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This week in Christian history: John Wesley survives fire, pope elected, missionary born

A 19th century painting by H.P. Parker depicting the 1709 parsonage fire in which future Methodism founder John Wesley was rescued, along with his siblings and parents.
A 19th century painting by H.P. Parker depicting the 1709 parsonage fire in which future Methodism founder John Wesley was rescued, along with his siblings and parents. | Public Domain

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 and notable deaths.

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

The following pages highlight anniversaries of memorable events that occurred this week in Christian history. They include the birth of a German missionary, Methodism founder John Wesley being rescued from a fire, and the election of Pope Clement IV.

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