This week in Christian history: Joan of Arc, Martin Luther, Confederate chaplains

Martin Luther
Portrait of Martin Luther, the founder of the Protestant Reformation, by Lucas Cranach the Elder in 1528. |

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, April 28 to May 4, in Church history. They include Joan of Arc relieving the garrison at Orleans, France, Martin Luther celebrates his first mass as an ordained priest, and the Confederate States of America approving a bill to appoint chaplains for their armed forces.

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