ARTICLES RELATING TO RELIGION

Tight security for Tunisia Jewish pilgrimage

2016-05-25 16:02

An annual Jewish pilgrimage to Africa's oldest synagogue in Tunisia is being heavily guarded to ward off potential jihadist attacks.

Pray for the return of the spirit of Ubuntu - Zuma

2016-05-22 19:44

President Jacob Zuma has told South Africans to pray for Ubuntu, love and respect for one another.

Bangladesh teachers protest penance for 'Islam insult'

2016-05-19 17:00

Thousand of teachers have taken to the streets across Bangladesh to protest against a lawmaker's punishment of a headmaster falsely accused of insulting Islam, after the incident went viral on social media.

Valhalla mosque Islamophobia claim referred to CRL Commission

2016-05-11 21:07

The Human Rights Commission has referred a complaint about alleged Islamophobia and hate speech in relation to the building of a mosque in Valhalla to the CRL Commission due to the grave nature of the grievance.

Jews warned ahead of Tunisia festival

2016-05-09 19:00

Israel has issued a 'severe' warning to its citizens to avoid visiting Tunisia where hundreds of Jewish pilgrims will be celebrating the religious Lag BaOmer festival later this month.

Pope asks doctors to pray he becomes 'poorer'

2016-05-07 18:01

Pope Francis, in the modest style he has become known for, spoke on Saturday to members of an Italian medical charity working in Africa and evoked his desire to show unity with the poor.

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.

 
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ICYMI: Zuma dances at National Prayer Day

President Jacob Zuma led a prayer ceremony (postponed from April) in Durban on Sunday.

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Your anointing has secured you a third term, Zuma told

2016-05-22 18:06

Your anointing has secured you a third term, a religious leader has told President Jacob Zuma during the National Prayer Day celebrations in Durban.

Vatican tamps down expectations over women deacons

2016-05-13 17:55

The Vatican is tamping down any expectations that Pope Francis is about to let women serve as deacons in the Catholic Church.

Religion goes green in Taiwan pollution battle

2016-05-09 19:00

Smoke billows daily from temples across Taiwan as visitors burn incense and paper money to bring luck and prosperity - but that familiar fragrant haze could be a thing of the past as concerns grow over ritual pollutants.

Pastor sacked for sleeping with church women in Ghana

2016-05-09 17:00

A pastor belonging to the Bereku Pentecost Church in Ghana has been sacked for having numerous love affairs with the women of his congregation.

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.

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