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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, July 7

303
Procopius of Sycthopolis is martyred as the first of the Palestine victims in the Diocletian persecutions.
1438
The Pragmatic Sanctions of Bourges, issued by King Charles VII of France, asserts Gallican liberties against the papacy.
1522
The Zurich council summons Conrad Grebel and three of his friends and forbids them to speak out against monks during their sermons.
1586
Birth of Thomas Hooker, colonial American pastor and an originator of the earliest system of federal government in America.
1806
The cornerstone is laid for the United States' first Catholic cathedral, the Cathedral of the Assumption (now called the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) in Baltimore, Maryland. The design is by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect of the United States Capitol. Archbishop John Carroll is behind the project but will not live to see its completion.
1818
Walter Scott arrives in New York from Scotland, and soon will become a leader and educator in the growing Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement.
1858
Archbishop Hughes of New York approves the rules drawn up by Isaac Hecker and his companions for the Missionary Society of St. Paul the Apostle (the Paulists) to convert Americans to Roman Catholicism.
1859
Episcopalian bishop William Jones Boone the elder consecrates Samuel Schereschewsky with deacon's orders in St. George's Church, New York. Schereschewsky will become a notable missionary to China and a bishop.
1896
The Gospel Missionary Union becomes the first "faith mission" to enter Ecuador in the persons of J. A. Strain, F. W. Farnol, and George Fisher.
1935
Death in Alexandria, Egypt, of Orthodox patriarch Meletius Metaxakis, a zealous reformer who had also taken steps to create a Greek Archdiocese in North America. He was the only man successively to lead three autocephalous (independent) Orthodox Churches. He had also sought to bridge the gap between Orthodoxy and the Anglican Church.

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