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Berquin released by John de la Barre

It Happened Today: Louis de Berquin Rejected a Compromise (1529)

He preferred death to approving the condemnation of truth, even by silence.

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Crumbs from the King's Table

Devotional (2016 church year): Would You Rob God? (1888)

You shall not steal —Exodus 20:15.

If we keep what does not belong to us and...

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2005

Burial of Daniel OyeLakin Ige, an influential member of Nigeria’s Christ Apostolic Church. His devotion had won his family to Christ. Because he lacked much education, he used his practical skills to roof hundreds of buildings for his church and started an organization to minister to the needy.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

1986

Six hundred police attack a crowd of Coptic Christians who are standing outside Saint Demiana Coptic Church, injuring some women and children. Afterward, the Egyptian government refuses to allow Copts to stand outside of the church.

Authority for the date:

Bistawros, Baheg T. Coptic Christians of Egypt Today Under Threat of Annihilation.

1970

Repose (death) of Orthodox elder Amphilochios Makris, an ascetic, founder of a women’s monastery at Patmos, and founder of services for orphans and pregnant women.

Authority for the date:

http://orthodoxwiki.org/Amphilochios_%28Makris%29_of_Patmos

1951
Assembly of God missionary Frank Isensee perishes in an accident trying to carry the Gospel to a Peruvian city. Authority for the date: Assemblies of God. Heroes of the Faith. Assemblies of God, 1980.
1944
Dorothy Ahleman feels a call to missions at an evening missions service on the campus of Olivet Nazarene College. She will go to Argentina where she will serve for thirty-seven years. Authority for the date: ” On this Date in Missions History” http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/april.htm
1796

Death of Molly Brant (Konwatsi’tsiaienni), an influential Mohawk woman,  who, because of her Christian faith and her loyalty to Great Britain, will be commemorated in the Anglican Church calendar.

Authority for the date:

https://www.geni.com/people/Konwatsiasiaienni-Molly/6000000003252205236

1118

[date possible but not certain] Murder of Magnus of Orkney, whose cousin breaks an agreement to meet with just two boats of men by bringing his whole army. In order to prevent civil war, Magnus allows himself to be killed. The islanders will claim all sorts of miracles at his tomb and he will be declared a saint.

Authority for the date:

http://orkneyjar.com/history/stmagnus/magnus6.htm

556

Pelagius I has a stormy ordination as pope, owing to suspicion his predecessor Vigilius died as a result of foul play and he might have been involved. Pelagius had referred to Vigilius as a turncoat for flip-flopping on the issue of the Three Chapters, which were regarded as a concession to the monophysite heresy.

Authority for the date:

Hayward, Fernand. History of the Popes. Translated from the French by Monks of St. Augustine’s Abbey, Ramsgat

304
The Christians of Saragossa, Spain, undergo severe persecution as troops of the Roman prefect Dacian kill eighteen men. Others who die around this time are Encratis, a woman who reproached Dacian to his face, for which he ordered tortures so severe that her liver was pulled part way out of her chest. During persecution that same year, all Christians are ordered out of the city. As they arrive at the city gates, Dacian’s troops slaughter every one. Authority for the date: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=4939