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Peter Palladius

It Happened Today: Palladius Sided with the Reformation (1560)

King Christian III appointed Palladius as bishop of Zealand, the most influential diocese in Denmark.

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Morning Dew

Devotional (2016 church year): Get humility

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth . Matthew 5:5.


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Peter Vashchenko and several other Russian Christians, desperate after years of mistreatment, which included having their children sent to juvenile homes to live with unmanageable delinquents, overwhelm the policeman at the gates of the American embassy in Moscow and enter, seeking asylum in the West. Their complicated story will cover three decades.

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Pollock, John. The Siberian Seven. Waco Texas: Word, 1979.


African zealots who insist on female circumcision murder elderly missionary Hilda Stumpf of the Africa Inland Mission (who opposed the practice) and multilate her body.

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Temu, A. J. British Protestant Missions. Prentice Hall Press, 1973.


Soviets sentence several nuns to exile in the north: Theodora, Anna, Darya, Anysia, and Agrippina. They will not be heard from again.

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Moss, Vladimir. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia.


Fray Luis (Dr. Walter Montaño), having fled a Dominican monastery, kneels in prayer beside Protestant missionary Charles A. Patton, and yields himself to Christ as Savior. Montaño will become a well-known Protestant evangelist throughout Latin America.

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Pearson, B. H. The Monk Who Lived Again. Los Angeles, California: Cowman Publications, 1948.


Death of Annie Sherwood Hawks, Baptist hymnwriter, best known for the hymn “I need thee every hour.”

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Shogunate warriors defeat Christian and peasant rebels who retreat to Shimabara where they capture the fortress at Hara. After the rebellion is put down, Christianity will be outlawed in Japan.

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Pope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther in the bull Decet Romanum Pontificum for having challenged practices of the Roman Catholic Church and refusing to recant as required in Exsurge Domine, an earlier bull.

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Standard encyclopedias.