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Kenyan Methodists Defy Ban on Campaigning at Church, Saying ‘Humans Are Political’
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Some churches in Kenya have barred politicians from addressing their congregations, saying campaigning during services disrespects the sanctity of worship.
Kenyan Woman 'Marries' the Holy Spirit in Anglican Ceremony
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
A woman in Kenya reported left her husband to "marry" the Holy Spirit. The woman held an official wedding ceremony in an Anglican church.
Islamist Militants Fuel Christian Persecution in Kenya, Faith Leaders Say
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Recently, Kenya was listed by the U.S.-based anti-persecution watchdog Open Doors as one of the countries where it is difficult to be Christian. According to the group, persecution of Christians...
After Cyclone Disaster, Church Organizations Mobilize to Help Devastated Africans
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
When Cyclone Idai struck the Southeast Africa coast last week, it swept away everything in its path, including churches, schools and homes in the Mozambican port city of Beira and beyond.
Church Leaders Pray for Ethiopian Airlines Crash Victims as They Grieve for Clergy
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Amid shock and grief after the Ethiopian Airline crash, leaders from the world’s faith traditions gathered in Nairobi for a United Nations event, united in prayer on Monday (March 11) for the 157...
After Shuttering 700 Churches, Rwanda Proposes Stricter Clergy Guidelines
Thursday, July 12, 2018
After closing more than 700 churches and some mosques in March, Rwandan government officials have moved to institute guidelines for how faith groups operate in the majority-Christian East African...
Church Suspends Sacraments as Deadly Ebola Outbreak Spreads
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
An Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo last month has led Roman Catholics to stop administering several sacraments temporarily in an attempt to keep the deadly disease from...
Ugandan Faith Leaders Grapple with Accepting Israel’s African Refugees
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Some Ugandan faith leaders say their nation should accept African refugees facing deportation from Israel, while others counter that resettlement would place too heavy a burden on already overtaxed...
Cremation Plan for Late Kenyan Politician Stirs Debate on Faith and Culture
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Kenneth Matiba, a popular politician in Kenya who died last week, will be cremated this week — a plan that has set off a debate in this mostly Christian country, where many view the practice as...
Conservative Faith Leaders Worry Kenya Will Repeal Ban on Gay Sex
Monday, April 9, 2018
In Kenya, where conservative Christian and Muslim leaders often preach passionately against gay relationships, a court could soon overturn the national ban on gay sex.
Lightning Kills 15 Worshippers in Rwanda, as Government Cracks Down on Unsafe Churches
Friday, March 16, 2018
As the Rwandan government continues to shut down houses of worship it deems unsafe and dissenters charge it with trampling on religious rights, lightning struck and killed 15 worshippers in the...
In Kenya, Debt-ridden Christian Universities Struggle to Stay Open
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Facing overwhelming debt, one Christian university in Kenya has been ordered to shut its doors as students and professors at two others are wondering whether they could be next.
10 Roman Catholic Priests Arrested in Protests in Congo
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Protests against the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo have resulted in the arrest of 10 Catholic priests — a sign of the government’s willingness to defy church authorities at the...
In Kenya, an HIV-Positive Pastor and His Wife Model New Thinking about AIDS
Monday, December 4, 2017
Last Saturday (Nov. 25), Mutuse’s wedding showed that there is a different way to treat people with HIV and AIDS.
Kenya’s Presidential Race Takes Pages from the Bible
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Politicians are trying to use this religious imagery to give force and legitimacy to their campaigns, but no one should be fooled, said the Rev. Wilybard Lagho, the Mombasa Roman Catholic...
Commuting to Nairobi, the Train becomes a Church
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
This commuter train takes its passengers to work, but the preacher aboard hopes it will also take them to God.
Nigerian Clergy Demand Compensation for Churches Destroyed by Boko Haram
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Religious leaders in Nigeria are renewing and amplifying their call for the government to pay compensation for the destruction of churches by Boko Haram, even as the Islamist militants escalate...
After Two Drown in Tanzania, Christians Re-examine Safety of River Baptisms
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Two Christian farmers, aged 30 and 47, died as their pastors attempted to baptize them in the fast-moving current of the Ungwasi River in Rombo District in the Kilimanjaro region.
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