ARTICLES RELATING TO RELIGION

Rainstorm during Hindu pilgrimage kills 6

2016-05-05 21:02

A heavy rainstorm collapsed tents at a sprawling Hindu pilgrimage site in central India, killing at least six people and injuring 30.

US prison upholds right to Muslim inmate beards, caps

2016-05-04 10:18

A federal appeals court has upheld a Texas prison inmate's right to a beard and skullcap as required by his religious beliefs.

'Holy Fire' as Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter

2016-05-01 16:12

Across the world, Orthodox Christians are celebrating Easter, commemorating the day followers believe that Jesus was resurrected more than 2 000 years ago.

Protesting Hindu women resort to extreme measures

2016-04-26 19:59

A group of devout Hindu women have begun burying their leader alive in protest at being denied permission to bathe in holy waters at the Kumbh Mela festival, in the latest battle for gender equality at India's religious sites.

Backlash greets plans for Muslim cemeteries in US

2016-04-25 18:00

On the site of a long-idle dairy farm, leaders of a local mosque hope to build a final resting place for about 500 Muslim families - to the dismay of many residents of the quaint town.

Abramjee supports building of Mosque in Valhalla

2016-04-23 20:19

Former Crimeline head Yusuf Abramjee, has on Saturday added his voice to the chorus in support of a Mosque in Valhalla, Pretoria.

Handshake spat: Swiss halt citizenship process

2016-04-19 16:56

Switzerland has suspended the citizenship process for the family of two teenage Muslim brothers after the boys' refusal to shake hands with their female teachers sparked a national debate over religious freedom.

Iran, Saudi discuss hajj safety after stampede

2016-04-15 17:13

An Iranian delegation has held talks in Saudi Arabia about the safety of pilgrims after a deadly stampede at last year's hajj.

Germany indicts prominent Islamic extremist on terror charge

2016-04-12 17:01

German prosecutors say they have formally indicted one of the country's most prominent Islamic extremists on suspicion of supporting a foreign terror group.

Ramaphosa clarifies comments on churches´ involvement in politics

2016-04-12 08:52

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's office says the impression given that he said churches should not get involved in politics was incorrect.

 

Afrikaans churches plan reconciliation campaign in Soweto

2016-05-05 06:30

An Afrikaans church leader, who will be leading a mission to mark 40 years since the Soweto Uprising, says more white South Africans need to go back to where it all started in order to heal old wounds.

German Jews divided over fears of 1 million Muslim newcomers

2016-05-03 17:16

Germany's Jews are divided over whether to welcome or oppose an unprecedented wave of immigration from Muslim lands traditionally hostile to Israel.

Case against Belgian Scientologists dropped

2016-04-26 22:07

Belgian Scientologists have vowed to "do more" in the community and pursue controversial anti-drugs programmes in particular after allegations that could have led to the religion being banned in Belgium were formally dropped.

Bangladesh jails Hindu teachers for 'abusing Islam'

2016-04-26 13:03

A court in southern Bangladesh sentenced two Hindu schoolteachers to six months in jail for making 'abusive' remarks about Islam that led a mob to attack their school, a magistrate says.

Thousands of Jews throng Jerusalem 'priestly blessing'

2016-04-25 17:01

Thousands of Jewish worshippers have attended a prayer ceremony at Jerusalem's Western Wall as Israel marked the week-long Passover festival amid increased surveillance over tensions with Palestinians.

Austrian bishop refuses refugee fence on Church land

2016-04-21 21:56

An Austrian bishop has refused to allow parts of a planned anti-migrant fence on the country's southern border with Hungary to be built on Church land.

HRW wants Saudi Arabia to ease sex rules

2016-04-18 21:01

Human Rights Watch has hailed Saudi Arabia's decision to strip its frequently criticised religious police of many of their powers, urging the kingdom to also ease sex segregation rules.

French bishops pledge to expose paedophilia

2016-04-12 18:02

The Catholic Church in France has pledged to shed light on all cases of paedophilia, including "historic cases", following a scandal over an archbishop accused of covering up a priest's crimes.

Children in US scared of Trump rhetoric

2016-04-12 16:20

The rhetoric of the US election campaign is being repeated in schools, with negative consequences for minority children.

Is Jacob Zuma the subject of TB Joshua's prophecy?

2016-04-11 15:10

Just four months after Nigerian "prophet" TB Joshua made a prophecy related to southern Africa, some of his followers believe that President Jacob Zuma may be the subject of his "prophetic message", a report says.

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