Religious events in history

On March 12, 1088, the man who would proclaim the first Crusade to recapture the Holy Land from Islamic expansion is elected as pope. Born Otho de Lagery, the native of France took the name Urban II after being elected to the papacy. Though originally having trouble taking office because of Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV supporting Clement III, Urban became best known for initiating the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont in 1095.

He called for a military expedition to aid the Byzantine Empire after it had lost most of Anatolia to the Seljuq Turks. The Crusaders went on to recapture Anatolia and conquer the Holy Land, which had fallen to Islamic expansion in the seventh century. Urban also is credited with setting up the modern day Roman Curia (the administrative institutions of the Holy See) in the manner of a royal ecclesiastical court to run the Church.

 

Religion Calendar

March 19: Ostara (Pagan and Wicca)

March 19: Feast of St. Joseph (Roman Catholic)

March 20: Naw Ruz (Baha'i/Zoroastrain)

March 22: Lailat al Miraj (Islam)

March 25: The Annunciation (Christian)

April 6: Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

April 8: Buddha's birth (Buddhist)

April 12: Easter (Christian)

April 13: Vaisakhi (Hindu)

April 19: Feast of Divine Mercy (Roman Catholic)

April 19: Ascension Day (Coptic Orthodox Christian)

April 24: Ramadan (Islamic)

 

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The Word

bar mitzvah: Means "son of commandment" in Hebrew and Aramaic. A milestone in Judaism in which a person is no longer a child in the eyes of Jewish law and is now responsible for his or her own actions spiritually, ethically and morally. - ReligionStylebook.com

 

Religion Around the World

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

- Christian: 85.5%

- Muslim: 10.9%

- Other: 1.8%

- None: 1.6%

- No answer: 0.2%

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