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, Feb. 11-17, in church history. They include the death of a famous hymnist and a treaty that officially recognized Vatican City.
Fanny Crosby Dies - February 12, 1915
This week marks the anniversary of the death of prolific blind hymn writer Frances Jane Crosby, the mind behind such sacred songs as "Blessed Assurance," "To God be the Glory," "Near the Cross," and "Pass me not, O Gentle Savior."
Born in 1820, Crosby lost her sight as a child due to an infection and improper medical treatments. Despite her blindness, she became a notable writer of many hymn texts.
According to the 2005 Encyclopedia of Protestantism, Crosby authored an estimated 8,000 hymns during her lifetime, set to popular music and many under different pseudonyms.
In addition to sacred music, she also had poetry published, with her first printed work being released in 1844 and titled "A Blind Girl And Other Poems."
Italy Recognizes Vatican City as Sovereign State - February 11, 1929
This week marks the anniversary of when the modern nation of Italy officially recognized Vatican City as a sovereign state in an agreement known as the Lateran Treaty.
Also called the Lateran Pact of 1929, the treaty resolved a decades-long dispute over the independence of the pope amid the annexation of Rome by the Kingdom of Italy in 1870.
The treaty was brokered between then head of state and prime minister Benito Mussolini and papal secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Gasparri.
"Italy recognizes the full ownership and the exclusive and absolute power and jurisdiction of the Holy See over the Vatican as it is presently constituted, together with all its appurtenances and endowments, creating in this manner Vatican City for the special purposes and under the conditions given in this Treaty," read the treaty in part.
"The sovereignty and exclusive jurisdiction over Vatican City which Italy recognizes as pertaining to the Holy See means that within the same City there cannot be any interference on the part of the Italian Government and that there is no other authority there than that of the Holy See."