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Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Sunday, November 21

695
Pope Sergius II consecrates Willibrord as bishop. Willobrord will take the gospel to the Friesians of Northern Europe, establishing many churches.
1526
Francis I, King of France, sends the Provost of Paris to forcibly remove De Berquin from the conciergerie where he is held by enemies of the Reformation. De Berquin seeks reformation without rupture from Rome, but three years later his enemies will use an absence of the king to burn De Berquin to death.
1638
A general assembly at Glasgow abolishes the episcopal form of church government and puts the Presbyterian form in its place.
1866
Tiyo Soga, an African Christian leader, completes a translation of Pilgrim's Progress into the Xhosa language.
1873
Pope Pius IX condemns the "Old Catholic" movement that rejects the decree of papal infallibility, excommunicating by name their bishop, Joseph Humbert Reinkins, and all other adherents of the movement, labeling them "miserable sons of perdition."
1899
President McKinley tells five visiting clergymen he had not wanted the Philippines, but since they had come into the care of the United States, he had gone down on his knees and prayed to Almighty God for guidance what to do with them. The answer he believed was "that there was nothing left for us to do but to take them all, and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them, and by God's grace do the very best we could by them, as our fellow-men for whom Christ also died."
1907
Birth of Jim Bishop, American journalist. He gave new life to great historical moments through his "day" books, including his 1957 chronicle of "The Day Christ Died."
1920
Wang Ming-Dao writes out a list of his sins, vows to leave them, and receives assurance of forgiveness. He has already been a Christian for many years.
1964
The third session of Vatican II approves a "Decree on Ecumenism" that declares both Catholics and Protestants to blame for past divisions and calls for dialogue, not derision, in the future.
1984
Rev. David Ernesto Fernandez is murdered in El Salvador. He had served ten congregations in the eastern portion of his country and was greatly beloved by fellow Christians.

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