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Persecution brought out the best and worst in the early Christians.
Aged bishop of Smyrna
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Perpetua, Felicity, and Polycarp can teach ordinary Christians about living each day as a witness to grace.
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October 14, 1066: William the Conqueror leads the Normans to victory over the English Saxons in the Battle of Hastings. William’s also had great religious impact. He spent significant effort combatting paganism and bringing English Christianity into stricter conformity with Rome (in part by outlawing English Bibles and liturgy), which lasted through the English Reformation. He spent his last days in intense Christian devotion.

October 14, 1633: James II of England, whose conversion to Catholicism ...

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