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Today in Christian History
Death of Pope St. Hilary who had aggressively upheld Roman supremacy.
The Fourth Constantinople Council closed, under Pope Adrian II in the West and Emperor Basil I in the East. The council had condemned iconoclasm, and became the last ecumenical council held in the Eastern Mediterranean area.
George Wishart, a Scottish reformer, is arrested by Roman Catholic authorities, and will be burned to death as a heretic the next day by order of Cardinal David Beaton.
Scotland's national covenant is signed at Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, giving rise to the Covenanter movement among Scottish Presbyterians, insisting that Christ, not the king of England, is head of the church. Eighteen thousand will be martyred for this belief.
Date on which God's judgment would end the world, according to George Bell. Bell had been a Methodist until Wesley expelled him because of his (Bell's) extravagant claims.
English churchman John Wesley, 80, formally chartered the movement within Anglicanism which afterward came to be known as Wesleyan Methodism.
The Society of Mary, founded in 1816, was officially recognized by Pope Pius IX. This religious order seeks to combine the work of education with foreign missions.
Nazi soldiers arrest Corrie Ten Boom and her family in Harlaam for harboring Jews. Her father and a sister will die in concentration camps, but Corrie will be released because of a clerical error and become an international speaker for Christianity, author of The Hiding Place, and subject of a movie by the same name.
Death in Kampala of Yustus Ruhindi, a bishop in the Anglican Church in Uganda. He had left a successful career as a public school teacher to devote himself to full-time church work. He had made significant improvements at Bishop Tucker Theological College before becoming a bishop whose emphasis was on teaching people to live godly lives and make the most of their resources, greatly increasing the prosperity of the regions where he taught.
Members of the violent Hindu group Bajrang Dal attack The Gospel for Asia Bible School in Kutabaga, India, hospitalizing five Christians.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"