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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Saturday, June 25

253
(probable date) Lucius becomes bishop of Rome.
592
Death of Irish missionary Moluag (also known as Lugaidh and by other names). A contemporary of Columba, he had introduced Christianity to the Island of Lismore and parts of northeastern Scotland.
1115
St. Bernard founded a monastery in Clairvaux, France. It afterward became a strategic center for the Cistercians, a religious order that flourished up until the Reformation.
1439
The Council of Basel proclaims that it has cast down Pope Eugenius, calling him a disturber of the peace, a simoniac, perjurer, incorrigible, schismatic, heretical, and errant in faith.
1530
The leaders of the Reformation present the Augsburg Confession to Emperor Charles V - an explanation of the position and beliefs of Lutherans.
1600
Death of David Chytraeus who had played an important role in the writing of the Lutheran Church's Formula of Concord.
1784
The Byzantine chapel named Bogdan Serai, used by Christian envoys to the Turkish Porte, is destroyed in a fire.
1865
English pioneer missionary J. Hudson Taylor, unable to bear the thought of millions perishing in the east, prays for twenty-four willing and skillful workers, and founds the China Inland Mission (later known as OMF - the Overseas Missionary Fellowship International).
1917
Myrtle Wilson and a group of women who want to be missionaries in Africa pray for funds. Within a month they receive enough money to sail for their destination.
1962
In the ruling Engel v. Vitale, the United States Supreme court bans official prayers in public schools on a case brought from New York, saying that such prayers are unconstitutional as a violation of the separation of church and state.

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