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Today in Christian History
(probable year) Death of Bishop Eligius, at seventy years of age. He is already widely regarded as a saint by the time of his death.
Death of Pope Leo X, under whose reign Luther and his followers separated from the Catholic church.
Edmund Campion, English Jesuit, is hanged in England at 42, falsely accused of treason against Queen Elizabeth's government.
Edmund Spenser's poem The Fairie Queen is "entered," a prepublication step necessary in England's days of government censorship. The author holds Christian beliefs.
Nicholas Ferrar, founder of a Protestant retreat at Little Gidding, makes a solemn confession of faith, preparatory to receiving absolution and Communion for the last time.
The French government abolished the Jesuit order in that country. (The Society of Jesus was completely suppressed by Clement XIV in 1767, but was restored again by Pius VII in 1814.)
Birth of Albert Barnes, American Presbyterian clergyman and Bible commentator. An active supporter of revivalism, Christian education and social reform, Barnes is best remembered today for his "Notes on the Old Testament" and "Notes on the New Testament."
Father Charles de Foucauld is martyred at his mission in the Sahara.
Death of Elmon Makwale Sekgobela, a pioneer worker in the opening of the Nazarene mission among the Tswana people in the Western Transvaal of South Africa, where he had experienced serious opposition.
Cuban Communists declare that henceforth citizens will be allowed to celebrate Christmas as an official holiday.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"