Uniting Shembe church a mammoth task for new leader - spokesperson

2016-10-19 13:20

Uniting the divided Nazareth Baptist Church's 4.5 million congregants is going to be a mammoth task for new leader Vela Shembe, says the church's spokesperson.

Vela Shembe comes out victorious in church leadership battle

2016-10-18 16:26

The KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Durban has declared Vela Shembe the legitimate leader of the Shembe church.

Muslims angered by proposed Hajj visa fee implementation

2016-10-16 09:01

Anger among South Africa's Muslim community is mounting following a proposed Hajj and Umrah visa fee implementation by Saudi Arabian authorities.

Mourning Afghans mark Ashura hours after shrine attack

2016-10-12 15:55

Grieving worshippers have described desperately trying to shelter their children against a hail of gunfire in Kabul that killed at least 18 people gathering to mark Ashura.

India family hit with homicide charges after fasting death

2016-10-10 10:01

The family of an Indian schoolgirl who died after observing a two-month fast has been charged with homicide amid allegations that she was coerced to undertake a controversial religious ritual, police say.

NY archdiocese offers compensation programme for abuse victims

2016-10-06 20:35

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York has announced a compensation programme for sex abuse victims as advocates press state lawmakers to make it easier to sue abusers.

Pope: Teaching gender theory is indoctrination

2016-10-03 21:38

Pope Francis says that teaching children gender theory in schools was an "insidious indoctrination", even as he insisted he had always treated homosexuals and transgender persons with respect.

Normandy church reopens after priest killed in ISIS attack

2016-10-02 21:00

A Normandy church where Isis extremists slit a priest's throat and used nuns as human shields, has reopened to parishioners for the first time since the gruesome attack.

Same-sex debate not over - Makgoba

2016-10-01 14:43

Discussions about the status of same-sex members in the Anglican Church will continue despite a recent vote against the inclusion of certain practices relating to them, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba says.

Anglican Church votes against blessings for same-sex couples

2016-09-30 22:02

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has rejected a proposal to allow "prayers of blessing" to be offered for people in same-sex civil unions under South African law.


Tears as court rules in Shembe church dispute

2016-10-19 05:41

After a five-year court battle, the High Court in Durban has ruled that Vela Shembe is the rightful leader of the Nazareth Baptist Church.

Pope canonises Argentina's 'gaucho priest'

2016-10-16 16:40

Pope Francis has canonised Argentina's "gaucho priest", the poncho-wearing, mate-sipping pastor who rode his mule Malacara to the far-flung Argentine peripheries to minister to the poor.

Black-clad pilgrims pack Iraq's Karbala for Ashura

2016-10-12 18:24

Huge crowds of black-clad Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims have thronged the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala, weeping and beating their chests in mourning for the seventh-century killing of the prophet's grandson.

No forgiveness for brother who killed Pakistani star - father

2016-10-12 11:19

The father of murdered Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch has vowed no forgiveness for his son, who killed his daughter on the pretext of "honour".

Pope names 17 new cardinals

2016-10-09 14:21

Pope Francis has named 17 new cardinals - 13 of them under age 80 and thus eligible to vote in a conclave to elect his successor

Catholic priest rapes teenager in Malawi

2016-10-05 13:05

A Malawian Roman Catholic priest, Francis Ngalande, is currently in police custody for allegedly defiling a 16-year-old girl.

Pope speeds path to sainthood for slain French priest

2016-10-03 07:23

Pope Francis has agreed to speed up the path to sainthood for French Catholic priest Jacques Hamel, murdered by two teenaged jihadists in July, Vatican sources say.

Bulgaria OKs ban on women wearing veils

2016-10-01 19:03

Bulgaria's Parliament has approved a law banning women from wearing veils that cover their faces in public.

Makgoba ‘pained’ over Anglican same-sex debate outcome

2016-10-01 13:28

Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba has spoken about his anguish over a debate which rejected proposals to soften the Church's stance on gay clergy and same-sex marriage.

Aleppo bombers will have to 'answer before God' - pope

2016-09-28 17:54

Pope Francis has said those behind the bombing of Aleppo, where Syrian and Russian forces have conducted days of deadly airstrikes, will have to "answer before God".

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