Newspaper article The Canadian Press

This Week in Religion History - Oct. 7-13

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

This Week in Religion History - Oct. 7-13

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This week in religion history - Oct. 7-13


Oct. 7

In 1832, Charles Converse, American lawyer and sacred composer, was born. He penned the hymn tune for What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

In 1931, Desmond Tutu was born. The Anglican church leader in South Africa won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his work fighting apartheid.

In 2011, archaeologists said they discovered the ruins of what was believed to be Peru's oldest Roman Catholic church. It was located outside the northern coastal city of Piura and was built in 1534 but its mud walls deteriorated over time as Spanish conquistadors abandoned the area.


Oct. 8

In 1996, Pope John Paul II underwent a successful operation to remove his inflamed appendix.

In 2001, Pope John Paul II beatified Montreal nun Emilie Tavernier Gamelin at a ceremony at the Vatican. She founded Montreal's Sisters of Providence religious community in 1843.

In 2011, Scott Anderson, who resigned from his Presbyterian ministry in California in 1990 after telling his congregation that he was gay, was welcomed back into the church leadership as its first openly gay ordained minister at a ceremony at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison, Wis.


Oct. 9

In 1668, Canada's first institution of higher education, The Quebec Seminary, later called Laval University, was founded by Bishop Francois de Laval.

In 1845, cofounder of the Oxford Movement in England, churchman John Henry Newman, made his celebrated conversion from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism. From 1845-1862, nearly 250 other English clergy followed Newman into the Roman Catholic faith.

In 1890, flamboyant evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson was born in Ingersoll, Ont. Raised by strict parents, the former Aimee Kennedy was married three times and had two children. She toured Canada, the United States, Britain and Australia and, with her highly dramatic presence on the pulpit, became one of the most publicized religious revivalists in the world. McPherson died of an accidental drug overdose in 1944.

In 1958, Pope Pius XII died. Pius was elevated to Pope in 1939, just before the start of the Second World War. Critics accuse him of turning a blind eye to the death of Jews during the Second World War. His defenders have said that any bolder public moves would only have angered the Axis powers, accelerating the extermination of Jews while endangering the Vatican.


Oct. 10

In 1582, the pious and learned Spanish Carmelite nun Teresa of Avila died in Alba de Tormes. After entering the Convent of the Incarnation of Avila in 1536, she went on to found 16 other convents of Discalced Carmelites between 1567 and 1582. She was canonized in 1622. Her order claimed descent from hermits who had lived on the holy mountain of Carmel in biblical times.

In 1710, Canada's first Anglican church service was held in Chebucto, N.S. …

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