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  • Indian Ocean Muslims to meet in Mauritius 10 August
    31 july 2003 22:35:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The first international colloquium of Muslims of the Indian Ocean convenes 10-11 August in Mauritius bringing together about 100 participants from the region's islands as well as renowned Islamic scholars. Full text...

  • Suspended Conakry Imam reinstated
    30 july 2003 08:41:00
    Conakry- Guinea(PANA) -- Authorities in Guinea have reinstated Imam Alhasasane Khoumouni of Boulbinet Mosque in a Conakry district suspended last week for allegedly praying for an opposition leader in his sermon, informed sources said. Full text...

  • Paulin Pomodimo appointed Archbishop of Bangui
    27 july 2003 17:54:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The President of the Bishop's Conference in the Central African Republic, Paulin Pomodimo, has been appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Bangui, the country's apostolic nuncio has announced here. Full text...

  • Kenyans laud new probe on dead clergymen
    17 july 2003 16:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Besieged by several mysterious deaths of priests, the church in Kenya has won part of the battle following the government's announcement that a fresh probe into the August 2000 death of 72-year old outspoken Catholic Priest, Father John Anthony Kaiser, would commence in August. Full text...

  • Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Ghana
    16 july 2003 22:58:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA -- Dr. ) Full text...

  • New Conakry archbishop takes up duties
    16 june 2003 08:49:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- The Guinean capital of Conakry has a new archbishop, Vincent Coulibaly, who on Sunday received his "service torch" from his predecessor Robert Sarah, who was appointed in 2001 as secretary of the Congregation for People's Evangelisation at the Vatican. Full text...

  • Anglican Church in Nigeria severs link with England Diocese
    08 june 2003 11:53:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Anglican Church in Nigeria has severed its relationship with the diocese of New Westminster in England over the latter's official sanctioning of homosexuality, the private Nigerian Guardian newspaper reported on Sunday. Full text...

  • 30 Mauritanian Muslims remanded in Nouakchott
    04 june 2003 08:32:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Some 30 Mauritanian Muslims including Mohamed Jemil Mansour, a senior official of the main opposition Movement of Democratic Forces (RFD), and a preacher, Mohamed Hassan Ould Dedow, appeared before the Nouakchott tribunal Tuesday charged with treason. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean bishops meet in Seychelles
    26 may 2003 21:47:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Indian Ocean Episcopal Conference (CEDOI) grouping bishops from Reunion, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Seychelles and Comoros begin meeting here Monday. Full text...

  • African Catholics convene in Paris
    26 may 2003 12:54:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- About a thousand African Catholics living in Paris met Sunday at the Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre Basilica in Paris, within the framework of the 2002 Migrants Pastoral service. Full text...

  • 76 percent of Imams in France are Africans
    21 april 2003 18:39:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Seventy-six percent of the thousand Imams in France are Africans, but only 9 percent of them have French nationality, said a recent study by the French Home Affairs Ministry. Full text...

  • Moroccan Family Code chair insists on Islamic values
    11 march 2003 16:38:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- M'hamed Boucetta, the new chair of Morocco's Moudawana (family code) Reform Committee, says he would insist on compliance with Islamic values and the provisions of the Koran. Full text...

  • Niamey gets new Catholic Bishop
    03 march 2003 15:56:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Monsignor Michel Cartatégui was officially installed Sunday as Bishop of Niamey Catholic Diocese, at a ceremony attended by government officials and church representatives from Niger and abroad. Full text...

  • DR Congo church leaders on peace mission to Rwanda
    20 february 2003 23:03:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- A DR Congo's Christ of Church (ECC) delegation led by its national chair, Msgr Pierre Marini Bodho, is on a peace mission in Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...

  • Niamey archbishop resigns, citing poor health
    16 february 2003 17:37:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Archbishop of Niamey, Mgr Guy Romano disclosed this weekend that he had tendered his resignation to Pope Jean Paul II, adding it had been accepted by the pontiff. Full text...

  • Mauritian Muslims celebrate Aid El Kabir
    12 february 2003 13:29:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Muslim community in Mauritius, comprising about 17 percent of the population, Wednesday celebrated the Feast of the Ram (Aid El Kabir), commemorating the sacrifice of Abraham. Full text...

  • Rwandan Muslims call for reconciliation, peace
    11 february 2003 20:46:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda's mufti, Cheikh Saleh Habimana, solemnly appealed to his compatriots Tuesday for peace and national reconciliation on the occasion of the Muslim ram feast marking the end of the Mecca pilgrimage. Full text...

  • Drought slashes sheep prices in Mauritania
    11 february 2003 09:43:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The cost of a sheep for the 2003 Tabaski feast in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, has dropped considerably due to poor rainfall in the past three years, according to a survey. Full text...

  • Gabon imports Tabaski sheep from Cameroon, Chad
    10 february 2003 16:08:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon has imported a large number of sheep from Cameroon and Chad ahead of the Muslim "Tabaski" feast, which is to be celebrated in the country Tuesday. Full text...

  • Two Congolese priests face deportation from Gabon
    15 january 2003 15:15:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese police have threatened to deport two DR Congo priests accused of "forgery and use of false documents," the national daily, l'Union Plus, reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria bans crusades from using public stadia
    14 january 2003 12:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Sports Minister Steven Akiga has banned religious crusades at all national stadia to protect facilities installed at the sports arenas. Full text...

  • Reunion hosts exhibition on Saint Theresa
    06 january 2003 23:28:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- After Lebanon and Iraq, it would be Reunion's turn on 11 January to host an exhibition on the relics of Saint Theresa of Lisieux, named Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II, official sources said in Saint-Denis. Full text...

  • 2 Inter-religious Council officials reported arrested in Liberia
    30 december 2002 16:52:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Two top officials of Liberia's Inter-Religious Council (IRC) have been arrested and detained by State security agents, an official of the Council said in Monrovia Monday. Full text...

  • Malian religious leaders to draw experience in Senegal
    29 december 2002 20:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A Malian delegation of Muslim leaders and experts of the health ministry are expected on a study visit to Senegal 1-7 January 2003, official sources said here Sunday. Full text...

  • Wade accuses Western media of distorting image of Islam
    18 december 2002 19:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal on Wednesday accused the Western media of giving a distorted image of Islam. Full text...

  • Mauritians celebrate Aïd el-fitr Friday
    06 december 2002 15:41:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Muslims, who constitute about 17 percent of the country's population, were Friday celebrating Aïdel-fitr, marking the end of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Cameroon Muslim community marks end of Ramadan
    05 december 2002 20:59:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Muslim community in Cameroon Thursday celebrated the feast of Aid el fitr, which marks the end of a month-long fasting. Full text...

  • Government appeals to Nigerian Muslims for restraint
    22 november 2002 09:27:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Amid sectarian tension in the northern city of Kaduna over Wednesday's controversial report by a national daily, Nigeria's federal government has appealed to Muslims in the country to exercise restraint. Full text...

  • Nigerian paper apologises to Muslims over offensive story
    21 november 2002 10:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Thisday, one of Nigeria's leading newspapers, Thursday apologised to Muslims in the country for an offensive article carried by the paper at the weekend, which resulted in its offices in the northern city of Kaduna being razed by protesting Muslims Wednesday. Full text...

  • Controversial Zambian prelate Milingo to visit home in December
    19 november 2002 16:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian controversial Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, is due to visit home 5-9 December, the Vatican Embassy announced in Lusaka Tuesday. Full text...

  • Virgin of Reparation 'appears' in Reunion
    14 november 2002 20:09:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Several hundreds of Reunion nationals have witnessed mysterious apparitions of the "Virgin of Reparation" during prayer services Tuesdays and Fridays in the west of the island. Full text...

  • Ivorian crisis affects Ramadan observance in Burkina Faso
    07 november 2002 19:22:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe Muslims entered Thursday the sacred fasting month of Ramadan against the backdrop of an economic gloom marked this year by the socio-political crisis raging in neighbouring Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Rain heralds Ramadan in Libya
    07 november 2002 12:47:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The holy month of Ramadan began in Libya Tuesday, with rains in November, a month, which Libyans associate with ploughing. Full text...

  • Guinean Muslims begin Ramadan
    07 november 2002 09:42:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinean Muslims begin Ramadan fasting Thursday joining millions of other faithful worldwide in the observance of one of the five pillars of Islam. Full text...

  • Burundi Muslims plead for truce during Ramadan
    06 november 2002 07:23:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Muslim Community in Burundi has urged all the belligerents in the country's nine-year-old civil war to observe a truce on the eve of Ramadan (Month of Fasting). Full text...

  • Christian band to rock South Africa
    08 october 2002 13:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The popular Christian rock band, Delirious, is due in South Africa next week for a nation-wide tour. Full text...

  • 250 Anglican bishops hold synod in South Africa
    23 september 2002 08:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane Monday morning addressed a gathering of 250 Anglican bishops from southern Africa on the need for a professional approach to their ministry and for a focus on challenges confronting the church. Full text...

  • Church protests alleged slander on Malawi Islamic radio
    17 september 2002 19:07:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's Roman Catholic Church has lodged a complaint with the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) over alleged slander by callers to a programme by the country's private "Radio Islam". Full text...

  • Mauritius Catholics mark 140th anniversary of Father Laval
    09 september 2002 21:08:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Thousands of Mauritian pilgrims Monday thronged the grave of a Catholic priest, who until his death 140 years ago, had dedicated his life to serving the poor. Full text...

  • Kadhafi denounces 'anti-Islamic campaigns'
    02 september 2002 15:19:00
    Sebha- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi has called on Islamic Umma (clerics) to free Muslims from the Western "cage of suspicion. Full text...

  • Muslim contributes 75,000 dollars for church building in Benin
    27 august 2002 21:21:00
    Porto Novo- Benin (PANA) -- A Muslim businessman in Benin has contributed 50 million CFA francs (approximately 75,000 US dollars) to the construction of a Catholic Church of the Community of Saint Pierre and Saint Paul here. Full text...

  • Egypt's Coptic Church leader wants strong Arab lobby in US
    24 august 2002 17:12:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- The head of the Coptic Church in Egypt, Pope Shenouda III, has called for Muslims and Christians of Arab descent living in the US to form a strong pressure group to influence America's policy in the Middle East, a State newspaper reported Saturday in Cairo. Full text...

  • Muslims Council set up in Mauritius
    23 august 2002 21:11:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Muslim Council grouping various Mauritian Islamic organisations has been set up in Port Louis, with the purpose of strengthening unity among Muslims, according to the Council's chairman, Yacoob Ebrahim Dawood. Full text...

  • Nigerian church suspends priest for alleged sexual harassment
    18 august 2002 14:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Methodist Church of Nigeria has suspended one of its priests after a woman accused him of sexual harassment, local press reported Sunday. Full text...

  • 11 African countries form federation for hajj
    16 august 2002 20:58:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- National hajj (pilgrimage) organisations in 11 African countries have formed a federation to defend the interests of Muslim pilgrims, Mauritius Islamic Cultural Centre chairman Reshad Uteem announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Zambian government takes position on Milingo saga
    14 august 2002 16:40:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The saga of the Zambian prelate, Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who married a South Korean woman a year ago, took a new twist Wednesday, with his home government saying it would not intervene in his case as the Vatican was looking after him well. Full text...

  • Zambian government takes position on Milingo saga
    14 august 2002 16:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The saga of the Zambian prelate, Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who married a South Korean woman a year ago, took a new twist Wednesday, with his home government saying it would not intervene in his case as the Vatican was looking after him well. Full text...

  • Nigeria Catholic Church suspends priests over sex-abuse
    15 june 2002 14:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In line with the global trend against clerics who sexually abuse minors in their charge, the Catholic Church of Nigeria said it has suspended some of its priests who were found to have committed the offence. Full text...

  • Thousands of pilgrims leave Mauritania for Senegal
    22 may 2002 15:20:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Thousands of pilgrims left Nouakchott for Senegal early Wednesday to take part in the annual "Gamou" celebration organised in Tivaouane, some 90 km north-east of Dakar, to mark the anniversary of Prophet Mohammed's birth (Mawlid al-Nabi). Full text...

  • Defence Minister alerts on plan to attack Nigerian Christians
    21 april 2002 14:07:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Defence Minister, Theophilus Danjuma, has alerted the nation on plans by some Islamic personalities to attack Christians in the predominantly-Muslim north, with a view to wiping out Christianity from the area, local newspapers reported Sunday. Full text...

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