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This week in Christian history: Shahbaz Bhatti martyred, Methodist hymnwriter born

A Pakistani Christian woman lights candles in front of a picture of slain Christian minister Shahbaz Bhatti at The Heart Cathedral Church in Lahore on March 6, 2011. Bhatti, who was an outspoken campaigner against Pakistan's Islamic blasphemy laws, died in a hail of bullets on March 2, as he left his mother's home in the Pakistani capital Islamabad. | AFP via Getty Images/Arif Ali

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 by most people.

The following pages highlight anniversaries of memorable events that occurred this week in Christian history. They include the birth of a Methodist hymnwriter, Bob Jones University regaining its tax-exempt status, and a Pakistani Christian state official being killed for his faith.

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