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Today in Christian History
Death of Pope St. Martin I. He was imprisoned and then banished by Emperor Constans II who rejected the doctrine of Christ's two wills.
During an extended period of prayer and fasting, St. Francis of Assisi, 42, received the stigmata (crucifixion scars of Christ) on Mount Alvernia, in Italy. Francis, the founder of the Franciscans in 1209, has been called by some the greatest of all the Christian saints.
Death at Louvain of Michael Baius, a Catholic theologian whose works were twice censured by popes. His teachings influenced Cornelius Jansen, a founder of the Jansenist movement.
Death from consumption of Anne Bradstreet, the first poet of New England's Puritans.
Birth of J.B. Phillips, Anglican clergyman. Ordained in 1930, he wrote "Your God is Too Small" (1951), but is better remembered for his biblical paraphrase, "The New Testament in Modern English," first published in 1958.
Death of Maria Buelah Woodworth-Etter, who for many years had been a tent evangelist, revivalist, and faith healer in the United States, widely regarded as a precursor of Pentecostal evangelists.
Death in Minnesota of John Augustine Ryan, a Roman Catholic priest, educator, and proponent of economic theories that he hoped would lead to distributive justice. His doctoral dissertation was titled A Living Wage.
In Minneapolis, the 65th Triennial General Convention of the Episcopal Church officially approved ordination of women to the priesthood.
Death of Tulinawo Luhomano Msinjili. He had been the first provincial chairman of the Moravian Church in Southwest Tanzania, known for his hard work and patience.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"