This Month in History

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.

This Month in History

The May Devotion to Mother Mary began in the 13th century, but there is no information as to how it was celebrated. The present form originated within the Society of Jesus in the 18th century under Father Latomia of their Roman College. Shortly afterwards, it began to spread throughout other areas and eventually, to the entire globe.

The election of Pope Paul V in May 1605 was the most controversial and violent conclave ever. Politically influenced by Spain and France, 59 Cardinals finally elected Paul V as a compromise candidate.

The Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, May 1: In 1889, Pope Leo XIII in his letter to the whole church, recalled the days Joseph ‘passed his life in labour and…toil of the artisan’, and in 1955 Pope Pius XII added the second feast of St Joseph, commemorating him as ‘the Worker’.

Materet Magistra, May 15, 1961: Pope John XXIII issued this encyclical on Christianity and Social Progress which emphasized that the Church is both Mother and Teacher and that Jesus entrusted to her the special responsibility of giving life to all her children.

Laudato Si, May 24, 2015: This encyclical on ‘Care For Our Common Home’ by Pope Francis is a warning and wake up call to protect our environment which is on the brink of total destruction ‘because of the harm we have inflicted by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed (the earth).’

May Vanakka Masam in Kerala is a Marian devotion widely practised among the Catholics with a special book in regional language for the month of May having daily devotional prayers in honour of Mother Mary which the faithful read at homes after the evening Rosary starting with the first day of May and there a solemn conclusion on last day of May in the churches in Kerala.

(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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