Wednesday, July 20, 2011

On this day in Church History...

...Pope Leo XIII died in 1903.

Why is this important to me?

1) Last semester, I read his famous encyclical Rerum Novarum in my class on Modern Christian Philosophers.
2) When St. Therese of Lisieux asked him for permission to enter the Carmel, he told her to be obedient to the decision of the superiors. As she persisted, he finally told her, " will enter if God wills it." (episode recounted in her Story of a Soul)
3) He was gloriously reigning as the Successor of Peter during the first two decades of Angelo Roncalli's (future Pope John XXIII) life.
4) Among others, he beatified Margaret Pole, Edmund Campion, Gerard Majella, John Baptist de la Salle, Louis de Montfort, and Thomas More. He also canonized many saints, including Bede the Venearable, Benedict Joseph Labre, John Baptist de la Salle, John Berchmans, Lawrence of Brindisi (whose day is tomorrow!), Peter Claver, and Rita of Cascia.
5) See the page on Pope Leo XIII at for more information...
6) I need to learn more about the history of the Papacy, especially in the last century!

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