Roman Catholic History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 390 of 390

  • 1969-07-14 A 67-year-old Catholic civilian dies after being attacked by RUC officers in Dungiven; many consider this the first death of 'the Troubles'
  • 1970-01-19 Eight Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands say there should be room in the church for both married priests and celibate priests
  • 1970-02-23 Holy Eucharist given by women for 1st time in Roman Catholic service
  • 1970-03-06 A Catholic man is shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1970-04-01 Serious riots continue in the Ballymurphy estate in Belfast between Catholic residents and the British Army
  • 1970-04-21 The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland (APNI) is formed; it attempts to appeal to Catholics and Protestant to unite in support of moderate policies
  • 1970-06-28 Around 500 Catholic workers at the Harland and Wolff shipyard are forced to leave their work by Protestant employees as serious rioting continues in Belfast
  • 1970-07-31 Daniel O'Hagan (19), a Catholic civilian, is shot dead by the British Army during a serious riot in the New Lodge Road area of Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1970-09-26 A groups of Protestant youths attack the Catholic Unity Flats as rioting continues in the Protestant Shankill Road area
  • 1970-10-30 There are serious riots in the Catholic Ardoyne area of Belfast which last for three nights
  • 1970-12-08 Head of the Catholic Church in Ireland Cardinal William Conway publishes a pamphlet on the topic of segregation in education in Northern Ireland
  • 1971-02-03 A series of house searches by the British Army in Catholic areas of Belfast, resulting in serious rioting and gun battles
  • 1971-02-06 Bernard Watt (28), a Catholic civilian, is shot and killed by the British Army (BA) during street disturbances in Ardoyne, Belfast

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1971-02-25 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark holds a meeting with Catholic Cardinal of Ireland William Conway, the first such meeting between men holding these offices since 1921

Prime Minister of Northern Ireland James Chichester-Clark
Prime Minister of Northern Ireland
James Chichester-Clark
  • 1971-06-13 In defiance of a government ban, members of the Orange Order march through the mainly Catholic town of Dungiven, County Londonderry, causing a riot
  • 1971-07-08 During street disturbances, British soldiers shoot dead two Catholic civilians in Free Derry; riots erupt, the Social Democratic and Labour Party withdraw from Stormont in protest

  • 1971-08-07 A Catholic man is shot dead by a British soldier in Belfast
  • 1971-10-23 Three Catholic civilians are shot dead by the British Army during an attempted robbery in Newry, County Down
  • 1971-10-27 Gerard Newe becomes the first Catholic to serve in any Northern Ireland government since 1920; Newe was appointed to try to improve community relations
  • 1971-12-04 McGurk's Bar bombing: the UVF explode a bomb at a Catholic-owned pub in Belfast, killing fifteen Catholic civilians and wounding seventeen others; this was the highest death toll from a single incident in Belfast during 'the Troubles'
  • 1972-03-01 Two Catholic teenagers shot dead by the Royal Ulster Constabulary while 'joy riding' in a stolen car in Belfast
  • 1972-05-13 Battle at Springmartin: following a loyalist car bombing of a Catholic-owned pub in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast, clashes erupt between PIRA, UVF and British Army
  • 1972-05-14 A 13 year old Catholic girl is shot dead by Loyalist paramilitaries in Ballymurphy, Belfast
  • 1972-05-17 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) fires on workers leaving the Mackies engineering works in west Belfast (Although the factory was sited in a Catholic area it had an almost entirely Protestant workforce)
  • 1972-06-19 A Catholic civilian is shot dead by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in the Cracked Cup Social Club, Belfast
  • 1972-07-02 Two Catholic civilians are shot and killed in Belfast by Loyalist paramilitaries, probably the Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
  • 1972-07-05 Two Protestant brothers are found shot dead outside of Belfast (speculation that they were killed by Loyalists because they had Catholic girlfriends)
  • 1972-07-09 Springhill Massacre: British snipers shoot dead five Catholic civilians and wounded two others in Springhill, Belfast
  • 1972-07-22 2 Catholics are abducted, beaten, and shot dead in a Loyalist area of Belfast
  • 1972-08-14 A Catholic civilian is shot dead during an IRA attack on a British Army patrol in Belfast
  • 1972-08-22 IRA bomb explodes prematurely at a customs post at Newry, County Down - 9 people, including three members of the IRA and five Catholic civilians, are killed in the explosion
  • 1972-10-24 2 Catholic men are found dead at a farm at Aughinahinch, near Newtownbbutler, County Fermanagh - British soldiers carry out the killings
  • 1972-10-31 2 Catholic children (6 and 4) playing on the street are killed in a Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) car bomb attack on a bar in Ship Street, Belfast
  • 1972-11-02 Government of the Republic of Ireland introduce a bill to remove the special position of the Catholic Church from the Irish Constitution
  • 1972-12-20 Five civilians (four Catholics, one Protestant) killed in gun attack on the Top of the Hill Bar in Derry, North Ireland
  • 1974-05-02 Six Catholic civilians killed and eighteen wounded when the UVF explode a bomb at Rose & Crown Bar on Ormeau Road, Belfast

  • 1975-04-12 Six Catholic civilians are killed in a Ulster Volunteer Force gun and grenade attack on Strand Bar in Belfast, North Ireland
  • 1975-06-02 James A Healy, 1st black Roman Catholic bishop, consecrated (Maine)
  • 1975-10-02 The Ulster Volunteer Force kill 7 civilians in a series of attacks across Northern Ireland; 6 were Catholic civilians and 1 was a Protestant civilian
  • 1975-11-25 A loyalist gang nicknamed the "Shankill Butchers" undertakes its first "cut-throat killing"; the gang was named for its late-night kidnapping, torture and murder (by throat slashing) of random Catholic civilians in Belfast
  • 1976-01-04 The Ulster Volunteer Force shoot dead 6 Catholic civilians in 2 coordinated attacks in County Armagh, North Ireland
  • 1976-01-26 Belgium Catholic elite starts amnesty campaign for war criminals
  • 1976-03-17 4 Catholic civilians (including 2 children) are killed and twelve wounded when the Ulster Volunteer Force explode a car bomb at Hillcrest Bar, Dungannon
  • 1976-05-15 The Ulster Volunteer Force launch gun and bomb attacks on 2 pubs in County Armagh, killing 4 Catholic civilians and wounding many more; a British Army soldier is later convicted for taking part in the attacks
  • 1976-07-02 Ramble Inn attack: the Ulster Volunteer Force killed 6 civilians (5 Protestants, 1 Catholic) in a gun attack at a pub near Antrim; the pub was targeted because it was owned by Catholics
  • 1977-05-04 US Catholic bishops rescind automatic excommunications for divorced and remarried Catholics (receiving communion still outlawed if the previous marriages were not annulled by Church tribunals)
  • 1977-06-06 Joseph L Howze installed as bishop of Roman Catholic diocese (Miss)
  • 1979-02-20 11 'loyalists' known as the "Shankill Butchers" are sentenced to life in prison for 19 murders; the gang was named for its late-night kidnapping, torture and murder (by throat slashing) of random Catholic civilians in Belfast

BeatificationBeatification

1980-06-22 Pope John Paul II beatifies Kateri Tekakwitha, making her the 1st Native American to be beatified

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1988-03-16 North Ireland Protestant fires on Catholic funeral, 3 killed
  • 1988-06-30 French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre is excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 1991-01-26 Alfaro Vive guerrilla group of Ecuador gives arms to Catholic church

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992-10-31 Roman Catholic church reinstates Galileo Galilei after 359 years

Astronomer and Physicist Galileo Galilei
Astronomer and Physicist
Galileo Galilei
  • 1994-01-14 The Duchess of Kent converts to Catholicism, the first member of the Royal Family to do so in more than 300 years
  • 1996-02-24 The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church.
  • 1996-12-25 1,500 year anniversary of Catholicism in France commemorating the baptism of Clovis I in Rheims
  • 1997-12-22 Acteal massacre: Attendees at a prayer meeting of Roman Catholic activists for indigenous causes in the small village of Acteal in the Mexican state of Chiapas are massacred by paramilitary forces.
  • 1998-03-16 Pope John Paul II asks God for forgiveness for the inactivity and silence of some Roman Catholics during the Holocaust
  • 1998-07-10 Roman Catholic sexual abuse cases: The Diocese of Dallas agrees to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by former priest Rudolph Kos
  • 1999-10-31 Roman Catholic Church and Lutheran Church leaders sign the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, ending a centuries-old doctrinal dispute over the nature of faith and salvation.
  • 2001-06-27 Pope John Paul II beatifies 28 Ukrainian Greek Catholics, including 27 martyrs most of whom were killed by the Soviet secret police. Beatification takes place at the service in Lviv, western Ukraine during his first visit to this country.
  • 2002-04-23 Pope John Paul II meets with U.S. Catholic Church leaders at Vatican regarding sexual abuse of minors

BeatificationPapal Inauguration

2005-04-24 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.

265th Pope Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 2007-09-14 Restrictions on the traditional Latin Mass are officially removed in the Roman Catholic Church as Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio Summorum Pontificum takes effect.
  • 2011-08-16 World Youth Day 2011, organised by the Catholic church, begins in Madrid
  • 2014-06-05 MLB Draft: Cathedral Catholic HS (CA) pitcher Brady Aiken first pick by Houston Astros

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015-09-08 Pope Francis announces moves to streamline the annulment process within the Catholic Church

  • 2016-02-12 Pope Francis meets Patriarch Kirill in Havana - first meeting between Catholic and Russian Orthodox church heads for nearly 1,000 years
  • 2017-03-03 Mass grave of 800 children and infants confirmed at a former Catholic care home in Tuam, Ireland
  • 2017-06-12 MLB Draft: JSerra Catholic HS, CA shortstop Royce Lewis first pick by Minnesota Twins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018-05-07 Met Gala 2018 "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination' is hosted by Anna Wintour, Amal Clooney, Donatella Versace and Rihanna wearing a Pope-inspired outfit

Singer Rihanna
Singer
Rihanna
Magazine Editor Anna Wintour
Magazine Editor
Anna Wintour
  • 2018-05-18 All of Chile's 34 Roman Catholic bishops offer their resignation to Pope Francis in wake of child sex scandal
  • 2018-05-22 Australian court finds Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson guilty of covering up sexual abuse in 1970s, most senior Catholic priest to be convicted
  • 2018-07-30 Australian Catholic Archbishop Philip Wilson resigns after being convicted of concealing sexual abuse
  • 2018-08-02 Pope Frances declares the death penalty unacceptable in all cases, reversing church teachings and adding to Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church
  • 2018-08-14 Pennsylvania grand jury alleges 300 "predator priests" abused over 1000 children over 30 years and Catholic leaders covered it, up after 2-year investigation
  • 2018-08-20 Pope Francis releases letter to all Catholics condemning sexual abuse atrocities and clerical cover-ups "We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them"
  • 2018-09-06 New York and New Jersey state attorneys launch investigations into sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy, bring to six the number of states investigating
  • 2018-09-12 More than 3,600 children reported abused by Catholic priests in Germany (1946-2014) in leaked report
  • 2018-09-13 Pope Francis meets with leaders of the American Catholic Church in Rome to discuss sexual abuse
  • 2019-01-27 Two bombs at a Roman Catholic cathedral on Jolo Island, southern, Philippines kills 20, Islamic State claims responsibility
  • 2019-01-31 Catholic leaders in Texas name 286 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children, dating back to 1940
  • 2019-02-24 Roman Catholic Church summit on paedophilia ends with Pope Francis promising more action and calling those guilty "tools of Satan"
  • 2019-02-26 Catholic Cardinal George Pell convicted of child sexual abuse in Melbourne, Australia. As treasurer at the Vatican, the highest-ranking church official to be convicted.
  • 2019-04-11 Ex-Pope Benedict XVI claims Catholic sexual abuse caused in part by 1960s sexual revolution
  • 2019-04-26 "No religion" tops survey of American religious identity for the first time at 23.1% edging out Catholics 23.0% and evangelicals 22.5%, in long-running General Social Survey
  • 2019-05-09 Pope Francis introduces new rules on reporting sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, criticized for not going far enough
  • 2019-05-12 Gunman kill five people and a priest in a Catholic church in Dablo, Burkina Faso, before setting fire to and looting nearby buildings
  • 2020-04-07 Australia's highest court overturns the child sexual abuse conviction of Catholic Cardinal George Pell
  • 2020-10-10 Italian teenage computer genius Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia at 15, beatified by the Catholic Church in Assisi, Italy

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