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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, January 21

885
Pope Adrian III rules in favor of Rothad who had deposed a priest for unchastity and called a church council. Bishop Hincmar had argued that Rothad, as a suffragan (assistant) bishop, did not have authority to do either.
1118
Death of Pope Paschal II. During his troubled pontificate, he had been faced with four anti-popes and suffered captivity at the hands of Holy Roman Emperor, Henry V, who extorted concessions from him.
1217
Matthew Paris is clothed as a novice at the Abbey of St. Albans in England. He will be remembered as a monk who chronicled English history.
1549
The English parliament passes "An Act for Uniformity of Service and Administration of the Sacraments throughout the Realm" which establishes the first Book of Common Prayer in Edward's reign.
1609
Death in Leyden, Netherlands, of Joseph Justus Scaliger, famed for putting ancient chronology onto a scientific footing.
1672
A Bedford, England, congregation calls John Bunyan as its pastor. He is in prison at the time for preaching.
1738
English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in his journal: 'I desire to have no greater portion than the prayers of the poor.'
1921
Presbyterian minister Samuel McCrea Cavert, a notable ecumenist, becomes the General Secretary of the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America. A chief player in forming the World Council of Churches, he will die in 1976. "The temptation of Protestantism has always been to magnify freedom at the expense of unity. The temptation of Roman Catholicism, on the other hand, has been to magnify unity at the expense of freedom."
1986
Charismatic Bible Ministries was founded in Oklahoma. A fraternal fellowship of charismatic organizations, CBM held its first major conference in June 1986 in Tulsa.
1999
Pope John Paul II begins a visit to Cuba, emphasizing the need for fundamental human freedoms.

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