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We must worship in spirit and truth (1850)

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the F...

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521

(traditional date) Birth of Columba, who becomes an Irish monk, educator, bishop, and missionary. He will undertake evangelization in Scotland and Northern England, founding a monastery on the isle of Iona.

Authority for the date: Edmonds, Columba. “St. Columba.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908.

1254

Death of Pope Innocent IV. His reign had been marred by perpetual strife with German emperors, a bull allowing the Inquisition to use torture and anonymous denunciations, and pressure on French king Louis IX to undertake disastrous crusades.

Authority for the date: Brusher, Joseph. Popes Through the Ages. Neff-Kane, 1980.

1542

Emperor Charles V places a reward of one hundred gold guilders on the head of the peacable Anabaptist leader Menno Simon.

Authority for the date: Simons, Menno. Complete Writings of Menno Simons.

1562

Death of Roman Catholic composer Adrian Willaert, a founder of the Venetian school. He had composed masses, hymns, psalms, and motets of the highest caliber, developing an antiphonal style (that is, a style in which alternating groups respond to each other).

Authority for the date: Wikipedia

1821

Death of Pomare II, the Christian king of Tahiti.

Authority for the date: Haweis, H. R. Travel and talk, 1885-93-95. New York: Dodd, Mead, & Co., 1896.

1875

Five Franciscan nuns, exiled by the policies of Bismarck, drown in the wreck of the ship Deutschland off the coast of England during a storm. Gerard Manley Hopkins will write a celebrated poem about the event.

Authority for the date: http://www.franciscansisters-fcjm.org/index.php? option=com_content&view=article&id=55&Itemid=6&lang=en

1965

A joint Catholic-Orthodox declaration from Pope Paul VI and the Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I lifts the mutual excommunications that Catholics and Orthodox had placed on each other in 1054 at the start of the great East-West Schism.

Authority for the date: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Eastern_Orthodox_Christian_theology.

1990

Pakistani authorities arrest Tahir Iqbal, a Christian paraplegic, declaring he had insulted Mohammed by underlining passages and making margin notes in a copy of a Koran. He died in prison, having declared, “I will kiss my rope, but I will never deny my faith.”

Authority for the date: Foxe, John and Harold J. Chadwick. The New Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. Gainesville, FL: Bridge-Logos, 2001.

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