Society - Religion
  • Tension mounts as Moslem fanatics destroy Churches in Nigeria
    29 november 2001 16:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Tension was running high Thursday in Nigeria's south-west city of Osogbo, where some 300 suspected Moslem fanatics destroyed eight Churches Wednesday, ahead of next week's crusade by German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. Full text...

  • Ramadan started Friday in Libya
    16 november 2001 23:47:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan population started observing Ramadan, the month of fasting, on Friday, while in other parts of the Moslem world Ramadan will start on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Islamic scholar faults Sharia application
    08 november 2001 13:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As opposition mounts within and outside Nigeria to the death sentence passed by a Sharia Court on a woman who confessed to adultery, an Islamic scholar Mohammed Lawan has described the sentence as "misapplication of the Sharia law". Full text...

  • Sharia Court sentences girl to 100 lashes for fornication
    07 november 2001 19:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Sharia Court in Funtua, in Nigeria's northern Katsina State, has sentenced a pregnant teenager to 100 strokes of the cane after she was found guilty of fornication. Full text...

  • Muslim leaders recommend premarital AIDS test
    20 october 2001 13:29:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Muslim leaders in Niger have asked the authorities to encourage premarital AIDS tests and to take strong measures for the observance of moral values. Full text...

  • Spread of Islamic phenomenon preoccupies Niger authorities
    09 october 2001 15:52:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The recent terrorist attacks in the United States has stirred up the delicate issue of Islamists in Niger where, in a letter addressed to President Bush through the US embassy in Niamey, two Imams accused Washington of "infringing on human rights and violating democratic values". Full text...

  • World Churches discuss sexuality
    27 september 2001 14:50:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Representatives of Churches in Africa, Europe and the Americas are participating in an international workshop in Lome, focusing on contemporary theological challenges, dealing with sexuality, ethical and cultural issues in the context of globalisation. Full text...

  • West African Islamic Council to be set up
    27 september 2001 13:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A forum of 160 Islamic Associations from West Africa has decided in Accra, Ghana, to set up a sub-regional Islamic Council, according to Ahmed Saloum Dieng, chairman of the Union of Islamic Youth in Senegal, who attended the meeting. Full text...

  • Taylor warns Liberian Muslims against fundamentalism
    24 september 2001 16:57:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- President Charles Taylor Monday warned Liberian Muslims against developing links with fundamentalists in other parts of the world. Full text...

  • Kenyan paper wants Nigerians to address conflicts
    13 september 2001 17:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's privately-owned mass circulation newspaper, the Daily Nation, Thursday, urged Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to halt the frequent religious and ethnic blood-baths in his country. Full text...

  • France appeals for religious tolerance in Nigeria
    10 september 2001 17:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France Monday deplored the religious violence that has reportedly killed at least 50 people in Nigeria's central city of Jos, and appealed for tolerance. Full text...

  • Dare devil thieves raid Nairobi Church
    08 september 2001 16:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Five thieves broke into a Nairobi Cathedral Friday and made away with valuable sacred Church items, Kenyan police said Saturday. Full text...

  • Imam of Dakar Grand Mosque dies
    07 september 2001 13:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Imam of the Grand Mosque of Dakar, El Hadji Maodo Malick Sylla, died Thursday after a long illness, the Senegalese News Agency, APS, has reported. Full text...

  • Kimbanguist Church gets new leader
    28 august 2001 20:51:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The see of the Kimbaguist Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Tuesday the appointment of its new spiritual leader. Full text...

  • Tanzanian police ban Muslim demonstration
    22 august 2001 20:02:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian police have issued an injunction against countrywide demonstrations called for Friday by Muslims to protest the imprisonment of one of their members on charges of defaming Jesus Christ. Full text...

  • Use African Cultural Values To Promote Religious Tolerance
    17 august 2001 20:31:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Reverting to African cultural values could have an inhibiting effect on incidents of religious intolerance which now and again flare up on the continent, suggests a Beninese diplomat. Full text...

  • Church plans demonstration against Vatican over Milingo
    16 august 2001 17:19:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Unification Church under which former Zambian controversial Catholic Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo married a Korean Moon sect member Maria Sung in May, has threatened to demonstrate against the Vatican over Milingo's reported decision to divorce his wife. Full text...

  • Nigerian elected president of World Methodist
    05 august 2001 13:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Sunday Mbang, has been elected President of the World Methodist Conference, the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • World Council of Churches leader to visit Botswana
    02 august 2001 10:53:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Full text...

  • Religious leaders caution Muluzi on violence
    24 july 2001 20:04:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Leaders of all religious groups in Malawi, under their umbrella organisation - the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) - Tuesday called on President Bakili Muluzi at his official residence in Blantyre to express their concern over an unprecedented rise in state-sponsored political violence in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritius gets Islamic research centre
    19 july 2001 17:21:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritius Islamic Association has inaugurated an Islamic history research centre for the Indian Ocean and Mauritius, sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • Brewery shuts sales offices in Sharia States
    13 july 2001 13:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Jos International Breweries in northern Nigeria has shut its sales offices in the states implementing the 'Sharia' Islamic legal code, press reports said Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa still has a "whites only" church
    11 july 2001 20:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- More than a decade after the collapse of apartheid, a race row is threatening to divide a Cape Town community after a local church refused to admit non- whites. Full text...

  • Latin American Islamic centres set up organisation
    09 july 2001 19:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Islamic centres in Latin America and the Caribbean are to set up an organisation for the region, with headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Full text...

  • Catholic priest suspended for fathering children
    08 july 2001 14:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Nigerian Catholic priest has been suspended indefinitely by his local parish after it was discovered that he broke his celibacy vow by fathering four children, the privately-owned Guardian newspaper reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Burkinabe forum craves improved image for Islam
    19 june 2001 13:26:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Muslim intellectuals from across West Africa recently wound up a conference in Burkina Faso to think up ways to improving the image of Islam within the sub region. Full text...

  • Ex-ruler's comment sparks religious controversy
    16 june 2001 18:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Controversy is raging in Nigeria over a former military ruler's call on Muslims in the country to vote for a Muslim President in the 2003 general elections. Full text...

  • OIC Secretary-General in Mali
    07 june 2001 14:39:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Abdelouahed Belkeziz in Bamako to prepare for the Organisation's 28th Foreign Ministers meeting slated for 25-29 June in the Malian capital. Full text...

  • Church closed after drug find
    28 may 2001 20:58:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Leaders of the Celestial Church of Christ in the western Sierra Leonean capital Freetown, say they have ordered the Church closed following the discovery of a large quantity of cocaine and the subsequent arrest of some pastors. Full text...

  • Papal example of religious tolerance
    13 may 2001 20:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- He may be presiding over the World's smallest State, the Vatican City or The Holy See, with a population of under 1,000 people and annual budget of less than 500 US dollars, but the exemplary pontificate of Pope John Paul II resonates around the world, far beyond the estimated one billion adherents of the Roman Catholic faith. Full text...

  • Papal example of religious tolerance
    13 may 2001 20:00:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- He may be presiding over the World's smallest State, the Vatican City or The Holy See, with a population of under 1,000 people and annual budget of less than 500 US dollars, but the exemplary pontificate of Pope John Paul II resonates around the world, far beyond the estimated one billion adherents of the Roman Catholic faith. Full text...

  • Commission accuses six judges of corruption
    09 may 2001 19:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The anti-corruption Commission of the State of Zamfara (Nigeria), which began applying Islamic Sharia code since January this year, has recommended the sacking of six judges of the Islamic court on grounds of corruption and abuse of power, the commission's chair, Alhadji Aliyu Sani Jangebe, said. Full text...

  • Use Of Condoms - Protestant Denominations Say Yes, But ...
    03 may 2001 14:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Should the Church accept to promote condoms? If it did, then in what case should the faithful be advised to use the sheaths? These are some of the questions which a section of church leaders have been trying to answer. Full text...

  • Churches win hearts of genocide suspects
    24 april 2001 13:05:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- More than 120 genocide suspects at Kigali's central prisons, Gikondo, have confessed their involvement in Rwanda's 1994 genocide and begged for forgiveness, official sources said. Full text...

  • Muslims make up a quarter of Angolan population
    22 april 2001 18:25:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Muslims make up 25 percent of the Angolan population which was estimated at slightly over 11 million people in 1999, the Islamic International News Agency (IINA) has reported. Full text...

  • South African Council of Churches appoints scribe
    21 april 2001 14:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Bishop Mvume Dandala, President of the South African Council of Churches Saturday announced that the Reverend Molefe Tsele has been appointed by the executive committee as General Secretary of the Council with effect from May 2001. Full text...

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