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It Happened Today: First Franciscans in England (1224)

They woke to find they were locked in and surrounded by suspicious English farmers.

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Thoughts of Christ for Every Day of the Year

Devotional (2016 church year): Count on nothing but Christ

This very night your life will be demanded from you —Luke 12:20 (NIV).

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Burial of Joseph Adegbola Ishola Adekunle who had been a leader in Nigerian Baptist churches.

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

Kornelius Isaak, a Mennonite missionary, is wounded in Paraguay by a Morro Indian arrow, and dies the next day. Authority for the date: Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online

Death of Burnett Hillman Streeter, biblical scholar. His 1924 book The Four Gospels: A Study of Origins, had argued that differences between Matthew, Mark, Luke and John show there were four written sources behind the four gospels. Although his conclusions were not widely accepted, his thorough research had become a major resource for Bible scholars.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Romania’s first Pentecostal congregation opens.

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The Communists execute the Orthodox priest Nicholas Ponomarev in Verkhoturye by shooting him.

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


Death in Red Bank, New Jersey, of Alexander Crummell, an African-American priest of the Episcopal Church who labored all his life to obtain equality for African Americans. He will be remembered in the Episcopal Church calendar.

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Patrick Augustine Feehan is appointed first Catholic archbishop of Chicago.

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Carlo Spinola, an Italian Jesuit, is roasted alive for his faith at Nagasaki.

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Boxer, C. R. Christian Century in Japan. University of California Press, 1967.


Death of Lady Godgifu (Godiva) Buckingham, an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman and Christian, known for founding several monasteries. She had allegedly ridden through town naked (after requesting her people to close their doors and cover their windows) because it was the only way her husband would agree to relieve oppressive taxes on his people.

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