Timeline created by Mateo21
  • 33

    The Apostles Spread Gospel

  • 34

    The Conversion Of St. Paul

  • 42

    St. John the Apostle travels to Ephesus with the Virgin Mary

    John 19:25-27 tells how, from the Cross, Jesus Charged St. John with the care of His mother
  • 44

    St. James the Apostle is martyred; his body is secretly buried in Spain

    Christians stole his body and brought it in a boat to Spain, to a place that would become known as Santiago.
  • 46

    St. Paul begins missionary journeys to Galatia, Greece, Syria and other places

  • 49

    Council of Jerusalem

    This council affirms that the New Covenant in Christ means that Christians are not bound by Mosaic Law and that Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to Jew and Gentile alike
  • 64

    Persecution of Christians beings under Roman Emperor Nero

  • 70

    Romans burn the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem

  • 80

    Didache is written

  • 99

    All the writing that will become part of the New Testament have been by this date

  • 250

    Persecution under Roman emperor Decius

    Decius required all to worship that gods of state, or will tortured and killed.
  • 251

    Council of Carthage

    This council allowed people who lapsed in their faith during the persecution to be brought back into the church after a period of penance.
  • 303

    Persctuion under Roman empepor Diocletian

    Diocletian ordered the destruction of all Christian churches, imprisonment of bishops and priests, and the execution's of all who refused to participate in the public worship of the pagan gods.
  • 313

    Emperor Constantine issues the edict of Milan

    This edict granted religious toleration to Christians and unleashed the spread of Christianity.
  • 325

    Council of Nicaea

    The council, called by Emperor Constantine, set forth the Nicaea Creed and affirmed that Jesus the father are consubstancial.
  • 330

    Emperor Constantine divides the Roman Empire into West and East

    The West was centered in Rome, and the East was centered in Constantinople.
  • 330

    Construction of the first St. Peter's Basilica in Rome

  • 354

    Birth of Augustine

  • 360

    Books begin to replace scrolls

  • 382

    Pope Damascus asks St. Jerome to translate the Gospel in Latin

  • 397

    The councils of Hippo and Carthage determine which books will become part of the New Testament

  • 410

    The Visigoths destroy the city of Rome.

  • 431

    Council of Ephesus

    This council condemned a heresy that said that Jesus was two persons in one body, and the council declared that the Virgin Mary is truly the Mother of God
  • 451

    Council of Chalcedon

    This council affirmed that Christ is fully human and fully divide.
  • 476

    The Western Roman Empire collapse

  • 496

    Clovis, King of the Franks, coverts to Catholicism

  • Period: 500 to 1000


  • 507

    Clovis' army drives Visigoths out of France

  • 527

    Justinian I becomes emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire

  • 529

    St. Benedict founds the first monastery

  • 529

    St. Benedict founds his first monastery

  • 537

    Construction of Hagia Sofia (current structure) begins in Constantinople

  • 590

    St. Gregory the Great becomes pope

  • 596

    Pope St. Gregory the Great sends St. Augustine of Canterbury to England to evangelize the Anglo-Saxons

  • 597

    St. Augustine baptizes the King of Kent

  • 632

    Death of Muhammad

    Mohammad, whom Muslims call the Prophet Mohammad, is the founder is Islam. By the time of his death, all of Arabia is Muslim.
  • 637

    Muslims attack Constantinople

  • 638

    Muslims capture Jerusalem

  • 698

    Muslims take Carthage

    End of Eastern Roman Empire Rule in north Africa.
  • 711

    Muslims invade and occupy Spain

  • 716

    St. Boniface leaves England to evangelize Germina

  • 732

    France halts Muslim invasion

  • 754

    With St. Boniface's help, the pope allies with the king of Franks

  • 793

    Vikings attack England

  • 800

    Charlemagne is crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III

    Eastern Christians in Constantinople didn't approve of Charlemagne's coronation, and the new title bestowed by the pope caused further division between East and West.
  • 800

    Gunpowder is invented

  • 885

    Vikings attack paris

  • 997

    Muslims occupy Santiago de Compestela in Spain, burial place St. James the Apostle

  • 1000

    Muslims control two-thirds of the ancient Christian world

  • 1054

    The Great schism

  • 1073

    St. Gregory VII elected pope

  • 1073

    Pope St. Gregory VII excommunitcates the Holy Roman Empire Henry IV

  • 1088

    First universities founded

  • 1094

    The Byzantine emperor in Constantinople asks the West for aid against Muslims armies

  • 1095

    Pope Urban II calls for a crusade, and Christians temporarily capture Jerusalem

  • 1144

    First Gothic cathedral completed

  • 1192

    Second and third Crusades

  • 1204

    Crusaders from the Fourth crusade sack constantiople

  • 1209

    Franciscan Order is founded by St. Francis of Assisi

  • 1216

    Dominican Order founded by St. Dominic

  • 1229

    The Inquisition is founded

  • 1265

    St. Thomas Aquinas write the Summa Theologica

  • 1300

    The Renaissance begins

  • 1374

    Bubonic plague arrives in Europe

  • 1377

    St. Catherine of Siena convinces the pope to return the papacy to Rome

  • 1386

    St. Catherine of Siena cares for the sick and buries the dead when the plague strikes Siena

  • 1440

    Printing press invented

  • 1453

    Muslims conquer Constantinople and tun Hagia Sophia into a mosque

  • 1492

    Christopher Columbus reaches the Americas

  • 1492

    Christopher Columbus sails for North America

  • Period: 1500 to


  • 1513

    Ponce de Leon of Spain founds St. Augustine, Florida

  • 1517

    Martin Luther presents the 95 Theses

  • 1520

    Luther denies the authority of the pope to interpret Scripture

  • 1521

    Luther is excommunicated

  • 1522

    Luther translates the Bible into German

  • 1526

    Franciscan missionaries arrive in what is now Florida

  • 1534

    St. Ignatius of Loyola founds the Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

  • 1534

    King Henry VIII of England breaks England from the Catholic Church after the pope refuses to allow him a divorce

  • 1535

    St. Thomas More is executed by Henry VIII

  • 1536

    Henry VIII dissolves all monasteries and convents in England and irelan

  • 1541

    First Franciscan explorations in what is now California

  • Period: 1545 to 1563

    The Council of Trent

  • 1549

    Jesuit missionaries arrive in the Far East

  • Period: 1562 to 1582

    St. Teresa of Avila founds Discalced Carmelite convents throughout Spain

  • The King James Bible becomes the Bible of the Church of England

  • St. Peter Claver arrives in Colombia

  • The Mayflower sets sail from England to North America

  • The Colony of Maryland is established

  • England overthrows its Catholic king and bans any future Catholic monarchs

  • Maryland outlaws the public practice of Catholicism in the colony

  • Period: to

    The Enlightenment

  • British colonies in North America declare their independence

  • The French Revolution begins

  • The US Constitution prevents religious tests for national office

  • The First Amendment protects free religious exercise in the US and prevents national government from establishing a religion.

  • Karl Marx writes the Communist Manifesto

  • Period: to

    Ecumencial Council of the Vatican (known as Vatican I)

  • Bolshevik party formed in Russia

  • World War I begins

  • Three children at Fatima, Portugal, are granted visions of the Virgin Mary (Our Lady asked the children to pray the Rosary every day to stop the spread of Russia’s errors and for world peace. She asked that Russia be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart.)

  • Soviet Union is formed (Lenin was its first leader; Stalin took power two years after Lenin’s death)

  • The first Catholic bishops in China are ordained

  • Hitler beomes chancellor of Germany; first Nazi concentration camp is opened

  • Word War II begins

  • Communist governments begin persecutions and mass murder across Europe and Asia

  • Period: to

    Ecumenical Council of the Vatican (now known as Vatican II)

  • The US Supreme Court rules that the Constitution protects the right to an abortion

  • The Soviet Union begins to fall (The end of the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the end of communism in Europe would come in 1991)