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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, March 13

452
Roman Emperor Marcian issues an edict against the Eutychians, whose teachings are seen to undermine Christ's humanity and his ability to stand in our place.
846
Eighteen years after the death in exile of Patriarch Nicephorus, who had defended the use of icons, Empress Theodora has his body brought back to Constantinople with great pomp.
1604
Death in Rome of Cardinal d'Ossat who had served as a diplomat in behalf of France. He was instrumental in reconciling King Henry IV, formerly a Huguenot, to the pope, and his well-crafted diplomatic letters will serve as models to aspiring civil servants.
1687
Father Eusebio Kino, 42, an Italian-born Jesuit in the service of Spain, began missionary labors in the American Southwest. In all, Kino established 25 Indian missions in the area now divided between northern Mexico and Arizona.
1785
At the Burg-theatre, Vienna, Mozart's cantata Davidde Penitente receives its first performance. This is called a "half-mass" because its ten movements include a Kyrie and Gloria. The work had been commissioned by the committee of the Society for the Relief of the Widows and Orphans of Musicians.
1868
Birth of Charles E. Cowman, American missionary pioneer. In 1901 he sailed to Japan with his wife Lettie (who later authored "Streams in the Desert"), where in 1910 they founded the Oriental Missionary Society.
1904
Located on the Argentina-Chile border as a memorial to peace, the bronze Christ of the Andes statue is dedicated.
1925
The State of Tennessee passes House Bill No. 185, the "Butler Bill" prohibiting any teaching that contradicts the Genesis creation account. It will be signed by the governor on March 25th and will lead to the Scopes Monkey Trial the following July.
2012
Although it is a government-approved church, the Three-Self Church in Dafeng County, Jangsu Province, China, is demolished by the Chinese government. A Christian woman at the site is beaten so severely her back is broken.
2013
Conclave elects Argentine-born Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be pope of the Roman Catholic Church, the first pope from the Americas. He takes the name Francis.

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