Society - Religion
  • Ramadan fasting begins 21 August in Libya
    01 august 2009 19:24:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Ramadan, a period of fasting for Muslims, will begin Fri day, 21 August the Libyan Centre for remote sensing and space sciences announce d on Saturday. Full text...

  • Ghana pleads for citizen in Libya jail
    28 april 2009 22:04:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s vice president John -Dramani Mahama has appealed to the Libyan Leader Muammar Al-Qathafi to have clemency a Ghanaian is in jail in t he north African country for attempting to spread Christianity. Full text...

  • Kenyan Anglican Church gets new head
    24 april 2009 18:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Eliud Wabukala has been named the new Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya. Full text...

  • 7 detained for planning to disrupt Pope's visit to Cameroon
    24 march 2009 15:26:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Seven militants of the Southern Cameroon National Coun cil (SCNC), movement for the independence of "English Speaking Cameroon", arrest e d in Bamenda (North-Western Cameroon) the day before Pope Benedict XVI arrived i n Cameroon, have been detained in the central prison of Bamenda, judicial sources told PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritian Bishop backs Pope's comments on condoms
    20 march 2009 16:50:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Bishop Maurice Piat of Port-Louis has said he app roved of the position of the Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, on c ondoms, a statement issued in the Mauritian capital Friday indicated. Full text...

  • Visiting Pope Benedict XVI now in Angola
    20 march 2009 15:44:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Pope Benedict XVI arrived here on Friday from Cameroon i n continuation of his African tour. Full text...

  • Pope Benedict XVI expected in Yaoundé Tuesday
    17 march 2009 17:18:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Catholic pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI, successor to the late Pope John Paul II, on his first trip to Africa since his election, is e x pected at the Yaoundé-Nsimalen airport Tuesday at 4pm (3pm GMT), where he will b e welcomed by Cameroonian Head of State, Paul Biya, PANA learnt from an official s ource here. Full text...

  • Pope Benedict XVI to visit Africa
    16 march 2009 18:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Catholic Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI, will begin his first visit to Africa with stoppages in Cameroon and Angola. Full text...

  • Mauritius celebrates birth of Prophet Mohamed
    10 march 2009 22:58:00
    Phoenix- Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Muslims on T-uesday celebrated Maouloud, th e birthday of Prophet Mohamed, with a religious gathering at Phoenix in the cent e r of the island. Full text...

  • President of Burundi Islamic community sacked
    02 march 2009 18:23:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A general meeting of the supreme council of Sheiks o n Sunday dismissed the president of the Islamic community of Burundi (COMIBU), I s sa Saloum Bagoribarira, with two years left in his term. Full text...

  • Ivorian Muslim pilgrims return home Thursday
    11 december 2008 10:14:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The first batch of Ivorian pilgrims who travelled to Mecca in Saudi Arabia were expected back home Thursday (11Dec), with the rest due to return next Monday, according to the schedule issued by the organisers. Full text...

  • Eid-el-Kabir: Yar'Adua asks Nigerians to embrace peace
    07 december 2008 12:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Against the background of the recent ethnic and religious riots that claimed hundreds of lives in Nigeria's northern city of Jos, President Umaru Yar'Adua has asked Nigerians to strive to overcome the periodic outbreaks of sectarian violence, which is becoming a major hindrance to the nation's development. Full text...

  • Mali to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir Monday
    03 december 2008 18:34:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali will celebrate Eid-el-Kabir Monday, 8 December, a rel ease by the Territorial Administration and Local Collectivities Ministry broadca s t by the national television said. Full text...

  • Egypt's leading cleric condemns Hamas on pilgrims
    03 december 2008 10:11:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- After Hamas prevented Muslims seeking to leave Gaza for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Egypt's leading cleric Mohamed Tantawi has condemned the move, calling it an "abominable crime. Full text...

  • Ex-Islamist leader condemns Al Qaeda's Zawahiri
    25 november 2008 13:04:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- In a treatise published in Egypt's Al Masry Al Youm newspaper, former Islamic Jihad in Egypt leader Sayed Imam has lashed out against his former partner and current Al Qaeda number two man, Ayman Zawahiri, calling him a "bloodthirsty" militant. Full text...

  • Comoran intended pilgrims leave for Mecca
    18 november 2008 13:29:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The first batch of 210 Comoran intended Muslim pilgrims left Moroni on Tuesday morning aboard a Yemeni Airways flight for Islam's Holy place of Mecca, PANA reported. Full text...

  • UN decries use of religion to kill innocent people
    14 november 2008 19:01:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly has decrie d the use of religion to justify the killing of innocent people and other terror i st acts. Full text...

  • Nigeria wants media to promote religious tolerance
    14 november 2008 08:50:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Nigeria has called on the media to promote peace and under standing among all religious faiths to prevent the defamation of religious and c u ltural values. Full text...

  • First group of Ivorian pilgrims leaves for Mecca
    11 november 2008 10:40:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The first group of Ivorian Muslim pilgrims were billed to leave for Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday (11Nov), the department of religion services has announced here. Full text...

  • Guinean islamic leader calls for civism during Ramadan
    02 september 2008 16:29:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the Guinean Islamic League (LI G), Mahmoud Nabanyou Cherif, urged traders to exercise civism by not increasing t he prices of basic commodities during the month of Ramadan which started here Tu e sday. Full text...

  • Cameroonian Imams hold peace conference
    26 august 2008 12:08:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Imams of Cameroon opened their first conference Monday in Yaounde, on the theme "peace in Cameroon: a culture to be nurtured", PANA reported. Full text...

  • Mauritian Christians want official government recognition
    22 august 2008 17:16:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Mauritian catholic priest, Jocelyn Gregoire, de clared here Friday that the time had come for the various christian denomination s in the island to fight for official recognition by the government. Full text...

  • 'Fatwa' bars hereditary presidency in Egypt
    30 july 2008 07:28:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) – Egypt's Dar Al Aftaa, the Su-preme Council for Islamic Affairs, has issued a fatwa, or religious edict, stating that the presidency of the country cannot become hereditary. Full text...

  • Central African bishops meet
    01 july 2008 10:49:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The 8th plenary assembly of the assoc iation of the Bishops' Conference of the Central African Region (ACERAC) opened Monday in Bang ui, in the presence of more than 30 bishops from Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Chad a nd the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Benin declares 22 May holiday to honour late Cardinal Gantin
    16 may 2008 08:22:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Beninese government has declared 22 May a public holiday to enable the citizens to pay their last tribute to Cardinal Bernardin Gantin, who died Tuesday in Paris at the age of 86, a government statement said. Full text...

  • Cardinal Gantin dies in Paris
    13 may 2008 23:22:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Bernardin Cardinal Gantin, dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals, died on Tuesday evening at the age of 86 at George Pompidou Hospital in Paris, France, official sources in Cotonou said. Full text...

  • Cameroonian chief, two companions convert to Islam
    13 may 2008 21:15:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The traditional supreme chief of Cameroon's Nso ethnic g roup, Sihom Mbingolo II and two of his companions have converted to Islam before the Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi during the audience he granted them on Monday in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Protestant temple in Moroni desecrated
    12 may 2008 22:43:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The Moroni Protestant Church has been desecrated by uni dentified people with obscene words written in black ink on the walls. Full text...

  • Organisations condemn film against Islam
    01 april 2008 09:22:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The World Islamic Call Society (WICA) and the Libyan Islamic People's Command Monday condemned the attack against Islam by a Right Dutch MP through the production of the film "Fitna", in which he attacked the teachings of the Islamic religion. Full text...

  • Yaounde Archbishop seriously wounded in car crash
    28 march 2008 09:42:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Archbishop Victor Tonye-Bakot of the Catholic Archdiocese of Yaounde, Cameroon, was seriously wounded in a road accident here Thursday, the Cameroon;s state-owned television reported. Full text...

  • DR Congo withdraws recognition for BDK politico-religious sect
    24 march 2008 20:17:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The DR Congo has withdrawn recognition for the "Bund u Dia Kongo" (BDK) sect, citing the "various cases of crime" perpetrated by the m ilitia of the politico-religious movement in Bas-Congo. Full text...

  • Mauritian Premier pleads for peaceful coexistence in his country
    21 march 2008 19:36:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Premier Navin Ramgoolam Friday urged his compatriots to coexist peacefully in "our island with various cultures and religions", and pleaded for "unity in progress". Full text...

  • Debate over appointment of first-ever female 'maazun' in Islamic world
    29 february 2008 11:46:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The appointment of Egypt's first female that is authorised to conduct Muslim weddings has sparked a debate over the role of women in Islamic institutions. Full text...

  • Dakar to host symposium on Islam in Black Africa
    31 january 2008 23:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A two-day international symposium on Islam in sub-Saharan African societies opens on Monday in Dakar as a prelude to the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (IOC) summit scheduled for the Senegalese capital on 13-14 March. Full text...

  • Investigation launched into monastery attack in Egypt
    14 january 2008 11:01:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The authorities have launched an investigation into an attack on a monastery in southern Egypt, according to a Monk, Father Mina. Full text...

  • Egyptian Muslim sect says rape victims can have abortion
    03 january 2008 08:14:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Al Azhar, the most respected and influential Sunni Muslim institution, said women who were subjected to sexual abuse could have an abortion in order to maintain "social standing" in their community. Full text...

  • Police prosecute Egyptian who claims he is like Prophet Mohammed
    28 december 2007 19:30:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) – The Sudanese police are p-rosecuting an Egyptian man who claims he is like Prophet Mohammed. Full text...

  • Nigeria hosts conference of West African Catholic Bishops
    04 december 2007 11:10:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria will Wednesday host a conference of Anglophone a nd Francophone West African Catholic Bishops in the nation’s capital, Abuja, acc o rding to the Catholic Bishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan. Full text...

  • Nairobi to host World Christian Forum from 6 to 9 November
    17 october 2007 22:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A world forum, which would bring together all Christian congregations would be held from 6 to 9 November in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, Cardinal Adrien Sarr, the newly named Senegalese Cardinal announced on Wednesday in Dakar. Full text...

  • Archbishops of Dakar and Nairobi appointed Cardinals
    17 october 2007 21:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Archbishop of Dakar, Théodore Adrien Sarr and that of Nairobi, John Njué, have been appointed Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI, the Senegalese prelate announced in Dakar on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Pastor sacks lewd dancers in Nigeria
    01 october 2007 12:50:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A cleric angered by lewd dancing at a church ceremony in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja stopped the dancers midway and sent them packing from the podium, the official News Agency of Nigeria reported Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria plans religious conference to stem sectarian violence
    01 october 2007 07:51:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has announced plans to organise a 'religious conference' to stem the rising tide of sectarian violence, amid reports of another religious riot in the predominantly-Muslim northern state of Kano. Full text...

  • Head of Orthodox Church for neighbouring Congos
    17 september 2007 21:49:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) – Patriarch Theodore II -of the Orthodox church will begin a pastoral visit to DR Congo on Wednesday, the archbishop of this Central African church, Mgr Ignatos, announced Monday in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Benedict XVI decrees return to tradition in Papal election
    27 june 2007 13:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Pope Benedict XVI has decreed a return to the traditional norm of two-thirds majority requirement for the election of a Roman Catholic pontiff. Full text...

  • American Catholic Dioceses raise US$1.7 million to support Africa
    24 april 2007 16:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ninety-seven American dioceses contributed US$1,727,000 in 2006, to the Pastoral Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa, which supports the growing population of Catholics in Africa and the needs of all countries on the continent. Full text...

  • Mauritian Muslim cleric arrested on anti-terrorism charges
    23 april 2007 21:51:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Jameel Chooramun, leader of Mauritian Islamist group "Jamaat-ul-Ulama," was arrested by the police Monday over an alleged statement he made in contravention of the country's anti-terrorism Act, police sources said. Full text...

  • Reunion to host Indian Ocean Episcopal Conference
    22 april 2007 11:42:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A five-day Episcopal Conference of the Indian Ocean, begins Monday in the French overseas territory of Reunion, official sources said here Sunday. Full text...

  • Ban confers with Pope Benedict XVI on world issues
    19 april 2007 10:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Pope Benedict XVI, on Wednesday, received in audience UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, for talks which the Vatican said covered the restoration of trust in multilateral relations, strengthening of dialogue between cultures and international situations. Full text...

  • Muslims demonstrate in Mauritius against court ruling
    10 april 2007 19:20:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Hundreds of Muslims, led by the Jamiat-ul-Ulama leader, Maulana Jameel Chooramun, Tuesday demonstrated in front of the Mauritian Parliament, demanding for an amendment of the law to allow use of amplifiers and loudspeakers when calling for prayer (azaan). Full text...

  • 10 African leaders for Prophet Mohamed's birthday feast at Agadès
    30 march 2007 19:17:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- At least 10 African leaders including Libya's Colonel Moamar Khadafi, are to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Mohamed at Agadès, 1,000-km north of the Niger capital Niamey, Friday, officials said. Full text...

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