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This week in Christian history: St. Peter’s Basilica, St. Bernadette, Bob Jones backs segregation

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Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican is silhouetted during sunset in Rome, March 11, 2013. |

Christianity is a faith with a long and detailed history, with numerous events of lasting significance occurring throughout the ages.

Each week brings the anniversaries of great milestones, horrid tragedies, amazing triumphs, telling tribulations, inspirational progress, and everything in between.

Here are just a few things that happened this week, April 14-20, in Church history. They include the death Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, the beginning of the construction of St. Peter’s Basilica, and a controversial sermon by Bob Jones Sr.

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