Society - Religion
  • Malta's Grand Master of Order visits Cameroon
    20 february 2006 12:37:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Malta's Grand Master of Sovereign, Military and Hospitaller Order, Fra' Andrew Bertie, arrived in Yaounde on Monday to begin an official four-day visit to Cameroon. Full text...

  • Danish envoy apologises over Mohammed 'slur'
    06 february 2006 15:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Danish Ambassador to Kenya Bo Jensen Monday apologized to Muslims across the globe over the publication the now controversial caricatures of Prophet Mohammed by Danish newspapers and re-printed in other European countries. Full text...

  • Wade condemns Prophet Muhammad's cartoons
    06 february 2006 09:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has strongly condemned Prophet Muhammad's cartoons first published in a conservative Danish newspaper, and subsequently in other papers in France and Norway, describing them as "blasphemous. Full text...

  • South African Muslims denounce press cartoons on Prophet Muhammed
    04 february 2006 09:31:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Council of Muslim Theologians says it is "deeply offended" by caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed published in some European newspapers. Full text...

  • Kenya Muslims slate protest over Prophet Mohammed 'slur'
    03 february 2006 15:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Muslims will 10 February stage a peaceful protest here against the 'unwarranted attack' on prophet Mohammad by the media in certain European countries, Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) chairman Abdulghafur El-Busaidy announced Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritanian women angered by prophet Mohamed's cartoons
    30 january 2006 11:06:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- About 1,000 Mauritanian women on Sunday afternoon participated in a demonstration here to protest against pictures published by Scandinavian papers caricaturing Prophet Mohamed. Full text...

  • 26 Roman Catholic pastoral agents killed in 2005
    03 january 2006 00:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A Roman Catholic bishop, 20 priests, two men religious, two women religious and a layman met violent deaths in 2005, according to latest reports from the Vatican. Full text...

  • Mohammed VI to attend OIC summit in Saudi Arabia
    06 december 2005 19:30:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan King Mohammed VI is expected to attend the 8-9 December summit of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) in Saudi Arabia, reliable sources said here. Full text...

  • Malawi church rejects pro-gay bishop's appointment
    02 december 2005 14:11:00
    Zomba- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's Anglican Church, with the support of its Central African counterparts, has rejected the confirmation of a pro-gay British vicar as bishop of the country's Lake Malawi diocese. Full text...

  • Burundi Bishop dies in Italy
    20 november 2005 19:06:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Monsignor Bernard Bududira, bishop of Bururi Diocese in southern Burundi, died Saturday in Italy where he had gone for medical treatment, official sources said here Sunday. Full text...

  • Guebuza urges Church to support drought, AIDS victims in Mozambique
    20 november 2005 18:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- President Armando Guebuza Sunday urged the Old Apostolic Church of Mozambique, to step up support for people affected by drought and HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Muslims demand Ahmadia sect's expulsion from Guinea Bissau
    16 november 2005 22:08:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The chairman of the National Islamic Council (CNI) of Guinea Bissau, Aladji Abdou Baio, has demanded the expulsion of the Ahmadia sect from the West African country, official sources revealed here. Full text...

  • Mutharika pardons 800 Malawi prisoners to mark Muslim festival
    03 november 2005 13:55:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has reprieved 803 prisoners, including 30 minors, to mark the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitri. Full text...

  • King Mohamed VI pardons 1,000 prisoners to mark Muslim feast
    03 november 2005 12:05:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan King Mohamed VI has pardoned 1,111 prisoners on the occasion of Ed al-Fitr, marking the end of Muslim Ramadan, which is to be celebrated in the country Friday, the Justice Ministry said. Full text...

  • SA Lutheran prelate supports ordination of polygamist, gay priests
    31 october 2005 08:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Louis Sibiya, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Africa, says there is no simple "yes" or "no" answer to whether a self-confessed gay person can be married and/or ordained in the Church, or whether a polygamist can be ordained into the ministry. Full text...

  • Kenyan church plans missions into Sudan, Somalia
    23 october 2005 13:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Free Pentecostal Fellowship church in Kenya (FPFK) is working out ways to send missionaries and social workers to the war torn countries of Sudan and Somalia as a way of bestowing peace in the areas, said a senior cleric of the FPFK Sunday. Full text...

  • Pope urges for end to Cabinda diocese crisis
    20 october 2005 10:28:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Pope Benedict XVI has appealed to the Cabinda clergy of northern Angola to bring the faithful into making peace there in order to put an end to the current crisis facing the local diocese, Papal Nuncio Angelo Beccio has said in Luanda. Full text...

  • 'Offensive' Christian radio broadcast irks Kenyan Muslims
    07 october 2005 15:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Tension is brewing between the Muslim community and a Christian radio station in the Kenyan town of Eldoret, 300km north- west of here, over a programme being broadcast by the station the Muslims term "offensive" to their faith. Full text...

  • Nigerian Anglicans confirm split with Church of England
    29 september 2005 14:08:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The head of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most Rev. Full text...

  • Top US tele-evengelist visits Kenya
    26 september 2005 18:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- US tele-evangelist, Bishop T. Full text...

  • Italian priest killed by angry mob in Congo Brazzaville
    12 september 2005 21:34:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- An Italian priest Angelo Radelli was lynched by an angry mob Monday after he had killed a girl with his car in a village in northern Congo Brazzaville, a government official, Alain Akouala, said. Full text...

  • Pope Benedict XVI appoints new envoy for Benin, Togo
    10 september 2005 13:22:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Michel A Blume to be his representative in Benin and Togo instead of Mgr Pierre Nguyên Van Tot, sources close to the Church said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Gay row stalls confirmation of Malawi Anglican bishop-elect
    03 september 2005 15:54:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Hearings to confirm a liberal British vicar as bishop of an Anglican diocese in Malawi, were suspended indefinitely here Saturday following controversy over his alleged gay connections, a senior Anglican cleric said. Full text...

  • Kenya's sole Cardinal Otunga on fast-track to Sainthood
    23 august 2005 12:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya, (PANA) -- The Catholic Church in Kenya has exhumed the body of Cardinal Maurice Otunga for reburial at a mausoleum in a Nairobi suburb as part of rituals ahead of his probable canonisation, church sources said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cameroonian pilgrims denied visas for Germany
    16 august 2005 22:30:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Several Cameroonian pilgrims who wanted to attend the 20th World Day of Youth (WDY) taking place in Cologne, Germany, from 16 to 21 August have been denied entry visa into the European country. Full text...

  • Armed robbers attack 3rd Catholic Church in Lagos
    15 august 2005 15:46:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Armed robbers Monday attacked St. Full text...

  • Kadhafi Islamic Centre to be built in Nigeria
    20 july 2005 23:01:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A Libyan building company, Africa Project, and the coordination department of the Post-Kano Programme of Action, on Wednesday in Tripoli signed a contract to build the Kadhafi Centre for Islamic Radiance in Kano in Northern Nigeria. Full text...

  • Italian Catholic Bishop killed in Kenyan tribal violence
    15 july 2005 13:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan police are investigating the killing by gunmen of Italian Roman Catholic Bishop Luigi Locati, in Kenya's northern town of Isiolo, near the area where more than 80 people were murdered in tribal clashes this week, the local press reported Friday. Full text...

  • Niger sets up Islamic council
    23 june 2005 23:35:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger on Thursday set an Islamic Council (CIN), a supreme consultation body for all religious affairs, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Mozambique outlaws religious propaganda in public schools
    17 june 2005 18:09:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's Education Ministry has condemned the distribution of religious propaganda in public schools in the country, saying it is against the national constitution. Full text...

  • Suspected Muslim fundamentalists indicted in Mauritania
    01 june 2005 11:22:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Thirteen suspected Muslim fundamentalists, including Imams, appeared before a Nouakchott court Tuesday charged with "criminal association" and were later remanded in custody. Full text...

  • 15 suspected Mauritania Muslim fundamentalists arrested
    31 may 2005 10:59:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Another group of 15 suspected members of a Muslim fundamentalist movement in Mauritania was taken to Nouakchott central prison at the weekend, judicial sources here said. Full text...

  • Jewish pilgrims hail Tunisia's invitation to Sharon
    29 may 2005 10:16:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Jewish pilgrims have commended Tunisia for inviting the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to the World Summit on the Information Society in October 2005 in the North African nation, media reports said here Sunday. Full text...

  • Gambia to extradite two suspected Mauritanian Islamists
    28 may 2005 14:16:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Gambian authorities plan to extradite two Mauritanian alleged Islamists, informed sources said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone Catholics to discuss VP's alleged blasphemy
    26 may 2005 14:51:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Senior Catholics at "our Lady Star of the Sea" Juba Parish in Sierra Leone are planning a meeting to discuss a blasphemous statement purportedly made by Vice-President Solomon Berewa against the Christian faith. Full text...

  • HRW urges Nigeria to bring perpetrators of religious violence to book
    25 may 2005 14:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- One year after some 900 people were massacred in clashes between Muslims and Christians in northern and central Nigeria, Human Rights Watch (HRW), said Wednesday the Abuja government had failed to prosecute those responsible for the cycle of violence. Full text...

  • S. Leone Catholics demand VP's ex-communication
    23 may 2005 22:20:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A group of Catholics led by Philip Labor has urged the head of Catholic Church in Sierra Leone, Archbishop Joseph Gander, to ex-communicate Vice President Solomon Ekuma Berewa for his recent campaign statements considered to be "blasphemous. Full text...

  • Ugandan Church bans politicking
    23 may 2005 16:47:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ahead of the 2006 general electrons, the Catholic Church in north-western Uganda has banned politicians from campaigning during service. Full text...

  • Assailants stone Pope's envoy in Angola's Cabinda
    17 may 2005 20:32:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- People suspected to be members of the Catholic Church recently threw stones at the visiting Papal Nuncio in Angola, Mgr. Full text...

  • Separate seats for men, women commuters in Nigeria's Kano
    13 may 2005 12:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Legislators in northern Nigerian Kano state have passed a law banning men and women from sitting together in commercial vehicles in the state, as stipulated under the Islamic Sharia law, the private Guardian newspaper reported Friday. Full text...

  • DR Congo Bishops invite Pope Benedict XVI to Kinshasa
    06 may 2005 19:07:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) has invited Pope Benedict XVI to visit DR Congo. Full text...

  • Ould Taya advocates dialogue of civilisations
    27 april 2005 21:45:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian President Maaouya Ould Taya has advocated for a dialogue between civilisations in a bid to check the culture of violence. Full text...

  • Moroccan king extends hand to Pope Benedict XVI
    20 april 2005 16:55:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohamed VI of Morocco is ready to work with newly-elected Pope Benedict XVI in ensuring global equality, justice and peaceful coexistence of all peoples, mainly in the Middle East, regardless of their belief and culture. Full text...

  • Senegalese president congratulates Pope Benedict XVI
    20 april 2005 06:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal on Tuesday congratulated the new Pope of the Catholic Church, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, who was elected the same day and chose the name Benedict XVI. Full text...

  • Kenyans ecstatic over new Pope Benedict XVI
    19 april 2005 19:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Catholics on Tuesday celebrated the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany as the new Pope, saying this marked the onset of a new phase of ultra- conservatism in the church. Full text...

  • Nigerian cardinal cited among possible Pope's successors
    03 april 2005 13:18:00
    Paris- France (France) -- Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria, the prefect of the Divine Worship Congregation, is among names being mentioned by Vatican observers to be possible successors to Pope John Paul II, who passed away Saturday at the age of 84 after a protracted illness. Full text...

  • Mauritians mourn Pope John Paul II
    03 april 2005 10:25:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritians and different religious leaders in the Indian Ocean Island nation on Sunday expressed sorrow over the death of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on Saturday night. Full text...

  • Uganda Catholic Church worried by Pope's failing health
    02 april 2005 10:57:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Like the rest of Christendom, the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda has continued to express concern over the deterioration in the health of Pope John Paul II, with clerics saying the Church was now in a "very trying moment. Full text...

  • Bongo maintains son as leader of Islamic associations
    17 march 2005 21:19:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- President Omar Bongo Ondimba, who is also Caliph-General of the Muslim community in Gabon has confirmed his son, Ali Bongo Ondimba as chair of Gabon's Higher Islamic Affairs Council (CSAIG). Full text...

  • Senegal to host inter-religious dialogue
    17 march 2005 15:40:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African and European politicians, scientists and religious leaders will attend an international symposium on intercultural and inter-religious dialogue in Dakar from 22-24 March, says a news release issued in the Senegalese capital Thursday. Full text...

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