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It Happened Today: Anskar, Apostle of the North (801)

He sought long-term educational solutions for the conversion of the Norsemen.

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Crumbs from the King's Table

Devotional (2016 church year): Raise your children wisely (1888)

A foolish son is a sorrow to his mother — Proverbs 10:1.

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Shanghai’s Bishop Ignatius Kung, forty priests, and three hundred lay leaders in the Chinese church are arrested over the course of two days.

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Hutten, Kurt. Iron Curtain Christians. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1967.


C. S. Lewis appears on the cover of Time magazine.

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The Russian Orthodox Church convenes a council that elects Sergius as Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus’. Because of Communist suppression, the church had been without a patriarch for many years. Needing church support because of the war with Hitler, Stalin had authorized the council, which will also reopen seminaries.

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Pope Pius X announces that modernism is heresy. Authority for the date:

Thérèse of Lisieux pronounces her vows to become a Carmelite nun.

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Lutheran missionary Johann Philipp Fabricius arrives in India where he will work among the Tamil people, revising the Tamil Bible and publishing a hymnbook. Authority for the date:
Massachusetts Puritans found Harvard College, America’s first institution of higher education, just six years after arriving from England. Named for donor John Harvard, the college is intended to train ministers. Authority for the date: