This week in Christian history: American Bible Society, Famous hymn-writer, Pope apology

Pope John Paul II blesses pilgrims from his apartment's window at the Vatican. The Pope, barely able to make a rasping sound during his appearance, is now being fed through a tube in his nose, the Vatican said. (Photo: AFP / Vincenzo Pinto)

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, May 5-11, in Church history. They include the founding of the American Bible Society, the birth of the author of the hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” and Pope John Paul II apologizing to scientists for the Church’s treatment of Galileo.

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