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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US immigration is forcing Muslim detainees to eat pork, advocates alleged

USA – Muslim immigrants are being served pork at a US detention facility in Miami, Florida, forcing them to choose “between their faith and starvation,” said advocates. In an August 19 letter, immigrant advocate groups say they have received “alarming reports” that Immigration and Customs Enforcement and its officers have been serving “pork or pork-based […]

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Church objections to promising Covid-19 vaccine dismissed by Australia’s deputy chief officer

Melbourne – The deputy chief medical officer, Dr Nick Coatsworth, has downplayed concerns from prominent church figures in Australia that some Christians could refuse a Covid-19 vaccine on ethical grounds. Coatsworth’s defence of the University of Oxford vaccine follows a warning from Catholic archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, that Catholics would be presented with an […]

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Some churches opted to keep doors closed during lockown

Johannesburg – various church organisations opted to remain closed during lockdown, even after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced, under level 3, that places of worship of worship may reopen under strict control. The Trans Orange Conference of the Seventh Adventist Church said its churches would remain closed until further notice. Alleluia Ministries International’s, headed by Pastor […]

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Coronavirus: Pastor urges churches to ‘step up and roar’ against forced closure amidst lockdown

A Kentucky pastor is urging religious leaders to re-open their churches and “step up and roar” against forced closures put in place to prevent the spread coronavirus. Pastor Brian Gibson, pastor of a megachurch with branches in Kentucky and Texas, alongside at least 50 other churches are urging religious leaders to demand re-opening their sites […]

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Two US churches in reopened states forced to close after faith leaders and congregants get coronavirus

Texas -Catoosa Baptist Tabernacle in Ringgold, Georgia, less than 20 miles away from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Houston have indefinitely cancelled services after members and leaders tested positive for the coronavirus shortly after opening. One of the churches had to stop all services as one of its priests, Reverent Donnel Kirchner, […]

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Scientologists celebrate 70th anniversary of Dianetics

Scientologists on n May 9 celebrated Dianetics: The Modern Science of  Mental Health published on May, 1950. The book, which was written by popular writer L. Ron Hubbard, was an instant success with some 50,000 copies sold immediately and quickly becoming a hit on the New York Times bestseller list and staying there for 26 […]

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Alph Lukau’s church donates food parcels to 1,000 families in Soweto

Johannesburg – Pastor Alph Lukau’s Alleluia Ministries International has donated groceries to 1,000 poor families in Soweto, south of Johannesburg. The donation, according to spokesperson Busi Gaca, was part of the church foundation’s ongoing community outreach programme. “We started this way before lockdown, but the effort has been intensified because of the great need during […]

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