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Priest commits suicide in church after assault claim

Priest commits suicide in church after assault claim A 38-year-old French priest in a northern French town committed suicide in his church after being accused of molesting a young woman, local prosecutors and police sources told AFP on Wednesday. Jean-Baptiste Sebe killed himself Tuesday in the church north of Rouen amid allegations from a local mother that her grown-up...... more

Church of God Mission @ 50: Okowa, Adeboye, Umah Ukpai extol legacies of late Archbishop Idahosa

Church of God Mission @ 50: Okowa, Adeboye, Umah Ukpai extol legacies of late Archbishop Idahosa Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and renowned preacher, evangelist Umah Ukpai, have paid glowing tribute to Arch Bishop Benson Idahosa, stating that he introduced a new face to Christianity in Nigeria and other parts of the world. Speaking...... more

Pope Francis expels Chilean priest accused of child sex abuse

Pope Francis expels Chilean priest accused of child sex abuse Pope Francis on Saturday expelled a Chilean priest under investigation in a case involving the sexual abuse of children, according to a report by local media on Saturday, amid a growing global abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church. The Archdiocese of Santiago said the Pope had decided to...... more

Pope Francis slams Italian mafia, asks members to repent

Pope Francis slams Italian mafia, asks members to repent Pope Francis denounced the mafia’s “blasphemous” existence on Saturday during a visit to Palermo, Sicily to honour a priest murdered by the mob 25 years ago while trying to save youngsters in poor neighbourhoods from falling into their hands. The brief visit, which will see the 81-year-old pontiff stay on the...... more

NAHCON cautions pilgrims against danger of possessing prohibited items

NAHCON cautions pilgrims against danger of possessing prohibited items The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has cautioned all pilgrims of the danger of including prohibited items, not only in their hand luggage but also in their 32kg main luggage. The commission had discovered some bags with prohibited items that could compromise safety of passengers, during an unscheduled visit to...... more

Buhari lambasts defectors from APC; declares them weak, selfish

 Buhari lambasts defectors from APC; declares them weak, selfish President Muhammadu Buhari has taken a swipe at members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who defected, to join other parties. He described them as weak, adding that they decided to defect because their selfish expectations from the party were not met. He said, “Today, I am pleased to say the...... more

Islamic Year: Kano declares Tuesday public holiday

Islamic Year: Kano declares Tuesday public holiday Kano State Government has declared Tuesday, September 11, as public holiday to mark the new Islamic year 1440 AH. A statement signed by the state commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba, quoted Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as congratulating Muslims the world over for witnessing the New Year, which...... more

Raid of Edwin Clark’s Home: Own up and stop blaming others, Secondus tells IGP Ibrahim Idris

Raid of Edwin Clark’s Home: Own up and stop blaming others, Secondus tells IGP Ibrahim Idris National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has fiercely criticized the Federal Government and the Police for the disgraceful way it raided the home of the elder statesman and former Minister of Information, Chief Edwin K. Clark, saying that the action shows lack of respect of this...... more

Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for cleric

Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for cleric Saudi Arabian prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a prominent cleric arrested last year under an ongoing crackdown on dissent by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the cleric’s son said. Salman Al-Odah was detained in September 2017. Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said at the time that the roundup of a...... more

Homosexuality “poisoning” Nigerian society — Primate

Homosexuality “poisoning” Nigerian society — Primate Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, says homosexuality is “veritably poisoning” the Nigerian society. Okoh told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the unlawful act was being fed by “disintegration of social values and cultures.” He blamed the development on the...... more

Buddhist monk nabbed for sexually abusing 15 boys

Buddhist monk nabbed for sexually abusing 15 boys Indian police have arrested a senior Buddhist monk, Bhante Shanghpriya Sujoy, accused of sexually abusing 15 boys at a meditation centre he ran in a holy city, officials said Saturday. Sujoy was detained in the UNESCO heritage town of Bodh Gaya, which attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims every year, after...... more

Hajj: Three Zamfara council chairmen die in road accident in Saudi Arabia

Hajj: Three Zamfara council chairmen die in road accident in Saudi Arabia Tragedy struck the Zamfara State chapter of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday, August 31, as the party lost three council chairmen in Makkah, Saudi The victims include Jafaru Gidan Sambo of Kaura Namoda Local Government Area (LGA), Mudi Mallamawa of Shinkafi LGA and Abdullahi Shugaba Ruwan Dorowa...... more

Thousands gather at Ota for Jehovah’s Witnesses’ ‘Be Courageous!’ Regional Convention

Thousands gather at Ota for Jehovah’s Witnesses’ ‘Be Courageous!’ Regional Convention Thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses and interested members of the public will from today, Friday, August 31, gather at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located along Idiroko Road, Ota, Ogun State, for the Witnesses’ 2018 Regional Convention, which has a theme, “Be Courageous!” The convention, focusing on how to face contemporary...... more

Nigerian Hajj pilgrim dies in Makkah elevator pit

Nigerian Hajj pilgrim dies in Makkah elevator pit A pilgrim from Niger on Wednesday lost his life in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, after mistakenly falling into the pit of an elevator under repair. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the deceased stepped on the system without knowing it was under repair. Rescue workers were immediately mobilised to the...... more

Chinese converts storm Adoration ministry in Anambra to learn rudiments of Christianity

Chinese converts storm Adoration ministry in Anambra to learn rudiments of Christianity The city of Guangzhou, in China, may well be on its way to Christian redemption, following the conversion of eighteen indigenes who stormed Nigeria to learn the rudiments of evangelism. The eighteen converts, among them are three Catholic priests, two Catholic Rev. Sisters and other Chinese Christians, on arrival to Nigeria...... more

Child sex abuse: Pope Francis to resign?

Child sex abuse: Pope Francis to resign? Pressure is mounting on Pope Francis to resign after a grand jury report in Pennsylvania found that possibly more than 1,000 children in six dioceses had been sexually abused by about 300 priests or higher ranking officials. On top of that, the report said that bishops and other top church officials...... more

Haji boss advises pilgrims against causing political tension

Haji boss advises pilgrims against causing political tension The Chairman National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abdullahi Muktar, has urged Nigerian pilgrims to bury their political differences and avoid creating tension in Saudi Arabia. Muktar advised the returning pilgrims to pray for harmony and peace in Nigeria. In an interactive session with the national hajj media team in Makka,...... more

Pope begs for God’s forgiveness over sexual abuse scandal

Pope begs for God’s forgiveness over sexual abuse scandal Pope Francis in Ireland Sunday “begged for God’s forgiveness” for the child sexual abuse scandal rocking the church but faced accusations by a former Vatican official that he had personally ignored allegations against senior clergy. Francis is due to speak in front of some 500,000 faithful in Dublin’s Phoenix Park as...... more

Pope vows to end repugnant sexual abuse ‘at any cost’

Pope vows to end repugnant sexual abuse ‘at any cost’ Pope Francis vowed on Saturday to end the sexual exploitation of children by clergy during a highly-charged visit to once deeply Catholic Ireland and, according to victims, said the corruption and cover up of abuse amounted to human excrement. On the first papal visit to the country in almost four decades,...... more

Hajj: Nigerians go gaga over diamond teeth

 Hajj: Nigerians go gaga over diamond teeth Thousands of Nigerian pilgrims in Madina, Saudi Arabia, desire to get a gold or silver tooth at the earliest opportunity regardless of the cost or rigours of having it fixed. A pilgrim could have as many as three of such teeth fixed. The number is an indication of how many times...... more

Barbers of Mecca and why Hajj pilgrims shave their heads

Barbers of Mecca and why Hajj pilgrims shave their heads The sun is searing at noon as pilgrims complete their final major rite of the Hajj pilgrimage by the symbolic stoning of the devil in Jamaraat. Immediately afterwards male pilgrims head to an adjoining street where licensed barbers are stationed ready with shaving machines at hand. Absent this year are the...... more

Nigerian pilgrim returns N485,000 found in public toilet in Makkah

Nigerian pilgrim returns N485,000 found in public toilet in Makkah A Nigerian pilgrim Musa Muhammad Edotsu will be rewarded with $200 for returning N485,000 he found at a public convenience in the tent city of Muna on Wednesday. The breakdown of the money is: $1,200 (equivalent to N435,180 at official rate), N492 (N47,586 at official rate) Saudi Riyals and 65 Dirham....... more

Buhari receives govs, others on Sallah homage in Daura

Buhari receives govs, others on Sallah homage in Daura Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau and the former governor of Abia, Mr Orji Kalu on Wednesday paid Sallah homage to President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governors and Kalu met with the president separately behind closed...... more

Saudi detains Mecca imam who 'challenged mixed gatherings'

Saudi detains Mecca imam who 'challenged mixed gatherings' Saudi Arabia has detained a prominent imam and preacher at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, activists said, after he reportedly delivered a sermon criticising mixed public gatherings. The social media advocacy group Prisoners of Conscience, which monitors and documents arrests of Saudi preachers and religious scholars, said on Sunday that Sheikh Saleh al-Talib was...... more

CAN condemns killing of two clerics in Abuja, Kaduna

CAN condemns killing of two clerics in Abuja, Kaduna The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Wednesday condoled with the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church and the Nigerian Baptist Convention over the demise of the two clerics. The President, Rev Samson Ayokunle in a statement signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant, Media and Communications to the CAN president,...... more

Muslims celebrate Eid in borrowed church

Muslims celebrate Eid in borrowed church American Muslims on Tuesday marked the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca with the four-day festivities of Eid al-Adha, one of Islam's most important religious holidays. As did fellow Muslims around the world, many Muslims in the United States started their celebration with a morning prayer at mosques and Islamic...... more

Salah: There is light at the end of the tunnel, says Senator Obadara

Salah: There is light at the end of the tunnel, says Senator Obadara Chairman of Lucinda Media Limited (Owners of Sweet 107.1 FM), Senator Olugbenga Onaolapo Obadara, has expressed optimism that things will get better for Nigeria. While felicitating with Muslim faithful on the Sallah celebration, the Senator said that as a progressive he is optimistic that all will eventually be well for the...... more

Bishop Ezeokafor to Muslims: Pray for one indivisible Nigeria where peace, justice and fairness reign supreme

Bishop Ezeokafor to Muslims: Pray for one indivisible Nigeria where peace, justice and fairness reign supreme The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has called on the Muslim faithful to use the period of the celebration of Eid-eI-Kabir to pray for one indivisible Nigeria where peace, justice and fairness reign supreme. Bishop Okafor gave the admonition at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka,...... more

Woman jailed for complaining about mosque loudspeaker, call-to-prayer

Woman jailed for complaining about mosque loudspeaker, call-to-prayer An Indonesian court sentenced a woman to 18 months in jail under a blasphemy law for complaining that a mosque near to her home was creating too much noise during its call to prayer. Meiliana, 44, an ethnic Chinese Buddhist, was found guilty on Tuesday of "insulting Islam" and has been...... more

Pope to meet sexual abuse victims

Pope to meet sexual abuse victims Pope Francis will meet victims of clergy sexual abuse during his trip to Ireland this weekend, the Vatican said on Tuesday, as scandals in several countries mire the Catholic Church in its worst credibility crisis in more than 15 years.  Last week a grand jury in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania...... more

 

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