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Kenya: Why Tanasha Won't Convert to Islam to Marry Diamond

[Nairobi News] Diamond Platnumz's Kenyan girlfriend Tanasha Donna will not convert to Islam in order to marry the Tanzanian singer, as required by Islamic laws. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Christian & Muslim Leaders Issue Joint Call for Peaceful Elections

[KAICIID] Fears are growing in Nigeria that the upcoming presidential election that will be held on 16 February may be accompanied by violence, and that religious identities may be misused to stoke conflict. Muslim and Christian religious leaders from across Nigeria have come together and committed to calling for peace and interreligious solidarity among their communities. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Decision About Inscription of Timket to Be Announced At Year End

[ENA] Addis Ababa -The decision with regard to the inscription of Ethiopian Epiphany, Timket, into UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List is going to be announced in November 2019, according to the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritages. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Timket - a Unique Ethiopian Cultural Festival of Antiquities

[ENA] Timket (The Amharic word for immersion or Epiphany) is one of the grand outdoor religious festivals celebrated among the Ethiopian Orthodox Christians on the 19 of January (or the 20 of January once in every four years). The festivity commemorates the baptism of Christ in the river Jordan by John the Baptist. It is celebrated 12 days after the festivity of Gehenna or Ethiopian Christmas. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: Pentecost Church Constructs Borehole for Gomali C'nity

[Ghanaian Times] Dabo -The Dabo District of the Wa Area of The Church of Pentecost (COP) has handed over a borehole to the Gomali community in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: Ghana Muslim Mission Inaugurates Branch Executives

[Ghanaian Times] The Ghana Muslim Mission on Sunday inaugurated executives for it new branch at Sakumono, near Tema in the Greater Accra Region, to foster unity and co-existence between Muslims and other faiths. (AllAfrica)

Cameroon: Gospel Music - Jubilee Praise Team Ushers in "New Cameroon"

[Cameroon Tribune] A praise and worship evening held in Yaounde on January 13, 2019 to launch activities for this year. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Malawi Council of Churches Condemn Ritual Albino Attacks

[Nyasa Times] Malawi Council of Churches (MCC), an organization with membership across the country, condemned the ritual attacks and killings aimed at people living with albinism in the country, saying government and all Malawians of goodwill should be vigilant in curbing such attacks. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Pastors Faking Miracles to Lure Believers - Bishop

[Monitor] Ntungamo -The Bishop of South Ankole Diocese, Rt Rev Nathan Ahimbisibwe, has cautioned youth not to be attracted to mushrooming churches, the miracles and prophesies they allegedly deliver. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Muslim Clerics Join Other Religious Leaders to Condemn Terror Attack

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Muslim leaders have joined other clerics to condemn Tuesday's terror attack that claimed 14 lives. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Bushiri Targeted in an Online Photoshop Smear Campaign

[Nyasa Times] Charismatic preacher Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has been targeted in an online smear campaign based on doctored images. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Eam Drills 33 Caregivers in Karonga

[Malawi News Agency] Karonga -Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) with support from Norwegian Church-Aid has trained 33 caregivers on Early Childhood Development (ECD) in Karonga, to a tune of K 9million. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: Memorial Service Held for Awareness On Religious Freedom

[New Era] Windhoek -A memorial service was recently held in Windhoek in order to create awareness on religious freedom and protection of human rights. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: Ghana's Doomsday Prophet Causes Out Rage

[RFI] Ghanaian pastor causes Muslim furor with prophesy predicting the imminent death of the country's Grand Imam. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Catholic Youths Off to Panama

[The Herald] Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira last Friday urged youths from the Catholic Church that will be attending the World Youth Day in Panama City, Panama, to be the country's brand ambassadors through exemplary behaviour. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Crisis Looms in Lautech Over Wearing of Hijab

[This Day] Ibadan -Another religious crisis may be brewing in Oyo State as no fewer than 55 Muslim students were yesterday barred from entering the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) International School, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, over the use of hijab. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Police Shut Down Shrine As Cholera Claims Sect Leader

[New Zimbabwe] Ministry of health officials in Murewa have for the second time in less than a month called in the police to shut down a popular Johanne Marange apostolic sect shrine in the area following the death of four members, including the sect leader, from cholera. (AllAfrica)

Sudan: Call for Prayer Raised On Time Upon Slaying of Muezzin And Imam

[SudaNow] Miracles (commonly known as supernatural events) are god-gifted properties of God's messengers and saints in support of His words. Certain Sudanese communities and religious sects believe, similar to people from all religions, in miracles. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: 23 Limpopo Church Members Arrested for Violent Infighting

[News24Wire] Police in Limpopo have arrested 23 members of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC) after fierce in-fighting, which saw an assortment of weapons including petrol bombs being confiscated. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Ruto Surprises New Catholic Archbishop With Brand New Mitsubishi Pajero

[Nairobi News] Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday presented a brand new Mitsubishi Pajero as a gift to the new Catholic Archbishop Most Rev. Philip Anyolo. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Bushiri Distances Himself From Church in the Wake of Stampede

[News24Wire] Self-proclaimed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has distanced himself from the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) Church following a stampede that left three people dead in December. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Controversy Over Bobi Wine's New Song Based On Popular Christian Hymn

[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala -Musician and politician Robert Kyagulanyi Bobi Wine released a new song dubbed 'Tuliyambala Engule' and sang it at the Buganda Kingdom organized Enkuuka show during which the Kabaka usually closes the previous and usher his subjects into the New Year. It has since caught on especially among supporters of the politician's People Power moveŽment. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Religion Meets Politics As Bushiri Church Threatens Interdict Against Sanco

[Daily Maverick] Religion and politics are going head to head after prominent charismatic prophet Shepherd Bushiri's church has threatened the South African National Civic Organisation with legal action. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Bushiri-Led ECG Church Make Peace With Sanco, Says Mkholo - 'South Africa Not Immune to Stampedes'

[Nyasa Times] Peace has descended in South Africa following meeting between South Africa National Civic Organisation (Sanco) and Shepherd Bushiri-led Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church officials which ended constructively with both parties reaching an agreement to 'immediate cessation of all hostilities.' (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Church, School Clash Over Compensation Money

[Monitor] A row has emerged between St Paul Aterai Church of Uganda and Aterai Primary School over Shs97m that was given as compensation for the land encroached on by Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) ahead of the tarmacking of Kumi-Pallisa Road. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa: Felix Tshisekedi 'Win' Challenged By Local Catholic Church

[Deutsche Welle] Congo's Catholic church, France and Belgium have each cast doubt on the presidential election win awarded to Felix Tshisekedi. Rival opposition candidate Martin Fayulu claimed the official result was "fabricated." (AllAfrica)

Ghana: KKMA Bans Churches From Using Public School Buildings

[Ghanaian Times] Kubekro -The Kpone-Katamanso Municipal Assembly (KKMA) says it will no longer allow public school buildings to be used for church activities. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: Make Christmas Productive

[Ghanaian Times] Kumasi -The Primate of the West Africa Province of the Anglican Church, Most Rev. Prof. Daniel Yinkah Sarfo, has charged Christians to make the celebration of Christmas relevant and productive to national development. (AllAfrica)

Angola: Authorities Shut Down Over 900 Religious Denominations

[ANGOP] Luanda -The Angolan authorities have shut down over 900 illegal religious denominations countrywide, a measure also prompted by the fact that many of them had practices that harmed human rights and dignity. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa: Catholic Church's Meddling in DRC Politics Reckless and Dangerous

[Deutsche Welle] Results of last week's presidential election in Congo are delayed -- another setback for the country's democracy. But pressure from the Catholic Church could incite violence and instability, writes DW's Isaac Mugabi. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Hajj Commission Urges Saudi Arabia to Employ Nigerians for Pilgrims' Services

[Daily Trust] The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has requested Saudi Arabia's United Agents to employ Nigerians legally resident in the kingdom as part of the workforce serving Nigerian pilgrims during Hajj. (AllAfrica)

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