Society - Religion
  • 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...

  • Bissau authorities ban Ahmadia sect
    09 march 2005 12:24:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- The government of Guinea-Bissau has banned the Ahmadia sect, charging that it has been "a threat to peace and stability" since being authorised in the country last January. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa joins Zambian Baptist church
    28 february 2005 10:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- President Levy Mwanawasa on Sunday went down into history as the first sitting president in Southern Africa to undergo the rituals of baptism as he switched allegiance from one Christian denomination to the other. Full text...

  • Islamic leader pleads for "open" Islam in Mauritania
    13 february 2005 18:20:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the Mauritanian Ulemas Association, Hamden Ould Tah, has pleaded for an "open and tolerant" Islam in Mauritania, saying hospitality and respect for "others' beliefs" were totally guaranteed in the country. Full text...

  • Cleric challenges Christians to solve Africa's problems
    05 february 2005 16:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Mounds of garbage have become history in Mbeya town, southern Tanzania thanks to an initiative by Reverend Dr Nicku Kyungu Mordi, who is president and executive director of Africa for Jesus (AFJ), a prayer movement formed in Washington DC 12 years ago. Full text...

  • Liberian Episcopal Church condemns gay priests
    04 february 2005 16:04:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The Episcopal Church in Liberia has condemned the ordination of gay priests, saying "the church does not accept the practice of homosexuality, neither will the Diocese endorse same sex marriage. Full text...

  • Ghana moves to end Hajj pilgrims' hardships
    22 january 2005 19:51:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana, apparently embarrassed by an annual ritual of a messy organisation of the Muslim Hajj, said the government has initiated a process to set up a permanent Hajj Board to end the hardships for good. Full text...

  • Nigerians celebrate Eid-el-Kabir
    20 january 2005 12:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerians are observing Thursday and Friday as public holidays, declared by the federal government to enable Muslim faithfuls to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir festival. Full text...

  • Benin to celebrate Abraham's sacrifice Thursday
    19 january 2005 15:47:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Beninese Muslim community will Thursday celebrate the Aid-el-Kabir holiday known as Tabaski to commemorate Abraham's sacrifice of his son after he was ordered to do so by God, official sources revealed. Full text...

  • Stranded African pilgrims finally depart Douala for Mecca
    13 january 2005 21:58:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Some 300 stranded pilgrims from Cameroon and neighbouring African countries finally left Douala Thursday aboard Cameroon's national carrier, CAMAIR flight to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for this year's Hajj. Full text...

  • 2,000 Mauritanian Muslims to perform this year's Hajj
    04 january 2005 16:46:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Some 2,000 Mauritanian Muslims are to perform this year's pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, officials said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ivorian pilgrims depart for Mecca
    03 january 2005 22:02:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The first batch of 360 Ivorian pilgrims left Abidjan Sunday on the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, after the cancellation of their Christmas flights, officials said Monday. Full text...

  • Doubts hang over Ivorians' pilgrimage to Mecca
    28 december 2004 18:48:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- There are growing fears that some 1,500 Ivorians billed for pilgrimage to Mecca will not make the trip after the cancellation of the first three flights to Saudi Arabia. Full text...

  • 2,000 Mauritians set for Muslim pilgrimage
    28 december 2004 09:59:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A total of 2,050 Mauritian Muslims will travel to Mecca for this year's pilgrimage, an official source confirmed here Tuesday morning. Full text...

  • WICS condemns repeated attempts linking Islam to terrorism
    01 december 2004 22:18:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The 7th conference of the World Islamic Call Society (WICS) has denounced repeated "tactics" linking Islam to terrorism, saying this was "a grave offence" against the 1. Full text...

  • Nigerian court overturns Sharia death sentence on pregnant woman
    10 november 2004 17:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An upper Sharia court in Dass, near Nigeria's northern city of Bauchi, Wednesday overturned a death-by-stoning sentence passed on a pregnant teenage woman for adultery, setting off jubilation by the woman, her counsel and her supporters. Full text...

  • Morocco, Guinea sign religious cooperation pact
    28 october 2004 15:00:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco and Guinea have signed a memorandum of understanding here to foster cooperation in religious affairs between the two countries. Full text...

  • Obasanjo chides same sex marriage, homosexuality
    27 october 2004 16:05:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Wednesday slammed same sex marriage and homosexuality as "unbiblical, unnatural and definitely unAfrican". Full text...

  • African Anglican Bishops to meet in Nigeria
    25 october 2004 17:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The First All-African Anglican Bishops Conference (AABC) begins in Lagos Wednesday to discuss problems facing the Anglican Communion on the continent. Full text...

  • UNESCO mobilises for Dakar Islamo-Christian Dialogue
    19 october 2004 23:05:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO is expected to get involved in preparations for the international conference Islamo-Christian dialogue scheduled 2005 in the Senegalese capital Dakar, reliable sources said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • King Mohammed VI leads first 'religious talk" on Ramadan
    18 october 2004 23:58:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan King Mohammed VI Monday presided over the first "religious talk" of the holy fasting month of Ramadan amid extensive efforts by the authorities of the kingdom to regulate religious activities. Full text...

  • Comoran police arrest 5 for violating Ramadan rule in Moroni
    18 october 2004 15:32:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The Comoran police said they arrested five people Sunday for eating food, drinking alcohol and smoking Indian hemp during daytime in violation of the Ramadan fasting. Full text...

  • Ramadan starts Saturday in Mauritius
    15 october 2004 21:07:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Muslims in Mauritius begin the month-long fasting of the Ramadan on Saturday, sources at the Grand Mosque of Port-Louis confirmed here, saying the moon was sighted Friday evening. Full text...

  • Gambian Muslims to fast on Saturday
    15 october 2004 14:13:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Muslims in the Gambia will this weekend join the rest of the Islamic world in observing the holy month of Ramadan, according to Alhaji Banding Drammeh, the president of the country's Supreme Islamic Council, Friday here. Full text...

  • Nigeria to host Anglican bishops
    13 october 2004 11:59:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Some 300 Anglican Bishops from across Africa are expected to attend an African Anglican Bishops conference in Nigeria from 26 October to 1 November. Full text...

  • France condoles with African Orthodox Church over primate's death
    12 september 2004 18:06:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has expressed "outrage" over the death Saturday of Alexandria Patriarch Peter VII, the primate of the African Orthodox Church in a helicopter crash on Mount Athos in Greece. Full text...

  • Uganda church won't turn away dissident US churches
    02 september 2004 16:16:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) --- Ugandan Anglican Church Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi has said the Anglican community will not turn away dissident churches which wish to abandon the Episcopal Church of America for supporting gay unions. Full text...

  • Nigerian State clamps down on self-styled Islamic leader
    04 august 2004 17:16:00
    Birnin Kebbi- Nigeria (PANA) -- To defuse a looming sectarian violence, governor Adamu Aliero of Nigeria's northern Kebbi State Wednesday ordered the destruction of an "Islamic republic" proclaimed by a self-styled Muslim leader in the State, Sanusi Maikera Gandu. Full text...

  • Senegalese scholar stresses Islamic virtues
    04 august 2004 10:04:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Islamic scholar Haji Amadou Mustapha Wade has stressed the imperative of promoting Islamic virtues and encouraging access to its world of knowledge and culture. Full text...

  • Congolese Catholics urged to shun Kimbanguism
    13 july 2004 22:12:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- Congo's National Episcopal Conference has banned Catholics in the Democratic Republic of Congo from holding ecumenical prayers with believers in Kimbanguism In a statement issued last weekend at the end of its 28 June-3 July plenary assembly, the conference also nullified the Kimbanguist baptism of Catholics, saying it is not conferred in the name of the Holy Trinity. Full text...

  • Mauritanian Imams campaign against sexual violence
    09 july 2004 13:55:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Imams in Mauritania have undertaken to sensitise men against the dangers of sexual violence against women. Full text...

  • Niamey to host 3rd CIMEF symposium this month
    07 july 2004 23:09:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The third edition of the International Symposium of Moslems in the Francophone Space (CIMEF) will hold here 30 July to 2 August, the Islamic monthly As-Salam reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ghana Church under Internal Revenue Service searchlight
    07 july 2004 20:55:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghana branch of Nigeria-based Winners Church, embroiled in internal feud, has been served notice by the Accra Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the scrutiny of the Church accounts for taxation purposes. Full text...

  • Niger to host third Francophone Islamic symposium
    07 july 2004 09:46:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The third International Symposium of Moslems in the Francophone Space (CIMEF) will be held in Niamey, Niger from 30 July to 2 August, the Islamic monthly magazine, As- Salam reported here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Niger to host third Francophone Islamic symposium
    07 july 2004 09:44:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The third International Symposium of Moslems in the Francophone Space (CIMEF) will be held in Niamey, Niger from 30 July to 2 August, the Islamic monthly magazine, As- Salam reported here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tandja leaves for Sokoto in Nigeria
    20 june 2004 18:22:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger President Mamadou Tandja left Niamey Sunday for Sokoto to participate in ceremonies commemorating the bicentenary of the neighbouring northern Nigerian caliphate. Full text...

  • Ghana branch of Nigeria-based church threatens split
    20 june 2004 18:09:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Members of a Ghana branch of the Nigeria-based Winners Chapel Pentecostal church, have rejected the transfer of their Bishop to Nigeria and are threatening to break away. Full text...

  • Thugs kill Ugandan nun
    27 may 2004 17:18:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A 35-year-old Catholic nun was killed Tuesday night by suspected thugs who broke into the Banyatereza Sisters' Convent of Virika, in Uganda's western district of Fort Potal, police said Thursday. Full text...

  • Brazilian nun leaves Mozambique over child trafficking scandal
    13 may 2004 19:21:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Brazilian nun Maria Elilda dos Santos, who reported alleged child and human organs' trafficking in Mozambique's northern Nampula province, has left the country under alleged pressure from Mozambican authorities, national news agency, AIM reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritian Islamic group decries neglect
    13 may 2004 16:03:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The "Jamiat-Ul-Ulama" Islamic movement Thursday threatened to demonstrate in the streets of Port Louis if Prime Minister Paul Berenger fails to address the grievances of the Moslem community. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges religious groups to promote peace in Africa
    10 may 2004 19:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- UN Secretary General's Special envoy to the Great Lakes region Ibrahima Fall, has called on religious groups in Africa to stop fighting among themselves for supremacy but to focus on the promotion of peace on the continent. Full text...

  • Mauritius celebrates "Yaum-un-Nabi"
    04 may 2004 10:16:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The faithful in Mauritius joined the Moslem community worldwide Monday to mark the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Muhammad. Full text...

  • Nouakchott hosts 16th Islamic scientific symposium
    28 april 2004 17:41:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The 16th Scientific Symposium organised by the Islamic Grouping, with support from the Islamic Research Institute, Wednesday continued proceedings under the patronage of Mauritanian Head of State, Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya. Full text...

  • Burkinabe, Ivorian bishops to hold peace mass Sunday
    22 april 2004 14:43:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian and Burkinabe bishops will 25 April converge at the Saint Paul Cathedral in Plateau district here to celebrate a mass of repentance, forgiveness, reconciliation and grace, church sources revealed Thursday. Full text...

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