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Stories about Religion

13 September 2019

A proposed administrative shift in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church stokes ethnic, religious tensions

Oromo clerics say the EOTC expects Oromo churchgoers to worship in Ge’ez, the church’s liturgical language, or Amharic, the working language of Ethiopia's federal government.

26 July 2019

Nigerian schoolgirl abducted by Boko Haram allegedly dies in captivity

"The president assured me that Leah would come back and that the government was working hard on it...After that, it was silence because we haven’t seen Leah."

Video of the military using violent methods divides public opinion and highlights gravity of the attacks in northern Mozambique

"Mozambican president, Filipe Nyusi, called the attacks acts of terrorism and promised the military would continue the combat on the ground and would not rest until peace is restored."

6 July 2019

Is a ‘Concordat’ stymieing education progress in Trinidad & Tobago?

"If indeed education is better in denominational schools then we must ensure that government schools are brought up to the best level."

4 July 2019

Trinidad & Tobago set to decriminalise marijuana, joining other Caribbean islands

Trinidad and Tobago looks like it may soon join a handful of Caribbean nations that have decriminalised marijuana. 

1 July 2019

Pastor or predator? Nigerian Evangelical preacher embroiled in rape accusations

Some young women say they've been chased out of the church or paid off to keep silent.

7 June 2019

Reactions to the presidential pardon of Sri Lankan rightwing religious leader

"Given Gnanasara’s past record of hateful speech, the Presidential pardon amounted to disrespect to all those who had suffered religious freedom violations in Sri Lanka."

29 May 2019

In Myanmar, Buddhists offer white roses to Muslims during Ramadan

"There is no place for religious extremists in our country."

30 April 2019

Afghanistan's dwindling Sikh and Hindu communities turn towards the exits

A recent survey found that 60.7% of respondents would emigrate if they were given opportunity.”

21 April 2019

A series of bomb attacks on churches and hotels spark terror in Sri Lanka

Hundreds were killed and injured in a series of planned explosions in Sri Lanka. A twelve-hour islandwide curfew was declared by the government while social media sites were restricted.

19 April 2019

Pope Francis will visit North Macedonia in May, shortly after presidential elections

It is the first time a pope visits North Macedonia.

12 April 2019

Easter in Trinidad & Tobago looks (and tastes) like this

A glimpse into what Easter time is like in the most southerly islands of the Caribbean archipelago.

4 April 2019

Pope Francis to visit Mozambique in September, during election campaigning

Mozambique will hold elections in October and is still recovering from a cyclone which virtually destroyed Beira, the second largest city.

18 March 2019

Abandoned church construction site bears testimony to waning Russian influence in North Macedonia

Sergei Samsonenko's fortune seems to have waned since the Russia-backed political party VMRO-DPMNE lost the 2016 elections after ruling for a decade.

4 March 2019

Uproar in Australia as lid lifted on Cardinal Pell's child sexual abuse convictions

"Almost immediately, the parade of aggrieved, disappointed, distressed, shocked, disbelieving, sad, angry Catholics and other Pell supporters began moving like a sullen, offended beast across the media, in unedifying protest..."

25 February 2019

How Saudi leaders are using religion to consolidate power and silence critical voices

Advox

''Oppression is a comprehensive system, and [in our country] it is enabled by religion.'' 

5 February 2019

Greek Metropolitan Bishop convicted for inciting anti-LGBTQ+ violence

Amvrosios has sparked reactions many times with his extreme racist, fascist and homophobic views.

17 January 2019

Facing targeted attacks, Yemen's Christian minority struggles to survive

"Galileo" is a Yemeni who converted to Christianity three years ago. He's been arrested and tortured, and is now living in fear for his life.

22 December 2018

China's campaign against Christmas makes celebrating a difficult choice for citizens

"Are all these measures to enhance and promote Chinese culture or a sign of losing confidence on one’s own culture?"

20 December 2018

In Cardinal George Pell's sexual abuse trial, Australian court fails to suppress the ‘nation's worst kept secret’

Advox

"The alleged suppression order on #georgepell is allowing fake news and hearsay and speculation take the place of reputable news sources."