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This week in Christian history: Anabaptists form, Soviet Union, Oxford Movement ends

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People are praying during a mass baptism at Pirates Cove Beach in Newport Beach, California on Sept. 8, 2018. The mass baptism was organized by Greg Laurie's Harvest Christian Fellowship. |

Christianity is a faith with a long and detailed history, with numerous events of lasting significance occurring throughout the ages.

Each week brings the anniversaries of great milestones, horrid tragedies, amazing triumphs, telling tribulations, inspirational progress, and everything in between.

Here are just a few things that happened this week, Jan. 20-26, in Church history. They include the Soviet Union confiscating church properties, John Henry Newman issuing a controversial opinion tract, and the founding of the Anabaptist movement.

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