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Exactly 1700 Years Since Emperor Constantine Gave Official Recognition to Christianity

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Exactly 1700 Years Since Emperor Constantine Gave Official Recognition to Christianity

In the midst of the activities surrounding the Papal resignation and speculation on the next choice for the Chair of St Peter, a very important anniversary has gone virtually unnoticed. In February 313 AD, in the reign of Pope St. Melchiades, the Edict of Milan was promulgated by the Emperor Constantine, a measure that granted Christians the freedom to worship openly, preach the gospel and build churches.

This year therefore marks the 17th centenary of the official recognition of Christianity, and the institution of the concept of religious tolerance!


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