Saturday, October 27, 2007

Protestants celebrate their heritage, the Reformation
Millions of worshipers worldwide will commemorate Martin Luther's challenge to papal authority with his 95 theses.

By K. Connie Kang, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 27, 2007

On Sunday, about 70 million Lutherans around the world, joined by Christians of many Protestant denominations, will commemorate the Reformation.

This liturgical festival, marking Martin Luther's 16th century challenge to papal authority by nailing 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, inspired the Protestant Reformation that changed the course of Western civilization.

Luther's theses, challenging certain practices and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, ultimately led to the division of Europe into two camps and triggered religious wars that lasted decades.
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