RELIGIOUS EVENTS IN HISTORY
On December 25, 800, the Frankish King Charlemagne was crowned the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire by Pope Leo III in Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In 799, Leo fled Rome after being assaulted and fled to Charlemagne in Paderborn, Germany.
In November 800, Charlemagne went to Rome to arbitrate the dispute between Leon and the supporters of the late Pope Adrian I. After being reinstated in his functions, Léon took the oath of innocence to Charlemagne on December 23. Two days later, during mass, Leon crowned Charlemagne “Imperator Romanorum” (“Emperor of the Romans”) as he knelt in front of the altar to pray.
In addition to restoring his authority, Leon created the “Emperor of the Romans” in response to the ineffective leadership of the Byzantine Empire (Eastern Roman Empire) in Constantinople. Charlemagne would become known as the “Father of Europe” after uniting most of Western Europe for the first time since the classical era of the Roman Empire.
CALENDAR OF RELIGIONS
December 21: Yule (Christian)
December 21: Yule – Litha (Wicca / Pagan)
December 23: Hanukkah (Jewish)
December 24: Christmas Eve (Christian)
December 25: Christmas (Christians)
December 26: Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) (Zoroastrian)
December 26: St. Stephen’s Day (Christian)
December 27: Saint John – Apostle and Evangelist (Christian)
December 28: Holy Innocents (Christians)
December 29: Holy Family (Christian Catholic)
December 31: watch the night (Christian)
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predestination: The belief that God predetermines whether people’s afterlife is to be spent in Heaven or Hell.
RELIGION IN THE WORLD
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Oman is:
– Muslim: 85.9%
– Christian: 6.5%
– Hindu: 5.5%
– Buddhist: 0.8%
– Jew: 0.1%
– Other: 1%
– Unaffiliated: 0.2%