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Today in Christian History
(probable year) Death of Bishop Eligius, at seventy years of age. He is already widely regarded as a saint by the time of his death.
Pope Eugene III sent a papal bull to the French King, Louis VII, proclaiming the Second Crusade. Led by Louis and Emperor Conrad III from 1147-49, the crusade failed to accomplish its goal.
Death of Pope Leo X, under whose reign Luther and his followers separated from the Catholic church.
Edmund Campion, English Jesuit, is hanged in England at 42, falsely accused of treason against Queen Elizabeth's government.
Death of English composer Maurice Greene, who wrote many works for the church, including the anthems "Lord, Let Me Know My End," and "Oh Clap Your Hands." A student of Jeremiah Clark, he in turn taught William Boyce and held several prominent musical positions.
The French government abolished the Jesuit order in that country. (The Society of Jesus was completely suppressed by Clement XIV in 1767, but was restored again by Pius VII in 1814.)
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for Bob Jones College (University), in Panama City, FL. This Protestant Fundamentalist college later relocated its campus to Greenville, SC.
American missionary martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal: 'Unwillingness to accept God's "way of escape" from temptation frightens me what a rebel yet resides within.'
The people's court in Prague sentences six knights of the Order of St. Lazarus to terms of five to nine years in prison as part of an ongoing repression of religious orders by the Communist government of Czechoslovakia.
Death of Elmon Makwale Sekgobela, a pioneer worker in the opening of the Nazarene mission among the Tswana people in the Western Transvaal of South Africa, where he had experienced serious opposition.
© 1987-2020, William D. Blake. Portions used by permission of the author, from "Almanac of the Christian Church"