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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, May 13

609
Pope Boniface IV dedicates the Pantheon as a Catholic church and introduces the Festival of All Saints. The bones of martyrs from various Roman cemeteries are brought in a solemn procession of twenty-eight carriages to the new church.
1291
King Philip the Fair of France addresses a letter to the seneschal of Carcassonne in which he denounces the inquisitors for cruelly torturing innocent men, whereby the living and the dead are fraudulently convicted. Among abuses he particularly mentions are "tortures newly invented."
1619
Execution in the Hague of John Barneveld, Dutch statesman, at seventy one years of age. He had advocated free states and taken the Arminian side against the Calvinists.
1643
An ordinance calling for the Westminster Assembly is introduced into the English House of Commons and will pass a month later.
1828
Evangelist David Marks asks his audience what they want him to preach on. Someone shouts "nothing" and so Marks preaches on "nothing" to an Ancaster, Ontario, crowd, showing them that they would be nothing and have nothing without Christ.
1838
Death in London of Zachary Macaulay, who had been one of the evangelical social-action group known as the Clapham Sect, a slavery abolitionist, and governor of Sierra Leone (1794-1799).
1917
Three children claim to have seen the Virgin Mary in the town of Fatima in Portugal.
1925
In Tallahassee, Florida, the State legislature passed a bill requiring daily Bible readings in all public schools.
1981
A Turk named Mehmet Ali Agca, who belongs to the extremist group the "Gray Wolves," shoots Pope John Paul II as he waves to a crowd in St. Peter's Square. Bullets rip the pope's abdomen, right arm, and left hand.
2006
Death in Hamden, Connecticut, of Jaroslav Pelikan, a Christian scholar and church historian who had written nearly forty books and over a dozen reference works on numerous aspects of Christian history. Late in life he had joined the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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