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This week in Christian history: CS Lewis marries, Ratzinger becomes pope

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Throughout the extensive history of the Church, there have been numerous events of lasting significance.

Each week brings anniversaries of impressive milestones, unforgettable tragedies, amazing triumphs, memorable births, notable deaths and everything in between.

Some of the events drawn from over 2,000 years of history might be familiar, while other happenings might be previously unknown by most people.

The following pages highlight anniversaries of memorable events that occurred this week — April 17-23 — in Christian history. They include the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as pope, the marriage of C.S. Lewis, and the Catholic Church regaining power in France.

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