Apr. 4 in Christian History

Apr 04, 2012 02:12 PM EDT

1507 - Future German reformer Martin Luther, at age 21, was ordained a priest in the Roman Catholic church.


1541 - Spanish ecclesiastic reformer and mystic Ignatius Loyola, 50, was elected the first General of the Jesuit Order, which he had helped establish the previous year.


1687 - James II issued a Declaration of Indulgence allowing full liberty of worship in England. The document allowed peaceable meetings of nonconformists and forgave all penalties for ecclesiastical offenses.


1944 - German Holocaust victim Anne Frank, 14, wrote in her diary: 'I want to go on living even after my death! And therefore I am grateful to God for giving me this gift...of expressing all that is in me.'


1965 - German theologian Jurgen Moltmann revealed in a letter to Karl Barth: 'Polemics always makes one a little one-sided.'


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Almanac of the Christian Church

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