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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Wednesday, July 7

Dedication of a golden shrine to display the effigy of Thomas
The Pragmatic Sanctions of Bourges, issued by King Charles VII of France, asserts Gallican liberties against the papacy.
The Zurich council summons Conrad Grebel and three of his friends and forbids them to speak out against monks during their sermons.
Birth of Thomas Hooker, colonial American pastor and an originator of the earliest system of federal government in America.
Walter Scott arrives in New York from Scotland, and soon will become a leader and educator in the growing Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.
Archbishop Hughes of New York approves the rules drawn up by Isaac Hecker and his companions for the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle (the Paulists) to convert Americans to Roman Catholicism.
Francis J. Grimk
Death in Alexandria, Egypt, of Orthodox patriarch Meletius Metaxakis, a zealous reformer who had also taken steps to create a Greek Archdiocese in North America. He was the only man successively to lead three autocephalous (independent) Orthodox Churches. He had also sought to bridge the gap between Orthodoxy and the Anglican Church.
Italian-American educator, Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917) became the first American citizen to be made a saint in the Catholic Church. She arrived in the U.S. in 1889, and was naturalized in 1909.
Six churches met to form the Southern Baptist Association of Colorado, the first organization of this denomination in the state.

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