South Africa has no place for religious intolerance, says Ramaphosa

Durban – President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that South Africa has no place for religious intolerance. “There is no place for religious intolerance of any sort in the democratic South Africa. Our Constitution is clear that no person may be discriminated against on the basis of, among other things, religion, conscience, belief, culture or language,” […]

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CRL hears how congregants allegedly funded lavish lifestyle of Bishop Zondo

Johannesburg – The leader of the Rivers of Living Waters Ministry, Bishop Stephen Zondo, stands accused of financially exploiting his congregants. The CRL Rights Commission is holding a hearing into allegations against the bishop. Speaking on Wednesday, one witness, Soenki Selepe, told the commission he joined the church in 2013 after experiencing marital problems. “The […]

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Ex-Hillsong Pastor Carl Lents says he was fired for cheating on his wife

A former pastor at the popular Hillsong megachurch said Thursday that he was fired for cheating on his wife. Carl Lents is a co-founder of Hillsong’s New York branch and a one-time close confidant of Justin Bieber, among other celebrities. Church founder Brian Houston had said in an earlier email only that Lents was let […]

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Morocco condemns publication of Prophet Muhammad cartoons in France

Morocco’s foreign ministry said on Sunday the continuing publication of “offensive” cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad is an act of provocation. French media published the caricatures of the Prophet, which were also projected on some buildings, after the beheading of a French professor by an Islamist radical earlier this month. While condemning savage acts perpetrated […]

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Pope Francis appoints Archbishop Wilton Gregory as first Black American cardinal

Washington, D.C., Archbishop Wilton Gregory was among 13 new cardinals named by Pope Francis on Sunday and will become the first Black American U.S. prelate to earn the coveted red hat. Gregory was picked to lead the prestigious diocese in the U.S. capital last year. He served three times as the head of the U.S. […]

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UK archbishops urge ministers not to breach international law over Brexit

The Anglican church has publicly challenged the government’s willingness to break international law over Brexit, with five archbishops from Great Britain and Ireland joining together to condemn what could be a “disastrous precedent”. In a rare step, the archbishops of Canterbury and York, plus their counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Ireland, have written a joint […]

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Diocese of Rockville Centre becomes nation’s largest to file for bankruptcy

New York – A Roman Catholic diocese in New York City’s suburbs has become the largest in the U.S. to declare bankruptcy to protect itself from a wave of lawsuits filed over past sexual abuse by clergy members. The Diocese of Rockville Centre filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday. It is the eighth […]

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Powerful Vatican Cardinal Becciu resigns amid financial scandal

Rome – The powerful head of the Vatican’s saint-making office, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, resigned suddenly on Thursday from the post and renounced his rights as a cardinal amid a financial scandal that has reportedly implicated him directly. The Vatican has not provided details on why Pope Francis accepted his resignation in a statement late Thursday. […]

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Panama uncovers new mass grave linked to human sacrifice by religious sect

Panama City – Authorities in Panama have discovered a new mass grave in a remote area where in January they found the remains of seven people that police believe were tortured and killed by a religious sect. Prosecutors said on Monday they believed a different sect is responsible for the new mass grave. The state […]

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Call to prayer: Judgment impedes rights of religious expression, says Muslim council

Johannesburg – The Council of Muslim Theologians in South Africa says a High Court judgment restricting the athaan (call to prayer) at a Muslim religious institute in Durban, represents an abridgement of the rights of religious expression in the Islamic community. Last week, the KwaZulu-Natal High Court ordered that the historic call to prayer from […]

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