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The financial year starts today. Why? It has to do with the Angel Gabriel, astronomy, Pope Gregory and, er, Britain having to fall into line with Europe, according to this:

Pretty great that Pope Gregory XIII decided against the idea of March 32nd, while calendaring

By 1582, the Julian calendar, with a Leap Day every four years, had accumulated TEN extra days relative to Earth’s orbit. So Pope Gregory jump-started his new and exquisitely accurate calendar by canceling 10 days that year, in which October 4 was followed by October 15.

Credit to Pope Gregory’s Jesuit priests for figuring out the Julian calendar needed updating - before telescopes, and while Christendom was sure the Sun orbited Earth. Fifty years later, Jesuits would prosecute Galileo for saying (and flaunting) that Earth orbits the Sun.

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Fun fact: The last time spring started as early as March 19th was in 1896—a whopping 124 years ago. Why so early? Thanks to a 16th century astronomer working for Pope Gregory XIII, Earth's oval-shaped rotation, and the fact that 2020 is a leap year. (Honestly, just Google it.)

Happy feast of St. Joseph! "Always invoke him, especially in difficult times, and entrust your lives to this great saint.” -- Pope Francis (CNS pphoto/Gregory A. Shemitz)

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Pope Francis has named Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, a WNY native, as the new leader of the Catholic Church in Atlanta.

Pope Francis named Archbishop Gregory John Hartmayer, OFM, Conv., as seventh archbishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Bishop Hartmayer is currently the Bishop of Savannah and will succeed Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, who served as Atlanta’s archbishop from January 2005-May 2019

Pope Francis Names Savannah Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer as Archbishop of Atlanta and leader of north Georgia’s 1.2 million Catholics.

Why one Johns Hopkins University professor of physics and astronomy insists that the most widely used calendar in the world—instituted by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582—needs to go. #LeapDay 

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Did you know the phrase "God bless you" is said to stem from concerns about the plague? On Feb. 16, 600, Pope Gregory I decreed that responding to someone's sneeze with "God bless you" would protect them from falling ill. #TodayInHistory 

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BREAKING: Pope names Wilton Gregory as archbishop of Washington, DC, epicenter of US sex abuse crisis.

Pope Gregory I declared rabbit foetuses were marine animals and could be eaten during Lent.

Pope Gregory IX associated cats with the devil and demanded they all be exterminated. Because of this, infected rats ran free and caused the Bubonic Plague.

Pope Gregory IX associated cats with the devil and demanded they all be exterminated. Because of this, infected rats ran free and caused the Bubonic Plague.

Pope Benedict XVI Resigning: Last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII, who stepped down in 1415

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