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April in History – Remembering Church Chronicles

These are some landmark events in the history of the Catholic Church, to help the readers to understand the depth and breadth of the mammoth monolith called the Catholic Church.

April in History – Remembering Church Chronicles

April 13, 1204: Sack of Constantinople.The siege and sack of Constantinople occurred in April 1204 and marked the culmination of the Fourth Crusade. Mutinous Crusader armies captured, and destroyed parts of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire.

After the capture of the city, the Latin Empire was established with Baldwin I as its first emperor.Relations between the Catholic and Orthodox churches were catastrophically wounded for many centuries afterwards.

April 27, 1533: Juan de Zumarraga is consecrated first bishop of Mexico. Don Juan de Zumárraga y Arrazola (1468 – 1548)was a Spanish Basque Franciscan prelate and wrote the Doctrina breve, the first book published in the Western hemisphere, printed in Mexico City in 1539.

April 12, 1207: Square of Assisi dialogue. It was a dialogue that took place between Pietro Bernardone, and his son Francis in the presence of Bishop Guido II who told Bernardone that he must not prevent his son from following the path of God and Francis declared:"Listen you all. 

Hitherto I have called Pietro Bernadone father, but from today I do want to serve only God, so I renounce everything I could inherit from him and I give him back the clothes I wear. From now on I say only, 'Our Father, who art in Heaven'".

April 11, 1856: Birth of an Apostle. Constant Lievens, Apostle of Chotanagpur, India, was born in Moorslede, Belgium. Ordained a Jesuit priest in Calcutta, 30 year old Lievens traversed Chotanagpur in 1886 on horseback and fought for the rights of the adivasis or the tribals in the civil courts. He died on November 7, 1893.

A statue of Lievens on horseback was erected in Torpa and also an identical one holding the crucifix  in Moorslede. He is a Servant of God.

(These are some landmark events in the history of the Catholic Church, to help the readers to understand the depth and breadth of the mammoth monolith called the Catholic Church, spread across all the continents and having diplomatic relationship with almost all the countries of the 218 states, in the comity of the nations)

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