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Nathan Söderblom

It Happened Today: Emergence of the World Council of Churches (1948)

The idea was to glorify God by restoring Christian unity.

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Devotional (2016 church year): Jesus recognizes potential (1999)

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do, he...

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Pope Paul VI becomes the first reigning pope to visit Latin America. Authority for the date: World Topic Year Book, 1969.

Repose (death) from dysentery of Saint Isaac (Antimonov), an elder of the monastery of Optina. Against the wishes of the monks, a bishop had placed him in charge of the monastery, but he overcame their opposition by humility and gentleness.

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Death of William P. Mackay, Scottish Presbyterian clergyman and author of the hymn “We Praise Thee, O God, for the Son of Thy Love.” After practicing medicine for a number of years, Mackay had abandoned his career and become ordained a pastor of the Prospect Street Presbyterian Church in Hull in 1868. Authority for the date:
Death of Richard Oastler. A champion of social reform, including factory laws in England, he had been fired from his job and imprisoned for debt. During his imprisonment he wrote the Fleet Papers, a weekly journal discussing factory conditions and poor laws. Eventually supporters had raised funds to pay his debt and he was freed. Authority for the date: Encyclopedia Americana.
Death of Indian convert and hymnwriter Krishna Pal. Authority for the date:

Isaac Backus is re-baptized, and will become a great Baptist leader of New England.

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McLoughlin, William Gerald. Isaac Backus and the American Pietistic Tradition, edited by Oscar Handlin.


After a four month march over the Alps and across Europe, the Duke of Alva and his forces arrive in Brussels to put down Dutch and Belgian revolt against the repressive Spanish government.

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Jeanne D’Albret, Queen of Navarre, calls for a conference of her beleaguered Huguenot ministers.

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Anderson, James. Ladies of the Reformation. London: Blackie and Sons, 1857.


Paul Craw (Pavel Kravar), Bohemian Hussite, is burned to death in Market Street before St. Andrews in Scotland, the first martyr so burned. A brass ball has been placed in his mouth so he cannot testify to the crowd.

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Paul Vysny. “A Hussite in Scotland” Scottish Historical Review.


Celtic missionary and abbot Columba confronts a monster at Loch Ness, becoming the first recorded observer of the creature. “At the voice of the saint, the monster was terrified,” writes his biographer, “and fled more quickly than if it had been pulled back with ropes.”

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Adomnan. Life of St. Columba. ca. 690.