January 27: Today in Christian History

January 27: Today in Christian History

January 27, 417

Pope Innocent I excommunicates Pelagius, writing, “We judge by the authority of Apostolic power that Pelagius and Celestius be deprived of ecclesiastical communion, until they return to the faith out of the snares of the devil....”

January 27, 537

Byzantine Emperor Justinian dedicates the magnificent Church of Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom) in Constantinople.

January 27, 1343

Clement VI issues the bull Unigenitus. It officially ratifies the belief that indulgences owe their potency to the pope’s dispensation of the accumulated merits of the Church.

January 27, 1540

Death at Brescia, Italy, of Angela Merici, who had founded the Order of the Ursulines for the religious training of young girls. In due course (1807), Pope Pius VII will declare her a saint.

January 27, 1852

Death of Finnish lutheran lay evangelist Paavo Henrik Ruotsalainen. He had been transformed by the words of a blacksmith who told him he needed Christ’s life in him.


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