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Kenya: Keep Your Dreadlocks, Rastafarianism Is a Religion

[East African] A Kenyan court has ordered schools not to expel students who keep dreadlocks. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Christian Pilgrimage - Commission Reduces Fare to N715,000

[Premium Times] The Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) has reviewed and reduced the cost of 2019 pilgrimage fare to the State of Israel from N750,000 to N715,000. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Call for More Churches to Become Places of Refuge

[GroundUp] About a hundred people gathered at the Rosebank Methodist Church and outside the post office in Claremont on Thursday for a silent protest. The event, organised by church members, saw ministers and deacons from across Southern Africa speak out against cases of violence against women and children. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Church Probes Anonymous Letters Targeting Bishops

[Monitor] The Anglican Church is investigating anonymous letters threatening the outgoing and incoming bishops of West Lango Diocese. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: Christians Urged to Pray Unceasingly and Win Souls for Christ

[Ghanaian Times] Tema -The General Overseer of Upper Room Assembly, Bishop Beatrice Dzandu-Hedidor, has urged Christians to pray unceasingly and win more souls for Jesus Christ to turn round the fortunes of Ghana. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: PYJ Digs Into Catholic Gays--Demands Thorough Clean-Up in Liberian Catholic Churches And Stop Sodomizing Kids

[New Republic] The Spokesman for all the Liberian warlords, former Field Marshall General of the Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL), Prince Y. Johnson has sounded a caveat to the Catholic Church of Liberia to critically concentrate on the nefarious practice of sodomization of the children in the churches, something vehemently condemned and robustly opposed by the Almighty God as reflected in the Holy Bible regarding the dilemma unleashed during the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. Former Field Marshall Jo (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Kieleweke Supports Ban on Church Politics, Says Murathe

[Nation] All members of Jubilee Party's Kieleweke faction have been directed to respect the decision by churches to ban political activities. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Kieleweke Politicians 'Directed to Comply With Church Ban'

[Nairobi News] Leaders affiliated to Kieleweke faction in the ruling Jubilee party have been directed to adhere to Catholic and the ACK church directive banning political activities in their churches. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Continent's Catholic Churches Face Competition and a Troubled Legacy As They Grow

[The Conversation Africa] Pope Francis has completed his seven-day tour of three East African countries: Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius. It was a significant trip for a number of reasons. (AllAfrica)

Southern Africa: Climate Fight Has Faith On Its Side

[Daily Maverick] Spring Day, 1 September, saw the Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute start a new wave of activism centred on the Season of Creation, a worldwide movement aimed at sanctifying and protecting the environment and its inhabitants. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Indigenous Churches Pay Tribute to Mugabe

[The Herald] Indigenous churches in Zimbabwe have described the late former President Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwe's David, who was a great leader who contributed to the decolonisation of Zimbabwe and Africa. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Pope Francis Sends Message to Kenya

[Nation] Pope Francis has sent a message of best wishes and blessings to Kenyans and President Uhuru Kenyatta. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Catholic Bishop Now Distances Himself From Fundraiser That Turned Chaotic

[Nairobi News] Murang'a Catholic Bishop James Maria Wainaina has announced that he has initiated investigations into the chaos that rocked Gitui Catholic Church in Kiharu Constituency on Sunday. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Nigerian Professors Accuse University of Excluding Muslims

[Premium Times] Thirty-eight professors have accused the University of Ibadan (UI) of excluding Muslims from decision making on key issues by fixing meetings and other academic and administrative engagements at hours dedicated to Friday prayer (Jumu'ah). (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Why Ethiopia's Rastafari Community Keeps Dwindling

[Deutsche Welle] Rastafarians from around the world have been settling in Ethiopia for the last 50 years, after being given land by Emperor Haile Selassie. Today, life in "the promised land" is far from the paradise they had imagined. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Dar City Boss Wants Preaching in Night Clubs

[East African] Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda has said religious leaders can preach in night clubs in the capital. (AllAfrica)

Botswana: Rekindle Church-Government Cooperation

[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -The establishment of sustainable partnerships with faith based organisations is critical to the eradication of poverty, Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration Mr Machana Shamukuni has said. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: A Reverend, His Two Wives Sent to Jail for One Year for Operating a Church Illegally

[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The Kisutu Resident Magistrate Court has today sentenced David Chirhuza (33) and three others from the Early Church of Lord Yeshwah to one year jail term or to pay a Sh2 million fine after finding them guilty of illegally operating a church in the city. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Chiyangwa Challenges Church Leadership Defeat

[New Zimbabwe] The leader of Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) faction Cossam Chiyangwa who last week lost the power struggle for the control of the church at the High Court, has approached the same court challenging the ruling. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: President Weah Urges Returning Muslim Pilgrims to Remain Peaceful and Prayerful

[Govt of Liberia] His Excellency President George Manneh Weah has reiterated his devotion to the promotion of religious tolerance in the country and called on Muslims of Liberia to remain peaceful in whatever they undertake. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Christians, Muslims End 40 Days Prayer, Fasting for Nigeria, Pray Against Disunity, Xenophobia, Others

[Vanguard] Nigerians across religious divides, on Monday, poured out their hearts to God in prayers for the soul of Nigeria and against disunity and retrogression. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Kieleweke Demand Answers From State House on Ruto's Church Fundraisers

[Nairobi News] A section of Mt Kenya Members of Parliament have called on State House to clarify whether President Uhuru Kenyatta gives his deputy William Ruto money to dish out in churches fundraisers. (AllAfrica)

Madagascar: Pope Francis Holds Mass for 1 Million People

[Deutsche Welle] The pontiff has urged the crowd to build history "in complete respect for the earth and its gifts." Around 1 million people gathered to hear Francis say mass in the Malagasy capital. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: National Chief Imam Appoints Alhaji Osman for Youth, Interfaith Programmes

[Ghanaian Times] The National Chief Imam, Sheikh(Dr) Usman Nuhu Sharubutu, in consultations with his elders has appointed his Special Assistant, Alhaji Khuzaima Osman, as the acting Director of Youth and Interfaith Relations Programme in the Office of the National Chief Imam. (AllAfrica)

Botswana: Clergyman Urges Christians to Ensure Stability During Election

[Botswana Daily News] Maun -Revelation Blessed Peace Church's Bishop Temba Pema says Christians should ensure peace prevails during the pre-election period and on election day - October 23. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Uganda's Oldest Nun Dies At 105

[Monitor] A sombre mood engulfed Daughters of Mary (Bannabikira) Sisters, in Bwanda, Kalungu District, on Friday evening as mourners gathered to give Uganda's oldest nun a befitting send off. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: No Evidence Wike Demolished Mosque - Fayemi

[Daily Trust] Port Harcourt -The chairman of the Nigerian Governors' Forum, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, yesterday said he could not see any evidence that Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike demolished any mosque in Port Harcourt as reported. (AllAfrica)

Mauritius: His Holiness Pope Francis Concludes 31st Apostolic Journey in Mauritius

[Government of Mauritius] His Holiness Pope Francis has arrived to Mauritius this morning, 09 September 2019, accompanied by a papal delegation of around 45 persons and 69 Vatican accredited media personnel. (AllAfrica)

Mozambique: Christian Council Deplores Government Silence On Riots

[AIM] Maputo -The Mozambican Christian Council (CCM), the umbrella body for the mainstream Protestant churches, has deplored the silence of the Mozambican government in the face of the anti-foreigner riots in South Africa. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Xenophobia - Christian Body Asks Govt to Protect Nigerians Trapped in South Africa

[Vanguard] Nnewi -The Christian Council of Nigeria, CCN, has condemned the Xenophobic attacks in South Africa and the current spate of killings and looting of properties of foreigners, especially those of Nigerians in that country. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: Seventh-Day Adventist Community in Rwanda to Celebrate Centenary Jubilee

[New Times] Today, the Rwandan Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) church community will be celebrating a hundred years of existence in Rwanda. (AllAfrica)

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