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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, June 9

597
Death of Columba of Iona, influential Irish missionary to England. He had founded several monasteries which served as centers of faith and learning.
1549
In England, Parliament established a uniformity of religious services and the first Book of Common Prayer, as Anglicanism became the newly established national faith.
1572
Death of Jeanne D'Albret, queen of Navarre, who had skillfully kept her country Protestant during the tense and religiously violent sixteenth century. Her son Henry, a Huguenot leader, had displeased her by converting to Catholicism to become king of France.
1597
Death of Jesuit missionary and poet Jose de Anchieta at Retirygba, Brazil. He had helped establish S
1717
Death at Blois, France, of Madame Guyon, a Roman Catholic mystic who claimed union with Christ. She had deeply influenced Fran├žois Fenelon.
1784
In the first step toward formal organization of the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S., Father John Carroll was appointed superior of the American missions by Pius VI.
1895
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1899
John Joseph Burke is ordained a Roman Catholic priest. He will become an influential Paulist and the editor of The Catholic World.
1918
The Soviets, attempting to placate the anger of the Perm populace following the execution of Archbishop Andronicus, summon the Orthodox priest Vladyka Theophanes to Perm to take his place. This will cost Theophanes his life. He will be arrested in October and murdered on Christmas Eve by being repeatedly lowered nude by the hair of his head through a hole chopped in a frozen river.
1947
Death in Nairobi of Roland Allen, whose approach to creating indigenous missions will become prevalent later in the twentieth century.

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