Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Wednesday Basics Plus Ideas for Sanctifying Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time; All Hallows' Eve

Ideas for Sanctifying Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day

On This Day in Catholic History:

834 - This evening became All Hallow’s Eve with the establishment of Nov 1 as Feast of All Saints by Pope Gregory IV.

1541 - "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.

1982 - Pope John Paul II became the 1st pontiff to visit Spain.

1992 - The Roman Catholic church rehabilitated Galileo Galilei after 359 years. Pope John Paul II acknowledged that the church had erred in condemning Galileo.

1999 - 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.

Birthdays:

1705 - Pope Clement XIV (d. 1774)

1711 - Laura Bassi, an Italian scientist, the first woman to officially teach at a college in Europe. (d. 1778)

1795 - John Keats, British poet (d. 1821)

1860 - Juliette Low, American founder of the Girl Scouts (d. 1927)

1879 - Sara Allgood, Irish actress (d. 1950)

1912 - Dale Evans, writer, movie star, singer -songwriter (d. 2001)

1930 - Michael Collins, American astronaut

1936 - Michael Landon, American actor (d. 1991)

1950 - John Candy, Canadian comedian and actor (d. 1994)

1961 - Peter Jackson, New Zealand film director, Lord of the Rings

1969 - Mike O'Malley, American actor

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