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Today in Christian History
Relics are installed at the Basilica of St. Thomas the Apostle in Edessa. These will be significant in establishing an upper limit on the date of Egeria's famed pilgrimage to the Mideast.
[or August 23rd] Death at Canterbury, Kent, England, of William Warham, who had been the last Catholic archbishop of Canterbury under King Henry VIII.
After a four month march over the Alps and across Europe, the Duke of Alva and his forces arrive in Brussels to put down Dutch and Belgian revolt against the repressive Spanish government.
Isaac Backus is re-baptized, and will become a great Baptist leader of New England.
Death at Hayley, England, of Baron George Lyttelton, author of the witty Dialogues of the Dead, and also of Observations on the Conversion and Apostleship of St. Paul. He considered Paul's conversion sufficient in itself to demonstrate that Christianity was a divine revelation.
Birth of Edward B. Pusey, English biblical scholar and Tractarian spokesman. A devoted church leader all his life, Pusey worked to establish religious orders in Anglicanism, founding in 1845 the first Anglican sisterhood.
Death of Indian convert and hymnwriter Krishna Pal.
Death of Richard Oastler. A champion of social reform, including factory laws in England, he had been fired from his job and imprisoned for debt. During his imprisonment he wrote the Fleet Papers, a weekly journal discussing factory conditions and poor laws. Eventually supporters had raised funds to pay his debt and he was freed.
Death of William P. Mackay, Scottish Presbyterian clergyman and author of the hymn "We Praise Thee, O God, for the Son of Thy Love." After practicing medicine for a number of years, Mackay had abandoned his career and become ordained a pastor of the Prospect Street Presbyterian Church in Hull in 1868.
Pope Paul VI becomes the first reigning pope to visit Latin America.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"