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Today in Christian History
Elector Frederick III of the Palatinate notifies the Catholic father of Charlotte de Bourbon, Princess of Orange, that he has provided her asylum because she has followed the dictates of her conscience in embracing Reformation doctrines.
Charles II of England issues a Declaration of Indulgence to extend religious liberty to Protestant nonconformists and Roman Catholics in his realm. Parliament soon forces him to suspend it because it usurps their authority.
Collapse and death of Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, an Italian Jesuit missionary and explorer, working among the Pima in the area now known as Arizona and northern Mexico.
A Ceremony of Profession was held for Sister St. Stanislaus Hachard at the Ursuline convent in New Orleans, thereby making her the first Catholic woman to become a nun in America.
Shortly after Baptist pastor John Gill leaves his study in Southwark, London, to attend other duties a violent hurricane causes neighboring chimney stacks to crash through the roof onto the spot where he usually works.
In a disappointing setback for William Wilberforce and his allies, the English Parliament votes 74 -70 against an anti-slavery bill, whose opposition has cleverly provided lukewarm supporters with free tickets to see the London premier of a comic opera.
The Presbytery of Annan (in Scotland) deposes Edward Irving from the ministry due to the hold that tongues-speaking prophetesses have gained over him, and owing to his unorthodox theology of the human nature of Christ. He will go on to found "The Holy Apostolic Church" or "Irvingites."
In New York City, at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Archbishop John McCloskey, 65, became the first American to be named a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.
American missionary and martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'The believer is a displaced person. He loses the controlling features of both environment and heredity.'
Church of the Nazarene evangelist Matthew Sabwela holds a service in Malawi at which 2,400 people surrender their lives to Christ.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"