RELIGIOUS EVENTS IN HISTORY


On May 5, 1816, the American Bible Society (ABS) is founded in New York City by a number of prominent Protestants to distribute the Bible around the world. Distributing translations of the Protestant Christian version of the Bible, the ABS provided the first Bible in hotels and the first pocket Bibles for soldiers during the American Civil War.


The first ABS president was Elias Boudinot, who was the President of the Continental Congress from 1782-83. The ABS also provides study aids and other tools to help people engage with the Bible.


RELIGION CALENDAR


April 30: Beltaine begins (Pagan/Wiccan)


May 7: Vesak (Buddhist)


May 21: Ascension Day (Christian)


May 23: Declaration of the Bab (Baha'i)


May 23: Eid al-Fitr (Islam)


May 29: Shavout (Jewish)


June 7: Trinity Sunday (Christian)


June 11: Feast of Corpus Christi (Roman Catholic)


June 14: Race Unity Day (Baha'i)


June 14: All Saints Day (Eastern Orthodox Christian)


GOOD BOOK?


"Called Out: Why I Traded Two Dream Jobs for a Life of True Calling" by Paula Faris


"Called Out" is a deeply personal book from Paula Faris, the beloved on-air reporter for ABC News and former co-host of "The View." She shares her journey through conquering fears that nearly kept her from the high-profile, high-stakes world of broadcast journalism, and then the dangers when that world threatened to consume her.


— Bethany House Publishers


THE WORD


fatwa: Pronounced "FAHT-wah." A ruling, or legal opinion, on Islamic law issued by an Islamic scholar.


— ReligionStylebook.com


RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD


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


— Protestant: 45%


— Hindu: 27.9%


— Other Christian: 10.4%


— Roman Catholic: 9.1%


— Muslim: 6.3%


— Sikh: 0.3%


— Other: 0.3%


— None: 0.8%