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Saladin and Jerusalem

Saladin is chiefly remembered today for the part he played in the Crusades. Although he was a Moslem and fought to hold the holy places of Jerusalem against the Christians, he was admired by the Christian leaders, including King Richard l (Lion Heart) of England, for he was a just and chivalrous enemy.

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Jeremiah, Prophet of Israel

The first chapter of the Book of Jeremiah in the Old Testament tells how the Lord called him to be a prophet during the reign of King Josiah. A prophet in those days was a person who proclaimed God's messages to His people and also warned them of what would happen if they disobeyed God.

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Lourdes and Saint Bernadette

Lourdes is a town in southwest France at the foot of the Pyrenees. Until the middle of the 19th century it was of no great importance, but it has become a great centre of pilgrimage for Roman Catholics.

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Solomon, King of Israel

Solomon's riches and wisdom are still a legend the East. People came from far and wide to see for themselves the beautiful things he had in his palace. One of his most famous visitors was the Queen of Sheba.

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The Queen of Sheba

The legend exists that the Queen of Sheba brought to Solomon the self-same gifts which the Magi afterwards brought to Christ. To test the wisdom for which he was so famous she asked him riddles and hard questions, and all of them Solomon answered.

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Saint John

Saint John was one of the Twelve Apostles, or chief disciples of Jesus Christ. He and his elder brother James were sons of a fisherman called Zebedee, and Jesus called them to follow Him almost as soon as He started preaching. John must have been a very young man at the time and probably was the youngest of the apostles.

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Saint Peter

Peter and his brother Andrew, both fishermen, were the first two disciples whom Jesus called to follow Him. Peter's original name was Simon but Jesus changed it to Peter, which comes from a Greek word meaning rock.

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