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Today in Christian History
According to tradition St. Sixtus II, the Bishop of Rome, is seized while holding an illegal service in a cemetery and is executed sitting in his own chair. The emperor Valerian's soldiers kill several deacons that same day.
After an eight-day seige, Saladin captures Beirut from the Crusaders.
Birth of Francois Fanelon, French priest and scholar. His 1697 writing, "Christian Perfection," provided a reasoned defense of mystical spirituality, though it afterward brought him into disfavor with the pope.
(some say August 7th) French Ursuline nuns arrive at New Orleans, where they will set up the first permanent Catholic charitable institution within the boundaries of what will become the United States.
English religious leader Ann Lee (1736-1784) and a small band of followers first arrived in America. Her sect called itself the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Coming, but to the rest of the world her followers came to be known as the "Shakers."
The Great Religious Revival of the American West began at a Presbyterian camp meeting in Cane Ridge, Kentucky.
Death of John Mason Neale, hymnologist and hymnwriter. Two of his best known hymns are the Christmas carols "Good Christian Men, Rejoice" and "Good King Wenceslaus."
Death of James Springer White, an early leader of the Seventh-day Adventists, three times president of their General Conference, and an evangelist and editor for the movement.
The Orthodox priest Tikhon Fyodorovich Yeroshkin, serving in the Bulayev region of Kazakhstan, is sentenced to death by the Communists and will subsequently be shot.
The Papacy condemns parts of Liberation Theology.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"