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Egypt: Punch Like a Muslim Woman - an Egyptian-Danish Boxer Breaking Many Stereotypes

[IPS] New Delhi, India -- As a Muslim woman born and brought up in Denmark, Nadia Helmy Ahmed broke many stereotypes when she started boxing at the age of 15. "Back then it was not common for girls to take up elite boxing, let alone common for Muslim girls, I used to be the only girl in my gym, along with ten others boys," said Nadia to IPS News. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Govt Raps Anti-Vaccine Church Leaders

[The Herald] Government has rapped some church and community leaders trying to stop their followers from accepting Covid-19 vaccines and said only professional health personnel should comment on the jab. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Christians Angry After Top Govt Officials Shun Bishop Kaggwa's Burial

[Monitor] A section of Christians in Masaka Diocese have castigated top government officials for shunning the burial of Bishop Emeritus John Baptist Kaggwa. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Kenya Listed Among 50 Countries Where It's Hardest Being Christian

[Nation] An organisation that tracks persecution of Christians worldwide has published its latest Top 50 list with four African countries among the places where it is hardest to practise the faith. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Fayemi Hails Kukah On Pope's Appointment

[This Day] Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has congratulated the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Most Reverend Matthew Hassan Kukah, on his appointment into the Papal Dicastery on the promotion of integral human development. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Atheists Want Churches, Mosques Shut Down Due to Noise Pollution

[Nairobi News] The Atheist In Kenya Society has embarked on an exercise seeking to expose places of worship responsible for causing discomfort to many Kenyans due to noise pollution. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa: Protests After Controversial Preacher's Arrest

[Nation] The arrest of a local cleric in Lubumbashi, the DRC, over incitement has elicited protests in Haut-Katanga province, evoking memories of secession demands. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Re - Fair Play or Foul?

[This Day] Lagos -- Cosmas Odoemena argues that Bishop Kukah spoke the truth to power (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Kukah and the Perils of Preaching Politics

[Daily Trust] One of the emerging dilemmas in Nigeria's democracy is the serious threat it regularly confronts from misguided utterances of people lacking experience and wisdom in politics or governance who exploit the unscrupulous exuberance of the media to ambush public attention. The indiscriminate propagation of such utterances usually sparks political outrage capable of escalating simmering contentions into public disturbances. The reality of deliberate incitement of political crises by non-political actors, freque (AllAfrica)

Eritrea: The Beauty in Eritrean Religious Ceremonies

[Shabait] It was 8 in the morning and I was rushing to get to my work place. I was running by the streets of Harnet Avenue. I decided to take a rest as I was panting. While I was taking a rest I took my phone out of my pocket to check if I could make it to work before 8.20 a.m. That's when I realized it was the 19th of January. "Wow, it has already been a year!" I started to reminisce about the past. I looked around and found myself around Bahti Meskerem. That place suddenly made me nostalgic because last year at th (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Legio Maria Pope Speaks On Rumors About His Health

[Nation] Pope Raphael Otieno Adika of the Legio Maria African Church is alive and well. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Bishop Kukah Gets New Appointment At Vatican City

[This Day] The Holy Father, Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, His Lordship, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, as a Member of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Human Integral Development at the Vatican City in Rome. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Nasarawa Repatriates 40 Almajirai to States of Origin

[Daily Trust] Nasarawa State Government has repatriated 40 Almajirai back to their various states of origin. (AllAfrica)

Swaziland: RIP - the Right Revd Ellinah Wamukoya

[ACSA] It is with profound sorrow that I have to announce the devastating news that the Bishop of Swaziland in eSwatini, the Right Revd Ellinah Wamukoya, died today. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: Father Rugirangoga's Remains to Be Repatriated to Rwanda

[New Times] The remains of late Father Ubald Rugirangoga will be repatriated to Rwanda for burial after a funeral mass slated for January 27, in the United States. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Fair Play or Foul?

[This Day] Jos -- Matthew Kukah is torn between his call and his calling. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Prophet Mbewe Faults Govt On Church Gatherings Not Exceeding 50 People

[Nyasa Times] Prophet David Mbewe, Founder of the Living Word Evangelistic Church (Liwec ) whose headquarters is in Machinga has faulted the government over its decision to limit religious gatherings to 50 people. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Nyandarua Clergy Bans Politicians From Addressing Churches

[Nation] Nyandarua churches have banned politicians from addressing their congregations or speaking at any forums officiated by them until leadership wrangles at the Nyandarua County Assembly are addressed. (AllAfrica)

Malawi: Covid-19 Claims Life of Prominent Catholic Priest

[Nyasa Times] A prominent Catholic priest has succumbed to coronavirus (Covid-19). (AllAfrica)

Africa: Trump Is Out, but U.S. Evangelicalism Remains Alive and Well in Africa

[The Conversation Africa] On the day before the 2020 US presidential election, Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, the leader of the African Christian Democratic Party in South Africa, tweeted: (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Timket - a World Heritage for Peace and Fraternity

[Ethiopian Herald] Have you ever visited Ethiopia to watch the colorful celebrations of Timket at Jan Meda? If not, I assure you that you have missed a major religious and cultural event that takes place in this country. Try it this time and do not forget to get your camera to record the celebrations for friends here or abroad who have not got the chance to attend Timket. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Drama As Faithful Break Into Ack Church in Siaya

[Nation] Drama unfolded at the Anglican Church of Kenya's St Paul's Yala Parish in Siaya County on Sunday morning after a group of angry faithful broke into the house of worship amid an ongoing leadership dispute. (AllAfrica)

Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio Attends Inauguration Service of National Pentecostal Fellowship in Freetown

[Sierra Leone Government] His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has graced the inauguration service of the new executive of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Sierra Leone at their Circular Road church in Freetown. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Give Youths Opportunity to Lead, Archbishop Kaigama Begs Buhari

[Vanguard] Abuja -- Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Revd. Ignatius Kaigama, on Sunday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to create opportunities for youths to take the leadership positions at all levels of government and economy for the progress of the nation. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Patriarch Calls On Faithful to Pass Down Timket's Values to Posterity

[Ethiopian Herald] Timket is one of Ethiopia's UNESCO inscribed intangible cultural heritages of humanity ,thus, the youths and the faithful have to work on passing down its rich traditions and values to posterity , said Abune Mathias ,Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Gondar, Camelot of Ethiopian Epiphany Ready for Extraordinary 'Timket' Festivity

[ENA] Addis Ababa -- Gondar, the ancient historical city and considered as the Camelot of Ethiopian epiphany (Timket), has finalized its preparation of the carnival that will be celebrated on Tuesday, announced the city administration. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Bandits Kill Catholic Priest, Kidnap 17 Villagers in Niger

[This Day] Minna -- Bandits have killed a Catholic Priest and kidnapped 17 persons in three communities in Bassa/Kukoki ward of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Ortom Condemns Quit Notice to Bishop Kukah

[This Day] Makurdi -- Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has called all Nigerians, irrespective of religious and political affiliations, to uphold unity, peace and dialogue as panacea for the myriad of problems confronting the country. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: A Not So Merry Market

[Addis Fortune] Markets around the city are normally vibrant and crowded in the days leading up to a holiday, but things seem uncharacteristically quiet on that front this Ethiopian Christmas. The global pandemic, the bout of instability that has gripped the country, inflation and the forex crunch seem to be the culprits behind the dull state of things this year, reports MAYA MISIKIR, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: Lutheran Church in Ohangwena Vandalised

[Namibian] THE police had to be called to the scene when the Evatelo parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (Elcin) near Endola in the Ohangwena region was vandalised two weeks ago. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Atheists Invite Ruth Matete to Join Them After She Rants About 'Church Hypocrisy'

[Nairobi News] Atheists in Kenya Society (AIK) has welcomed gospel singer Ruth Matete to join the movement after she blasted church leaders for hypocrisy. (AllAfrica)

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