March 19 in Christian History

Mar 19, 2009 11:03 AM EDT

1563 - The Edict of Amboise granted a limited amount of freedom to French Protestants, thereby ending the First Huguenot War.

1641 - A General Court ended which declared the Colony of Rhode Island a democracy. The Court also adopted a constitution granting religious freedom to all its citizens.

1937 - Pius XI declared in the encyclical "Divini redemptoris": 'There would be neither Socialism nor Communism today if the rulers of the nations had not scorned the teachings and material warnings of the Church.'

1944 - German Lutheran pastor and Nazi martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in a letter: 'We can have abundant life, even though many wishes remain unfulfilled.'

1987 - Jim Bakker, 48, stepped down as head of the PTL ministry amid disclosures of a 1980 sexual liaison with church secretary Jessica Hahn.

© 1987-2009, William D. Blake. Used by permission of the author, from

Almanac of the Christian Church