October 11: Today in Christian History

October 11: Today in Christian History

October 11, 1424

Death in Bohemia of John Ziska, a military genius. He dies of plague after defeating several armies that tried to suppress the Bohemian reformation begun by the martyr Jan Hus.

October 11, 1521

Leo X confers the title “Defender of the Faith” on England’s Henry VIII for his stand against Luther. After Henry’s break with Rome, Pope Paul III will revoke the title.

October 11, 1531

Death of Swiss reformer Ulrich Zwingli in the Battle of Kappel.

October 11, 1718

Dedication of New Jerusalem Church in Tranquebar, India.

October 11, 1752

Death in Benham, Berkshire, England, of Thomas Stackhouse, biblical writer. His main work was a biblical history that addressed many objections by skeptics.

October 11, 1841

Repose (death) of Leonid of Optina, a monastic leader who had introduced a controversial system of eldership to his monastery.

October 11, 1920

Death of Archdeacon of the Yukon Hudson Stuck, an Episcopal priest who had explored in Alaska and climbed Denali (aka Mt. McKinley).

October 11, 1962

The first session of the Second Vatican Council opens. It will transform the way the Catholic church relates to other Christian denominations.

October 11, 2002 

The Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) reported that their missionaries are safe amid Cote d'Ivoire fighting in a military uprising that began there Sept. 19.

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