This week in Christian history: ‘Earthquake Synod,’ Edict of Worms issued, Italian preacher executed

Padraic Delany as Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms in 1517. Scene from the 2017 PBS docudrama "Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed The World." | Courtesy of Jake Thomas

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 to most people.

The following pages highlight anniversaries of memorable events that occurred this week in Christian history. They include the Edict of Worms, the "Earthquake Synod," and the execution of an influential Italian preacher.

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