Jesus to AD 500

Timeline created by taptr
  • Period: 27 BCE to 180

    Pax Romana

  • 33

    The resurection of Jesus Christ

  • 33


  • 33

    The Apostles spread the Gospel

  • 33

    St. Stephen is martyred

  • 34

    The Conversion of St. Paul

  • 42

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

    John 19:25-27 tells of 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 burried in Spain

    Chirstians stole his body and brought it to a boat in Spain, to a place that would be known as Santigo (St. James) de Compostela (feild of stars)
  • 46

    St. Paul begins his missionary journeys to Galetia, 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 Spirt to Jew and Gentile alike
  • 64

    Persecution of Christans begins under the rule of Roman emporer Nero

  • 70

    Romans burn the Jewish temple in Jerusalum

  • 80

    Didache written

  • 99

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

  • Period: 100 to 500

    AD 100-500

  • 250

    Persecution under Roman Emperor Decius

    Required all to worship the gods of the state, or to be courtered and killed
  • 251

    Council of Carthage

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

    Persecution under Roman Emporer Diocletian

    Diocletian ordered the destruction of all christian churches, imprisonment of bishops and presits and execution of all who refused to participate in the public worship of pagon gods.
  • 313

    Emporer Constantine issues edict of Milan

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

    Council of Nicaea

    This council called by Emperor Constantine set forth the Nicene Cred and affirmed that Jesus and the father are combustantional- of the same substance
  • 330

    Emporer Constantine diveds the Roman Empire into east and west

    The west was centered in Rome and the east was centered in Constantinople
  • 330

    Construction of the first St. Pauls Basilica in Rome

  • 354

    Birth of St. Augustine

  • 360

    Books begin to replace scrolls

  • 382

    Pope Dumascus asks St. Jerome to translate the gospels to latin

  • 397

    The concils of Hippo and Charthage determine which books will become part of the new testament

  • 405

    St. Jerome completes his translation of the Old Testament

  • 410

    The Visgoths destroy the city of Rome

  • 410

    St. Augustine begins to wite the city of God

  • 431

    Concil of Ephuses

    This concil condemend he herery of that said that Juesus was two persons in one body and the concil declared that the Virgin Mary was truely the mother of God.
  • 432

    St. Patrick sets ou to spread the gospel in latin

  • 451

    Council of Chalcedon

    This concil affirmend that Christ is fully humman and fully divine.
  • 476

    The western Roman Emporer collaspses

  • 480

    Birth of St. Benidick

  • 496

    Clovis, the King of the Franks, converts to Chatholisim

  • Period: 500 to 1000

    (AD) 500-1000

  • 507

    Clovis' army drives Visgoths out of France

  • 527

    Justinain 1 becomes emporer of the Eastern Roman Empire.

  • 529

    St. Benedict founds the first monastery

  • 529

    St. Benedict founds his first monastery

  • 537

    Construction of Hagia Shopia (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 Mohammad

    Mohammad, whom Muslims call the prophet Mohammad, is founder of Islam. By the time of his death, all Arabia is Musluim.
  • 716

    St. Boniface leaves England to evangelize Germania

  • 754

    With St. Boniface’s help, the pope allies with the kings of the Franks

  • 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 excommunicates the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV

  • 1088

    First Universities founded

  • 1094

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

  • 1095

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

  • 1144

    First Gothic Cathedral completed

  • 1147

    Second and Third Crusades

  • 1192

    Second and Third Crusades

  • 1204

    Crusaders from the Fourth Crusade sack Constantinople

  • 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

  • 1274

    St. Thomas Aquinas write the Summa Theologica

  • 1300

    The Renaissance begins

  • 1347

    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

  • 1513

    Ponce de Leon of Spain founds St. Augustine, Florida

    St. Augustine, named for St. Augustine of Hippo, was the first European settlement in what is now the United States.
  • 1517

    Martin Luther presents the 95

    Theses In this document, Luther presented what he saw as abusive practices in the Catholic Church.
  • 1520

    Luther denies the authority of the pope to interpret Scripture

  • 1521

    Luther is exxcomunicated

  • 1522

    Luther translates the Bible into German

    Luther removed seven Old Testament books: Tobit, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach, and Baruch. He also tried to change the New Testament by moving the letter of James, the letter to the Hebrews, the letters of John, and the book of Revelation into an appendix.
  • 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 ireland

  • 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

    Separatists wishing to further “purify” the Church of England of Catholic influence leave for North America on the Mayflower. They hoped their colony would be a “city on a hill”--an example to the Church of England of the need for further reform. In the New World, many would be persecuted for their faith. Most of the first British colonies in North America legally exclude Catholics, Quakers, and others from participation in public life.
  • The Colony of Maryland is established

    Maryland will be the first colony to allow religious freedom for Catholics. Jesuit priests there will offer the first Holy Mass in the British colonies.
  • 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

    One of the goals of the revolution was to turn France into a completely secular nation and rid it of Christianity. Church property was seized, and many priests and religious were persecuted, imprisoned, and killed.
  • 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.

    States were free to keep their established churches, and many did into the early 1800s.
  • 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.)
  • Mexico outlaws Catholicism

  • 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

  • Servant of God Dorothy Day converts to Catholicism

  • Bl. Miguel Pro is killed by the Mexican government

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

  • Day founds the Catholic Worker newspaper

  • Worl War II begins

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

  • St. Maximilian Kolbe is killed by the Nazis at Auschwitz

  • Pope St. John XXIII calls the Church council that will become known as Vatican II

  • Period: to

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

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

  • Pope St. John Paul II survives an assassination attempt ordered by the KGB (the Soviet intelligence agency)

  • 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)