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Why 2017 Hajj fare is high: NAHCON

Why 2017 Hajj fare is high: NAHCON The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) on Monday attributed the hike in Hajj fare to the current economic depression and devaluation of Naira against major currencies. Alhaji Ibrahim Yusuf, the NAHCON Commissioner for Policy, Personnel Management and Finance, made the assertion in Ilorin, at a day sensitisation for stakeholders. Yusuf...... more

Ahiara Mbaise Catholic Rebellion: Pope replies recalcitrant priests

Ahiara Mbaise Catholic Rebellion: Pope replies recalcitrant priests Days after time ran out for the priests of Ahiara diocese, in Nigeria’s  Imo state,  to write and apologise for having refused to accept Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke,  their bishop for the past five years, Pope Francis, through some of his closest advisers, has begun to respond to each of them....... more

Hajj 2017: Nigeria risks losing quota allocation, says civil society group

Hajj 2017: Nigeria risks losing quota allocation, says civil society group Independent Hajj Reporters, a civil society organisation, has called for mass enlightenment campaign to persuade intending pilgrims register to enable Nigeria utilise its 2017 hajj seats allocation. “Nigeria risks losing its allocations quota in subsequent years if it refuses to fill up its 2017 hajj seats quota,” a statement on Wednesday in Kaduna,...... more

Jehovah’s Witnesses drag Russia to European Court

Jehovah’s Witnesses drag Russia to European Court  Jehovah’s Witnesses said on Tuesday it would appeal a ban on its activities in Russia at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, saying it had exhausted all other legal channels. It was speaking a day after Russia’s Supreme Court rejected the religious group’s appeal and upheld an April ruling...... more

Worshippers swept away and drowned during river baptism

Worshippers swept away and drowned during river baptism  Tanzanian police have detained a pastor after two worshippers drowned while being baptised in a river near Rombo in the north of the country. The two victims were overwhelmed by the current of the River Ungwasi, a police spokesman has told the BBC. It is not clear how the pastor and...... more

Hajj 2017: Lagos commences medical screening exercise for intending pilgrims

Hajj 2017: Lagos commences medical screening exercise for intending pilgrims  The Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has commenced the medical screening exercise of the Y2017 Hajj intending pilgrims at the Old Secretariat Central Mosque, GRA, Ikeja between 8 am to 2 pm daily to ensure that all intending pilgrims are vaccinated before the final departure to the Kingdom of Saudi...... more

Kumuyi storms Abuja, seeks divine intervention in Nigeria

Kumuyi storms Abuja, seeks divine intervention in Nigeria Pastor Williams Kumuyi, the General Superintendent (GS) Deeper Life Bible Church, held a resounding crusade in Abuja on Sunday where he prayed for divine intervention in Nigeria and for the progress of the people. At the crusade held at the National Stadium, Kumuyi passionately called upon God to intervene in the...... more

Hajj 2017: Azman, Max Air, Medview to airlift Kaduna pilgrims

Hajj 2017: Azman, Max Air, Medview to airlift Kaduna pilgrims Azman, Max Air and Medview airlines are to airlift Kaduna State intending pilgrims for this year’s Hajj exercise in Saudi Arabia. Salisu Shuaibu, Coordinator, Zone 1 of the Kaduna State Pilgrims Welfare Board (KSPWB) on Sunday announced this to Igabi Local Government intending pilgrims at the Hajj enlightenment centre in Rigachikum,...... more

Vatican introduces new rules on Holy Communion bread

Vatican introduces new rules on Holy Communion bread  Bread used to celebrate the Eucharist during Roman Catholic Mass must not be gluten-free – although it may be made from genetically modified organisms, the Vatican has ruled. In a letter to bishops, Cardinal Robert Sarah said the bread can be low-gluten. But he said there must be enough protein in...... more

Muslims protest alleged attempt to delay Jumat prayer for Aregbesola

Muslims protest alleged attempt to delay Jumat prayer for Aregbesola There was mild protest in Ede, on Friday afternoon, as Muslims, who thronged the city’s central mosque located close to Timi of Ede’s palace expressed their displeasure over alleged attempt by the Chief Imam of Edeland, Alhaji Mashood Akajewole, to deliberately delay the Friday Jumat prayer for Governor Rauf Aregbesola. Sizable...... more

Hajj 2017: Pastor urges FG to cut down cost for pilgrims

Hajj 2017:  Pastor urges FG to cut down cost for pilgrims Pastor Yohana Buru, the General Overseer of Christ Evangelical Intercessory Fellowship Ministry, Sabon Tasha Kaduna, has called on the Federal Government and the National Hajj Commission (NAHCOM) to cut-down the high cost of 2017 Hajj fare in other  to allow Muslims perform one  of the five pillars of Islam. Mr. Buru during a...... more

3 die during church deliverance service in Delta

3 die during church deliverance service in Delta The Police in Delta have confirmed that three worshippers died during deliverance service at a Church located in the outskirts of Warri. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed the incident on Tuesday. He said that one of the deceased drowned, while the other two...... more

Adeboye, Okonkwo, Oyedepo, Kumuyi, Wale Oke, Mercy Ezekiel, others order Christian students to boycott Arabic Studies classes

Adeboye, Okonkwo, Oyedepo, Kumuyi, Wale Oke, Mercy Ezekiel, others order Christian students to boycott Arabic Studies classes Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God; Bishop Mike Okonkwo of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church; Rev. Felix Omobude and Pastor W.F. Kumuyi of Deeper Life Church, among others, have ordered Christian students across the country to...... more

Bayelsa Muslim women give children, others unforgettable Eid-el-Fitri treat

Bayelsa Muslim women give children, others unforgettable Eid-el-Fitri treat The Bayelsa chapter of Federation of Moslem Women Organisation in Nigeria (FOMWAN) on Monday organised a family picnic for children in Yenagoa, Bayelsa capital. Hundreds of children participated in the picnic which featured quoranic recitations, games and varieties of entertainment. The Muslim women also rendered free medical service to members of...... more

South African church bars blacks

South African church bars blacks A South African church has barred blacks from attending service as the church on Sunday disallowed two black journalists from entering. The Afrikaanse Protestante Kerk church in Orania, told the journalists “the church is only for whites”. Orania is an Afrikaans-only South African town located along the banks of the Orange...... more

Fire guts Abuja mega church

Fire guts Abuja mega church Abuja mega church, the House on the Rock, has been gutted by fire. The church, which is located along Airport Road in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), was thrown into confusion when the fire suddenly broke out on Sunday afternoon. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.... more

El-Rufai preaches unity at Sallah, urges Nigerians to jointly resist agents of doom

El-Rufai preaches unity at Sallah, urges Nigerians to jointly resist agents of doom Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai has urged Nigerians to uphold national unity and jointly resist the agents of division. Mr. El-Rufai, who spoke shortly after Eid prayers in Kauru town, headquarters of Kauru Local Government Area, said that Nigerians should not allow agents of doom to realise their sinister agenda. He...... more

Na’Allah highlights stewardship, felicitates with people of Kebbi, Nigeria on peaceful Eid-el-Fitr

Na’Allah highlights stewardship, felicitates with people of Kebbi, Nigeria on peaceful Eid-el-Fitr Deputy Senate Leader Bala Ibn Na’Allah representing Kebbi South Senatorial Zone on Sunday felicitated with the people of Kebbi South, the state and entire Nigerians for the successful and peaceful completion of fasting period and witnessing of this year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebration. He said in a statement that the zone has witnessed...... more

Osun West APC senatorial candidate tasks Muslims on occasion of Eld-el-Fitr

Osun West APC senatorial candidate tasks Muslims on occasion of Eld-el-Fitr The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming July 8 senatorial election in Osun, Senator Mudashir Husain, has called on Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to take advantage of the spiritual rebirth that Ramadan represents to promote love, peace and justice as well as reflect on the...... more

Buhari, Dogara salute Muslims on Eid-el-Fitr

Buhari, Dogara salute Muslims on Eid-el-Fitr As Nigerians celebrate Eid-el-Fitr to mark the end of the Ramadan, President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a message of greetings to the Muslims, urging them to live in peace and avoid reckless utterances. Also the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, saluted the Muslims who would troops to...... more

Saudi Arabia sights moon, declares Sunday Eid-el-Fitr Day

Saudi Arabia sights moon, declares Sunday Eid-el-Fitr Day  Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and other Arab countries announced on Saturday that Sunday will be the first day of Eid al-Fitr 1438. Oman, however, has not sighted the moon, and thus declared Monday June 26 as the first day of Eid al-Fitr. Bangladesh, Pakistan, India will be sighting the moon on Sunday....... more

Ramadan: Why we are hosting Muslims in 20 centres — Ambode

Ramadan: Why we are hosting Muslims in 20 centres — Ambode  Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Friday explained the rationale behind the decision of his administration to host Muslims in twenty centres across the State for the Eid-el-fitri celebration, saying that it was part of the strategy to bring about bonding among the people and enhance community participation in governance....... more

Eid el-Fitr: Look for new moon on Saturday, Sultan urges Muslims

Eid el-Fitr: Look for new moon on Saturday, Sultan urges Muslims The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has urged the Muslim Ummah in the country to look for the new Moon of Shawwal on Saturday, June 24. The Sultan made the call in a statement signed by the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto, Prof. Sambo Wali yesterday...... more

Umahi to churches: Help spread love, not hate

Umahi to churches: Help spread love, not hate Governor of Ebony State, Engr. David Umahi, has called on churches not to join the bandwagon of those spreading hate speeches across in the country. Umahi, at the 2017 Father’s Day celebration by the Christ Embassy in Abakaliki on Sunday, pointed out that hate speeches were capable of igniting war in...... more

Osinbajo to the church: Ostracise the thieves in your midst

Osinbajo to the church: Ostracise the thieves in your midst   Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has urged church leaders not to glorify the looters of the nation’s treasury but to ostracise them. Osinbajo, who expressed concern on how those who fraudulently amassed wealth have landed the country to where it is, called on the church to desist from holding such people...... more

Pastor in trouble for selling $1.5 million church building to himself for one dollar

Pastor in trouble for selling $1.5 million church building to himself for one dollar The longtime pastor of an inner-city Connecticut church in the United States of America was busted for allegedly selling the $1.5 million house of worship to himself — for $1. Bishop Franklin L. Fountain, head of the Fountain of Youth Cathedral in Bridgeport, was charged with first-degree larceny and second-degree forgery...... more

Nigeria apologises to Saudi Arabia over Ramadan dates

Nigeria apologises to Saudi Arabia over Ramadan dates Nigeria has apologised to Saudi Arabia after 200 tonnes of dates the kingdom sent as a Ramadan gift were found on sale in local markets. Dates are traditionally the first things Muslims eat when they break the Ramadan fast each evening. The dates were intended for people who had fled their...... more

CAN kicks as FG replaces Christian Religious Knowledge with Islamic Studies in secondary schools

CAN kicks as FG replaces Christian Religious Knowledge with Islamic Studies in secondary schools The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) last Wednesday stormed the Presidential Villa, Abuja, and vehemently protested the elimination of Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) in the new education curriculum being introduced in secondary schools. Leading a delegation to the acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, said whereas CRK,...... more

Ebonyi seals church, school belonging to controversial cleric

Ebonyi seals church, school belonging to controversial cleric Ebonyi State Government has sealed Power House Interdenominational Ministry and Power House International Primary and Secondary School belonging to a controversial cleric, Ambassador Ephraim Ononye. The State Government said the closure was part of its clampdown on mushroom schools operating without approval. His church, according to government, was closed for failing...... more

Kaduna extends deadline for payment of 2017 Hajj fares

Kaduna extends deadline for payment of 2017 Hajj fares   The deadline for the payment of Hajj fares for intending pilgrims from Kaduna State has been extended by one week. The new dateline for payment of the Hajj fares is Friday. June 16. The Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board had earlier announced that intending pilgrims who had failed to...... more

 

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