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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, July 7

[or 787] Death of St. Willibald, a pupil of St. Boniface.
Dedication of a golden shrine to display the effigy of Thomas
The Zurich council summons Conrad Grebel and three of his friends and forbids them to speak out against monks during their sermons.
Birth of Charles A. Tindley, African-American Methodist preacher and songwriter. His most enduring gospel hymns include 'Stand By Me,' 'Nothing Between,' 'Leave It There' and 'By and By.'
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.
Episcopalian bishop William Jones Boone the elder consecrates Samuel Schereschewsky with deacon's orders in St. George's Church, New York. Schereschewsky will become a notable missionary to China and a bishop.
The Gospel Missionary Union becomes the first "faith mission" to enter Ecuador in the persons of J. A. Strain, F. W. Farnol, and George Fisher.
Death of Anna Louisa Walker Coghill at Bath, England. She had authored many poems and the popular hymn "Work, for the Night Is Coming."
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.
English apologist C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter: 'I "believed" theoretically in the divine forgiveness for years before it really came home to me. It is a wonderful thing when it does.'

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