The Celts who settled in Britain and Ireland developed their own version of Christianity; that was the first religion in Canterbury. Next came Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory in 597 CE to convert Celtic Christians to the accepted Roman Catholic version and expand its influence in the Celtic lands. In 1540, Henry VIII resolved his infamous battle with the pope by establishing the Church of England – the third version. Pilgrimages began to Thomas Becket’s shrine where many miracles occurred, and The Canterbury Tales tell of some actual pilgrims. A final miracle: a magnificent cathedral not destroyed by bombs in WWII.