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Today in Christian History
Death of Irish missionary Moluag (also known as Lugaidh and by other names). A contemporary of Columba, he had introduced Christianity to the Island of Lismore and parts of northeastern Scotland.
St. Bernard founded a monastery in Clairvaux, France. It afterward became a strategic center for the Cistercians, a religious order that flourished up until the Reformation.
Death of William of Vercelli, the founder of the Hermits of Monte Vergine, also known as Williamites.
The Council of Basel proclaims that it has cast down Pope Eugenius, calling him a disturber of the peace, a simoniac, perjurer, incorrigible, schismatic, heretical, and errant in faith.
The Byzantine chapel named Bogdan Serai, used by Christian envoys to the Turkish Porte, is destroyed in a fire.
Ludwig Nommensen lands on the island of Sumatra to begin the mission work for which he will be famous.
English pioneer missionary J. Hudson Taylor, unable to bear the thought of millions perishing in the east, prays for twenty-four willing and skillful workers, and founds the China Inland Mission (later known as OMF - the Overseas Missionary Fellowship International).
Myrtle Wilson and a group of women who want to be missionaries in Africa pray for funds. Within a month they receive enough money to sail for their destination.
Pope Pius XI orders American anti-racist priest John LaFarge to draft an encyclical against racism because of the growing Aryanism of Germany. LaFarge will do so, but Vatican politics will prevent its promulgation before the pope's death the following February.
During a convention in Cleveland, Ohio, the United Church of Christ (UCC) was formed by a merger of the Congregational Christian Church and the Evangelical and Reformed Church.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"