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Orange Order exhibition sheds light on Reformation 500 years on

Orange Order Grand Secretary Rev Mervyn Gibson, museum curator Dr Jonathan Mattison, and Orange Order Grand Master Edward Stevenson. Picture by Graham Curry/Press Association
Michael McHugh

AN exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation has opened at a museum run by the Orange Order in Belfast.

In 1517 Martin Luther published an attack on papal abuses and the sale of indulgences, launching a watershed for Christianity throughout Europe.

A display entitled Staunch And True at the Museum of Orange Heritage examines the impact and legacy.

It includes a reproduction of a 16th century printing press, which was integral to communicating Luther's writings across Europe, as well as an Erasmus Greek New Testament Bible, dated 1527.

The Orange Order plans to mark the anniversary of the Reformation with a procession and service in Portadown next month.

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