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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, June 22

1559
In England, Queen Elizabeth's Prayer Book was issued. During her 45-year reign, Elizabeth I rejected the Catholic faith, adopting instead the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Anglican Church.
1622
Pope Gregory XV publishes the bull Inscrutabili Divinae, which reminds the Church of its mission to take the gospel to newly discovered native populations in the Americas.
1633
Under pressure by the Roman Catholic Church, Galileo signs an abjuration of certain of his scientific views.
1714
Death of Matthew Henry, famous as a Bible commentator.
1745
Colonial missionary to the American Indians David Brainerd wrote in his journal: 'I am often weary of this world, and want to leave it on that account; but it is more desirable to be drawn, rather than driven out of it.'
1854
Baron Nikolai Pavlovich Zass is ordained in the Orthodox Church as a deacon and will eventually become Bishop Nestor of San Francisco and Alaska.
1865
The society known today as the Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF) was first organized. Its purpose is to provide information about the archaeology, the history and the people of the Holy Land.
1870
Scholars began translation work on the English Revised Version of the Bible. Released in 1881, the ERV became the textual basis for the American Standard Version (ASV), first published in the United States in 1901.
1909
The Diocese of Munster begins a two week celebration for the eleventh centenary of St. Ludiger.
1981
Kateri Takakwitha is beatified, the first American Indian so honored by the Roman Catholic Church.

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