RELIGIOUS EVENTS IN HISTORY
On April 11, 1506, construction on what is known today as St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome begins as Pope Julius II lays the foundation for the world’s largest church. Regarded as one of the holiest shrines for the Roman Catholic Church, tradition holds that the Basilica is the burial site of Saint Peter, who was a chief Apostle of Jesus and also the first Bishop of Rome. To fund the building of the Basilica, indulgences were sold in return for contributions. This method drew criticism from Protestant reformers and led to Martin Luther write “Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” which became to be known as “The 95 Theses.” Construction on the Basilica was completed in 1626.
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RELIGION CALENDAR
April 8: Yom HaShoah (Jewish)
April 13: Hindi New Year (Hindu)
April 13-21: Ramayana (Hindu)
April 13: Ramadan begins (Islam)
April 14: Baisakhi (Sikh)
April 15: Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Jewish)
April 16: First Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)
April 21: Ramanavami (Hindu)
April 23: St. George’s Day (Christian)
April 24: Lazarus Saturday (Orthodox Christian)
April 25: Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
April 27: Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
April 27: Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)
April 30: Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian)
April 30: Lag B’Omer (Jewish)

GOOD BOOK?
“The Truth at the Heart of the Lie: How the Catholic Church Lost Its Soul” by James Carroll
James Carroll weaves together the story of his quest to understand his personal beliefs and his relationship to the Catholic Church with the history of the Church itself. From his first awakening of faith as a boy to his gradual disillusionment as a Catholic, Carroll offers a razor-sharp examination both of himself and of how the Church became an institution that places power and dominance over people through an all-male clergy.
- Random House

THE WORD
Mabon: The pagan celebration of the autumnal equinox.
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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Latvia is:
- Lutheran: 36.2%
- Roman Catholic: 19.5%
- Orthodox: 19.1%
- Other Christian: 1.6%
- Other: 0.1%
- Unspecified: 23.5%
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