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Today in Christian History
Under ecclesiastical legislation issued by emperor Honorius, all buildings in which heretics assemble are confiscated and all meetings interdicted.
Nicholas Owen, Jesuit builder of priest holes (secret hiding places for priests), dies under torture in the Tower of London.
Death of Job Boretsky, an Orthodox metropolitan in the Ukraine, noted for his defence of the Orthodox faith, his poetry, writings, and translations.
At Australia's Constitutional Convention, Patrick Glynn, a Roman Catholic member, asks for an amendment in the preamble to say the people of the colonies, "humbly relying upon the blessing of almighty God," agree to unite into an indissoluable commonwealth. His proposal is accepted by the majority over the jeers of secularists.
American missionary Gustav Schmidt, 39, opened the Danzig Instytut Biblijny in the Free City of Danzig (Gdansk), Poland. It was the first Pentecostal Bible institute established in Eastern Europe.
The Nazi trial of pastor Martin Niemoller, an outspoken critic of Hitler's regime, ends. He will spend seven years in prisons and concentration camps.
U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall prayed: 'O God, forgive the poverty and the pettiness of our prayers. Listen not to our words but to the yearnings of our hearts. Hear beneath our petitions the crying of our need.'
American Presbyterian apologist Francis Schaeffer wrote in a letter: 'Christianity is the greatest intellectual system the mind of man has ever touched.'
Over 1,100 Christian organizations combined to form the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). This oversight agency was created to demonstrate to the public that religious groups wanted to make themselves accountable for the funds they raise and spend.
Christians are physically assaulted by Muslims at the Egyptian city of Abu Qurqas and the towns of Beni Ebid and al-Berba. Five churches are severely damaged along with more than forty other properties belonging to Christians.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"