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Catholic Church returns to CAN after 5 years ‘strike’

Catholic Church returns to CAN after 5 years ‘strike’ The Catholic Church has announced its return to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), which it quit about five years absence due to a misunderstanding, a report by the online edition of The PUNCH said on Sunday evening. “The return was reportedly perfected on Thursday and Friday in Abuja when a...... more

Crisis looms in Anglican Church

 Crisis looms in Anglican Church A serious crisis is brewing in Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), following the recent election Rt. Rev. Humphrey Olumakaiye as the new Bishop of Lagos. There had also been serious allegation of corruption and inducement of members with money during the election held in Ilorin. During the recent Episcopal Synod of...... more

Training on 21st century evangelism underway

Training on 21st century evangelism underway A training for pastors on the 21st century evangelism has been slated for February 20, 2018. The training which is scheduled to hold in Lagos under the auspices of Freedom Network of Pastors, will centre on methods of evangelism in the 21st century. Freedom Network of Pastors is a network run...... more

Mass Wedding: Catholic priest sponsors 136 couples in Nasarawa

Mass Wedding: Catholic priest sponsors 136 couples in Nasarawa Rev. Fr. Lawrence Soja-Anyembugu, Parish Priest in charge of St Sylvester Catholic Church, New Nyanya, Nasarawa State, has sponsored the wedding of 136 couples within two weeks. Soja-Anyembugu, announced this to newsmen on Saturday during the marriage matrimony of 83 couples in commemoration of his 10th priestly anniversary in St Patrick...... more

UK declares Christ Embassy Church broke

UK declares Christ Embassy Church broke The United Kingdom branch of Christ Embassy, owned by popular Nigerian televangelist, Chris Oyakhilome, is broke and has been declared insolvent by the Charity Commission, the agency that regulates charity organisations in the country. The ministry also admitted in its belated 2015 financial statement (the church’s last annual return, which it...... more

Pastor who sprayed worshippers with insecticide in the name of miracle found guilty

  Pastor who sprayed worshippers with insecticide in the name of miracle found guilty  A South African self-styled prophet who claimed the insect repellent Doom could heal cancer and HIV has been found guilty of assault, local news sites are reporting. Lethebo Rabalago was arrested after it emerged he had used the product to “cure” his followers of various ailments in 2016. At the time,...... more

God Bless Nigeria Church spends N600,000 weekly on needy despite N15,000 offering — Pastor

God Bless Nigeria Church spends N600,000 weekly on needy despite N15,000 offering — Pastor Contrary to the perception that present-day churches are only interested in exhibiting wealth and glamourising their ministries, a new generation church, God Bless Nigeria, has said it is interested in reforming the destitute in the country. It said the passion for souls, especially the downtrodden, has made it committed to the...... more

Why I suck the breasts of my female disciples — Lagos Pastor

Why I suck the breasts of my female disciples — Lagos Pastor A self-acclaimed pastor, identified as Raphael Obi, has admitted sucking the breast of women to deliver them from what he called the evil spirit tormenting them. The suspect, known among his disciples as Pastor Sharp Sharp, disclosed this while being interrogated by detectives at the Area M Command, Idimu. In his...... more

Saudi Arabia accused of politicising Hajj

Saudi Arabia accused of politicising Hajj Saudi Arabia has “politicised” access to the Hajj, according to organisers of a Muslim youth conference in Indonesia. Ziyad Abdul Malik, chairman of the Muslim Students Association’s (HMI) branch in South Jakarta, lambasted the kingdom for using the pilgrimage to Mecca, considered Islam’s holiest city, to impose its policies on other...... more

Priest probed for turning church altar into dance floor

  Priest probed for turning church altar into dance floor  A Philippines Catholic Priest is under investigation after he was caught on video dancing in front of an altar of a church in a Northern Province, church officials said on Wednesday. In the video, Fr. Wilfredo Lucas, Parish Priest of the San Miguel Archangel Parish Church in Plaridel, north of Manila,...... more

2019: Ministers, Nnamani, Kalu launch Buhari’s South West campaign office

2019: Ministers, Nnamani, Kalu launch Buhari’s South West campaign office Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, his health counterpart, Isaac Adewole, former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani, a former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu and some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday launched the South-West campaign office for President Muhammadu...... more

Heaven is more important to me than anything else — Ikpeazu

Heaven is more important to me than anything else — Ikpeazu Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia says although being a governor is good, his earnest desire is to go to heaven when Jesus Christ comes again. Ikpeazu was speaking at the 2018 edition of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church Eastern Nigerian Union Conference on prayer, fasting and evangelism on Sunday in...... more

Protesters vandalise Catholic churches in Chile ahead of Pope’s visit

Protesters vandalise Catholic churches in Chile ahead of Pope’s visit Protesters have vandalised several Catholic churches in Chile in the face of Pope Francis' visit to the country next week, and warned they will target the Catholic leader with a "bomb". Demonstrators used firebombs to attack four churches in the capital Santiago on Friday, leaving behind a note warning the pope:...... more

Onaiyekan seeks divine intervention in Benue killings

 Onaiyekan seeks divine intervention in Benue killings The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, His Eminence Cardinal John Onaiyekan on Saturday sought for God’s intervention in the killings by gunmen in Benue State. Onaiyekan made the remark in Otukpo at a special service to dedicate Saints Augustine’s Catholic Church, Otukpo, built by former Senate President David Mark and donated...... more

Bauchi Govt releases N53m for 2018 Qur’anic recitation

Bauchi Govt releases N53m for 2018 Qur’anic recitation The Bauchi State Government has released N53 million for forthcoming national Qur’anic recitation competitions, the Chairman of the competition committee, Dr Zubeiru Madaki has said. Madaki, who is the state chairman of the organising committee of the competition, announced the release of the fund on Saturday in Kirfi, Bauchi State at...... more

Al-Mustapha storms Lord’s Chosen Crusade, asks for help

Al-Mustapha storms Lord’s Chosen Crusade, asks for help In what appeared to be a surprise drama, former Chief Security Officer to late General Sani Abacha, Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha, and founder of the newly floated political party, Green Party of Nigeria (GMP), last Sunday made a surprise appearance at the grand finale of the four-day international crusade organised by the...... more

Bayelsa Governor, top officials join over 1,000 pastors in prayers and fasting to commence work in the New Year

   Bayelsa Governor, top officials join over 1,000 pastors in prayers and fasting to commence work in the New Year The Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, on Saturday concluded a three-day prayer and fasting programme to commence work in the new year, 2018. The programme titled, ‘Starting the Year with God and Breaking of Fast with the Governor’ was attended by over 1,000 pastors and top officials of...... more

Buhari meets religious groups, declares war on trouble makers

   Buhari meets religious groups, declares war on trouble makers President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will investigate and bring to book all perpetrators of mayhem across the country, reiterating that no religion or civilised culture tolerates violence, especially the taking of another person’s life. The President made the promise when he met separately with the Qadiriyya Muslim Movement in Africa...... more

2018: The Lord working out a miracle for Nigeria — Primate Okoh

2018: The Lord working out a miracle for Nigeria — Primate Okoh Primate Nicholas Okoh, the spiritual head of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), has told Nigerians in his New Year message that 2018 would be a year of happiness for all, saying: “Do not be frustrated or unhappy” as the Lord “is working out a miracle”. He assured that Nigerians would...... more

Tanzania threatens to de-register churches that criticise President from pulpit

Tanzania threatens to de-register churches that criticise President from pulpit Tanzania has threatened to revoke the registration of religious organisations that “mix religion and politics” after a cleric criticised President John Magufuli’s leadership in a Christmas sermon. Opposition leaders in Tanzania say tolerance for dissent has been rapidly disappearing since Magufuli took office in late 2015 with pledges to reform East...... more

Better days ahead for Deltans, says Okowa

Better days ahead for Deltans, says Okowa  Delta State Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has said with continuous peace which translates to improved revenue, the fortunes of Deltans will witness a boom in the coming years. The Governor who spoke today at a thanksgiving service held at the Government House Chapel, Asaba, stated that God has positioned the...... more

Why White Christianity is in big trouble, By Prof. Charles Mathewes

  Why White Christianity is in big trouble, By Prof. Charles Mathewes It’s increasingly difficult not to notice that the main threat to Christianity in America comes from American Christians themselves. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard a case from a baker who argued his Christian convictions led him to refuse to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Last week,...... more

Sultan urges Muslims to look out for new moon

Sultan urges Muslims to look out for new moon The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III on Sunday, urged Muslims to start looking for the new moon of Rabi’u Assani 1439 AH from Monday, December 18. This is contained in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto and...... more

Civil Society tasks state pilgrims’ welfare boards over refunds to Hajj 2017 pilgrims

Civil Society tasks state pilgrims’ welfare boards over refunds to Hajj 2017 pilgrims Independent Hajj Reporters (IHR), a civil society organisation that monitors and reports on Hajj and Umrah activities in Nigeria, has promised to monitor the disbursement of refunds made to state pilgrims’ welfare boards by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). The refunds are for services either not provided or rendered...... more

2019: Cleric advises Christians to play active part in politics

2019: Cleric advises Christians to play active part in politics As the 2019 general elections draw nearer, Christians have been enjoined to take active roles in politics. Senior Pastor of The Fountain of Life Church, Taiwo Odukoya, who gave the advice in last Sunday service, said Christians should show the world how politics should be run by taking active roles in...... more

Lagos to conduct census of religious centres

Lagos to conduct census of religious centres Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has directed the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) to conduct an enumeration of religious centres across the state. Ambode gave the directive while inaugurating 798 members of the NIREC appointed for the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in Lagos. He was represented by...... more

Bishop Okoye condemns auctioning of Nigerian migrants as slaves in Libya •Ordains 11 priests

Bishop Okoye condemns auctioning of Nigerian migrants as slaves in Libya •Ordains 11 priests Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Ihiala, Anambra State, Right Reverend Prof Israel ’Kelue Okoye, has condemned the resurgence of slave actions in the Maghreb region of North Africa. Bishop Okoye, who decried the auctioning of Nigerian migrants and kidnapping some for ransom in Libya, demanded for proactive and reactive steps...... more

Eid Maulud: Speaker Dogara felicitates with Muslim Ummah, calls for continued prayers for Nigeria

Eid Maulud: Speaker Dogara felicitates with Muslim Ummah, calls for continued prayers for Nigeria The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara has felicitated with Nigerian Muslim Ummah as they join other believers all over the world to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Muhammed. In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker enjoined...... more

Tension in Sokoto as Shiites accuse Tambuwal of plotting mass killing

Tension in Sokoto as Shiites accuse Tambuwal of plotting mass killing The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, says it has uncovered a plot, allegedly endorsed by Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal for mass killing of its members, including women and children, as well as wanton destruction of properties that will include residential houses and business premises.   In...... more

Pope gets €185,000 Lamborghini as a gift

Pope gets €185,000 Lamborghini as a gift Pope Francis was offered Wednesday a Lamborghini Huracan, but the Vatican said there was no future as a popemobile for the Italian supercar. The Huracan, which has a top speed of more than 300 km per hour and has a starting price in Italy of 185,000 euros (219,000 dollars), will instead...... more

 

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