Society - Religion
  • Mauritian Hindus kick against opening of McDonald restaurant in Phoenix
    25 january 2011 18:29:19
    Phoenix, Mauritius (PANA) - Some Hindu socio-cultural associations Tuesday protested in front of their temple against the opening of a McDonald restaurant in Phoënix, in the centre of the island, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Bashir to fully apply sharia laws in north Sudan, upon secession of the south
    14 january 2011 19:32:15
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir, on Friday renewed an earlier vow that his government would not tolerate a secular or civil state in what will remain of the current Sudan when southerners chose secession, in a few days. Full text...

  • Ghana's president Mills calls for religious tolerance
    06 january 2011 21:50:22
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana's president John Evans Atta Mills on Thursday called for religious tolerance for peaceful coexistence of citizens. Full text...

  • Mali to celebrate Eid El Kabir Wednesday
    12 november 2010 13:48:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Muslim feast of Eid El Kabir will be celebrated in Mal i on Wednesday, 17 November, the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Loca l Governments announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Religion tears rights defenders apart in Gambia
    09 november 2010 19:10:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Human rights defenders attending a forum to prepare the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for the 48th Ordinary Session of the Afric a n Commission on Human and Peoplesâ? Rights and the 22nd African Human Rights Boo k Fair in Banjul have sharply expressed their differences along religious lines. Full text...

  • Malawi Catholic bishops fault Mutharika administration
    31 october 2010 12:59:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Nine Catholic bishops in Malawi Sunday issued a stingi ng criticism of the administration of President Bingu wa Mutharika, saying his a d ministration ''lacks proper consultations on national issues''. Full text...

  • Malian pilgrims leave for Hajj
    25 october 2010 12:36:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The first set of Mali's pilgrims were due to leave Bamako for Hajj in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, official sources told PANA here Monday. Full text...

  • 'CAN president, Sultan are now permanent leaders of Nigerian pilgrims'
    21 october 2010 18:57:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- In a clear departure from the practice of randomly appoi nting leaders of Nigerian pilgrims to the Holy Lands, President Goodluck Jonatha n on Thursday ordered that henceforth, "the President of the Christian Associatio n of Nigeria (CAN) will lead federal government's delegations for Christian pilgr i mages while the spiritual head of Nigerian Muslims, the Sultan of Sokoto, will b e the permanent Amirun Hajj. Full text...

  • Pope names Zambian archbishop cardinal
    21 october 2010 15:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Catholic Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI, has appointed former Lusaka Catholic Archbishop Medardo Mazombwe as Cardinal for Zambia, the first Zambian to be appointed to such a position, a statement issued here by the Vatican Ambassador to Zambia revealed. Full text...

  • Angolan Bishop regrets increase in divorce rates
    21 october 2010 15:11:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The bishop of Saurimo diocese, in the Lunda Sul province of Angola, Josأ© Manuel Imbamba, on Wednesday condemned the increasing number o f conjugal infidelity cases in the country, saying this had caused a great number of divorces. Full text...

  • 1,160 Gambians to perform 2010 hajj
    20 october 2010 18:30:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A total 1,161 pilgrims from The Gambia will this year ta ke part in the pilgrimage to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, the Gambia International Ai r line (GIA) Director, General Bakary Nyassi, disclosed. Full text...

  • Gambia's religious body lifts ban against Moslem cleric
    14 october 2010 19:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gambia's Supreme Islamic Council (SIC) has lifted a ban slammed against Imam Bakawsu Fofanah, a leading controversial Moslem cleric, fol l owing President Yahya Jammeh's intervention, the state-owned Daily Observer news p aper reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambian religious leader banned from preaching
    06 october 2010 15:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Gambia's Supreme Islamic Council (SIC) has banned a lead ing Moslem cleric, Imam Bakawsu Fofanah, from engaging in any religious activity in the tiny West African nation, PANA reported from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • First Libyan pilgrims jet off for Hajj on 26 October
    02 october 2010 19:41:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The first Libyan pilgrims will depart on 26 October for Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage to Mecca. Full text...

  • Kadhafi reiterates importance of traditional leaders in Africa
    29 september 2010 18:52:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan leader, Mouammar Kadhafi, the Chair of African Traditional Kings, on Tuesday reiterated the importance of the role of African traditional leaders in promoting and speeding up the process of African Unity, an official Libyan source said in Tripoli Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambia bans Islamic scholar from public speaking
    20 september 2010 19:04:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia's Supreme Islamic Council (GSIC) has banned a ren owned Islamic scholar, Bakawsu Fofana, from preaching, holding radio programmes o n Islam and speaking to newspapers or magazines in the country, PANA reported fr o m here Monday. Full text...

  • Zambian govt demands for apology from Catholic priest
    17 september 2010 15:41:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has demanded for an apology from Roman Catholic Church priest Godfrey Mpundu for comparing frogs with human beings. Full text...

  • 7th Al-Fateh Koran recitation competition to be launched on Monday
    15 september 2010 22:37:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The 7th edition of the Al-Fateh Holy Koran recitation will be launched on Monday in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Full text...

  • Gambia leader condemns Quran burning proposal
    14 september 2010 17:50:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, has condemned the prop osal by a small American Evangelical Church and its pastor to burn copies of the Holy Quran. Full text...

  • UN to host meeting on religious tolerance
    14 september 2010 16:03:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- The UN will next week convene a high-level meeting to prom ote inter-cultural understanding and religious tolerance. Full text...

  • Libyan Imams condemn US pastor's plan to burn Koran
    12 september 2010 14:09:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Imams in Libya have strongly condemned the plan, now she lved, by an American Pastor to publicly burn the Koran, calling it a provocation likely to degenerate into conf rontation and threaten peace in the world. Full text...

  • Beninese Muslims celebrate Eid-El-Fitr
    10 september 2010 14:27:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Muslim faithful in Benin, most of them gaily dressed, Fr iday celebrated the end of the month-long fasting period - Eid-El-Fitr. Full text...

  • Mauritians celebrate Eid-El-Fitr
    10 september 2010 13:49:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritians Muslims Friday celebrated the Eid-El-Fitr festival, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Nigerian Muslims end fasting, celebrate Eid-el-Fitr
    10 september 2010 13:44:00
    Ago-Iwoye- Nigeria (PANA) -- Muslims in the largely agrarian community of Ago-Iwo ye, in Nigeria's South-west Ogun state, Friday joined their counterparts across Nigeria and beyond to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fasting as signified by the Eid-el-Fitr festival. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire to end Ramadan Friday
    09 september 2010 12:33:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Eid El Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, will be celebrated on Friday in Cote d'Ivoire, leaders of Ivorian Muslim Associations announced Wednesday evening on national television. Full text...

  • Mauritania to end Ramadan Friday
    09 september 2010 09:00:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Eid El Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim f asting month of Ramadan, will be celebrated Friday in Mauritania, according to a statement from the National Commission for the Observation of the Moon. Full text...

  • Libyans to celebrate Eid El-Fitr on Thursday
    08 september 2010 23:12:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyans will on Thursday celebrate Eid El-Fitr, which ma rks the end of Ramadan, with prayers, feasts and merry-making. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt. pegs cost of pilgrimage to Mecca
    16 august 2010 17:50:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government has pegged the cost of th is year's Hadj at CFA F 1. Full text...

  • Moroccan Muslims begin Ramadan fasting Thursday
    12 august 2010 15:44:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan Muslims began observing the month-long Ramadan fasting Thursday PANA reported here. Full text...

  • US president greets Muslims on Ramadan
    12 august 2010 14:31:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- US President Barack Obama has sent Americaâ?s best wishes to Muslims around the world on the advent of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • US president greets Muslims on Ramadan
    12 august 2010 14:29:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- US President Barack Obama has sent Americaâ?s best wishes to Muslims around the world on the advent of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Senegalese Muslims begin Ramadan fasting
    12 august 2010 07:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Most Senegalese Muslims began Ramadan fasting Thursday, following the recommendation of the country's relevant commission on the sighting of moon, CONACOC. Full text...

  • Mills sends goodwill message to Muslims on Ramadan
    11 august 2010 19:54:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) - â" Ghana's President John Evans Atta Mills has sent a messa ge of goodwill to Muslims who began their fast of Ramadan on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ramadan fasting begins Wednesday in Guinea
    11 august 2010 13:03:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Muslims in Guinea began the month-long Ramadan fasting on Wednesday after Dr. Full text...

  • Ramadan fasting begins in Mauritania Thursday
    11 august 2010 12:41:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian Muslims will begin their Ramadan fas ting on Thursday, according to a statement from the National Commission of the C r escent Moon. Full text...

  • Ivorian Muslims begin Ramadan fasting
    11 august 2010 11:27:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- In observance of the month-long Ramadan, Ivorian Muslims on Wednesday started observing the fasting period following the siting o f the crescent moon in the northern part of the country. Full text...

  • Ramadan fasting begins in Nigeria
    11 august 2010 07:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Muslim faithful in Nigeria Wednesday joined their counte rparts from the rest of the world to begin a month-long Ramadan fasting period, during which they are to abstain from food, drink and 'worldly' things from dawn till sunset. Full text...

  • Ramadan to start in Libya 11 August
    07 august 2010 19:02:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Ramadan, the month-long fasting by Muslim faithful, will begin this year on Wednesday 11 August, the Libyan Centre of remote sensing and space sciences announced Saturday. Full text...

  • Archbishop Tutu to retire from public life
    22 july 2010 17:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu, on Thursday announced that he would retire from public duties later this year. Full text...

  • German jurist calls for inter-religious dialogue
    16 june 2010 20:49:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A German jurist on Wednesday called for dialogue between Islam and the West for better understanding of each other to break all barriers between them. Full text...

  • Malawi religious sect barricades self over inoculation fears
    16 june 2010 11:38:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A group of over 100 members of a conservative religious sect is barricaded in a building in the southern Malawi district of Mulanje, to avoid a measles vaccination campaign. Full text...

  • Kadhafi calls on Muslims to 'unite to face tyranny and attack'
    07 june 2010 22:01:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan revolutionary leader, Mouamar Kadhafi, has called on Muslims in Europe to unite to face 'tyrants' who massacre Muslims. Full text...

  • Former Ethiopian ruler's missing biblical collection returned
    03 june 2010 18:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An American collector and philanthropist has returned a 100-year-old prayer book, which belonged to Ethiopia's former ruler, Emperor Menelik II, believed to be among a collection of missing manuscripts which disappeared from European libraries over the decades. Full text...

  • Vatican's new Ambassador to Angola takes office
    21 may 2010 16:46:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The new Vatican Ambassador to Angola, Archbishop Novatus Rugambwa, arrived in Luanda on Friday to replace dom Angelo Becciu, who was pos t ed to Cuba last September at the end of his mission in Angola. Full text...

  • France pays tribute to late rector of Great Mosque of Cairo
    11 march 2010 14:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The spokesman of the French Foreign Ministry, Bernard Val ero, Thursday described the demise of Sayyed Tantaoui as a major loss to the int e r-religious dialogue and peace process in the Near East. Full text...

  • Zambian Minister dies in Nigeria
    01 march 2010 17:33:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambiaâ?s Home Affairs Deputy Minister Misheck Bonshe i s dead. Full text...

  • Kadhafi promises stronger Islamic world
    26 february 2010 13:16:00
    Benghazi- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan leader, Mouammar Kadhafi has promised to mak e the Islamic world a strong political, security, economic and social power. Full text...

  • 2010 pastoral lecture in Mauritius focusses on Education
    17 february 2010 13:24:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- In his pastoral lecture to mark the 2010 lenten p eriod in Mauritius, the Catholic Bishop of Port-Louis, Monsignor Maurice Piat, o n Tuesday expressed concern over the falling standard of education in that countr y . Full text...

  • Cape Town to get new Catholic Bishop
    05 february 2010 12:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Bishop Stephen Brislin will be installed the ne w Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town on Sunday, according to the Archdiocese. Full text...

  • Kenyan Christians want Islamic courts expunged from constitution
    01 february 2010 17:36:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Christians, increasingly wary of introduction of extremist sharia doctrine in the country, here Monday strongly opposed the inclu s ion of Kadhi's courts in the draft constitution, accusing Muslims of seeking to â ?create a-state-within-a-stateâ?. Full text...

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