March 16: Today in Christian History

March 16, 1072

Death of Adalbert, Archbishop of Bremen-Hamburg, and missionary to Scandanavia.

March 16, 1672

Patriarch Dositheos Notaras issues a confession of faith in conjunction with the Synod of Jerusalem. In it he rejects the Calvinistic interpretation of Orthodoxy developed decades earlier by Cyril Lucaris. Although couched as his own views, sixty eight bishops sign it with him.

March 16, 1823

Prince Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsf├╝rst, a faith healer, responds to a plea from a nun in England, who has suffered from swelling in one arm that doctors have been unable to remedy. The Prince directs her to make confession on 3 May (a Roman Catholic feast for St. James the Less) at eight o'clock in the morning, partake of the Sacrament, and offer up fervent prayers. He promises to pray at the same time. The nun’s pains will immediately leave when she follows his instructions, and she eventually recovers fully. The incident will become a case study in works about the miraculous.

March 16, 1865

As Bernard Petitjean, a Roman Catholic priest, opens the door of his church in Nagasaki, some hidden Christians reveal themselves quietly, saying their hearts are with his. The Kakure Kirishitan had suffered two hundred years of persecution for their faith but had also assimilated Buddhist myths with their scanty Christian knowledge.

March 16, 1889

Death in Menton, France, of Alfred Edersheim, a Jew who had converted to Christianity and written several books. He will be remembered for The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah (1883).

March 16, 1895

Death in Kentucky of John Albert Broadus, who had trained a generation of Southern Baptist preachers.

March 16, 1909

Death in Wales of Marianne Hearn, a Baptist teacher, author and hymnwriter. She will be remembered for the hymn “Just As I Am Thine Own to Be.”

March 16, 2005

Death in Nigeria of Lawrence Olanrewaju Cole Jayesimi, who overcame the disability of blindness to operate a business, obtain advanced degrees, pastor a Baptist church, and educate the blind.

March 16, 2013

Pope Francis exclaims, “How I would like a church which is poor and for the poor!”

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