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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, September 17

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[or the 13th] Consecration of the Church of the Anastasis (Church of the Resurrection), commissioned by Emperor Constantine at the reputed site of Christ's Resurrection. The church will not be completed for about fifty more years.
1252
Dedication of the Cathedral in Ely, England. King Henry III and Prince Edward are present.
1564
Don Gaspar Centellas of Valencia, a gentleman of birth and culture, is burned to death, having refused to recognize the Roman Church and pope as the Church of God.
1575
Death of Swiss reformer Heinrich Bullinger. He had succeeded Zwingli at Zurich and because of the hospitality he extended to English exiles, had gained influence with the English Puritans.
1581
Domingo Salazar, first bishop of the Philippines, and his Jesuit companions reach Manila, having walked overland the last two months because winds were unfavorable for sailing.
1595
After extracting as many concessions as possible, Pope Clement VIII grants absolution to Henry IV of France, formerly a Protestant, so that he will be able to rule France.
1644
(old calendar) English authorities hang a Jesuit priest, Ralph Corbie (or Corbington), in London for adhering to his faith.
1656
Massachusetts enacted severe laws against Quakers. (At the time, government and religion were intricately interwoven; the line between blasphemy and treason was virtually nonexistent; and non-sacramental Quakerism gave the impression that the denomination was anti-government.)
1776
Along the western coast of North America, a party of 247 Spanish colonists consecrated their newly-founded mission, known as San Francisco.
1913
International Union of Gospel Missions (IUGM) is founded, uniting in cooperation many groups which are operating rescue missions.

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