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Thomas à Kempis

It Happened Today: Death of Thomas à Kempis (1471)

He transcribed the Bible four times and wrote a devotional classic.

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First Thoughts

Devotional (2016 church year): God calls us to various labors (1874)

You will indeed drink my cup — Matthew 20:23 (Berean Bible Study).

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In the encyclical Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) Pope Paul VI restates the Roman Catholic Church’s opposition to artificial birth control.

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The Soviets arrest the Orthodox priest Peter Gavrilovich Tsetayev in Kurgan province. They will sentence him to three years’ imprisonment in keeping with their anti-Christian policies.

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


Death of Walter Rauschenbusch, famed theologian of the social gospel

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Henry IV of France renounces Protestantism and adopts Catholicism in the Church of St. Denis, Paris.

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Catholic Encyclopedia.


Philip becomes Metropolitan of Moscow, chosen by Tsar Ivan IV “the Terrible,” who will have him strangled three years later because of his bold stands against the Tsar’s blasphemies and cruelties.

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Death of St. Olympias, a friend of the notable preacher and martyr John Chrysostom. Authority for the date: New Catholic Encyclopedia.