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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, April 11

548
Pope Vigilius issues his Judicatum against the Three Chapters. As a result, the Bishops of Africa, Illyria, and Dalmatia, with two of his own confidential deacons, withdraw from his communion. Two years later, the African bishops will anathemize him and he will eventually withdraw the Judicatum.
1079
Assassination of Bishop Stanislaus of Krakow, Poland, murdered while he celebrates mass. He had incurred the enmity of King Boleslaw by excommunicating him for his many crimes.
1506
The foundation stone of the new St. Peter's Basilica was laid under the patronage of Julius II. (The church was not completed, however, until 1626.)
1834
Birth of Marcus Dods, Scottish clergyman and biblical scholar. His published works in New Testament studies helped popularize modern biblical scholarship in Great Britain.
1836
English philanthropist George Mueller opened his famous orphanage on Wilson Street in Bristol. (By 1875, Mueller's orphanage was providing care for over 2,000 children.)
1842
Death of John England, the first Roman Catholic bishop of Charleston, with a see embracing North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, where he had planted numerous churches and left a well-organized clergy.
1878
Death in Lichfield, England, of George Augustus Selwyn, first bishop of New Zealand.
1879
The Handel and Haydn Society of Boston gives a full performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's Passion according to St. Matthew.
1931
Death at Salem, India, of K.T. (Kanakarayan Tiruselvam) Paul, first Indian-born National General Secretary of the National Council of YMCAs of India. He had been a promoter of rural construction, Chairman of the National Christian Council of India, and the holder of other prominent positions.
1941
French-born American Trappist monk Thomas Merton affirmed in his "Secular Journal": 'If we are willing to accept humiliation, tribulation can become, by God's grace, the mild yoke of Christ, His light burden.'

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