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“Know then that God rules the world through secondary causes, and the righteous prince or the good priest is merely an instrument in the Lord s hands f...”

Quoted in Villari, Pasquale. Life and Times of Girolamo Savonarola. New York: Scribner and Welford, 1888. (Spelling modernized.)


He Desired a Healing Touch (1899)

They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover, Mark 16:18. … It is not knowledge that the world needs....



Philip IV “the Fair” of France publically burns Pope Boniface VIII’s bull Ausculta Fili which calls on him to mend his ways. The pope and king have been bitter foes.

Authority for the date: Durant, Will and Ariel. The Age of Faith. (The Story of Civilization.)


Tomas de Torquemada, whose name will go down in infamy, is appointed Grand Inquisitor of all Spain.

Authority for the date: Kamen, Henry. The Spanish Inquisition.


Luther’s books are burned at St. Paul’s, London; and Thomas Bilney is forced to abjure his mildly reformist views.

Authority for the date: Daniell, David. William Tyndale. Yale University Press, 2001.


[or 13th] William Wadé Harris desecrates the Liberian flag and plants a British flag in Liberia, hoping his Grebos compatriots can become a British protectorate. Instead Liberian authorities imprison him for treason. While serving his sentence, he claims to receive a vision from Gabriel and will become an evangelist and miracle worker in the Ivory Coast and the Gold Coast, convincing tens of thousands to burn their fetishes and receive baptism in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Authority for the date: Haliburton, The Prophet Harris.


Repose (death) of Archbishop Simon of Shanghai and Beijing. Under his leadership, the Orthodox mission in China had experienced significant growth.

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Death in Ecuador of Guiquita Waewae, one of the killers of Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian. He had become a Christian and led his people to leave their violent lifestyle.

Authority for the date: The Family Journal.

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