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Sultan declares April 18 as first day of Sha’aban 1439AH

 Sultan declares April 18 as first day of Sha’aban 1439AH   The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Tuesday declared Wednesday, April 18 as the first day of Sha’aban 1439AH. Abubakar made the call in Sokoto, in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sultanate Council. “The Sultanate Council Advisory Committee...... more

Islamic Movement condemns police attack on Free Zakzaky campaigners

Islamic Movement condemns police attack on Free Zakzaky campaigners   Islamic Movement in Nigeria has denounced in strong terms a recent incursion on the group’s sit out campaign in Abuja, by the arm wielding policemen dispersing the gathering with teargas in the process.  A statement by the Media Forum of the Movement signed by the President, Ibrahim Musa said a...... more

Primate Okoh appoints substantive General Manager for Anglican Cable Network TV

Primate Okoh appoints substantive General Manager for Anglican Cable Network TV   The Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Most Rev’d Dr.  Nicholas Okoh, has confirmed Engineer Korede Akintunde as the First Substantive General Manager of the Anglican Cable Network Television (ACNN) owned by the Church of Nigeria. Engineer Akintunde has been in the acting position since 2016. A press statement signed...... more

Hajj Reporters set to launch news website

Hajj Reporters set to launch news website   The Independent Hajj Reporters (IHR), a Civil Society organization devoted to reporting and monitoring Hajj and Umrah activities in Nigeria and in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is set to present its online news medium, www.hajjreporters.com, to the public.  A statement Wednesday, jointly signed by Muhammad Ibrahim, IHR National Coordinator, and...... more

Hajj 2018: Kaduna pilgrims get April 25 deadline to pay N1.5m balance

Hajj 2018: Kaduna pilgrims get April 25 deadline to pay N1.5m balance   Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has advised all registered intending pilgrims for this year’s pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in the state to balance their deposit to N1.5 million before April 25, 2018 pending the announcement of total hajj package by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).  A statement...... more

Buhari hosts Arewa Pastors, dismisses allegations of religious bias

 Buhari hosts Arewa Pastors, dismisses allegations of religious bias   President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja called on religious leaders to work towards the broader goal of building a strong and unified nation, and avoid insinuations that could divide the populace, especially along religious lines.  He made the call while receiving a delegation of the Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative...... more

Pastor on trial for fraud orders church members to beat up journalists in court

Pastor on trial for fraud orders church members to beat up journalists in court Founder of God is Able Mega Fire Ministry, Opolo, Yenagoa, Apostle Kingsley Abiekunogho, on Wednesday directed his members to beat up journalists at Magistrates Court 3 in Yenagoa Abiekunogho is standing trial for allegedly obtaining an SUV and money from his member, Seiyefa Sayou, by trick. The Pastor had followers who...... more

Rwanda closes thousands of churches and dozens of mosques

Rwanda closes thousands of churches and dozens of mosques Rwanda’s government has closed thousands of churches and dozens of mosques as it seeks to assert more control over a vibrant religious community whose sometimes makeshift operations, authorities say, have threatened the lives of followers. President Paul Kagame has said he was shocked by the high number of churches in this...... more

NAHCON bans indicted tour operator from participating in Hajj and Umrah activities

NAHCON bans indicted tour operator from participating in Hajj and Umrah activities  The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has banned Family Travels and Tours from participating in Hajj and Umrah activities in Nigeria. The company was sanctioned for aiding the overstay of 96 of its pilgrims in Saudi Arabia during the 2017 Hajj in contravention of NAHCON’s regulation governing Hajj and Umrah...... more

Udi North kicks against inclusion in proposed Catholic Diocese

Udi North kicks against inclusion in proposed Catholic Diocese   Few weeks after the war of the Catholic Church over Ahiara Diocese, another war brews in Enugu as the people of Udi North comprising the Ojebeogene, Ezedike, Ugwunye and Eke clans have rejected moves by the Enugu Diocese to include them in the proposed Udi Diocese.  According to a leading...... more

Practicalise lessons of Easter, pray for state and country, Gov. Sani-Bello urges Christians

Practicalise lessons of Easter, pray for state and country, Gov. Sani-Bello urges Christians   Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello, has charged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of hope the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ brought to mankind.  The governor in his Easter message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mal. Jibrin Baba Ndace, encouraged Nigerians, especially those of Christian faith, not...... more

Obiano calls on Christians to live out the creeds of their faith

   Obiano calls on Christians to live out the creeds of their faith   Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, on Sunday called on Christians to always give room for the light of Christ to shine in them by showing restraint when provoked, demonstrate tolerance when rejected and show sacrificial love in the midst of hatred.  The governor who made the statement in...... more

Pilgrims flock to Jerusalem to celebrate Easter Robert Berger

Pilgrims flock to Jerusalem to celebrate Easter   Robert Berger   Christians are celebrating Easter, to mark the day when they believe Jesus arose from the dead.  Pilgrims ushered in Easter with a Sunrise Service at the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. The site resembles the place where Jesus was buried, according to biblical accounts. Facing an ancient, empty tomb carved into...... more

Protesters disrupt church service in Lagos

Protesters disrupt church service in Lagos The crisis rocking the Diocese of the Lagos Anglican Communion deepened with a serious protest during the Good Friday Easter service at the Church of Christ on Marina, Lagos.   The information was said to have caused serious tension in all the parishes of the church in Lagos.  The church service...... more

Easter: Live like Christ, Dickson tells Christians

Easter: Live like Christ, Dickson tells Christians Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson has urged Nigerians, particularly Christians to cherish and guide their faith by living a selfless service, sacrifice, love and righteousness in the manner of Christ. The governor by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo, said that without the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ,...... more

Easter: Let’s emulate virtues of Christ, Saraki pleads

   Easter: Let’s emulate virtues of Christ, Saraki pleads President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has called on Christians and Nigerians across the nation to work towards emulating the virtues of Jesus Christ as epitomised by his passion, persecution, death and resurrection during Easter.   In a message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in...... more

Hell exists; I was misquoted — Pope Francis

Hell exists; I was misquoted — Pope Francis The Papacy has denied a widely credited statement to Pope Francis that hell does not exist.   Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke said the report by 93-year-old Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari was not textually correct and that the Pope did not say what was credited to him.  Scalfari is the founder of...... more

Hell doesn’t exist, says Pope

Hell doesn’t exist, says Pope Contrary to popular belief, hell does not exist, Pope Francis has reportedly said. “In a move that will enrage conservative Catholics, the Pontiff told La Repubblica that the souls of unrepentant sinners were not punished in the afterlife, but simply disappeared,” according to a report by the online edition of The...... more

CAN declares Good Friday as national day of prayers for abducted Dapchi girl Leah Sharibu

CAN declares Good Friday as national day of prayers for abducted Dapchi girl Leah Sharibu The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, has called on all churches in the country to pray for the freedom of Leah Sharibu from the captivity of Boko Haram terrorists on Good Friday, March 30, 2018.   The CAN President, in a...... more

National Unity: Niger Governor, Methodist Prelate canvass religious tolerance

National Unity: Niger Governor, Methodist Prelate canvass religious tolerance Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello, and the Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, His Eminence (Dr.) Samuel Uche, have canvassed for religious tolerance and cautioned against any attempt to use religion to divide the country. The two leaders made the case when the Prelate paid a courtesy visit on the...... more

Priest publicly wishes for Pope’s quick death

Priest publicly wishes for Pope’s quick death A Catholic priest from Poland is facing rebuke after calling Pope Francis a “foreign body” in the church and implying the Pope should pass away soon if his views on refugees and non-Christian beliefs don’t change. “I pray for wisdom for the pope, for his heart to open up to the...... more

Embrace online church and cybermision, Nigerian pastors told

Embrace online church and cybermision, Nigerian pastors told The National President of the Association of Nigeria Christian Authors and Publishers (ANCAPS), Mr. Wole Adedoyin, on Sunday urged Nigerian pastors to embrace and develop interest in establishing online churches and using cybermision to win new souls to the body of Christ. He gave the advice yesterday after the monthly meeting...... more

Ahiara Catholic Diocese crisis ends; Bishop Ugorji celebrates first mass

Ahiara Catholic Diocese crisis ends; Bishop Ugorji celebrates first mass The atmosphere was electrifying as the laity, priests, religious and traditional rulers thronged the Mater Dei Ecclesia Cathedral of the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara, yesterday, to attend the first mass to be celebrated at the cathedral in six years following the protracted crisis that ensued over the appointment of Bishop Ebere...... more

Pastors arrested for defying Rwandan Government order to close churches

Pastors arrested for defying Rwandan Government order to close churches Police in Rwanda have arrested six pastors they accuse of being the “masterminds” behind a plot to defy a government order closing churches. The suspects allegedly held “illegal meetings with bad intentions” following the closure of more than 700 churches and a mosque in the capital Kigali. The government says the...... more

Cleric warns against womanising, alcohol to avert God’s wrath

Cleric warns against womanising, alcohol to avert God’s wrath An Ilorin-based cleric, Al-Ameen Abdulkadri, has enjoined Muslims to shun acts that are contrary to Islamic doctrines, to prevent Allah’s wrath. Abdulkadri gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Ilorin. According to him, one is better placed to receive the blessings and...... more

Bishop extols Pastor Jerry Needam, declares him a worthy ambassador of Christ

  Bishop extols Pastor Jerry Needam, declares him a worthy ambassador of Christ  The Bishop of the Christ Army Church of Nigeria (CACN), Bori Diocese, Bishop Macjob Friday Mkparo, has extolled the Christian lifestyle of Pastor Jerry Needam, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Rivers State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bro. Felix Obuah, describing him as worthy ambassador of...... more

China accused of detaining dozens of Muslim women

China accused of detaining dozens of Muslim women China has allegedly detained dozens of Muslim women in its restive Xinjiang province for marrying men in a northern border region of neighboring Pakistan. The issue was addressed in a unanimously passed resolution of the legislative assembly of the Gilgit-Baltistan region, known as GB, that was revealed by the Pakistani lawmakers...... more

South-East activists condemn persecution of traditionalists by Christians •Task CAN, churches

South-East activists condemn persecution of traditionalists by Christians •Task CAN, churches Rights activists in the South-East have condemned “the indiscriminate attacks and widespread violence directed at members and institutions of the Traditional Religions and their sacred places of worship by radical elements within the trios of Catholic Church, Anglican Church and Pentecostal churches in Southeast Nigeria.” According to a detailed study by...... more

Christians flogged outside mosque for violating sharia law

Christians flogged outside mosque for violating sharia law Indonesia publicly caned two Christians in a rare case of non-Muslims punished under sharia law. The two Indonesian Christians – Dahlan Silitonga, 61, and Tjia Nyuk Hwa, 45 – were whipped six and seven times respectively by a masked man wearing a robe, as a crowd of 300 ridiculed and took...... more

Pope declares new feast day devoted to Virgin Mary

Pope declares new feast day devoted to Virgin Mary   Pope Francis has made the devotion to the Virgin Mary a new fixed celebration in the Roman Catholic calendar. The Vatican published a decree Saturday in which Francis declared that the Mary “Mother of the Church” feast would be celebrated on the Monday following Pentecost. This year, it falls on...... more

 

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