ARTICLES RELATING TO RELIGION

Anglican Church urges people to vote

2014-04-20 16:00

The Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has called on his congregation to use their right to vote, amid a campaign to spoil ballot papers.

Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning, fear

2014-04-20 14:30

Nigerians are marking Easter with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls.

Pope leads Catholics into Easter

2014-04-20 10:32

Pope Francis has led Easter rites commemorating what Christians believe was Jesus' resurrection from the dead.

Zuma wishes SA happy Easter

2014-04-17 18:15
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President Jacob Zuma has wished all South Africans a happy Easter weekend, the presidency says.

Israel police disperse riot at holy site

2014-04-16 15:58

Israeli police have stormed a sensitive holy site in Jerusalem and fired tear gas to disperse a riot by Palestinian Muslim worshippers, officials say.

Is crucifying kids crazy?

2014-04-16 09:52

An image of kids re-enacting the crucifixion has provoked a wild debate online.

Is crucifying kids crazy?

2014-04-16 09:22

An image of kids re-enacting the crucifixion has provoked a wild debate online.

Guilt over child’s death

2014-04-15 13:00

One of the toughest jobs for a parent whose child dies is to face the guilt.

Pope asks forgiveness for child sex abuses

2014-04-11 14:57

Pope Francis has personally asked forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests - the first time he has made such an apology since being elected last year.

Soweto teens appear for Satanic killings

2014-04-07 15:46

Two 16-year-old boys arrested in connection with the murder of two Soweto schoolgirls have appeared in the Protea Magistrate's Court.

Christians fear porn addiction

2014-04-04 05:00

A psychology study found that people who regard themselves as very religious may regard themselves as addicts – even if they watch internet porn only once.

Obama tells Pope he is a 'great admirer'

2014-03-27 13:41

President Barack Obama has called himself a "great admirer" of Pope Francis as he sat down at the Vatican with the pontiff he considers a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality.

Pope accepts resignation of 'bling bishop'

2014-03-26 14:27

Pope Francis has formally accepted the resignation of Germany's controversial bishop of Limburg, the Vatican says.

Satanism cases in township schools

2014-03-23 20:54
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At least 2% of Satanism-related cases have been reported in township schools in South Africa, the SA Democratic Teachers Union says.

Attack on Madonsela shameful - archbishop

2014-03-18 14:42
143 comments

Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has criticised a group of religious leaders who attacked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Satan killed Reeva - pastor

2014-03-14 22:24
360 comments

Murder accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is not to blame for the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and needs prayer, a pastor says.

Dead guru in freezer for 'deep meditation'

2014-03-13 09:16

An Indian guru declared dead has been in a deep freezer in his ashram for nearly six weeks with followers confident he will return to life to lead them, his spokesperson says.

Pope Francis: the man who won the world in 5min

2014-03-10 11:40

Never has a leader of the Roman Catholic Church become as popular in as short a time as Pope Francis, a year since his election.

Dalai Lama says no problem with gay marriage

2014-03-07 08:21

The celibate Dalai Lama has thrown his moral weight behind gay marriage, condemning homophobia and saying sex was fine as long as it was consensual.

Pope popular in US but scandals cast shadow

2014-03-06 12:00

A year after being chosen Pope Francis is very popular with American Catholics though his handling of the pedophile priests' scandal has left many underwhelmed, a new study finds.

Pope defends Church’s actions against sex abuse

2014-03-05 13:06

Pope Francis has defended the Catholic Church's record on tackling the sexual abuse of children by priests, saying "no-one else has done more" to root out paedophilia.

Militants seize Iraq city council, hostages

2014-03-04 18:37

Militants have seized the city council headquarters in the Iraqi city of Samarra and taken employees hostage.

‘Mormons don't get own planets in afterlife’

2014-02-28 07:56

The Mormon Church is denying the notion that members of the faith are taught they'll get their own planet, a misconception popularised in pop culture and a new Broadway show.

 

SA political parties go to church

2014-04-20 14:30

Leaders of different political parties have attended a church service at the Tyrannus Apostolic Church in De Deur.

Thousands celebrate Easter in Holy Land

2014-04-20 12:32

Thousands of pilgrims from around the world are celebrating Easter in the Holy Land, commemorating the day when according to Christian tradition Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem two millennia ago.

Where will you find heaven?

2014-04-18 12:00

For every man or woman who makes an effort to adopt a fair outlook, I think we are equally a step closer to world peace or heaven, says Matome Letsoalo.

Is crucifying kids crazy?

2014-04-17 10:51

An image of kids re-enacting the crucifixion.

Supremacist faces charges in Jewish killings

2014-04-16 10:18

A white supremacist, charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites, has been brought into a video conference room in a wheelchair to make his first court appearance.

Is crucifying kids crazy?

2014-04-16 09:23

An image of kids re-enacting the crucifixion has provoked a wild debate online.

The Benevolent party

2014-04-16 09:14

Don't you just hate it when our politicians use God as part of their campaign? asks Siphiwo Ntshuntshe.

Pope hops off popemobile for 'selfies'

2014-04-13 18:00

Not only speaking off the cuff during Palm Sunday at St Peters Square, Pope Francis has also hopped off his popemobile for "selfies" with young people.

Religious divide favours Hindu leader in India vote

2014-04-10 11:26

Manoj Balyan wants Narendra Modi to become India's next prime minister when results of a general election are released next month, he is drawn to the leader's Hindu nationalist stance.

Guilt over child’s death

2014-04-04 11:00

One of the toughest jobs for a parent whose child dies is to face the guilt.

Christians fear porn addiction

2014-04-03 11:27

A psychology study found that people who regard themselves as very religious may regard themselves as addicts – even if they watch internet porn only once.

Aussie cardinal apologises to child sex abuse victim

2014-03-27 11:20

Australia's top Catholic cleric George Pell has apologised to a child sexual abuse victim, saying the church's defence of a case he brought could be seen as morally wrong.

Can Sangomas be Christian?

2014-03-24 09:37

Religion is a very sensitive topic that can create a wedge between families and communities.

Yet everyone want to see a miracle

2014-03-19 16:30

People are hoping for “miracles” hence you find so many churches and occults practices sprouting up all over the world, says Sizwe Mda.

Shanghai's 'underground' Catholic leader dies

2014-03-17 14:10

The head of the underground Catholic Church in Shanghai, Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang, has died, a US-based group says.

Madonsela poisoning SA - religious leaders

2014-03-13 13:07
501 comments

Some Christian religious leaders have criticised Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, accusing her of "poisoning the atmosphere" in the country.

School amends policy after headscarf row

2014-03-12 10:41
100 comments

The Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt, which previously prohibited pupils of all religions from wearing traditional attire, has amended its policy.

You can’t wear that!

2014-03-10 11:28

Having the freedom to choose what we wear and who we marry should be a concern of our own, not our government, right?

UK's Legoland to shut after terror threats

2014-03-06 17:19

Legoland in Britain will close its hotel this weekend after far-right extremists have made threats against the theme park for agreeing to host a Muslim family fun day.

Pope Francis not a superman

2014-03-05 18:27

Pope Francis has played down the notion that he is a "superman" who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman Catholic church, stressing that its ban on contraception and opposition to gay marriage will remain in place.

WWF: First fatwa issued to protect wildlife

2014-03-05 11:10

Indonesia's top Islamic clerical body has issued a religious fatwa against the illegal hunting and trade in endangered animals in the country, which the WWF hailed as the world's first.

Nigerian governor's visit marred by gunfire

2014-02-28 19:39

Sporadic gunfire has sparked panic as the governor of Nigeria's Adamawa state met with survivors of a brutal Islamist attack.

Divorce debate challenges Pope Francis

2014-02-28 10:21

The issue of divorce is stoking a spirited debate between Catholic cardinals and revealing the challenges for Pope Francis after his promises to align the Church with modern life.

Pope to hold retreat outside Vatican - a first

2014-02-27 21:06

Pope Francis, cardinals, bishops and other Holy See officials will hold their week-long Lenten spiritual retreat outside the Vatican for the first time in living memory.

Francis kisses 'mini-me' pope

2014-02-26 18:24

Francis has kissed 'mini-me' pope as children in Carnival costumes flock to the Vatican.

 
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