Society - Religion
  • Pope appoints British bishop as new Burundi envoy
    25 january 2004 10:06:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Pope John Paul II has appointed Bishop Paul Richard Gallagher of Britain as the replacement of Mgr Michael Courtney of Ireland, who was assassinated in an ambush late last month south of Bujumbura, Catholic Church sources disclosed here. Full text...

  • First batch of Burkinabe pilgrims leave for Mecca
    19 january 2004 23:38:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The first batch of 500 Burkinabe pilgrims left Ouagadougou Monday afternoon on board an Air Senegal International Boeing for Mecca. Full text...

  • Archbishop Tutu to ordain daughter Anglican priest in US
    16 january 2004 14:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa will Saturday ordain his youngest daughter, Mpho a priest in the US, Tutu's office said in Johannesburg Friday. Full text...

  • Catholic bishops decry insecurity in CAR
    14 january 2004 16:25:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Catholic Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have denounced the state of insecurity imposed on civilians by rebels and called on the government to restore peace. Full text...

  • 1,650 Mauritanians register for 2004 Mecca pilgrimage
    12 january 2004 17:23:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- About 1,650 Mauritanians have registered for the 2004 pilgrimage to Mecca, the most holy city in Islam, official sources have revealed here. Full text...

  • Libyan airline to carry Malian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia
    30 december 2003 20:24:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's Al-Afriqiyah airline will carry Malian pilgrims on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in January 2004, the airline sources said in Tripoli Tuesday. Full text...

  • Papal nuncio in Burundi murdered
    29 december 2003 18:19:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Monsignor Marc Courtney, Pope John Paul II's representative in Burundi, was murdered by unknown gunmen Monday on a road south of Bujumbura, official sources said. Full text...

  • 1,800 Mauritians set for Mecca pilgrimage
    19 december 2003 16:56:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- About 1,800 Mauritian Muslims would make the pilgrimage to Mecca next January, Islamic Cultural Centre (CCI) director Mohamedally Mownah announced here Friday. Full text...

  • West African religious leaders end meeting in Monrovia
    14 december 2003 21:05:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Christian and Muslim religious leaders from four West African countries and the World Conference of Peace and Religion (WCRP) Sunday ended a four-day meeting in the Liberian capital, with a call on warring factions and the transitional government "to respect the Accra peace accord and work towards consolidating the peace and stability in Liberia. Full text...

  • Cape Verde's new Catholic Bishop promises service
    13 december 2003 13:05:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Arlindo Gomes Furtado, Catholic Bishop of newly-created Mindelo Diocese in Cape Verde, has promised to work hard for the good of the Church and the entire humility. Full text...

  • South Africa's new rabbi named
    08 december 2003 17:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Jewish community can look forward to their new rabbi after the official naming of Warren Goldstein to the post on Monday. Full text...

  • Mauritius officially celebrates Aïd-el-fitr
    07 december 2003 11:46:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- About a fortnight after the faithful elsewhere marked the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, Moslems in Mauritius officially celebrated Aid-el-Fitre Sunday. Full text...

  • Libyan paper chides Muslim Puritans
    26 november 2003 23:28:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan daily Al-Chams Wednesday strongly criticised puritan extremism, charging that it was fuelling confusion regarding the beginning and end of the lunar months in the Muslim calendar. Full text...

  • Nigerian Anglican church to establish branch in US
    26 november 2003 12:04:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- After severing ties with the US Episcopal Church over the consecration of a gay bishop, the Anglican Church in Nigeria plans to set up a branch in the US for Nigerians living in that country, a senior official of the Nigerian church has affirmed. Full text...

  • AU chairman attends CETA assembly in Yaounde
    23 november 2003 13:07:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Mozambican president and African Union (AU) chairman Joaquim Chissano was among dignitaries at an ecumenical service held in prelude to the 8th general assembly of the Conference of African Churches (CETA) opening here Sunday. Full text...

  • 13 Churches burnt in Nigerian religious violence
    20 november 2003 15:47:00
    Kano- Nigeria (PANA) -- Muslim fundamentalists beat a man to a coma and set fire to 13 Churches in a sectarian violence in Kazaure, Nigeria's northern Jigawa State. Full text...

  • Nigerian Anglicans to reject aid from US counterpart
    17 november 2003 12:32:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- In the latest fallout from the rift between the Anglican Church in Nigeria and its US counterpart, over the consecration of a gay Bishop by the latter, the Nigerian church has said it will stop receiving assistance from the American church. Full text...

  • Anglican Primate, Akinola heads Nigerian Christian Association
    13 november 2003 16:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Head of Nigeria's Anglican Church, Peter Akinola, has been elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the umbrella group of Nigerian Christians, State radio reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Would Africa defect from Anglican Communion?
    06 november 2003 14:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- While Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and spiritual head of the Anglican Church has been urging caution, the clergy in Africa remain livid insisting the consecration early this week of gay prelate Gene Robinson was not only against the laws of nature but also an affront to biblical teachings. Full text...

  • Nigerian Anglicans sever ties with US church over gay bishop
    06 november 2003 10:27:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Anglican Church in Nigeria has severed all links with its American counterpart that ordained a gay Bishop last Sunday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Malawi Anglicans against consecration of gay bishop in US
    04 november 2003 11:43:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's Anglican Communion has said it will not recognise the Reverend Gene Robinson, an openly gay cleric who was consecrated as an Anglican Bishop of a church in the US state of New Hampshire on Sunday. Full text...

  • Anglican Church in Botswana withholds comment on gay Bishop
    03 november 2003 15:34:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Anglican Church in Botswana withheld comment Monday on Sunday's consecration of openly gay bishop Gene Robinson in New Hampshire, US. Full text...

  • Gabonese honour dead on All Saints' Day
    02 november 2003 19:51:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Thousands of Gabonese Saturday converged on cemeteries here to clean and deposit flowers on the tombs of their deceased relatives in observance of All Saints' Day. Full text...

  • Hizbullah leader cleared of murder in Mauritius
    30 october 2003 21:04:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Mauritian court Thursday cleared Hizbullah leader, Cehl Meeah, of the 26 October 2002 triple murder in Port Louis, judicial sources said. Full text...

  • Ugandan Anglican Archbishop wants homosexuals excommunicated
    28 october 2003 15:36:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Head of the Anglican Communion in Uganda Archbishop Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo has advocated the excommunication of gay and lesbian members from the Church of Uganda (COU), the local press reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambian pastor, wife sentenced to death for murder
    27 october 2003 22:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Lusaka High Court has sentenced a Zambian Pentecostal Church pastor and his wife to death by hanging for killing their housemaid. Full text...

  • New Central African Archbishop installed in Bangui
    27 october 2003 15:03:00
    Bangui- Central Africa (PANA) -- Bangui's new archbishop Mgr. Full text...

  • Pope John Paul II and Africa
    20 october 2003 08:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- His frail appearance these days contrasts sharply with the energetic 58-year-old Karol Wojtyla, the Polish Cardinal who was to assume the name of Pope John Paul II and revolutionise the once-conservative Roman Catholic papacy. Full text...

  • Chissano urges OIC to correct 'distorted view' of Islam
    17 october 2003 18:41:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano Friday called on the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to adopt "a new approach" and correct the "distorted view" of Islam. Full text...

  • Mohammed VI off to Malaysia for OIC summit
    14 october 2003 20:09:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan King Mohammed VI left Rabat Tuesday for Malaysia to attend the 10th Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit, official sources said in Rabat. Full text...

  • African bishops condemn exclusion of AIDS patients
    06 october 2003 19:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Bishops from Africa and Madagascar have restated their commitment to combat exclusion, stigmatisation against people living with HIV/AIDS and pledged to mobilise the necessary resources their treatment. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Arinze could succeed John Paul II, says Belgian paper
    06 october 2003 15:35:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Nigerian cardinal Francis Arinze could be elected to succeed ailing 83-year-old Pope John Paul II, Belgian newspaper, "La Derniere Heure" said Monday citing sources close to the Vatican city. Full text...

  • Nigerian cardinal-nominee sees appointment as act of God
    29 september 2003 19:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Lagos Catholic Archbishop Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, one of the 31 new cardinals named by ailing Pope John Paul II Sunday, has described his appointment as "an act of God" and a good sign that God is still with Nigeria. Full text...

  • Newly appointed Ghanaian Cardinal reacts
    29 september 2003 13:26:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's newly appointed Cardinal Peter Appiah Turkson said on Monday that his elevation is an honour to the work of the Catholic Church in the country. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean Moslems hold symposium in Mauritius
    11 august 2003 23:02:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Muslims hailing from different Indian Ocean islands Sunday convened at an international symposium here organised by the Islamic Institute for Education and Training. Full text...

  • Botswana Anglican Church denounces ordination of gay bishop
    05 august 2003 20:13:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Bishop of the Anglican Church in Botswana Theophilus Naledi, has denounced as "ungodly and against biblical teachings," the planned ordination of an openly gay priest as a bishop in the US. Full text...

  • 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...

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