Building collapse survivor blames Satan

2014-09-19 22:34

A Nigerian man has claimed that he spent over 24 hours under the rubble of a Lagos church building, blaming "Satan" rather than structural failure for the collapse.

Strong emotions outside Cape Town ‘open’ mosque

2014-09-19 16:02

Cape Town residents have exchanged strong words about "open religion" outside what proclaims to be South Africa's first gender-equal, non-sectarian mosque.

Boko Haram take over 25 towns

2014-09-18 20:30

Boko Haram militants are in charge of at least 25 towns and villages in northeast Nigeria, the region's Roman Catholic bishop has claimed.

Faith and fertility

2014-09-16 09:55

Infertility can be a ruthless struggle between the sacred and the profane.

Faith and fertility

2014-09-16 09:42

Infertility can be a ruthless struggle between the sacred and the profane.

China: Dalai Lama must respect reincarnation

2014-09-10 14:25

China has repeated a call on the Dalai Lama to respect what it says is the historic practice of reincarnation, after the Tibetan spiritual leader implied he may be the last to hold the position.

Dalai Lama says no need for successor

2014-09-07 21:20

The Dalai Lama has told a German newspaper that he should be the last Tibetan spiritual leader, ending a centuries-old religious tradition from his Himalayan homeland.

Message behind ISIS beheadings: Don't mess with us

2014-09-03 22:26

Brutal beheadings recorded on video by the jihadist ISIS are intended to terrorise the group's enemies, but are also angering and alienating the Muslims - the group it claims to represent.

Delhi bike safety dumped - for religion

2014-09-01 12:16

Sikh women in New Delhi can ride pillion on a motorcycle without a helmet. However India's joint commissioner of police warned: 'Road crashes do not discriminate on the basis of religion."

Jewish community 'forced out' of Guatemala village

2014-08-29 06:08

A community of 230 Orthodox Jews from several countries have began leaving the Guatemalan Indian village where they have lived for six years after claims and counterclaims of discrimination and threats.

Gay minister free to marry partner, SCA hears

2014-08-26 18:41

A Methodist Church minister is free to exercise her constitutional right to marry her same-sex partner, given the absence of a clear doctrine on the matter, the SCA has heard.

Chinese teen ‘masterminded’ killing of imam

2014-08-25 13:09

Chinese police have concluded that an 18-year-old, who was influenced by religious extremism, is the mastermind behind the murder of an imam in China's Xinjiang region.

Religious involvement lowers depression risk

2014-08-21 09:07

People who often attend religious services are less likely to report symptoms of depression.

Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities

2014-08-18 21:27

Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force in Iraq to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities, but says the international community should decide how to intervene.

Religious involvement lowers depression risk

2014-08-18 11:57

People who often attend religious services are less likely to report symptoms of depression.

Never forget where we come from - Zuma

2014-08-15 20:51

South Africans should not forget where they came from and the strides made since the dawn of democracy, President Jacob Zuma says.

Chinese police open fire on Tibetan protesters

2014-08-14 10:08

Chinese police have opened fire on Tibetan demonstrators in southwestern China, wounding 10 people, after the Tibetans protested against the detention of a respected village leader.

I saved myself for marriage and wish I hadn’t

2014-08-11 12:44

Girls are often encouraged to make pledges to "save" themselves for marriage, but what are the potential psychological effects of this stigmatization of sex?

Jewish children threatened on school bus

2014-08-07 06:24

Dozens of Jewish children have been traumatised by a gang of teenagers who stormed a Sydney school bus and allegedly hurled racial abuse and threats.

DRC and UN rescues Uganda Muslim kidnap victims

2014-08-04 16:36

More than 300 Congolese civilians abducted by Ugandan Muslim rebels have been rescued by soldiers and United Nations peacekeepers.

Nigerian pastor declares cure for Ebola

2014-07-31 14:43

A pastor in Nigeria has claimed that people need not fear the Ebola outbreak that has claimed the lives of nearly 700 people in west Africa this year, because he has the cure.

Nigerian pastor declares cure for Ebola

2014-07-29 15:34

A pastor in Nigeria has claimed that people need not fear the Ebola outbreak that has claimed the lives of nearly 700 people in West Africa this year, because he has the cure.

Nigerian pastor declares cure for Ebola

2014-07-29 15:12

A pastor in Nigeria has claimed that people need not fear the Ebola outbreak that has claimed the lives of nearly 700 people in west Africa this year, because he has the cure.

Muslims mark end of Ramadan

2014-07-28 21:24

Muslims are marking the end of Ramadan with Eid prayers, though bloodshed in Iraq, Gaza and Syria cloud celebrations.

Malaysia marks grim Eid after MH17 crash

2014-07-28 10:20

Malaysia has marked a solemn Eid al-Fitr, Islam's biggest festival, as families of those aboard downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 mourned the dead.


SA's first 'open mosque' open to all

2014-09-19 21:58

South Africa's "first open mosque" held its inaugural prayer session amid criticism of its representation as a Muslim institution.

Nigerian sells wife for human sacrifice

2014-09-18 22:01

A Nigerian man has been arrested for selling his wife to black magic practitioners who wanted to sacrifice a virgin.

Boks turned to 'Prophet' TB Joshua for healing

2014-09-17 14:38

Three former Springbok rugby players sought help from “Prophet” TB Joshua to heal them.

Faith and fertility

2014-09-16 09:42

Infertility can be a ruthless struggle between the sacred and the profane.

Storm over new open mosque in Cape Town

2014-09-15 12:29

A new Open Mosque, which will be gender-equal and welcome non-Muslims, is causing a storm in Cape Town, according to a report.

Atheist must swear to God - or leave US Air Force

2014-09-10 05:46

The US Air Force has told a sergeant he will have to leave the military unless he agrees to take an oath with the phrase "so help me God", officials say.

Does God belong in schools?

2014-09-05 14:41

Religious groups are outraged that six public schools are facing court action for advertising themselves as exclusively “Christian”. Is it fair? News24 finds out.

ACDP: Keep Christian teaching in schools

2014-09-02 19:56

Christian values should remain in schools because the Constitution promotes freedom of religion, the African Christian Democratic Party has said.

Muslim woman sees eviction case dismissed

2014-08-29 14:12

A woman married and divorced under Islamic law can stay in her marital home after her ex-husband's eviction application had been dismissed by the Goodwood Magistrate's Court.

UK cops urge public to rat on aspiring terrorists

2014-08-26 19:31

British police have urged people to identify "aspiring terrorists" among their family members, friends and neighbours after the killing of US journalist James Foley.

Mumbai Jewish centre attacked in 2008 to reopen

2014-08-26 14:49

A Jewish centre in Mumbai will reopen nearly six years after heavily armed militants stormed the building and killed six people inside during the 2008 attacks on the city.

Temple stampede in India kills at least 10

2014-08-25 08:46

A stampede at a Hindu temple in central India has killed at least 10 people and injured scores, the latest in a string of deadly accidents at religious events, an official and reports say.

Yazidis haunted by cries for help

2014-08-19 10:19

Refugee Samo Ilyas Ali can't focus on the future because the sounds of women and children crying out for help while being buried alive by Islamic State militants haunt him.

Malaysia 'nude games' organiser apologises

2014-08-18 12:16

The organiser of a nudist sports festival has apologised for holding the event, which triggered outrage in Muslim-majority Malaysia and led to the arrest of eight people.

ISIS is an insult to Islam

2014-08-17 13:20

It's an insult to Muslims to call Iraq and the Levant an “Islamic State” as their behaviour and values is not the teachings of Islam, says Mohamed Saeed.

Malaysia teen questioned over Israel Facebook ‘like’

2014-08-14 16:19

A Malaysian teenager is being investigated by police for sedition after 'liking' a pro-Israel Facebook posting, sparking outrage over perceived growing intolerance in the Muslim-majority country.

Pope to speak to N Korea's 'church of silence'

2014-08-13 15:39

Pope Francis will offer prayers for Korean reconciliation, but they are unlikely to be heard in North Korea which pays lip-service to religious freedom but treats unsanctioned acts of devotion as criminal.

Austrian woman accused of making porn in church

2014-08-07 14:52

An Austrian woman has been charged after she allegedly sneaked into a village church and filmed herself performing sexual acts, police say.

China city bans beards & Muslim clothing from buses

2014-08-06 09:56

A city in China's mainly Muslim Xinjiang region has banned people with large beards or Islamic clothing from travelling on public buses, prompting outrage from an overseas rights group.

Sudan woman facing execution for apostasy arrives in US

2014-08-01 08:28

A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, then detained after her conviction was quashed, has arrived in the United States.

Nigeria opens long-awaited battle of ideas

2014-07-30 18:18

In classrooms facing a sandy courtyard in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, Maska Road Islamic School teaches a creed that condemns the violent ideology of groups like Boko Haram.

US: Millions forced to flee for religious beliefs in 2013

2014-07-28 22:12

More members of religious communities around the world were forced to flee their homes last year than at any time in recent memory, the US says.

2 girls killed in Pakistan blasphemy row

2014-07-28 12:33

A mob in Pakistan has torched an Ahmadi Muslim neighbourhood killing a woman and two girls in a row over blasphemy, in the latest attack on one of the country's most persecuted groups.

Zuma wishes Muslims Eid Mubarak

2014-07-27 22:19

President Jacob Zuma has wished the Muslim community Eid Mubarak.

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