Society - Religion
  • 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...

  • Malian Muslims begin fasting
    20 july 2012 13:05:36
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali's Muslim community Friday began the fasting month of Ramadan after the moon was sighted Thursday evening in several parts of the country, according to the National Moons Sighting Commission. Full text...

  • Libyan Muslims begin fasting
    20 july 2012 12:16:51
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Muslims Friday joined their counterparts around the world to begin the month-long Ramadan fasting, after the sighting of the moon in the north African country. Full text...

  • Nigerian Muslims begin Ramadan fasting
    20 july 2012 09:51:52
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Muslims Friday joined their counterparts around the world to begin the 30-day Ramadan fasting. Full text...

  • Jonathan, Sultan of Sokoto meet over security situation in Nigeria
    27 december 2011 17:43:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The spiritual head of Nigerian Muslims, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, on Tuesday met with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa over the security situation in the country. Full text...

  • Muslim scholar charges Libyans to be tolerant
    09 december 2011 17:08:27
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - President of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Sheikh Youssef Al-Qaradawi, has called on Libyans to be tolerant, forgiving and to shun hatred with a view to building the new Libya on tolerance and respect for human rights. Full text...

  • Catholic Synod celebration ends in Benin
    19 november 2011 18:42:24
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Pope Benedict XVI Saturday at Ouidah, Southern Benin, presided over the closing session of the Catholic Synod which was started in October 2009. Full text...

  • "Never get tired of seeking peace," Pope Benedict XVI tells Africa
    19 november 2011 18:42:07
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Pope Benedict XVI, currently on the second day of his three-day visit to Benin, Saturday called on Africa to promote peace and never get tired of seeking it. Full text...

  • Pope Benedict XVI calls for better economic, political governance in Africa
    19 november 2011 18:41:45
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - On the second day of his three-day pastoral visit to Benin, Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday urged political and business leaders, especially in Africa, to institute better governance in their countries. Full text...

  • Benin names major street after Pope Benedict XVI
    19 november 2011 12:10:57
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The main avenue in Ouidah, a city located at about 50 kilometres from Cotonou, the Beninese capital, has been named after the visiting Pope Benedict XVI, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Pope Benedict XVI says Africa is continent of hope
    19 november 2011 11:51:00
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – "Africa is the continent of hope," declared Pope Benedict XVI here Saturday when he met with high-ranking government officials, members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of the various religious groups in Benin. Full text...

  • Benin bishops opens headquarters in Cotonou
    18 november 2011 15:29:35
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB) has opened a head office in Cotonou, the capital. Full text...

  • Pope Benedict XVI begins 3-day visit to Benin
    18 november 2011 15:12:42
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, arrived here Friday afternoon to begin a three-day visit to Benin. Full text...

  • Benin declares Friday public holiday as Pope Benedict XVI visits
    17 november 2011 19:51:21
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The Beninese government declared Friday, 18 November, a holiday to enable the people to warmly welcome Pope Benedict XVI, expected in Cotonou, the capital, in the afternoon. Full text...

  • Pope Benedict XVI to be entertained by African artists in Benin
    17 november 2011 16:05:53
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - African artists will Friday night in Cotonou entertain Pope Benedict XVI who is visiting Benin for three days from Friday, concert Coordinator, Reverend Father Pierre Bodjoko, said here Thursday. Full text...

  • President Jonathan urges sacrifice as Muslim faithful celebrate
    06 november 2011 09:28:27
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Sunday asked his compatriots to be ready to offer more sacrifices to enable the government's transformation programme to come into fruition. Full text...

  • Mali to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir on Sunday
    01 november 2011 13:45:58
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali will celebrate the Muslim feast of Eid-El-Kebir, popularly known as Tabaski, on Sunday, according to a communiqué from the ministry of territorial administration and local authorities which was broadcast Monday evening on national television. Full text...

  • First batch of Libyan pilgrims depart for Saudi Arabia
    31 october 2011 14:42:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The first batch of Libyan pilgrims departed Tripoli airport Sunday for the Islamic holy land in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Anwar Fitouri, the Libyan Minister of Communications and Transport, announced. Full text...

  • Senegal to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir 7 November
    28 october 2011 11:44:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Muslim religious Eid-el-Kabir or Tabaski celebrations will be held on 7 November in Senegal, the national moon crescent consultation commission (CONACOC) said here on Thursday. Full text...

  • Egypt forms 'Family House' to achieve religious unity
    14 october 2011 17:49:09
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf on Thursday called for the creation of a forum for religious unity, to be known as the "The Egyptian Family House". Full text...

  • Mauritius celebrates Eid-el-Fitr Wednesday
    31 august 2011 12:36:48
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Muslims are Wednesday celebrating the Eid-el-Fitr festival, which marks the end of the Muslim’s fasting month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Mauritania celebrates Eid-El-Fitri
    30 august 2011 11:40:37
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania on Tuesday celebrated the feast of Eid-El-Fitr or Korité, which marks the end of the Muslim’s holy month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Guinea celebrates Eid-El-Fitri Tuesday
    30 august 2011 09:53:08
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Eid-El-Fitri, which marks the end of Muslim's holy month of Ramadan, was celebrated on Tuesday in Guinea, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Scholars say Somalis urgently need Muslims' zakat money
    12 august 2011 19:17:38
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egyptian Muslim Scholars have issued a 'fatwa' -- a legal pronouncement in Islam -- which says that "helping those suffering in Somalia is the top priority at the moment". Full text...

  • Sénégal Airline to lift pilgrims
    04 august 2011 22:55:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese pilgrims will be transported to Mecca by the national airline, Sénégal Airline, Prime minister Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye declared on Thursday in Dakar. Full text...

  • Nigerien PM calls for solidarity with the poor as Ramadan begins
    01 august 2011 13:55:21
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Nigerien Prime Minister Brigi Rafini has urged his compatriots to "show more solidarity towards the poorest and strengthen tolerance and brotherhood especially during the holy month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Ramadan begins in Morocco Tuesday
    01 august 2011 13:30:29
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The holy month of Ramadan will begin Tuesday in Morocco although the majority of the Muslim countries have started fasting Monday. Full text...

  • Archbishop of Dakar harps on preservation of social peace among citizens
    07 may 2011 16:42:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The preservation of social peace is an obligation for all citizens of Senegal, first and foremost the religious leaders, the Archbishop of Dakar, Cardinal Theodore Adrien Sarr said Friday. Full text...

  • NGO condemns "blasphemy" laws in Africa
    28 april 2011 15:20:50
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The International Humanist Ethical Union (IHEU) has said that it will draw the attention of human rights stakeholders in Africa to the existence of blasphemy laws in the penal codes of state parties to the African Charter and the threat it poses to the promotion and protection of human rights. Full text...

  • Archbishop of Abidjan sues for forgiveness, reconciliation in Cote d'Ivoire
    25 april 2011 13:41:10
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Catholic Archbishop of Abidjan, Jean-Pierre Kutwa, has sued for forgiveness and reconciliation among Ivorians in an effort to return lasting peace to Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Gambia wants American pastor prosecuted for burning quran
    13 april 2011 14:15:06
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Gambian government has called on the US government to quickly prosecute Terry Jones, the Florida-based pastor, “for recently burning a copy of the Holy Qur’an”, PANA confirmed from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Egyptian Christians end sit-in strike action
    14 march 2011 20:21:45
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egyptian Christians ended their 10-day sit-in, in front of the state television headquarters in Maspero, Cairo, on Monday. Full text...

  • Egyptians in Muslim-Christian unity march
    12 march 2011 14:38:56
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA -(PANA) - Tens of thousands of Egyptians swarmed the Tahrir square in down town Cairo on Friday, in a march aimed at solidifying national unity between Muslims and Christians in Egypt. Full text...

  • Mali president admonishes compatriots over "killer" stampede
    25 february 2011 16:57:30
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali's President Amadou Toumani Toure, Thursday urged his compatriots to behave responsibly at major rallies to avoid tragedies like the one that killed 36 people Monday during a religious congregation at the Bamako stadium. Full text...

  • Kadhafi says Israel will not be recognised until...
    14 february 2011 12:02:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi has said there should be no recognition for Israel until the Palestinian issue is resolved. Full text...

  • UN launches interfaith harmony week
    01 february 2011 19:06:47
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Tuesday launched the first World Interfaith Harmony Week, with a broad range of activities around the world, including interfaith meetings, film screenings and other activities featuring civil societies, UN entities and other intergovernmental organizations. Full text...

  • Angolan president writes Pope Benedict XVI
    28 january 2011 15:49:52
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – The Angolan leader, José Eduardo dos Santos, has written to Pope Benedict XVI, expressing his appreciation for the positive roles played by the Catholic Church in the African country. Full text...

  • 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...

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