On July 11, 1533, England’s King Henry VIII is excommunicated by Pope Clement VIII for remarrying after his divorce from Catherine of Aragon. By the late 1520s, Henry wanted to have his marriage to Catherine annulled after the couple was unable to produce a male heir to the throne. Henry claimed that this lack of a male heir was because his marriage was “blighted in the eyes of God.” Henry asked Pope Clement to annul the marriage in 1527, but Clement refused, citing the Catholic teaching that a validly contracted marriage was indivisible until death and a marriage couldn’t be annulled on the basis of an impediment previously dispensed. Henry went on to marry Anne Boleyn and in 1534, he led the English Parliament to pass the Act of Supremacy, which established the independent Church of England.

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July 10: Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)

July 23: Birthday of Haile Selassie (Rastafarian)

July 24: Pioneer Day (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)

July 28: The Hajj (Islamic)

July 29: Tisha B’Av (Jewish)

July 30: Eid al-Adha (Islamic)

Aug. 1: Lughnasadh (Pagan and Wiccan)

Aug. 15: Feast of the Assumption (Roman Catholic)

Aug. 16: Paryushana (Jain)

Aug. 19: Islamic New Year (Islamic)


“MOVE: An American Religion” by Richard Kent Evans

What is a religion? That is the question that Richard Kent Evans attempts to answer in this book. He does so through the story of MOVE, a little-known group with a fascinating story.

- Oxford University Press


Rapture: In Christian eschatology, a term used to describe the sudden transportation of true Christians into heaven before other events associated with the end of the world take place.



According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Romania is:

- Eastern Orthodox: 81.9%

- Protestant: 6.4%

- Roman Catholic: 4.3%

- Other: 0.9%

- None or atheist: 0.2%

- Unspecified: 6.3%

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