Society - Religion
  • Guinea's Muslim community celebrates Eid-el-Fitr
    08 august 2013 12:38:23
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Guinea's Muslim faithful, representing over 90 percent of the country's population, were Thursday celebrating Eid-el-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Muslims in Côte d'Ivoire to celebrate Eid-el-Fitr Thursday
    07 august 2013 13:35:16
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Muslim faithful in Côte d’Ivoire will on Thursday celebrate the Eid-el- Fitr marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Saudi airline to fly Malian pilgrims to Mecca
    11 july 2013 20:44:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian government has contracted a Saudi airline, NASAIR, to fly pilgrims and their luggage to the Holy places of Islam for this year's pilgrimage, official sources told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Top religious leader urges Libyans to shun tribalism
    10 july 2013 15:15:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Urging Libyans to shun tribalism, the President of the High Council of Al-Ifaa, Libya’s highest religious authority, Al-Sadek al-Gharyani, said fanatical tribalism was one of the greatest dangers threatening the country. Full text...

  • President Aziz to flood Mauritanian markets with basic foodstuff during Ramadan
    10 july 2013 14:40:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Determined to stop the usual hike in basic foodstuff during Ramadan, the Mauritanian government says it will flood the markets with the necessary foodstuff to avoid speculation. Full text...

  • Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua’s church service brings Accra traffic to standstill
    07 may 2013 19:10:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Tens of thousands of people on Tuesday swarmed the church of a Nigerian prophet in Accra, Ghana, causing a huge traffic jam on an important road linking east of the capital. Full text...

  • US agency identifies Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, others as religious freedom violators
    30 april 2013 16:43:09
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), released Tuesday in Washington DC, has identified governments across the globe that are most egregious violators of religious freedom. Full text...

  • US organization slams Abuja's inadequate response to religious-related violence
    15 april 2013 19:05:12
    Washington D.C., US (PANA) - The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has condemned the ongoing attacks and retaliations by Muslims and Christians in Nigeria’s violent, religiously and ethnically mixed Middle Belt, saying the incidents have left more than 100 dead and dozens of properties destroyed since March this year. Full text...

  • EU deeply worried over latest religious crisis in Egypt
    09 april 2013 14:10:51
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has expressed its deep concern about the situation in Egypt in the wake of the religious violence in Cairo near the Saint-Marc Cathedral during the memorial service of two Christian members of the Coptic Church killed earlier. Full text...

  • Nigeria to be represented at enthronement of worldwide head of the Anglican church
    19 march 2013 18:03:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has constituted a delegation, to represent Nigeria in London at the formal enthronement of the Rt. Reverend Justin Welby as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the worldwide Anglican Communion, the presidency said in a statement here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Arsonists torch Egyptian Coptic church in Benghazi
    15 march 2013 22:13:00
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Unidentified people on Thursday set fire to an Egyptian Coptic church in Benghazi, Libya, causing damage on the building, the Libyan news agency has reported, quoting an adviser in the Egyptian consulate of the city, Mohamed Kamel. Full text...

  • Catholic faithfuls in Mauritius hail election of new Pope
    14 march 2013 18:33:58
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Catholic faithfuls in Mauritius Thursday greeted with joy the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new Pope to take over from Benedict XVI, who resigned last month, citing deteriorating health. Full text...

  • Jonathan congratulates Pope Francis I
    14 march 2013 15:28:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, Thursday congratulated Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was elected Pope the day before. Full text...

  • South Africa's ruling party salutes Pope Francis
    14 march 2013 11:22:08
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday welcomed the appointment of Pope Francis (Bergoglio) of Argentina as the 266th Pontiff of the Catholic church, succeeding Pope Benedict XVI. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes new Pope
    14 march 2013 10:35:08
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was elected the new Bishop of Rome on Wednesday evening and has taken the name Pope Francis I, as well as Catholics across the world. Full text...

  • Election of new Pope gets big media play in Nigeria
    14 march 2013 08:55:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As Nigeria's estimated 20 million Catholics join their counterparts around the world to celebrate the emergence of a new Pope, the Nigerian media Thursday gave a big play to the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the new head of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. Full text...

  • Tanzanians welcome election of Pope Francis
    14 march 2013 07:59:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Thanks to modern communication networks, Tanzanians of all faiths late Wednesday instantly joined the huge crowd at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican to welcome, congratulate and pray for newly-elected Pope Francis as successor of retired Benedict XVI. Full text...

  • Pope Francis succeeds Pope Benedict XVI
    13 march 2013 20:35:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina has emerged the new Pope (Bishop of Rome), succeeding Pope Benedict XVI who resigned last month. Full text...

  • BREAKING NEWS: New Pope emerges
    13 march 2013 19:21:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A new Pope (Bishop of Rome) has emerged and will soon be named, after a white smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Wednesday evening, on the second day of voting by the cardinals. Full text...

  • 'Togolese catholic faithfuls not upset by Pope’s resignation'
    14 february 2013 14:13:47
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togolese Catholic faithfuls say they are not "upset" by the sudden resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, according to Bertin Agbobly Atayi, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Lomé, the Togolese capital. Full text...

  • Pope's resignation topic of discussions in Cameroon
    13 february 2013 12:26:44
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI was the main issue being discussed during masses celebrated early Wednesday to mark the start of the Lent for Catholic faithful in Cameroon, PANA reported. Full text...

  • 'Pope’s resignation is honest expression of how he feels'
    13 february 2013 08:37:50
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) has described Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation as an honest expression of how he feels at 85. Full text...

  • Pope's resignation will not cause crisis in Catholic Church, says top Benin priest
    12 february 2013 19:28:31
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Monday's announcement by the Vatican that Pope Benedict XVI will resign on 28 February will not throw the Catholic Church into crisis, according to Rev. Fr. André Quenum, in charge of communications at the archdiocese of Cotonou, Benin. Full text...

  • Boni Yayi congratulates outgoing Pope Benedict XVI
    12 february 2013 16:44:39
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Hailing Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign on 28 February, President Boni Yayi of Benin said the head of the Catholic Church worldwide made “valuable intellectual contributions to efforts to solve the numerous problems shaking today’s world. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President wishes Pope Benedict 'restful retirement'
    12 february 2013 13:58:23
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday applauded the ''exemplary wisdom and courage'' shown by Pope Benedict XVI in his decision to voluntarily relinquish the Papacy Monday, because of his advanced age and growing inability to keep up with the physical and mental demands of the Office. Full text...

  • 'Pope’s resignation offers signs of hope for Africa'
    12 february 2013 09:08:41
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Two heavyweight church leaders in South Africa have expressed their gratitude at the role that the ageing Pope Benedict XVI has played while millions are hoping that his successor could come from Africa. Full text...

  • 'Pope's resignation will not throw Catholic Church into crisis'
    11 february 2013 16:18:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Monday's shock announcement by the Vatican that Pope Benedict XVI will resign 28 Feb will not throw the Catholic Church into crisis, according to the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria, Cardinal John Onaiyekan. Full text...

  • Nigeria sends delegation to consecration of new Cardinal
    23 november 2012 10:12:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - An official Nigerian delegation, headed by Senate President David Mark, will attend the consecration of Nigeria's Archbishop John Onaiyekan as a Cardinal of the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican Saturday. Full text...

  • Africa gets first female bishop
    21 november 2012 08:08:58
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Cape Town's Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Tuesday confirmed that the Anglican Church of Southern Africa has consecrated its first woman bishop on the continent. Full text...

  • Sudan's Islamic movement picks moderate islamist as President
    18 november 2012 21:05:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A moderate Islamist and former Sudanese Ambassador to the US, Mahdi Ibrahim, has been elected President of the Sudanese Islamic Movement, the official Sudan News agency (SUNA) reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President congratulates new Archbishop of Canterbury
    11 november 2012 08:49:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, on his appointment as the Archbishop of Canterbury and Head of the Anglican Communion worldwide. Full text...

  • Malawi welcomes new head of Anglican church
    09 november 2012 11:50:53
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi's one million Anglicans have welcomed the election of the new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the Bishop of Durham. Full text...

  • Burundi and Vatican agree bilateral cooperation
    07 november 2012 20:24:52
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Burundi and the Vatican on Wednesday signed a framework agreement to boost bilateral ties, diplomatic sources told PANA in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • France expels Tunisian imam
    31 october 2012 21:48:18
    Paris, France (PANA) – France on Wednesday expelled Tunisian Mohamed Hammami to his country "for comments openly hostile to the values of the Republic", a communiqué from the French Interior ministry said. Full text...

  • Clerics appeal for peace as Togolese Muslims celebrate Eid-El-Kabir
    26 october 2012 13:41:14
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese Muslim community has been urged to commit their faith to the peaceful existence with faithfuls of other religions. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President greets Catholic bishop on his elevation to Cardinal
    25 october 2012 12:44:28
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated the Archbishop of the Abuja Diocese of the Catholic Church, Bishop John Onaiyekan, on his elevation to the rank of Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt. delegation in Jeddah over deportation of female pilgrims
    07 october 2012 19:22:51
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A five-man Nigerian Government delegation left here Sunday for Jeddah for talks with Saudi authorities over the continued deportation of Nigerian female pilgrims. Full text...

  • Nigeria to resume airlift of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia despite deportation
    30 september 2012 09:29:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has announced the resumption of the airlift of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia, despite the deportation of over 500 female pilgrims by the Saudi authorities, and the detention of over 1,000 because they were not accompanied by female guardians. Full text...

  • Nigeria issues ultimatim to Saudi Arabia over detained pilgrims
    27 september 2012 09:17:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has given Saudi Arabia 24 hours, due to expire Thursday, to resolve the issues surrounding the detention of some Nigerian female Muslim pilgrims in the holy land. Full text...

  • Saudi Arabia detains 400 Nigerian female hajj pilgrims - Newspaper
    24 september 2012 08:52:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 400 Nigerian female pilgrims have been detained by the Saudi authorities for travelling to hajj unaccompanied by their husbands, fathers or brothers, the local Daily Trust newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • France honours oldest monk in Senegal
    08 september 2012 19:41:03
    Keur Moussa, Senegal (PANA) – The oldest monk in the monastery of Keur Moussa, some 50 kilometres the east of Dakar, the Reverent Father Dominique Catta, was Saturday honoured with the Cross of the French ‘légion d’honneur’ for his research into "sacred" music, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • Malawian lawyer says atheists can challenge constitutionality of national anthem
    08 september 2012 12:32:47
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Malawi is a secular state, with a secular Constitution that guarantees freedom of worship as such persons who do not believe in the existence of God can challenge the constitutionality of the Malawi National anthem, a prominent lawyer has said. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean catholic episcopal conference begins in Mauritius
    05 september 2012 12:53:24
    Beau-Bassin, Mauritius (PANA) - The Catholic Episcopal Conference of the Indian Ocean (CEDOI) opened Wednesday in Mauritius with the bishops of La Réunion, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Seychelles and the Comoros participating, PANA learnt from religious source. Full text...

  • Gambia's controversial cleric 'flees' to Senegal
    29 august 2012 11:22:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia's controversial Muslim cleric Bakawsu Fofana has fled to neighbouring Senegal, where he plans to seek refuge following a series of harassment by his country's authorities, a neighbour of the cleric told PANA here Wednesday on the condition of anonymity. Full text...

  • Benin agencies ordered to sign agreement for smooth Hajj organisation
    22 august 2012 21:21:48
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Agencies in Benin shortlisted to lift pilgrims to the 2012 Hajj have until Saturday to sign agreements on their obligations to ensure a smooth pilgrimage, the minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration, Francophonie and Beninese Living Abroad, Mr. Nassirou Arifari Bako, said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President greets nation's Muslims on Eid-El-Fitr
    19 august 2012 13:15:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated all Muslims in the country who have successfully concluded this year’s Ramadan fast. Full text...

  • Libyans to celebrate Ramadan on Sunday
    18 august 2012 14:56:05
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyans will Sunday celebrate Aid El Fitr that marks the end of Ramadan, the month of the Muslim fast, a statement from Mufti Sadok Gharyani says. Full text...

  • Prices go up in Gambia ahead of Eid-el-Fitr
    17 august 2012 13:45:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The prices of food and non-food items have gone up in The Gambia, less than 48 hours to Eid-el-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President congratulates new Catholic Archbishop of Lagos
    05 august 2012 16:23:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday congratulated Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins on his formal installation as the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos on Saturday, following his appointment to the position by Pope Benedict XVI. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President sues for peace, unity as Ramadan fasting begins
    20 july 2012 13:10:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has urged the country's Muslims to offer special prayers for peace, stability and progress in the country, as this year's Full text...

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