Newspaper article The Canadian Press

This Week in Religion History - July 22-28

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

This Week in Religion History - July 22-28

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This week in religion history - July 22-28

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July 22

In 1620, a small congregation of English Separatists, led by John Robinson, began their emigration to the New World. Today, this historic group of religious refugees has come to be known as the Pilgrims.

In 1847, the Mormons founded Salt Lake City in Utah, where they built a settlement under the leadership of Brigham Young.

In 1968, a fire at the Basilica of St. Boniface, Man., destroyed priceless items of western Canadian history.

In 1979, Little Richard spoke to a revival meeting in San Francisco about the dangers of rock 'n' roll. ``If God can save an old homosexual like me,'' Richard said, ``he can save anybody.''

In 1981, Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca was sentenced to life imprisonment for his attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in May of this year. Agca was 23. In June 2000, Italy pardoned him and returned him to Turkey to serve a prison sentence for a killing. (He was released in January, 2010)

In 1998, Ontario Court struck down key elements of legislation giving the Ontario government virtual control over most aspects of education, saying it violated the constitutionally guaranteed right of Roman Catholics in Ontario to operate their own separate school system.

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July 23

In 1846, William Featherstone, a Canadian Methodist hymn writer, was born. He penned the words to ``My Jesus, I Love Thee'' before age 16.

In 1918, Joseph Gilmore, American Baptist clergyman, died at age 84. He is remembered today primarily for the hymn, ``He Leadeth Me,'' which he wrote at age 28.

In 1992, Naamah Kelman became the first woman rabbi at an ordination ceremony in Jerusalem.

In 2002, the Pope John Paul II arrived in Toronto for the World Youth Day festival.

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July 24

In 1216, Cencio Savelli was consecrated Pope Honorius III. During his 11-year pontificate, he confirmed two well-known religious orders: the Dominicans in 1216 and the Franciscans in 1223.

In 1725, John Newton, an English slave ship's captain, was born. He was converted to Christianity at age 22, and entered the Anglican ministry. Newton is remembered today as the author of several the hymn ``Amazing Grace.''

In 1918, on Mount Scopus in Jerusalem, the cornerstone for Hebrew University was laid by Dr. Chaim Weizmann. Weizmann was later elected the first president of the modern state of Israel.

In 2009, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled 4-3 that a Hutterite community in Alberta must abide by provincial rules that make a digital photo mandatory for all new driver's licences as a way to prevent identity theft. The court rejected the claim by the Hutterian Brethren of Wilson Colony that the regulation requiring photographs on licences breached their charter of right to freedom of religion.

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July 25

In 325, the Council of Nicea closed. Regarded as the first ecumenical council, its 300 attending bishops drafted the Nicene Creed and fixed the formula for Easter Sunday.

In 1593, the Protestant king of France, Henry IV, converted to Roman Catholicism.

In 1845, Canadian-born Roman Catholic missionary Francois Blanchet was consecrated bishop of the U. …

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