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'Luther Country' in Germany marks 500th anniversary of Protestant Reformation

WITTENBERG, Germany - For the world's roughly 800 million Protestants, a small corner of eastern Germany is their spiritual home - a place that takes on added importance this year, the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Covering an area roughly 150 miles long, so-called Luther Country is the birthplace and longtime home of religious rebel Martin Luther. Here it was that young Luther was allegedly frightened by a thunderstorm, interpreting a lightning strike as a sign to drop out of law school in favor of seminary. And here it was that the disillusioned theologian famously assailed the Catholic powers that be when he tacked his 95 theses on a church door Oct. 31,

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