Reuters, 5/24/17)(SFC, 5/25/17, p.A3)

2017        Jun 20, A Vatican statement said auditor general Libero Milone had offered his resignation and Pope Francis had accepted it. A search is underway for a replacement.
    (AP, 6/20/17)

2017        Jun 21, The Vatican said Pope Francis is offering 460,000 euros (more than $500,000) in aid for South Sudan to help finance two hospitals, a school and farm equipment.
    (AP, 6/21/17)

2017        Jun 28, Pope Francis led a ceremony at St. Peter's Basilica to give the Catholic church five new cardinals. They were from Mali, Laos, El Salvador, Spain and Sweden. Recent news named Bamako Archbishop Jean Zerbo as one of three Mali prelates holding multi-million euro Swiss bank-accounts.
    (AP, 6/28/17)

2017        Jun 29, Cardinal George Pell (b.1941), a top adviser to Pope Francis, took a leave of absence as the Vatican's financial chief to fight criminal charges in his native Australia that alleged he committed sexual assault years ago.
    (AP, 6/29/17)

2017        Jul 1, Pope Francis replaced Catholicism's top theologian, a conservative German cardinal who has been at odds with the pontiff's vision of a more inclusive Church. Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller (69), who was appointed by former Pope Benedict in 2012, will be succeeded by the department's number two, Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer (73).
    (Reuters, 7/1/17)

2017        Jul 11, Pope Francis added a fourth pathway to possible sainthood: people who lived a good Catholic life and who freely accepted a certain and premature death for the good of others. Under the new category, a miracle must be attributed to the candidate's intercession prior to beatification.
    (AP, 7/11/17)

2017        Jul 13, The Vatican said a Holy See tribunal has indicted two former top officials of a children's hospital on charges of diverting nearly half a million dollars in 2013-2014 to renovate the apartment of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was not indicted.
    (Reuters, 7/13/17)

2017        Jul 23, Vatican authorities began to turn off some 100 fountains, including two Baroque masterpieces in St. Peter's Square, due to a prolonged drought affecting the tiny city state and the city of Rome which surrounds it.
    (Reuters, 7/24/17)

2017        Sep 6, Pope Francis arrived in Colombia with a message of unity for a nation deeply divided by a peace deal that ended a five-decade war with Marxist FARC rebels but left many victims of the bloodshed wary of the national healing process.
    (Reuters, 9/6/17)
2017        Sep 6, The Vatican declared Mother Teresa a patron saint of the Archdiocese of Calcutta at a Mass in the city where she dedicated her life to the poorest of the poor.
    (AP, 9/6/17)

2017        Sep 10, In Colombia Pope Francis wrapped up his visit with a deeply personal final day honoring St. Peter Claver, a 17th century fellow Jesuit, who ministered to thousands of African slaves who passed through Cartagena during Spanish colonial times.
    (AP, 9/10/17)

2017        Sep 14, In Italy fans of the old Latin Mass descended on Rome for their 10-year anniversary pilgrimage. In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI passed a law allowing greater use of the Latin Mass.
    (AP, 9/14/17)

2017        Sep 15, Vatican and US officials said a high-ranking priest working in the Vatican's embassy in Washington has been recalled after US prosecutors asked for him to be charged there and face trial in a child pornography investigation.
    (AP, 9/15/17)

2017        Sep 24, The Vatican said it had been forced to oust its former auditor general, who resigned without explanation in June, because he had been spying on senior officials. Libero Milone had accused the Vatican of getting rid of him because his investigations into possible illegal activity had hit too close to home.
    (AFP, 9/24/17)

2017        Oct 3, The Vatican's secretary of state headlined a four-day international conference on protecting children from online sexual abuse and exploitation, weeks after he recalled one of his diplomats who was caught up in a US-Canadian-Vatican investigation into child porn.
    (AP, 10/2/17)

2017        Oct 6, Pope Francis denounced the proliferation of adult and child pornography on the internet and demanded better protections for children online — even as the Vatican confronts its own cross-border child porn investigation involving a top papal envoy.
    (AP, 10/6/17)
2017        Oct 6, The Legionaries of Christ, a Catholic religious order which fell into disgrace after the discovery that its founder was a sexual abuser with a secret family, was hit by fresh scandal with revelations that the head of its Rome seminary fathered two children. A statement said that Father Oscar Turrion would leave the priesthood.
    (Reuters, 10/7/17)

2017        Oct 11, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Hubertus Leteng (58) of Indonesia's Ruteng diocese. Leteng resigned following reports that he had a mistress and siphoned off more than $100,000 in church funds.
    (AP, 10/11/17)

2017        Oct 14, A Vatican court convicted Giuseppe Profiti, the former president of the pope's children's hospital, of diverting some $500,000 in donations to renovate Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone’s flat and gave Profiti a one-year suspended sentence.
    (AP, 10/14/17)

2017        Oct 15, Pope Francis declared 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs drawn from the bloody history of Catholicism's spread in Latin America. They included 30 martyrs massacred in Brazil in the 17th century; three teens slain in 16th-century Mexico due to their embrace of Catholicism; a priest from Spain who devoted his life to studying therapeutic plants in the 19th century; and an Italian priest who died in the 1700s after spending his life criss-crossing the southern end of his country.
    (AFP, 10/15/17)

2017        Oct 16, Pope Francis marked the UN’s World Food Day by calling for governments to work together to tackle the problems of hunger, global warming and migration.
    (SFC, 10/17/17, p.A2)

2017        Nov 10, At the Vatican Pope Francis spoke at the start of a disarmament conference that brought together 11 Nobel Peace Prize winners. He said countries should not stockpile nuclear weapons even for the purpose of deterrence.
    (Reuters, 11/10/17)

2017        Nov 11, Pope Francis met with a delegation of Pacific leaders and told them he shares their concerns about rising sea levels and increasingly intense weather systems that are threatening their small islands. He blasted "shortsighted human activity" for global warming and rising sea levels and urged leaders at climate talks in Germany to take a global outlook as they negotiate ways to curb heat-trapping emissions.
    (AP, 11/11/17)

2017        Nov 14, At the Vatican the scandal-marred Legion of Christ Roman Catholic religious order admitted it had offshore companies in Caribbean tax havens, but said none was used for illegal activities. The Legion said it closed and liquidated all offshore corporations, and currently doesn't have any money deposited offshore.
    (AP, 11/14/17)

2017        Nov 17, The Vatican said it had opened an investigation into reports that a former teenage altar boy, who allegedly repeatedly forced a dormitory mate to have sex with him, went on to become a priest.
    (Reuters, 11/18/17)

2017        Nov 19, At the Vatican Pope Francis marked its first World Day of the Poor, an event created by Francis to draw attention to those living on the margins of society.
    (AP, 11/19/17)

2017        Nov 27, Myanmar's army chief Min Aung Hlaing said he told Pope Francis his country had "no religious discrimination" after the pair met in Yangon, in a papal visit framed by the exodus of the Rohingya Muslim minority.
    (AFP, 11/27/17)

2017        Nov 28, In Myanmar Pope Francis urged the leaders of the majority-Buddhist country to commit themselves to justice, human rights and respect for "each ethnic group and its identity." The pope avoided a diplomatic backlash by not using the highly charged term "Rohingya" in his addresses to officials, including leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
    (Reuters, 11/28/17)

2017        Nov 29, In Myanmar Pope Francis urged religious leaders and ordinary faithful to help the country heal its old wounds, preaching a message of forgiveness and tolerance as the country emerges from military dictatorship and seeks to make peace with its many ethnic minorities after decades of conflict.
    (AP, 11/29/17)

2017        Nov 30, In Bangladesh Pope Francis called for "decisive measures" to resolve the political crisis causing mostly Muslim refugees from neighboring Myanmar to flee to Bangladesh. Francis did not use the word Rohingya, which is contested by the Yangon government and military.
    (Reuters, 11/30/17)

2017        Dec 1, In Bangladesh Pope Francis asked for forgiveness from Muslim refugees for all the hurt and persecution they have endured, demanded their rights be recognized and pronounced the word he had so assiduously avoided only days earlier in Myanmar: "Rohingya."
    (AP, 12/1/17)

2017        Dec 2, In Bangladesh Pope Francis urged local priests and nuns to resist the "terrorism of gossip" that can tear religious communities apart, delivering one of his trademark, zinger-filled spontaneous speeches to the country's Catholic leadership at the close of an otherwise tense and diplomatically fraught Asian tour.
    (AP, 12/2/17)

2017        Dec 4, The Vatican said Pope Francis has donated 25,000 euros ($30,000) to help feed the South Sudan’s most vulnerable citizens ahead of the upcoming dry season. The money was given to the United Nations' agricultural arm.
    (AP, 12/4/17)

2017        Dec 20, The Vatican said Cardinal Bernard Law (86), the disgraced former archbishop of Boston who was a central figure in the clergy sex abuse scandal, has died in Rome.
    (AP, 12/20/17)

2017        Dec 22, The Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis had ordered up an investigation into alleged financial and other irregularities in the diocese of one of his top advisers, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga.
    (AP, 12/22/17)

2017        Dec 25, Pope Francis used his Christmas message to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after US Pres. Donald Trump stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
    (Reuters, 12/25/17)
2017        Dec 25, At the Vatican topless activist Alisa Vinogradova from the feminist group Femen tried to snatch the statue of the baby Jesus from the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square but was stopped by police as she grabbed it.
    (Reuters, 12/25/17)

2018        Jan 1, At the Vatican Pope Francis reminded some 40,000 people who gathered in St. Peter's Square that he had chosen the plight of migrants and refugees as the theme for the Roman Catholic Church's World Day of Peace, which is celebrated every Jan. 1.
    (AP, 1/1/18)

2018        Jan 10, The Vatican took over Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a Peru-based Catholic movement, whose founder was accused of sexual and psychological abuse, just days before Pope Francis starts a trip to Chile and Peru where the sexual abuse scandal is expected to play out on the sidelines.
    (AP, 1/10/18)

2018        Jan 12, The Vatican said Chinese Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, who was removed from his diocese and held by authorities in detention for seven months, has been freed.
    (AP, 1/12/18)

2018        Jan 14, Pope Francis called or hospitality towards migrants, calling it a "sin" to give in to fear of the other as he marked the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
    (AFP, 1/14/18)

2018        Jan 16, In Chile Pope Francis expressed "pain and shame" over a sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Chile, seeking forgiveness for a crisis that has scarred its credibility and left many faithful skeptical of reform.
    (AP, 1/16/18)

2018        Jan 19, In Peru Pope Francis visited the jungle region of Madre de Dios (Mother of God), a region where wildcat gold mining has flourished into a black market trade estimated to be worth billions of dollars a year along with environmental devastation.
    (Reuters, 1/19/18)

2018        Jan 21, Pope Francis, in an extremely rare act of self-criticism, apologized to victims of clerical sex abuse, acknowledging he had "wounded many" in comments defending a Chilean bishop who is under scrutiny. His apology came while returning to Rome from a week-long trip to Chile and Peru.
    (Reuters, 1/22/18)

2018        Jan 26, At the Vatican Pope Francis recognized as martyrs 19 people who were slain in Algeria in the 1990s, including a bishop killed by a car bomb and beheaded monks. Francis also approved a decree recognizing the martyrdom of a Romanian woman, Veronica Antal. She was stabbed repeatedly as she resisted being raped in 1958 in her homeland.
    (AP, 1/27/18)   

2018        Jan 30, The Vatican said that Maltese Bishop Charles Scicluna would travel to Chile to investigate Bishop Juan Barros, accused by victims of covering up for the country’s most notorious pedophile pries.
    (SFC, 1/31/18, p.A2)

2018        Feb 5, At the Vatican Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Pope Francis to discuss the status of Jerusalem, human rights and refugees while Kurdish and Italian protesters clashed with police a short distance from Vatican City.
    (AP, 2/5/18)

2018        Feb 17, Pope Francis renewed a commission on clergy sexual abuse, confirming US Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston as its head. The Vatican promised to give victims a greater say in its work.
    (Reuters, 2/17/18)

2018        Feb 19, A Vatican statement said the pope had accepted the resignation of Peter Ebere Okpaleke as bishop of Nigeria’s diocese of Ahiara. It said the position had been declared vacant and that a papal administrator would run it for the time being. Rebel priests and faithful had rejected him as an ethnic outsider.
    (Reuters, 2/19/18)

2018        Mar 2, At the Vatican three nuns lashed out against the menial work they have to do for clergymen, often for no money, in a rare public criticism of the Catholic Church's male hierarchy in the monthly magazine "Women, Church, World" published with the official Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano.
    (AFP, 3/2/18)

2018        Mar 3, The Institute for Religious Affairs said prosecutors indicted Angelo Caloia, the former president of the Vatican bank, and his lawyer, Gabriele Liuzzo, on embezzlement charges and self laundering between 2001 and 2008 that resulted in real estate losses of more than $62 million.
    (SSFC, 3/4/18, p.A6)

2018        Mar 4, The archdiocese of Naples said it has sent the Vatican a 1,200-page dossier compiled by a male escort identifying 40 actively gay priests and seminarians in Italy.
    (AP, 3/4/18)

2018        Mar 9, The Vatican said Pope Francis will visit Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in September in the first papal visit to the Baltic states in 25 years.
    (Reuters, 3/9/18)

2018        Mar 16, A Vatican tribunal sacked Guam archbishop Anthony Apuron after finding him "guilty of certain accusations."  He had been accused of sexually abusing minors in the 1970s.
    (Reuters, 3/16/18)

2018        Mar 21, Pope Francis' communications chief resigned after a scandal over a doctored letter, a public relations fiasco for the Vatican two months after the pope had warned of the dangers of fake news.
    (Reuters, 3/21/18)

2018        Apr 1, At the Vatican Pope Francis on Easter Sunday called for peace in a world marked by war and conflict.
    (AP, 4/1/18)

2018        Apr 3, A Chinese official said restricting the Vatican's control over the appointment of bishops in China does not infringe on religious freedom, amid historic negotiations between Beijing and the Holy See aimed at healing divisions.
    (AP, 4/3/18)

2018        Apr 7, The Vatican police force arrested Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, who once worked at its US embassy and was recalled last year after the US State Department said the priest may have violated child pornography laws.
    (Reuters, 4/7/18)

2018        Apr 8, Pope Francis told worshippers in St Peter's Square that he hoped Roma Day could foster greater understanding of Roma culture through the "goodwill of getting to know one another" and "mutual respect". Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy's far-right League, urged them to "steal less".
    (AFP, 4/8/18)

2018        Apr 11, Pope Francis, in the letter to the Chilean hierarchy, admitted he had made "grave errors" in evaluating the case of a bishop accused by victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. He invited the victims to Rome so he could personally apologize.
    (AP, 4/12/18)

2018        Apr 24, Juan Carlos Cruz, the key whistleblower in Chile's clerical sex abuse scandal, arrived in Rome for his audience with Pope Francis and said he will urge the pope to get rid of the "toxic" bishops and cardinals who have defamed and discredited abuse survivors around the world.
    (AP, 4/24/18)

2018        May 1, An Australian court ruled that Vatican Treasurer George Pell must face trial on charges of historical sexual offences, making him the most senior Catholic official to be tried on such allegations. He pleaded not guilty.
    (Reuters, 5/1/18)

2018        May 2, In Rome Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto (74), the interim leader of the Order of Malta, the world's oldest chivalric order, was elected as Grand Master for life. The influential mission was founded in Jerusalem and recognized by the pope in 1113.
    (AFP, 5/2/18)

2018        May 5, At the Vatican the Swiss Guards unveiled a new helmet prototype a day before their annual swearing-in ceremony. Their metal helmets will be replaced with plastic PVC ones made with a 3-D printer.
    (AP, 5/5/18)

2018        May 18, The Vatican confirmed that all 31 active Chilean bishop have offered to resign over what Pope Francis said was their "grave negligence" in investigating abuse and protecting children.
    (AP, 5/18/18)

2018        Jun 3, Pope Francis nominated Gregory O'Kelly, the Bishop of Port Pirie, as special administrator to the Australian archdiocese of Adelaide after its head was found guilty last month of concealing child sex abuse by a priest.
    (Reuters, 6/3/18)

2018        Jun 9, Pope Francis spoke to top oil company executives at the end of a two-day conference in the Vatican and warned that climate change risked destroying humanity. He called on energy leaders to help the world to convert to clean fuels to avert catastrophe.
    (Reuters, 6/9/18)
2018        Jun 9, The Vatican indicted Monsignor Carlo Capella, the No. 4 official in its Washington embassy, on child pornography possession and said he would face a trial starting June 22. He has been in Vatican custody since April.
    (AP, 6/9/18)

2018        Jun 11, Pope Francis began purging Chile's Catholic hierarchy over an avalanche of sex abuse and cover-up cases, starting with accepting the resignations of the bishop at the center of the scandal and two others. Francis accepted the resignations of Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno, Bishop Gonzalo Duarte of Valparaiso and Bishop Cristian Caro of Puerto Montt and named a temporary leader for each diocese.
    (AP, 6/11/18)

2018        Jun 23, The Vatican tribunal convicted Monsignor Carlo Capella, a former Holy See diplomat, and sentenced him to five years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography in the first such trial of its kind inside the Vatican.
    (AP, 6/23/18)

2018        Jun 26, At the Vatican French President Emmanuel Macron, accused at home of straining secular foundations by seeking to mend ties with the Catholic Church, discussed Europe, migration and poverty in an unusually long meeting with Pope Francis.
    (Reuters, 6/26/18)

2018        Jun 28, The Vatican said Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of two more Chilean bishops caught up in the country's sexual abuse scandal, bringing to five the number he has accepted so far.
    (Reuters, 6/28/18)
2018        Jun 28, Pope Francis led a ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica to give the Catholic Church 14 new cardinals.
    (AP, 6/28/18)

2018        Jun 29, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Melbourne's Archbishop Denis Hart (77), who said he'd prefer jail to telling civil authorities about any sex abuse of children that might be revealed to him in the confessional.
    (AP, 6/29/18)

2018        Jul 5, Jean-Louis Tauran (75), a French cardinal and former Vatican foreign minister, died in the US. He helped improve ties between the Roman Catholic Church and the Muslim world.
    (Reuters, 7/6/18)

2018        Jul 7, In southern Italy Pope Francis led a summit of Christian leaders In Bari on how to promote peace in the Middle East and said building walls, occupying territories and religious fanaticism would not resolve conflict in the region.
    (Reuters, 7/7/18)

2018        Jul 18, A Vatican-approved journal launched its second major critique of American evangelicals, dismissing "prosperity gospel" theology as a "pseudo" faith dangerously tied up with the American Dream and President Donald Trump's politics. "The Prosperity Gospel: Dangerous and Different" was published in the current issue of the Jesuit journal La Civilta Cattolica.
    (AP, 7/18/18)

2018        Jul 19, Australia's PM Malcolm Turnbull called on Pope Francis to fire Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson (67), who is the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever convicted for covering up child sexual abuse.
    (AP, 7/19/18)

2018        Jul 20, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a senior Roman Catholic bishop in Honduras, following allegations of financial and sexual impropriety against the cleric.
    (Reuters, 7/21/18)
2018        Jul 20, Chile's archdiocese of the city of Rancagua said the Vatican has dismissed Chilean deacon Luis Rubio over sexual abuse accusations, amid a widespread abuse scandal gripping the country's Catholic Church.
    (AFP, 7/21/18)

2018        Jul 28, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick (88), the former archbishop of Washington, D.C., who has been at the center of a widening sexual abuse scandal.
    (Reuters, 7/28/18)

2018        Jul 30, The Vatican accepted the resignation of Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson (67), the most senior cleric found guilty of concealing child sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. The archbishop of Adelaide was convicted in May of failing to disclose to police abuse by a priest, Father James Fletcher, after being told about it in 1976.
    (Reuters, 7/30/18)

2018        Aug 2, The Vatican changed its universal catechism, a summary of Church teaching, to reflect Pope Francis' total opposition to capital punishment. The Roman Catholic Church formally changed its teaching to declare the death penalty inadmissible whatever the circumstance, a move likely to be criticized in countries where capital punishment is legal.
    (Reuters, 8/2/18)

2018        Aug 20, Pope Francis, facing sexual abuse crises in several countries, wrote an unprecedented letter to all Catholics, asking each one of them to help root out "this culture of death" and vowing there would be no more cover ups.
    (Reuters, 8/20/18)

2018        Aug 25, Irish PM Leo Varadkar addressed the pope as Francis began the first papal visit to Ireland in nearly four decades. A small group of protesters demonstrated against the pope's visit outside Dublin Castle. Pope Francis said he shares the outrage over the failures of church authorities to punish the "repugnant crimes" of priests who raped and molested children.
    (AP, 8/25/18)

2018        Aug 26, In Ireland Pope Francis asked for forgiveness for the "scandal and betrayal" felt by victims of sexual exploitation by Catholic clergy as he toured the country where years of abuse scandals have shattered the Church's former dominant role in society.
    (Reuters, 8/26/18)

2018        Sep 1, Pope Francis called for people to work together to stop the world's oceans filling up with plastic waste.
    (Reuters, 9/1/18)

2018        Sep 15, Pope Francis appealed to Mafiosi to renounce their quests for power and money as he visited Sicily to honor a priest slain by mob henchmen for trying to protect youths from the evil clutches of organized crime.
    (AP, 9/15/18)

2018        Sep 17, Church officials in northern Spain said the Vatican has suspended priest Jose Manuel Ramos for 10 years over allegations that he abused schoolchildren. An internal investigation concluded that Ramos had sexually abused minors between 1981 and 1984.
    (AP, 9/17/18)

2018        Sep 18, Pope Francis decreed that ordinary Catholics should be consulted about issues facing the Catholic Church and that bishops gathering for periodic meetings can make binding decisions on church teaching.
    (AP, 9/18/18)

2018        Sep 20, The Vatican accepted a request from a bishop in India to be temporarily relieved of his pastoral duties as police questioned him for a second day. A nun from the southern state of Kerala has accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who heads the Diocese of Jalandhar, of raping her repeatedly over a period of two years.
    (Reuters, 9/20/18)

2018        Sep 21, The Vatican said Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of two more Chilean bishops, in his latest move to confront a widening worldwide sexual abuse scandal.
    (Reuters, 9/21/18)

2018        Sep 22, The Vatican signed a landmark agreement giving it a long-desired say in the appointment of bishops in China, though critics labeled the deal a sellout to the Communist government. The provisional agreement was signed in Beijing by deputy foreign ministers from both sides.
    (AP, 9/22/18)
2018        Sep 22, Lithuania's Pres. Dalia Grybauskaite welcomed Pope Francis and expressed gratitude for paying tribute to Holocaust victims in the Baltic nation. Francis said at the start of a four-day trip to the Baltics that Lithuania should see its painful past under Soviet and Nazi domination as an impetus to promote tolerance in Europe.
    (AP, 9/22/18)(Reuters, 9/22/18)

2018        Sep 23, In Lithuania Pope Francis paid homage to Holocaust victims who perished in the Vilnius ghetto, 75 years to the day after the Nazis liquidated it, and warned 100,000 Lithuanians gathered for mass against "pernicious attitudes" leading to genocide.
    (AFP, 9/23/18)

2018        Sep 24, Pope Francis traveled to Latvia and praised Latvians for persevering through the horrors of Soviet and Nazi occupation, persecution and exile.
    (AP, 9/24/18)

2018        Sep 25, Pope Francis arrived in Estonia and wound up a trip to the Baltic states. He said that nations should not measure their strength by their military capability to prevail over others. Estonia has only about 4,500 Catholics, or about 0.4 percent of the population of 1.3 million.
    (Reuters, 9/25/18)

2018        Sep 28, The Vatican said Pope Francis has defrocked Rev. Fernando Karadima (88), the Chilean priest at the center of the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his "supreme" authority to stiffen a sentence originally handed down by a Vatican court in 2011.
    (AP, 9/28/18)

2018        Oct 3, Pope Francis opened a gathering of bishops with the Catholic Church in a swirling state of crisis over sex abuse, urging its leaders not to let the next generation's faith be snuffed out "by our own shortcomings, mistakes and sins".
    (Reuters, 10/3/18)

2018        Oct 6, The Vatican said Pope Francis has authorized a thorough study of Vatican archives into how American ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick advanced through church ranks despite allegations that he slept with seminarians and young priests.
    (SSFC, 10/7/18, p.A6)

2018        Oct 7, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, a top Vatican official, issued a scathing open letter accusing Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who launched an unprecedented attack on Pope Francis, of mounting a "political frame job devoid of real foundation".
    (Reuters, 10/7/18)

2018        Oct 12, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he became entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock.
    (AP, 10/12/18)

2018        Oct 13, The Vatican said Pope Francis has defrocked Chilean bishops Francisco José Cox Huneeus (84), former archbishop emeritus of the city of La Serena, and Marco Antonio Órdenes Fernández (53), former archbishop emeritus of Iquique, who have been caught up in the country's widening sexual abuse crisis.
    (Reuters, 10/13/18)

2018        Oct 14, Pope Francis lauded new saints Pope Paul VI and slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero (d.1980) as prophets of a church that looks out for the poor as he presided over a canonization ceremony.
    (AP, 10/14/18)

2018        Oct 19, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Vatican ambassador who accused Pope Francis of rehabilitating a disgraced ex-American cardinal, doubled down on his claims, asserting that the "scourge of homosexuality" in the priesthood is responsible for sex abuse and that the Vatican is being hypocritical in refusing to acknowledge it.
    (AP, 10/19/18)

2018        Oct 24, The Vatican said Pope Francis has removed from office Bishop Martin Holley (63) of Memphis, Tennessee. The widely-read National Catholic Reporter newspaper said Holley had been the subject of a Vatican investigation in June following complaints among priests about his leadership.
    (Reuters, 10/24/18)

2018        Oct 28, At the Vatican Pope Francis ended a month-long meeting on the theme of Catholic youth. He told young people that in order to be good members of the Church they should not be obsessed with "doctrinal formulae" but blend its rules with social activism to help those in need.
    (Reuters, 10/28/18)

2018        Oct 31, Italian news agency ANSA reported that prosecutors were focusing on whether the remains found in an annex of the Holy See's embassy in Rome could be linked either to Mirella Gregori, or to Emanuela Orlandi, two 15-year-old girls who went missing in 1983.
    (AP, 10/31/18)

2018        Nov 13, Pope Francis named Archbishop Charles Scicluna as a deputy, or adjunct secretary, at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office that processes sex abuse cases globally.
    (AP, 11/13/18)

2018        Nov 18, Pope Francis railed against social inequality, lamenting "the din of the rich few" drowning out the voice of the needy, as he marked the second "World Day of the Poor".
    (AFP, 11/18/18)

2018        Nov 23, Pope Francis named the Vatican's top sex abuse investigator and a close US ally to an organizing committee for a February abuse prevention summit.
    (AP, 11/23/18)
2018        Nov 23, A judicial source said human bones found at the Vatican's embassy in Rome belong to a male who died more than 50 years ago, dispelling speculation they might solve one of Italy's most enduring mysteries: the 1980s vanishing of two teenage girls.
    (AP, 11/23/18)

2018        Nov 30, The Vatican announced the approval by the European Payments Council to bring the Vatican into the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA). This allows the Vatican bank to have its own IBAN code, the unique numerical identifier that facilitates wire transfers between banks.
    (AP, 11/30/18)

2018        Dec 3, The Vatican expressed concern over the status of Jerusalem as Pope Francis and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held their first meeting since the United States stirred international anxiety by moving its embassy there. The Vatican reaffirmed its longstanding call for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    (Reuters, 12/3/18)(AP, 12/3/18)

2018        Dec 5, The Vatican launched an investigation into a small Chilean religious order of nuns after some sisters denounced sexual abuse at the hands of priests and mistreatment by their superiors.
    (AP, 12/7/18)

2018        Dec 10, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Indian Bishop Prasad Gallela (56) of Cuddapah who, according to news reports, was accused of misappropriating church funds to support a secret family.
    (AP, 12/10/18)

2018        Dec 11, An Australian court found Cardinal George Pell (77), one of the highest ranking Vatican officials and a former top adviser to Pope Francis, guilty on five charges of child sexual offences committed more than two decades ago against 13-year-old boys. The verdict was only made public on Feb. 26, 2019.
    (Reuters, 2/26/19)

2018        Dec 12, The Vatican said Pope Francis has removed from his group of close advisers two cardinals hit by sexual abuse scandals, including his economy minister, Australian George Pell (77). The other member removed from the so called C-9 is Francisco Javier Errázuriz (85) of Chile.
    (Reuters, 12/12/18)

2018        Dec 17, The Vatican's criminal tribunal convicted Italian builder Angelo Proietti of using his accounts in the Vatican bank to launder money, and sentenced him to 2½ years in prison. The decision was announced on Dec. 27. This marked the first time the Vatican court had handed down a money-laundering verdict since the city state criminalized the offense in 2010 as part of its financial reform efforts.
    (AP, 12/27/18)

2018        Dec 18, Pope Francis announced a shakeup of the Vatican's communications operations, replacing the longtime editor of the Holy See newspaper and naming a prominent Italian journalist to coordinate the editorial line of all Vatican media.
    (AP, 12/18/18)

2018        Dec 19, Vatican officials said Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Alexander Salazar (69), following allegations of misconduct with a minor in the 1990s.
    (SFC, 12/20/18, p.A4)

2018        Dec 22, The Vatican announced that Pope Francis has given the homeless of Rome a Christmas gift of a new clinic in St. Peter's Square where they can get free medical help.
    (Reuters, 12/22/18)

2018        Dec 31, The Vatican spokesman and his deputy resigned over disagreements on strategy, ending a year of upheaval in the Holy See's communications structure.
    (Reuters, 12/31/18)

2019        Jan 1, Pope Francis ushered in the New Year with an ode to motherhood, reminding the faithful that a mother's example and embrace is the best antidote to today's disjointed world of solitude and misery.
    (AP, 1/1/19)

2019        Jan 7, The Vatican appointed a retired China-friendly cardinal to head the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, effectively blocking the succession of the highest-ranking serving bishop known to be critical of the Chinese government.
    (AP, 1/7/19)

2019        Jan 24, Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela met with Pope Francis at the presidential palace. The Pope insisted that public officials live simply, honestly and transparently as he opened a visit to Panama and a region that has been rife with corruption scandals.
    (AP, 1/24/19)

2019        Jan 25, In Panama Pope Francis brought World Youth Day to the Las Garzas de Pacora detention center so that its inmates, even behind barbed wire fencing, could participate in the Catholic Church's big festival of faith.
    (AP, 1/25/19)

2019        Jan 27, In Panama Pope Francis celebrated mass with hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims as he wound up a five-day visit during which he defended Central American migrants and acknowledged the Church had been hurt by sex abuse scandals.
    (AFP, 1/27/19)

2019        Jan 28, Pope Francis said celibacy for priests was a "gift to the Church" and not "optional", while returning to the Vatican from Panama. Francis said there's reason to consider ordaining older, married men in remote communities where priests are in short supply. Celibacy was imposed in the 11th century, possibly partly to prevent descendants of priests inheriting church property.
    (AP, 1/28/19)

2019        Jan 29, The Vatican said that Father Hermann Geissler, an Austrian section head in the Vatican doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), had submitted his resignation. He denied accusations by a former nun of soliciting sex from her a decade ago while hearing her confession.
    (Reuters, 1/29/19)

2019        Feb 3, Pope Francis headed to the UAE for the first ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, birthplace of Islam, where he will hold an open-air mass for tens of thousands of Catholics.
    (AFP, 2/3/19)

2019        Feb 4, In the UAE Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar mosque and university, called on Muslims in the Middle East to "embrace" local Christian communities during a ceremony in Abu Dhabi also attended by Pope Francis. The Vatican and Egypt's Al-Azhar mosque and university signed a document on fighting extremism. Pope Francis called for an end to wars in the Middle East.
    (Reuters, 2/4/19)(AFP, 2/4/19)

2019        Feb 5, Pope Francis concluded his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with the first-ever papal Mass in the birthplace of Islam. Authorities in the United Arab Emirates said some 180,000 people attended the Mass.
    (AP, 2/5/19)
2019        Feb 5, Pope Francis said Catholic priests and bishops had been sexually abusing nuns, and that his predecessor Benedict XVI had dissolved a religious order of women because of "sexual slavery on the part of priests and the founder".
    (AFP, 2/6/19)

2019        Feb 10, Pope Francis urged governments to take decisive action against the $150 billion-a-year human trafficking business and the plight of millions of modern-day slaves.
    (Reuters, 2/10/19)

2019        Feb 16, The Vatican said former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick (88) has been expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood after being found guilty of sexual crimes against minors and adults.
    (Reuters, 2/16/19)

2019        Feb 19, At the Vatican Catholic religious orders from around the world apologized for having failed to respond when their priests raped children, acknowledging that their family-like communities blinded them to sexual abuse and led to misplaced loyalties, denial and cover-ups.
    (AP, 2/19/19)

2019        Feb 21, Pope Francis opened his high-stakes abuse prevention summit at the Vatican. He issued 21 proposals to stem the clergy sex abuse around the world at the start of the 4-day event.
    (AP, 2/21/19)

2019        Feb 24, Pope Francis ended his conference on the sexual abuse of children by clergy by calling for an "all-out battle" against a crime that should be "erased from the face of the earth".
    (AP, 2/24/19)

2019        Feb 27, In Australia George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse, was sent to prison and will wait two weeks to learn his sentence for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago.
    (AP, 2/27/19)

2019        Feb, French gay writer Frederic Martel authored "In the Closet of the Vatican." Here he describes a gay subculture at the Vatican.
    (SFC, 2/15/19, p.A2)

2019        Mar 9, Pope Francis met with the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the first-such meeting of its kind, on the eve of the dedication of the Mormon church's huge new temple in Rome.
    (AP, 3/9/19)

2019        Mar 18, Pope Francis turned down an offer to resign by French Roman Catholic cardinal Philippe Barbarin (68), but suggested he stand aside "for a while." Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, was recently convicted of failing to report a known predator priest to police.
    (Reuters, 3/19/19)

2019        Mar 23, The Vatican said Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati (77) as archbishop of Santiago, the highest-ranking member of the Catholic Church in Chile, who has been caught up in the country's sex abuse scandal. Spanish-born Capuchin friar and current bishop of Copiapo, Chile, Monsignor Celestino Aos Braco was named as temporary replacement.
    (Reuters, 3/23/19)(AP, 3/23/19)

2019        Mar 26, The all-female staff of the Vatican newspaper's monthly magazine on women's issues resigned abruptly en masse, saying the new editor was trying limit their autonomy and put them "under direct male control".
    (Reuters, 3/26/19)

2019        Mar 29, Pope Francis enacted sweeping new legislation to protect children from sexual abuse within the Vatican and other Holy See institutions in Rome, as well as by its diplomatic corps worldwide.
    (Reuters, 3/29/19)

2019        Mar 30, Pope Francis started a two-day visit to Morocco. He said that problems of migration would never be resolved by physical barriers but instead required social justice and correcting the world's economic imbalances. He also backed Moroccan King Mohammed VI's efforts to spread a moderate form of Islam that promotes inter-religious dialogue and rejects any form of terrorism or violence in God's name.
    (Reuters, 3/30/19)

2019        Mar 31, In Morocco Pope Francis told Catholic priests and sisters that even though they are few in number, they shouldn't seek to convert others to Christianity but rather engage in dialogue and charity.
    (AP, 3/31/19)

2019        Apr 4, The Vatican upheld its conviction of Guam's ousted Archbishop Anthony Apuron for sexually abusing minors and added a further penalty on appeal that effectively prevents him from presenting himself as a bishop.
    (AP, 4/4/19)
2019        Apr 4, Pope Francis named Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory (71) as the new archbishop of Washington DC, choosing a moderate, and the first African-American, to lead the archdiocese.
    (AP, 4/4/19)

2019        Apr 6, Pope Francis formally named Monsignor Michael Byrnes as Guam's archbishop following the definitive sex abuse verdict against his predecessor.
    (AP, 4/6/19)

2019        Apr 11, A retreat at the Vatican for the leaders of South Sudan entered its second day, a month before the end of the pre-transitional period of a shaky peace deal.
    (AP, 4/11/19)

2019        Apr 28, It was reported that Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to help migrants in Mexico, offering assistance to local projects that provide food, lodging and basic necessities.
    (AP, 4/28/19)

2019        Apr 30, The Vatican announced a new editorial leadership team for its women's magazine (Women Church World), following the clamorous exit of its previous editor who alleged a campaign of delegitimization by the Holy See's communications operation.
    (AP, 4/30/19)

2019        May 6, Pope Francis said the plight of suffering immigrants and refugees was "the cross of humanity," taking up their case for the second consecutive day during a visit to Bulgaria that has put him at odds with the government.
    (Reuters, 5/06/19)

2019        May 7, Pope Francis made the first-ever papal visit to North Macedonia. Francis urged the Balkans to embrace its patchwork of faiths and ethnicities during his visit and held an open-air mass in the capital Skopje, the proud birthplace of Mother Teresa.
    (AFP, 5/07/19)

2019        May 9, Pope Francis issued a new church law about reporting clergy sex abuse and cover-up, outlining investigation procedures when the accused is a bishop or religious superior.
    (AP, 5/09/19)

2019        May 17, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Brazilian Bishop Vilson Dias de Oliveira (60), reportedly suspected of extorting priests and covering up sexual abuse.
    (AFP, 5/17/19)

2019        May 21, The Vatican's financial watchdog said that after nearly 10 years of reforms, the Holy See has a "fully functioning" system of financial regulation and intelligence that is increasingly integrated into the global financial system.
    (AP, 5/21/19)

2019        May 31, Pope Francis began a three-day pilgrimage to Romania that in many ways is completing the 1999 trip by St. John Paul II that marked the first-ever papal visit to a majority Orthodox country.
    (AP, 5/31/19)

2019        Jun 1, Pope Francis braved a rain-soaked, twisting drive through the mountains of Transylvania to visit Sumuleu Ciuc shrine, Romania's most famous shrine. He urged Romanian and ethnic Hungarian faithful to work together for their future.
    (AP, 6/1/19)(SSFC, 6/2/19, p.A6)

2019        Jun 2, Pope Francis apologized to the Roma ethnic minority for their history of discrimination in Europe and paid homage to Romanian Catholics persecuted during communist rule as he wrapped up his third and final day in the country.
    (SFC, 6/3/19, p.A2)

2019        Jun 10, The Vatican issued an official document rejecting the idea that people can choose or change their genders and insisting on the sexual complementarity of men and women to make babies.
    (SFC, 6/11/19, p.A4)

2019        Jun 13, Pope Francis told his ambassadors around the world, some of whom have been involved in sexual and financial scandals, to live humble, exemplary lives and be closer to the poor than to the elite.
    (Reuters, 6/13/19)

2019        Jun 14, At the Vatican church officials said Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Carlos Eugenio Irarrázabal, the auxiliary bishop of the Chilean capital city, just 24 days after he appointed him to the post. Irarrázabal had become embroiled in controversy after he recently said there were no women at the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples so "we have to respect that." He also said that perhaps women "like to be in the back room".
    (AP, 6/14/19)

2019        Jun 17, A Vatican document said the Church should consider ordaining older married men as priests in remote areas of the Amazon, a historic shift which some say could pave the way for their use in other areas where clergy are scarce.
    (Reuters, 6/17/19)

2019        Jun 28, The Vatican asked China's communist government to stop intimidating Catholic clergy who want to remain unequivocally loyal to the pope and refuse to sign ambiguous official registration forms. The Vatican instructed Catholic clergy in China to profess loyalty to Catholic doctrine when signing a document, required by a new Chinese law, which obliges them to accept the principle of a state-sanctioned Catholic church that doesn't recognize supreme papal authority to appoint bishops.
    (Reuters, 6/28/19)(AP, 6/28/19)

2019        Jul 4, At the Vatican Russia's Pres. Putin met with Pope Francis for talks on a range of subjects including Ukraine and the Catholic church in Russia.
    (SFC, 7/5/19, p.A3)

2019        Jul 23, Pope Francis named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan (72) to lead West Virginia's Catholics following a scandal over the former bishop's sexual harassment of adults and lavish spending of church money. He replaced Bishop Michael Bransfield, who resigned in September after a preliminary investigation into allegations of sexual and financial misconduct.
    (AP, 7/23/19)

2019        Aug 10, The Vatican released new papal approved statutes for the Vatican Bank, making an external audit obligatory and introducing other changes to bolster reforms that have turned around the once scandal-ridden institution.
    (Reuters, 8/10/19)

2019        Sep 1, At the Vatican Pope Francis appointed 13 new cardinals in a surprise move, again putting his stamp on the future of a Church he wants to be more open as most of those named are considered progressive on social issues.
    (Reuters, 9/1/19)

2019        Sep 4, Pope Francis opened a 3-nation pilgrimage to southern Africa with a visit to Mozambique.
    (SFC, 9/5/19, p.A4)

2019        Sep 5, In Mozambique Pope Francis praised Pres. Felipe Nyusi and opposition leader Ossufo Momade for their courage in signing a new, landmark peace accord.
    (SFC, 9/6/19, p.A4)

2019        Sep 6, Conservationists hoped the arrival of the environmentally-conscious Pope Francis will spotlight Madagascar's loss of 2% of primary rainforest last year, the highest of any tropical nation according to the World Resources Institute. Slash-and-burn farmers were driving humanity's smallest relative - the Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur - to extinction.
    (Reuters, 9/6/19)

2019        Sep 7, In Madagascar Pope Francis denounced the illegal logging and exploitation of the island's unique natural resources as he opened a visit to the Indian Ocean nation with a plea for the government to fight the corruption that is ravaging the island's environment and keeping its people in "inhumane poverty".
    (AP, 9/7/19)

2019        Sep 8, In Madagascar Pope Francis celebrated Father Pedro Opeka (71), a former student of his, who is now sometimes called the country's "living saint" for having changed the lives of thousands of poor people who once lived in garbage dumps. Francis also condemned what he said was its clan culture of privilege and corruption that allows a very few to live in wealth while the vast majority languish in grinding poverty.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)

2019        Sep 9, Pope Francis wrapped up a trip to Africa with a lightning visit to the Indian Ocean island country of Mauritius. Authorities there cast remarks from Pope Francis as a boost for their claim to a chain of islands held by Britain, including one rented to the United States for the Diego Garcia air base.
    (Reuters, 9/9/19)

2019        Oct 1, Vatican police raided the offices of the Holy See's Secretariat of State and its Financial Information Authority (AIF) and took away documents and electronic devices. The Vatican said the operation was a follow-up to complaints filed in the summer by the Vatican bank and the Office of the Auditor General and related to financial operations. Five Vatican employees, including the number two at the Vatican's Financial Information Authority (AIF) and a monsignor, were suspended following a police raid.
    (Reuters, 10/1/19)(Reuters, 10/2/19)

2019        Oct 3, Pope Francis named Giuseppe Pignatone, one of Italy’s leading anti-Mafia prosecutors, as president of the Vatican’s criminal tribunal, just days after a new scandal erupted over alleged financial wrongdoing in the heart of the Holy See.
    (AP, 10/3/19)

2019        Oct 5, Pope Francis installed new cardinals, putting his stamp on the future of the Roman Catholic Church with men who share his vision for social justice, the rights of immigrants and dialogue with Islam.
    (Reuters, 10/5/19)

2019        Oct 10, The Vatican said Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of New York Bishop John Jenik (75), who has been accused of abusing a teenage boy in the 1980s.
    (SFC, 10/11/19, p.A6)

2019        Oct 13, Pope Francis canonized Cardinal John Henry Newman, praising the 19th-century Anglican convert who became an influential, unifying figure in both the Anglican and Catholic churches. Newman was canonized along with four women, including three nuns from the 19th and 20th centuries — Sisters Giuseppina Vannini of Italy, Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan of India and Brazilian Dulce Lopes Pontes — as well as Swiss laywoman Margherita Bays.
    (AP, 10/13/19)

2019        Oct 26, Pope Francis called for an end to the plundering of the Amazon basin, as he closed an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops who discussed the challenges the Church faces in the region. Catholic bishops from across the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests  to address the clergy shortage in the region. The majority of 180 bishops also called for the Vatican to reopen a debate on ordaining women as deacons.
    (Reuters, 10/27/19)(SSFC, 10/27/19, p.A4)

2019        Oct 28, The Vatican released a declaration in which leaders of Christianity, Islam and Judaism joined forces against assisted suicide and euthanasia. The declaration states that no health care provider should be "coerced or pressured" into providing assisted suicide or any form of euthanasia.
    (AP, 10/28/19)
2019        Oct 28, The Vatican Secret Archives, containing millions of documents spanning 12 centuries, are no longer officially "secret." The Vatican said the new name will be the Vatican Apostolic Archives. The archives first got their name around 1610. The collection of papers, documents and parchments date back to the 700s and make the archives one of the world's most important research centers.
    (Reuters, 10/28/19)

2019        Oct 29, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's number two, acknowledged that the Holy See's deal to buy a luxury building in London was not transparent and promised to shed light on it. The Church had spent about $200 million in 2014 for a minority stake in a complex plan to buy a building in London's Chelsea district and convert it into luxury apartments.
    (Reuters, 10/29/19)

2019        Nov 15, Italian TV said a scandal over alleged sexual molestation and abuse at the Vatican’s youth seminary is growing, with more former papal altar boys alleging inappropriate behavior by priests inside the Vatican walls.
    (AP, 11/15/19)   

2019        Nov 17, At the Vatican Pope Francis hosted 1,500 homeless and needy people for lunch as the Roman Catholic Church marked its World Day of the Poor.
    (AP, 11/17/19)

2019        Nov 20, Pope Francis arrived in Thailand as part of a two-country tour to boost the morale of Thailand's and Japan's minority Catholic communities.
    (SFC, 11/21/19, p.A2)

2019        Nov 21, Pope Francis urged more efforts to combat the “humiliation" of women and children forced into prostitution as he began a busy visit to Thailand, where human trafficking and poverty help fuel the sex tourism industry.
    (AP, 11/21/19)

2019        Nov 22, It was reported that the Vatican’s Caritas Internationalis charity learned in 2017 of pedophilia concerns involving Rev. Luk Delft, its Central African Republic director, but left it for his superiors to investigate and he remained in place and in ministry until this year.
    (AP, 11/22/19)

2019        Nov 23, Pope Francis (82) arrived in Japan, the second leg of a week-long Asian trip whose main aim is to bring an anti-nuclear message to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the world's only cities to suffer atomic bombing.
    (Reuters, 11/23/19)

2019        Nov 24, In Japan Pope Francis brought his campaign to abolish nuclear weapons to the only two cities ever hit by atomic bombs, calling their possession indefensibly perverse and immoral and their use a crime against mankind and nature.
    (Reuters, 11/24/19)

2019        Nov 25, In Japan Pope Francis appealed to world leaders to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again, a day after he visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the only cities ever to be hit by atomic bombs.
    (Reuters, 11/25/19)

2019        Dec 8, Pope Francis named Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle (62) to a major global Vatican post in a move likely to increase the Filipino's chances of one day being elected pope himself. He will become the new head of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, which oversees the Roman Catholic Church's work in many developing countries.
    (Reuters, 12/8/19)

2019        Dec 17, Pope Francis abolished the use of the Vatican's highest level of secrecy in clergy sexual abuse cases, responding to mounting criticism that the rule of “pontifical secrecy" has been used to protect pedophiles, silence victims and prevent police from investigating crimes.
    (AP, 12/17/19)

2020        Jan 15, Pope Francis tapped Italian lawyer Francesca Di Giovanni (66) to be the first woman to hold a management position in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State.
    (AP, 1/15/20)

2020        Jan 25, Pope Francis met Iraqi Pres. Barham Salih and the two agreed that the country's sovereignty must be respected, following attacks on Iraqi territory this month by the United States and Iran.
    (Reuters, 1/25/20)

2020        Feb 5, It was reported that Pope Francis has defrocked the Argentine priest, Roberto Juan Yannuzzi, after a four-year investigation determined he had sex with adults under his authority, absolved them of the sin during confession and otherwise abused his power. The pope’s decision was made public this week in a statement by the archbishop of La Plata, Argentina.
    (AP, 2/5/20)

2020        Feb 8, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy asked Pope Francis for help to win the release of prisoners of war held by Russia and Russian-backed separatists.
    (Reuters, 2/8/20)

2020        Feb 18, Vatican police raided the home and office of a senior Catholic Church official, seizing documents and computers in the latest phase of an investigation into the purchase of luxury London real estate.
    (Reuters, 2/18/20)

2020        Mar 6, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Lyon Cardinal Philippe Barbarin (69), who was convicted and then acquitted of covering up for a pedophile priest in a case that fueled a reckoning over clergy sexual abuse in France.
    (AP, 3/6/20)
2020        Mar 6, Vatican City confirmed its first coronavirus case, but did not say who was infected.
    (AP, 3/6/20)

2020        Mar 8, Pope Francis delivered his Sunday blessing over the internet from inside the Vatican instead of from a window to stop crowds gathering during Italy's coronavirus outbreak.
    (Reuters, 3/8/20)

2020        Apr 2, The Vatican recorded its seventh coronavirus case and extended its partial lockdown until May 4.
    (SFC, 4/3/20, p.A5)

2020        Apr 6, The Vatican said Pope Francis has started an emergency fund to help areas affected by the coronavirus in developing countries.
    (AP, 4/6/20)

2020        May 7, The Italian government and a bishops conference reached an agreement to resume Masses starting May 18, with strict protocols, after a two-month shutdown. Some conservative Catholics issued a petition, signed mostly by Italian clergy, academics and journalists, claiming the coronavirus is an overhyped “pretext" to deprive the faithful of Mass and impose a new world order. The petition called the pandemic a “pretext" by unnamed actors to manipulate and control people through panic and deprive them of their fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of worship.
    (AP, 5/8/20)

2020        Jun 17, Pope Francis paid tribute to hundreds of thousands of seafarers stuck on ships due to the coronavirus pandemic, a situation the United Nations has said poses a risk to the safe operation of the world's merchant fleet.
    (Reuters, 6/17/20)

2020        Jun 30, It was reported that Vatican prosecutors have ordered the seizure of documents and computers from the administrative offices of St. Peter’s Basilica in an apparently new investigation into financial irregularities in the Holy See.
    (AP, 6/30/20)

2020        Jul 20, The Vatican said that in very exceptional circumstances and with special permission, lay Catholics can be allowed to perform marriage rites.
    (AP, 7/20/20)

2020        Jul 28, The US-based Recorded Future reported that the Vatican and the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong have been the targets of alleged Chinese state-backed hackers ahead of September talks on renewal of a landmark 2018 deal that helped thaw diplomatic relations between the Vatican and China.
    (AP, 7/29/20)

2020        Sep 25, The financial scandal that toppled Cardinal Angelo Becciu (72), one of the Vatican's most powerful officials, mounted with evidence that he directed hundreds of thousands of euros of Vatican and Italian church funds to a charity controlled by his brother. Pope Francis fired him a day earlier and yanked his rights and privileges as a cardinal.
    (AP, 9/25/20)

2020        Oct 10, Pope Francis issued an urgent call to action to defend the planet and help the poor in his second TED talk.
    (AP, 10/10/20)

2020        Oct 12, The Vatican said four Swiss Guards have tested positive for the coronavirus. Three other Vatican residents have tested positive in recent weeks.
    (SFC, 10/13/20, p.A6)

2020        Oct 15, In Italy Cecilia Marogna (39) was arrested in Milan. She was accused of taking more than $500,000 from Pope Francis' charity fund and spending it on luxurious goods.
    (Insider, 10/15/20)

2020        Oct 17, Pope Francis permanently removed Polish bishop Edward Janiak (68) following a probe into allegations he covered up cases of sexual abuse by his priests in Kalisz.   
    (SSFC, 10/18/20, p.A5)

2020        Oct 21, Pope Francis voiced support for civil unions for same-sex couples, breaking with the Roman Catholic Church’s longtime position.
    (NY Times, 10/21/20)

2020        Oct 22, The Vatican and China jointly announced a two-year extension to the 2018 agreement, which expired today. This came despite strong opposition from the White House and conservative Catholics given Beijing's crackdown on religious believers.
    (AP, 10/22/20)

2020        Oct 25, Pope Francis named 13 new cardinals, including Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black US prelate to earn the coveted red hat. Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal’s rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28.
    (AP, 10/25/20)

2020        Nov 6, The Vatican embassy in Poland said sanctions have been imposed on retired Archbishop Henryk Gulbinowicz (97) after he was accused of sexually abusing a seminarian and of covering up abuse in another case.
    (SFC, 11/7/20, p.A2)

2020        Nov 10, A two-year Vatican investigation of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick found that a series of bishops, cardinals and popes downplayed or dismissed reports that he slept with seminarians, and determined that Pope Francis merely continued his predecessors’ handling of the predator until a former altar boy alleged abuse.
    (AP, 11/10/20)

2020        Nov 11, Pope Francis pledged to rid the Catholic Church of sexual abuse and offered prayers to victims of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a day after the Vatican released a detailed report into the decades long church cover-up of his sexual misconduct.
    (AP, 11/11/20)

2020        Nov 25, Pope Francis called for global action to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
    (AP, 11/25/20)

2020        Nov 28, Pope Francis bestowed red hats on 11 of 13 new cardinals symbolizing they are now so-called princes of the church. Two of the new cardinals couldn’t make it to Rome because of pandemic travel complications. Francis immediately warned them not to use their titles for corrupt, personal gain, presiding over a ceremony marked from beginning to end by the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 11/28/20)

2020        Dec 12, Pope Francis urged countries to work towards net zero carbon emissions and committed Vatican City - the world's smallest state - to reaching the target by 2050.
    (Reuters, 12/12/20)

2020        Dec 17, Pope Francis urged world leaders to divert funds used for armaments to confront problems such as the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure vaccines reach the poor and most vulnerable nations.
    (Reuters, 12/17/20)

2020        Dec 21, The Vatican said it’s “morally acceptable" for faithful to receive COVID-19 vaccines whose research used cell lines from tissue obtained from abortions.
    (AP, 12/21/20)

2020        Dec 28, It was reported that Pope Francis has formally stripped the Vatican secretariat of state of its financial assets and real estate holdings following its bungled management of hundreds of millions of euros in donations and investments that are now the subject of a corruption investigation.
    (AP, 12/28/20)

2021        Jan 11, Pope Francis changed its law to allow women to serve as readers at liturgies, altar servers and distributors of communion. With the change in the Code of Canon Law, conservative bishops will not be able to block women in their diocese from those roles.
    (AP, 1/11/21)

2021        Jan 13, The Vatican began its COVID-19 vaccination program, but it was not clear when Pope Francis would get his shot.
    (Reuters, 1/13/20)
2021        Jan 13, Australia’s financial intelligence agency admitted it vastly misreported the amount of money transferred from the Vatican to Australia over the past six years by nearly $1.5 billion. The miscalculation was believed to have resulted from a computer coding error.
    (AP, 1/13/20)

2021        Jan 14, The Vatican said both Pope Francis (84) and ex Pope Benedict (93) have received the first dose of a vaccine against coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 1/14/20)

2021        Jan 18, The Vatican abruptly abandoned its extradition request for Italian woman Cecilia Marogna wanted on embezzlement-related charges in a case that could have tested whether Italy considers the Vatican a place where someone can get a fair trial.
    (AP, 1/18/21)

2021        Jan 20, The Vatican began offering free vaccinations against COVID-19 to Rome's homeless.
    (Reuters, 1/20/21)

2021        Jan 21, The Vatican's criminal tribunal convicted Angelo Caloia (81), the former head of the Vatican Bank, and his lawyer, Gabriele Liuzzo (97), of embezzlement, misappropriation of funds and money laundering between 2001 and 2008 when the bank sold off a sizeable chunk of its real estate assets.
    (SFC, 1/22/21, p.A4)

2021        Jan 27, Pope Francis marked Holocaust Remembrance Day by warning that warped ideologies can pave the way to another genocide.
    (AP, 1/27/21)

2021        Jan 31, Pope Francis announced that every year, on the fourth Sunday of July, the Roman Catholic Church will pay tribute to older adults who have "thoughts and words of wisdom" to offer.
    (AP, 1/31/21)

2021        Feb 19, The Vatican said it expects a deficit of nearly 50 million euros ($60.7 million) this year because of pandemic-related losses, a figure that grows to 80 million euros ($97 million) when donations from the faithful are excluded.
    (AP, 2/19/21)

2021        Feb 20, The Vatican said that Pope Francis had approved a decree recognizing the "heroic virtues" of George Spencer, a priest of the Passionist religious order who lived from 1799 to 1864. Spencer had left the Anglican Church taken the name "Ignatius of St. Paul" after he became a Catholic priest.
    (AP, 2/20/21)

2021        Mar 5, Pope Francis arrived in Baghdad for a three-day visit to Iraq, undeterred by suggestions that his trip might fuel a surge in coronavirus cases, and committed to offering support to a Christian community decimated by years of war.
    (NY Times, 3/5/21)

2021        Mar 6, Pope Francis met with Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. After the meeting al-Sistani issued a statement affirming that Christians should "live like all Iraqis, in security and peace and with full constitutional rights," adding that religious authorities should play a role in protecting them. Chaldean Catholics are believed to represent around 80 percent of the estimated 300,000 Christians left in Iraq.
    (The Week, 3/6/21)(AP, 3/6/21)

2021        Mar 7, Pope Francis ended his 3-day tour of Iraq with an open-air Mass before 5,000 faithful in Erbil.
    (NY Times, 3/7/21)

 2021        Mar 15, The Vatican decreed that the Catholic Church won't bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin".
    (AP, 3/15/21)

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