On March 3, 1547, The Roman Catholic church defines its theology of the sacraments at the Seventh Session of the Council of Trent. During the session, church officials argued that seven sacraments were necessary for salvation - Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Orders and Matrimony. The Council of Trent, held between 1545 and 1563 and met for 25 total sessions, was prompted by the Protestant Reformation. The council rejected the teaching of Protestants that only two sacraments were required for salvation - Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

 

RELIGION CALENDAR

March 1: St. David of Wales (Christian)

March 2: Nineteen Day Fast (Baha’i)

March 3: Holi (Hindu)

 

GOOD BOOK?

“From Fire, By Water: My Journey to the Catholic Faith” by Sohrab Ahmadi

Sohrab Ahmari was a teenager living under the Iranian ayatollahs when he decided that there is no God. Nearly two decades later, he would be received into the Roman Catholic Church. In “From Fire, by Water,” he recounts this unlikely passage, from the strident Marxism and atheism of a youth misspent on both sides of the Atlantic to a moral and spiritual awakening prompted by the Mass. At once a young intellectual’s finely crafted self-portrait and a life story at the intersection of the great ideas and events of our time, the book marks the debut of a compelling new Catholic voice.

 

THE WORD

haraam: Pronounced “ha-RAHM.” In Arabic, something that is forbidden or prohibited in Islam.

 

RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

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

- Roman Catholic: 75.4 percent

- Pentecostal: 6.6 percent

- Protestant: 3.2 percent

- Adventist: 3 percent

- Jehovah’s Witness: 2 percent

- Evangelical: 1.9 percent

- Other: 3.8 percent

- None: 6 percent

- Unspecified: 0.6 percent