This week in Christian history: Tongan chief baptized, monastic reformer dies

Waltham Abbey
Waltham Abbey in the Epping Forest District of Essex, England |

Throughout the extensive history of the Church, there have been numerous events of lasting significance.

Each week brings anniversaries of impressive milestones, unforgettable tragedies, amazing triumphs, memorable births, notable deaths and everything in between.

Some of the events drawn from over 2,000 years of history might be familiar, while other happenings might be previously unknown by most people.

The following pages highlight events that happened this week in Christian history. They include the arrival of a British medical missionary to Canada, the baptism of a prominent Tongan chief, and the death of a Medieval monastic reformer.  

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