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Pope Felix III

It Happened Today: Felix Faces Problems (483)

His attempt to extend Roman rule eastward led to a 35-year schism.

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Evening Rest

Devotional (2016 church year): Fifth Sunday in Lent (Passion Sunday) (1871)

And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself —John...

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Conclave elects Argentine-born Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be pope of the Roman Catholic Church, the first pope from the Americas. He takes the name Francis.

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Death of Yusuf Jatau, a popular radio preacher in the Hausa language and for fifty years a mission leader of the Nigerian Baptist Convention. He had extended Baptist work in the northern regions of the country, many times escaping death at the hands of enemies only through the grace of God.

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


The State of Tennessee passes House Bill No. 185, the “Butler Bill” prohibiting any teaching that contradicts the Genesis creation account. It will be signed by the governor on March 25th and will lead to the Scopes Monkey Trial the following July.

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Public Acts of the State of Tennesse.

Located on the Argentina-Chile border as a memorial to peace, the bronze Christ of the Andes statue is dedicated. Authority for the date: Maus, Cynthia Pearl. Christ and the Fine Arts. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1938.

Death of Robert William Dale who worked vigorously to improve health, housing, sanitation and living conditions in Birmingham, England. The clergyman had been an advocate of free public education, social improvement, the extension of the voting franchise, the recognition of trades unions, and understanding the links between poverty and crime.

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Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


At the Burg-theatre, Vienna, Mozart’s cantata Davidde Penitente receives its first performance. This is called a “half-mass” because its ten movements include a Kyrie and Gloria. The work had been commissioned by the committee of the society for the relief of the widows and orphans of musicians.

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Upton, George P. The Standard Cantatas. Chicago: A. C. McClurg and Co., 1888.


At the Battle of Jarnac, Marshal Gaspard de Tavannes defeats the Huguenots, whose leader, the prince de Condé, is killed in the aftermath.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Ruderic and Salomon are executed in Cordoba on the charge of apostatizing from Islam.

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Haines, Charles Reginald. Christianity and Islam in Spain.


Eighteen years after the death in exile of Patriarch  Nicephorus, who had defended the use of icons, Empress Theodora has his body brought back to Constantinople with great pomp.

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Pope Agapetus issues a synodical letter in which he announces he has deposed Anthimus, the monophysite patriarch of Constantinople. Emperor Justinian I appoints Menas patriarch of Constantinople in his place. Menas will be actively engaged in the issues of his day as an opponent of monophysitism and of Origen’s teachings, but will be largely subservient to the Roman popes.

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Betz, Hans Dieter, et al. Religion Past and Present.


Roman Emperor Marcian issues an edict against the Eutychians, whose teachings are seen to undermine Christ’s humanity and ability to stand in our place.

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Wace, Henry. A Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature...