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Rev. John Flynn

It Happened Today: John Flynn and Australia’s Flying Ambulance (1928)

A look at the minister behind Australia's flying ambulance service.

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Devotional (2016 church year): We Wait with Longing

Let us, then, hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we have a great High...

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The Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) signs an Act of Canonical Communion with the Moscow Patriarchate but retains its independent hierarchy, the only change being that when it elects a new First Hierarch, his election must be confirmed by the Patriarch of Moscow. In turn, ROCOR agrees to recognize the Patriarch of Moscow as the head of the entire Russian Orthodox Church.

Authority for the date:

Blech, Annalise. The Russian Orthodox Church: History and Influence. University of Texas at Austin, 2008.


Pope John Paul II beatifies Josephine Margaret Fortunata (ca. 1869 - 1947), who as a Sudanese slave had been nicknamed Bakhita, “the lucky one.” Sold again and again, she had experienced great cruelty until an Italian consul ransomed her. In Italy she had converted to Christianity and had joined the Canossian Sisters with whom she remained the rest of her life, gaining renown for her humility and holiness.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

The Hutu Father Michael Kayoya of Berundi, a small nation in eastern Africa, is executed. He is one of thousands executed in genoicidal murder. About one half of all Catholic catechists in Berundi will be killed. Authority for the date: Hastings, Adrian. History of African Christianity, 1950-1975. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000.

Roman Catholics try the Sattlers, an Anabaptists couple. Michael Sattler will be burned at the stake on the 20th of the month.

Authority for the date:

Dyck, Cornelius J. An Introduction to Mennonite history.  Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 1967