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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Thursday, March 21

418
In a letter to the North African bishops, Pope Zosimus declares that none dare dispute the judgment of the see of Rome, but in the same letter responds to their pleas by reversing his own earlier position and declaring Pelagius a heretic.
547
(traditional date) Death at Monte Cassino of Benedict, an Italian monastic founder, author of the famous Benedictine rule.
1146
King Louis VII of France took up the cause of the Second Crusade, in response to Bernard of Clairvaux's preaching, and became leader of the ill-fated mission.
1556
Archbishop Thomas Cranmer is burned alive on orders of Mary Tudor, officially because of his "heresies" (he had been a leader in the English Reformation), but actually because of his role in providing King Henry VIII with a divorce from Mary's mother Catherine many years earlier.
1843
Gungaram Mundel contracts cholera. He had been the first convert at Khari Baptist Church, Calcutta, and his profession of faith had eased the way for other Indians of the area to follow Christ.
1863
Death of Davis Griffiths, a missionary to Madagascar, who had translated the Bible into the Malagasy language.
1900
In Chicago, following the death of its founder Dwight L. Moody, the Bible Institute for Home and Foreign Missions changed its name to Moody Bible Institute. The school has since become the model after which other learning institutions have patterned their curriculum.
1937
Pope Pius XI's Mit brennender sorge against some Nazi policies is read in all Catholic churches in Germany.
1979
Muslim militants burn down the fifth-century historical Coptic Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in Old Cairo.
2007
Teacher Christianah Oluwasesin of Nigeria is beaten to death by a mob on an accusation that she touched a student's handbag which had a Koran in it, thus defiling the Koran.

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