Society - Religion
  • 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...

  • Kadhafi in Niger for Muslim feast
    30 march 2007 18:25:00
    Agadez- Niger (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Friday arrived at Agadez some 1,000-km north of the Niger capital Niamey, for events commemorating the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Mohamed. Full text...

  • Ugandan Muslim cleric charged with fraud
    17 march 2007 18:44:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Islamic leader, Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Shaban Ramathan Mubajje, and two officials of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC), have been charged in court on six counts of fraudulently selling property belonging to the Council. Full text...

  • Archbishop Tutu to inaugurate Anglican Diocese in Mauritius
    12 march 2007 20:38:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, is due in Mauritius Thursday on a three-day visit during which he would inaugurate an administrative centre of a Mauritian Diocese, the Church sources said here Monday. Full text...

  • Liberian Anglican Bishop denounces same sex marriage
    03 march 2007 20:58:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Edward Neufville, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Liberia, insisted here at the weekend that the Anglican Communion must reject same sex marriage and the ordination of gay priests. Full text...

  • Islamic group slams Israeli searches on holy sites in Jerusalem
    20 february 2007 09:59:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The World People's Islamic Command, CPIM, has in Tripoli, condemned the searches conducted by the Israeli authorities on several Islamic holy sites in the Palestinian city of Al-Qods (Jerusalem). Full text...

  • Number of Catholics, priests up slightly
    13 february 2007 20:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The number of Catholics and priests in the world increased slightly in 2005 over the previous year, according to the latest Pontifical Yearbook 2007. Full text...

  • 470 stranded Cameroonian pilgrims finally leave for Saudi Arabia
    11 december 2006 17:55:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) - – After a delay of one week at the northern Garoua Airport, some 470 Cameroonian pilgrims finally departed to Saudi Arabia Sunday, but eyewitnesses said Monday, some 1,000 pilgrims were left behind. Full text...

  • 1,400 intending Cameroonian pilgrims stranded at Garoua airport
    08 december 2006 11:08:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Some 1,400 Cameroonian pilgrims bound for Mecca have been stranded for four days at the Garou International Airport in northern Cameroon, eyewitnesses said Friday. Full text...

  • Sao Tomé gets new Portuguese Bishop
    01 december 2006 22:18:00
    Sao Tomé- Sao Tomé and Principe (PANA) -- Pope Benedict XVI Friday appointed Manuel Antonio Mendes dos Santos, a Portuguese, as new Bishop of Sao Tomé and Principe, to replace his compatriot Abilio de Sousa Ribas, who has retired. Full text...

  • German tourist jailed for evangelism in Morocco
    29 november 2006 22:02:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- German tourist, Sadek Noshi Yassa, 64, has been sentenced to six months in jail and a fine of 50 Euro, by a Moroccan Magistrate's court, for attempting to "undermine the faith of a Muslim," judicial sources said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Catholic Bishops want Ghana to address "widespread moral decadence"
    24 november 2006 20:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- After about 50 years of political independence, Ghana has recorded some progress, but must now address "widespread moral decadence," the country's Catholic Bishops, have recommended. Full text...

  • Niger religious leaders attend forum on Human and Peoples rights
    27 october 2006 14:00:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger religious leaders Friday attended a forum devoted to the Charter on Human and People's rights and a Protocol on women's rights, organised by the women affairs and child development Ministry. Full text...

  • Egypt's Copt leader undergoes surgery in US
    25 october 2006 10:02:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Pope Chenouda III, leader of Egyptian orthodox Copt Church underwent a successful vertebra surgery Tuesday at a Cleveland hospital in the United States, the Church said in Cairo. Full text...

  • Ivorian Muslims pray for peace in their country
    19 october 2006 20:27:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian Muslim community prayed Wednesday night for the return of peace in their country divided by a four-year political crisis. Full text...

  • Int'l female Koran recitation contest ends in Tripoli
    10 october 2006 08:56:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- An international female Koran recitation contest, sponsored by the "Waatassimou" charity secretary general, Dr Aïcha Moammar Kadhafi, has ended its second annual edition in Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Kenyan couple jailed for having sex inside a Mosque
    09 october 2006 15:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan court Monday sentenced a couple to 18 months in prison each for having sexual relations inside a Mosque at Gilgil, about 100-km northwest of Nairobi. Full text...

  • Imam gets 15 years in jail for multiple rape in Cameroon
    06 october 2006 10:03:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) - – A court in Ngaoundéré, northern Cameroon, has sentenced an Imam, Modibo Mamadou Babba, to 15 years in jail for raping at least 20 girls in a Koranic school, legal sources said here Friday. Full text...

  • Catholic Church excommunicates controversial Zambia Archbishop Milingo
    26 september 2006 22:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Pope Benedict XVI has excommunicated controversial Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, after he ordained four married men as bishops in Washington DC Sunday, a Vatican statement said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Malawi gets first Muslim Grand Mufti
    19 september 2006 16:49:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Ulama Council of Malawi Tuesday announced the appointment of Sheik Abbas Cassim, as the nation's first Grand Mufti, the supreme Muslim leader. Full text...

  • Pope Benedict's remark causes indignation in Tunisia
    17 september 2006 13:05:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Tunisian Higher Islamic Council, a government-run body, has expressed "deep indignation" at Pope Benedict XVI's recent statement linking Islam with violence. Full text...

  • Row over Islamic courts deepens in Tanzania
    24 august 2006 15:32:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania edged closer to a major inter- religious row after Muslim leaders in the country called for the establishment of Islamic courts to arbitrate in their disputes. Full text...

  • Kampala gets new Catholic Archbishop
    22 august 2006 14:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Roman Catholic Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kasana-Luweero as the new Archbishop of Kampala, the Vatican announced Monday. Full text...

  • Adventist Church marks 80 years in Central Africa
    21 august 2006 08:32:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- More than 2,000 Christians of different denominations from Cameroon and other Central African countries at the weekend, attended a three-hour service here led by the World Seventh-day Adventist head, Pastor Jan Paulsen as part of activities marking the 80th anniversary of the Church in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Anti-Christian sect members kill Catholic Priest in Bas-Congo
    18 august 2006 23:08:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Suspected dissidents of DR Congo's anti-Christian "Muene" sect, have killed a Catholic priest and plundered the Kizu Parish, near Tshela, in the country's northern Bas-Congo province, the UN Okapi radio has reported here. Full text...

  • Memorial service for victims of DR Congo civil war
    09 august 2006 21:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) – A memorial Church service i-s planned Monday in Paris for victims of DR Congo civil war, the organisers said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Vatican deplores Zambian archbishop's spat
    14 july 2006 21:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Vatican has deplored the statement credited to controversial Zambian Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, suggesting that Catholic priests be allowed to marry. Full text...

  • Pope Benedict appoints new Bishop in Cameroon
    10 july 2006 15:52:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Catholic pontiff Benedict XVI has named George Nkuo, as the new Bishop of Kumbo, in Cameroon's north-western province, an official statement said here at the weekend. Full text...

  • Saudis help build Mosque in Accra
    07 june 2006 22:10:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Saudi Arabian government on Wednesday presented a cheque for 45,000 US dollars towards the construction of a national mosque complex in Accra, the Ghanaian capital. Full text...

  • Pope appoints Kutwa as new archbishop of Abidjan
    04 may 2006 10:12:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Papal nuncio Mario Roberto Cassari, the Holy See's envoy in Cote d'Ivoire, has announced the appointment of Mgr Jean Pierre Kutwa as the new archbishop of Abidjan. Full text...

  • Catholic prelate wants peace, justice taught in Kenyan schools
    18 april 2006 09:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Roman Catholic Archbishop Zacheus Okoth of Kisumu, Kenya, has called on the relevant authorities to consider the introduction of peace and justice programmes in the country's primary and secondary school curricular. Full text...

  • 65 countries to watch Benedict XI maiden Easter Blessing
    15 april 2006 11:20:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Some 102 television networks in 65 countries are to hook on by satellite for Pope Benedict XVI's Easter message and blessing on Sunday, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications said in a release at the Vatican. Full text...

  • Kadhafi tours Malian ancient city Timbuktu
    10 april 2006 20:49:00
    Timbuktu- Mali (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi Monday toured Mali's ancient city of Timbuktu, some 900-km north of Bamako, visiting the Djingarey Ber Mosque, one of the most important historical monuments of the city. Full text...

  • Kadhafi lays foundation stone for Segou's grand Mosque
    09 april 2006 13:43:00
    Segou- Mali (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi, who is also the chairman of the World Islamic Popular Command (CIPM), has laid a foundation stone for a grand Mosque in Segou on the eve of Prophet Muhammad's birthday commemoration. Full text...

  • World Islamic Popular Command holds conference in Tripoli
    09 april 2006 12:56:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The General Congress of the World Islamic Popular Command (CIPM) has in Tripoli began holding its extraordinary session under the theme: "Pride in Prophet Mohammad's Personality. Full text...

  • Mauritania hosts Islamic scientific conference
    04 april 2006 17:56:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- An Islamic scientific conference opened in Nouakchott Tuesday under the chairmanship of Mauritanian leader Ely Ould Mohamed Vall. Full text...

  • World remembers Pope John Paul II
    02 april 2006 15:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Religious events, especially Church services are being held Sunday across Christendom to mark the anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II, who died 2 April 2005, at the age of 84 after a breathtaking 26-year pontificate that touched millions of lives. Full text...

  • Kadhafi slams author of Prophet Mohammad cartoons
    03 march 2006 11:48:00
    Syrte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi has said the Danish journalist who spearheaded the publication of cartoons attacking Prophet Mohammad had expressed his own absurdity and hatred, and not those of Danes who have dissociated themselves from the publication. Full text...

  • Pope urges Christians to face Lent with "new spirit"
    27 february 2006 13:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Pope Benedict XVI has urged Christians to see Lent as a time of renewal instead of a heavy obligation. Full text...

  • Pro-gay Anglican bishop controversy continues in Malawi
    24 february 2006 15:58:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Controversy surrounding the consecration of a theologically liberal English vicar as Anglican bishop of a diocese in Malawi is refusing to die, with the bishop-elect's supporters insisting he must be consecrated into the office despite his rejection by the church's Confirmation Court. Full text...

  • Pope mourns the dead in Nigerian sectarian protests
    22 february 2006 19:26:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his sorrow over the religious violence in northern Nigeria that has killed at least 30 people, including a Roman Catholic priest. Full text...

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