Sandton pastor under fire for 'racist' sermon

2016-06-27 21:30

Congregants of the Rivers Church in Sandton, Johannesburg, have criticised their pastor for allegedly saying that whites were wealthier because they worked harder than people of other races.

Methodist church slams pre-election violence

2016-06-26 08:24

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa has called on faith leaders to become the voices of reason after the spate of elections-related violence in the country.

Indian octogenarian suspect in temple thefts

2016-06-22 22:33

Indian police have arrested an octogenarian art dealer for possessing hundreds of artefacts thought to have been stolen from Hindu temples, as they probe possible links to international smuggling rackets.

'Jesus's wife' papyrus is likely a fake, prof now says

2016-06-21 06:15

A Harvard professor who caused a huge splash when she unveiled a small fragment of papyrus she said referred to Jesus being married, now says it's likely a forgery.

Israel lets Gazans into Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers

2016-06-17 15:53

Israel has allowed hundreds of Palestinians from the Gaza Strip into Jerusalem for Ramadan prayers, an official says, week after revoking entry permits in response to a deadly attack.

GOP scrambles to distance itself from Trump on Orlando

2016-06-14 22:18

Dismayed Republicans have scrambled for cover from Donald Trump's inflammatory response to the Orlando massacre.

Malawi's Muslim Association condemns attacks on Muslim converts

2016-06-13 12:12

The Muslims Association of Malawi has condemned attacks on Muslim converts in the country, after a village headman was assaulted for embracing Islam.

Church council to come out of 'ICU' for nation building - Chikane

2016-06-11 18:58

The South African Council of Churches will no longer sit on the sidelines while society suffers, its senior Vice President Reverend Frank Chikane has told journalists.

Migrants face Ramadan challenge in Greece

2016-06-10 10:12

Muslims celebrating Ramadan in a Greece refugee camp are facing tough times because they say the facilities are letting them down.

Six children drown during baptism in Zimbabwe

2016-06-08 21:00

Six children died while being baptised in a river in eastern Zimbabwe, police have said, adding that the organisers of the event had tried to flee before being caught.


Christians should apologise to gay people - Pope

2016-06-27 08:16

Pope Francis says that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people and seek their forgiveness for the way they have been treated.

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone gets Mecca all clear

2016-06-24 21:22

Saudi Arabia's government has allocated 800 places to Sierra Leone for hajj pilgrims, lifting a two-year ban imposed due to the Ebola crisis, officials say.

In Cairo, heat and long days test Ramadan faithful

2016-06-22 16:14

Pushing his cart through the teeming Egyptian capital, 71-year-old Cairo street sweeper Abdallah Mohamed says nothing can stop him from fasting during Ramadan.

Russians no show at historic Orthodox meeting

2016-06-19 17:43

Orthodox church leaders from around the word are meeting in Greece for the first such gathering in a millennium, but Russia's delegates failed to arrive.

Historic Muslim burial site 'invaded' by homeless family

2016-06-17 12:35

For Muslims, the Tana Baru Cemetery in the upper reaches of Bo-Kaap is a historically important and holy burial site. It is also home to a family of four, living in poverty.

Turkish professor calls non-praying people 'animals'

2016-06-13 21:25

A Turkish professor has sparked a furore by branding people who don't pray as "animals", on a state television programme celebrating the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Politicians shouldn't steer away from church - Malema

2016-06-12 14:22

Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema, has attended a church service at the Christian Revival Church in Bloemfontein, telling congregants politicians should never sway from the church.

11 family members shot dead in Mexico

2016-06-11 09:04

Eleven members of a family have been found shot to death in central Mexico, and a local official says a religious dispute may have been behind the killings

'Ramadan row' behind fire at German refugee shelter

2016-06-09 22:53

A quarrel over meal times during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan likely sparked an arson attack that destroyed a German refugee shelter, a report has said, quoting prosecutors.

French cardinal questioned in priest sex abuse cases

2016-06-08 17:49

French investigators have questioned a prominent cardinal about alleged failures to report on suspected paedophilia by a priest under his watch.

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