Historical Writings

Today in Christian History

Friday, May 1

1501
In his encyclical "Ad ea quae circa decorem," Pope Alexander VI sanctioned the Minim Friars, a religious order founded by Francis of Paola (1416-1507) in 1435.
1532
Arrest of Maria Cazzala in Toledo, Spain, accused of Lutheranism. Her trial will drag on for years and include torture.
1727
Death in Paris of Francois de Paris, a saintly Jansenist. Extraordinary miracles will occur at his tomb. Louis Basile Carré de Montgeron, a Conseiller au Parlement, who was originally a skeptic, will fill three volumes of claims with certified proofs of the miracles.
1740
English revivalist George Whitefield wrote in his journal: 'Lord, show that Thou dost love me, by humbling and keeping me humble as long as I live. The means I leave to Thee.'
1845
At a convention in Louisville, KY, the Methodist Episcopal Church, South was organized as a new denomination, separate from its parent, the Methodist Episcopal Church.
1933
The first issue of "The Catholic Worker" was published. Founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, the monthly newspaper promoted social reconstruction through shared farming and housing for the urban poor.
1939
Theodore Epp launches the "Back to the Bible Broadcast" in Lincoln, Nebraska.
1942
Archbishop Edward Mooney, the new leader of the Catholic Church in Detroit, instructs Father Charles Coughlin to cease all non-pastoral activities on pain of being defrocked. Coughlin, a popular radio broadcaster and an ardent supporter of Roosevelt and the New Deal, had increasingly sided with German socialism (Nazism) and attacked Jews and Communists in his radio broadcasts.
1955
Baptism of Esperan
1992
A mob of several hundred Muslims rushes the Assembly of God Church at Imbaba, a poor section of Cairo, after attending Friday prayer at the mosque.

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