By P. G. Maxwell-Stuart

"A convenient reference paintings stunningly illustrated."—National Catholic ReporterFor approximately thousand years the popes haven't in simple terms formed the process one of many world's nice religions yet have additionally performed a part—sometimes a dominant part—in the background of Europe. Martyrs, priests, noblemen, Franciscans, Dominicans, hermits, or even unordained laymen have occupied the throne of St. Peter. This ebook recounts the lives and deeds of the popes from Peter to John Paul II.With timelines, datafiles, quotations, and copious illustrations, Chronicle of the Popes is a necessary reference e-book and a resource of discovery and notion approximately one of many richest and so much assorted associations on the earth. 317 illustrations, 112 in colour

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Africans were brought as slaves within a decade, and St. Thomas became a busy slave market as well as a colony of Danish Lutherans. The population, however, included a wider range of nationalities and churches. Notable among them were German Moravians, whose mission work among the Africans challenged the Lutherans to alter their methods and give greater autonomy to the African members. Long before the 1917 transfer of the Virgin Islands to the United States, the majority of Lutherans there were African Americans.

This story about adaptation and internal variety plays out on several fronts— worship, leadership, governance, and ministries are among them. Each of these receives attention in the chapters that follow. We trace American Lutherans' transition from being the recipients of European missionaries, to self-sufficiency, to providing leadership in the global Lutheran community and anticipating a more mutual partnership role. Part of the transition was the organization of patterns of governance for congregations, regional synods, general bodies, and cooperative agencies as well as for parachurch groups.

However, sustained Lutheran efforts did not begin until after the Moravians had been active for a decade. Moravians were prompted to undertake evangelization of Africans in the Danish Virgin Islands by the witness of Anton Ulrich, a baptized slave who traveled to Denmark in the party of the president of the Danish West India Company early in the 1730s for the king's coronation. There Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf met him, heard his plea on behalf of his fellow slaves, and was inspired to launch the Moravians' first foreign mission in the Virgin Islands.

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