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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, December 8

1854
Pope Pius IX declares that the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary is now an article of Catholic faith.
1896
Death from blackwater fever of Peter Scott, pioneer missionary to Africa and a founder of the African Inland Mission.
1900
Rose Lathrop and Alice Huber found the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne, also known as Servants of Relief for Incurable Cancer.
1903
The brothers Vladimir and Alexis Korotkov enter the Belogorsk monastery. In 1918 the Soviets will torture and kill them and destroy the monastery.
1907
Christmas seals were sold for the first time, to raise funds to fight tuberculosis. Today, Christmas seal income is used primarily in the fight against birth defects.
1932
Dorothy Day prays at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for inspiration for her future work. She goes back to her New York apartment to find Aristide Pierre (Peter) Maurin awaiting her in the kitchen; He had been told to look her up. They will found the Catholic Worker Movement the following year.
1941
Japanese police arrest some students and fifteen faculty members at the Christian school Yanjing University in Beijing.
1957
Ordination of 22-year-old Omar Cabrera in Argentina. Already president of an Assembly of God youth organization and secretary for the national Assembly of God, he will become an internationally-known evangelist, leader of revival in Argentina, and pastor of one of the world's largest churches - Vision of the Future Church.
1962
The Rev. John Melville Burgess was consecrated as suffragan Bishop of Massachusetts -- the first African American bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church to serve a predominantly white diocese.
1981
In one of its major rulings regarding the issue of the separation of Church and State, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of student organizations holding religious services at public colleges and universities.

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