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Anglican Church commissions N1.3bn headquarters in Abuja

Anglican Church commissions N1.3bn headquarters in Abuja The Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Wednesday in Abuja, formally commissioned and dedicated its over N1.38bn worth National Secretariat and office complex.  The complex, situated in Gudu District of Abuja, was named “St Matthias House, Church of Nigeria National Secretariat”.  The Primate of the Church and Archbishop, Metropolitan, Most Rev. Nicholas...... more

Why I spent my Easter in hospitals — Obi

Why I spent my Easter in hospitals — Obi Vice-Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has explained why he chose to spend his Easter holiday in hospitals across Anambra State. Obi was spoke on Monday at Umueje when he visited the Diocesan Hospital in the town in the company of the...... more

Christians afraid to attend church after blasts in Sri Lanka

Christians afraid to attend church after blasts in Sri Lanka Members of Sri Lanka’s Christian minority have been left afraid to go to church after deadly attacks that hit Easter services, killing nearly 300 and stoking fears of communal violence.  “Some people might be afraid to go to church now. At this moment I have no idea what to say,” Father...... more

Pope condemns Easter bomb attacks

Pope condemns Easter bomb attacks Pope Francis on Sunday condemned attacks that killed at least 156 people in three churches and four hotels in Sri Lanka as “such cruel violence” and said he was close to the Christian community, hit while celebrating Easter. The blasts, which hospital and police officials said wounded more than 400 people,...... more

BREAKING: 35 foreigners, 121 others confirmed dead as terrorists storm Easter church services

BREAKING: 35 foreigners, 121 others confirmed dead as terrorists storm Easter church services Thirty-five foreigners and at least 121 natives have been confirmed dead after dare-devil terrorists attacked Easter church services in Sri Lanka. In an update, officials the affected foreigners, including Americans, Britons and Dutch, died when a string of coordinated bombings hit high-end hotels and churches in and around the Sri Lankan...... more

Easter: Obi calls for reflection, prayers

Easter: Obi calls for reflection, prayers The Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 contentious election, Mr. Peter Obi, has urged Nigerians to use the period of Easter to reflect on the situation in the country and pray specially for the survival of our democracy. Obi said in an Easter message...... more

Fayemi greets Christians at Easter, mourns passing of Oba Olateru-Olagbegi

Fayemi greets Christians at Easter, mourns passing of Oba Olateru-Olagbegi The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has felicitated with the people of the state and Nigerians in general for witnessing another Easter season, urging them to exhibit the spirit of love, tolerance, peaceful co-existence and sacrifice, which are the hallmark of the Easter celebration, in their daily activities. Governor...... more

Easter: Okowa tasks Christians on love, peaceful co-existence among Nigerians

Easter: Okowa tasks Christians on love, peaceful co-existence among Nigerians As Christians all over the world mark the Easter festivals, Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged Nigerians and Deltans to show love for one another and be willing to make sacrifices for greater unity, peace, political stability and progress of our beloved country.  Governor Okowa, according to an...... more

Fresh crisis hits CAN; 500 groups battle President over ‘blood money’

Fresh crisis hits CAN; 500 groups battle President over ‘blood money’ Embattled President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Samson Supo Ayokunle, is in the eye of the storm once more following his visit to victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East barely one month to the presidential elections in CAN. Already, there is tension and division in...... more

Don’t lose hope of a greater Nigeria, says Buhari in Easter Message

Don’t lose hope of a greater Nigeria, says Buhari in Easter Message The President has appealed to Nigerians not to lose hope of a brighter future for the country.  In his Easter message to the nation, President Muhammadu Buhari was confident that Nigeria would overcome its challenges and become a great country.  “Weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the...... more

Easter: Saraki calls for sacrifices in national interest

Easter: Saraki calls for sacrifices in national interest President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has called on all Nigerians to imbibe the value of sacrificing in the interest of the country as demonstrated by Jesus Christ whose selfless service to humanity is being commemorated across the world at this Easter period.  Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser...... more

Easter: FG declares Friday, Monday, public holidays

Easter: FG declares Friday, Monday, public holidays The Federal Government has declared Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22, Public Holidays to mark the 2019 Easter celebration.  Mr Georgina Ehuriah, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, announced the holiday in a statement quoting the minister on Wednesday in Abuja.  The Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, who made the...... more

African Church crisis deepens; South South sacks South West Bishops

African Church crisis deepens; South South sacks South West Bishops The festering leadership crisis in the African Church has assumed an ethnic colouration following the sack of bishops from the South-West part of the country from provinces in the South-South region. Bishop James Bamidele from Ekiti State, who was at Four towns, Uyo, and Archbishop A.A Odufuwa, formerly of the Calabar...... more

Indian government takes swipe at Muslims

Indian government takes swipe at Muslims  Critics have accused India’s ruling party of promoting communal tensions after a top official promised to rid the country of all “infiltrators” in an apparent swipe at Muslims and other religious minorities. “We will remove every single infiltrator from the country, except Buddha, Hindus and Sikhs,” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president...... more

Bishop in trouble for raping nun

Bishop in trouble for raping nun Police in India have charged a Catholic bishop with raping a nun, following months of protests and allegations of a cover-up. Bishop Franco Mulakkal is accused of raping a nun multiple times between 2014 and 2016 at a church guest house in Kerala, in the country's southwest. The police official who...... more

Sharia law spread across Southeast Asia

Sharia law spread across Southeast Asia Brunei's new law punishing homosexual sex with death by stoning has sent a wave of fear across the LGBT population in neighboring Malaysia and Indonesia. On April 3, the small oil-rich kingdom of Brunei introduced a strict Islamic legal code mandating death for adultery and sex between men, as well as...... more

How I was introduced to homosexuality by a General Overseer — Lagos gay pastor •How he slept with many clerics

How I was introduced to homosexuality by a General Overseer — Lagos gay pastor •How he slept with many clerics  A General Overseer of a Pentecostal church, Prince Chisodirim Ezuma and Founder of Jesus Intervention Household Ministry, has sensationally revealed that many clerics are gay.  Ezuma who, at the moment, is being held by the police for infecting a young man, Ikem Anthony Shedrack, 16, with HIV, through anal sex, (although...... more

Celebration as 7 elderly friends complete Qur’an recitation in Gombe

Celebration as 7 elderly friends complete Qur’an recitation in Gombe  It was a rare gathering and ceremony at the residence of prominent politician, business mogul and philanthropist, Alhaji Bala Bello Tinka. The place was filled to capacity last Saturday as friends, relatives, business associates and well-wishers gathered to celebrate with him for completing the recitation of the Holy Qur’an (Khatma) at...... more

Teen rushes Pope's car in 'plea for help'

Teen rushes Pope's car in 'plea for help'  A teenager who rushed towards a motorcade carrying King Mohammed VI of Morocco and Pope Francis intended to "appeal to the King due to a health issue pertaining to his parents," Morocco's national security agency said. The 17-year-old breached security and ran toward the King's car in Rabat on Saturday, video...... more

Why I cannot observe Jumaat prayers in the National Mosque — Buhari

Why I cannot observe Jumaat prayers in the National Mosque — Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday explained why he chose to observe Jumaat prayers at the Presidential Villa and not the National Mosque in Abuja.  According to him, this is to prevent the constraints and inconveniences presidential movements may cause to the people. The President was responding to a request by a...... more

Hajj Reporters raise alarm on circulation of fake Hajj Fare

Hajj Reporters raise alarm on circulation of fake Hajj Fare Independent Hajj Reporters (IHR), a civil society organisation that monitors and reports about hajj activities in the country, has raised an alarm over a fake 2019 hajj fare package being circulated in the social media.  “Our social media surveillance team has brought to our notice a fake 2019 hajj fare package”,...... more

Hajj Reporters want microfinance banks for hajj, civil servants allowed to use pension funds to pay for pilgrimage

Hajj Reporters want microfinance banks for hajj, civil servants allowed to use pension funds to pay for pilgrimage The Independent Hajj Reporters has called for the establishment of microfinance banks for hajj, as well as a new policy that will allow civil servants that intend to perform hajj to use their pension funds to pay for the pilgrimage. This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday in Kaduna,...... more

Church of England set to ordain first Nigerian gay priest

Church of England set to ordain first Nigerian gay priest Founder of the first gay church in Nigeria – House of Rainbow – so named most likely because the colours of the rainbow is same as that of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender LGBTIQ Movement, Rowland Olajide Macaulay, who fled Nigeria to escape a 14-year jail sentence, may soon be...... more

Sex Abuse: Pope accepts cardinal's resignation

Sex Abuse: Pope accepts cardinal's resignation Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Chilean Cardinal Riccardo Ezzati, who had agreed to step down along with his country’s bishops over sexual abuse cases and their cover-up, the Vatican said Saturday.  Ezzati, archbishop of Santiago, is the seventh senior Chilean church official to resign over a scandal which the...... more

Nigeria reviews hajj medical guidelines

Nigeria reviews hajj medical guidelines  The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has inaugurated a Medical Guidelines Review Committee on existing medical guidelines for pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad, the Executive Chairman of NAHCON, inaugurated the Committee for the 2019 Hajj on Thursday in Abuja. The Head, Public Affairs Division of NAHCON, Mrs Fatima...... more

20,000 Christians to be killed by Fulani Jihadists by 2023, Intersociety alleges •Says many places of worship also to be destroyed

20,000 Christians to be killed by Fulani Jihadists by 2023, Intersociety alleges •Says many places of worship also to be destroyed No fewer than 18,000 Nigerian Christians, especially women, children and the elderly, would be killed by the time the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari completes its second term on May 29, 2023, according to the Int’l Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety).  The group made the allegation...... more

Fire guts Paris’ historic St. Sulpice church

Fire guts Paris’ historic St. Sulpice church Fire has been reported at Paris’ historic St. Sulpice church, built in the 19th Century. According to Le Parisien, firefighters are extinguishing the blaze, which burst through the doors of the 19th Century building. The wooden doors were on fire, and a stained glass window was damaged. The rest of the...... more

Edo House Speaker Adjoto threatens aggrieved Muslims as battle over Imamship rages in Benin City

Edo House Speaker Adjoto threatens aggrieved Muslims as battle over Imamship rages in Benin City Crisis is brewing at the Benin City mosque in Edo State as a group of Muslims are protesting what they called the illegal imposition of a Chief Imam for the Central Mosque of the Muslim community in Benin City. The group known as ‘Aggrieved Muslims’ who worship at the Central Mosque...... more

Hajj Reporters to honour stakeholders

Hajj Reporters to honour stakeholders Independent Hajj Reporters, a civil society that monitors and reports hajj and umrah activities in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, on Thursday announced plans to honour hajj stakeholders that excelled in service delivery to Nigerian pilgrims. Officials from Saudi Arabian and Pakistani ministries of hajj, and other countries are expected to attend...... more

BREAKING: Several worshippers reported dead as gunmen storm mosques

BREAKING: Several worshippers reported dead as gunmen storm mosques There are "multiple fatalities" after shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, police in New Zealand have confirmed. Three men and one woman are in custody, police commissioner Mike Bush told a news conference. Witnesses told local media they ran for their lives, and saw people bleeding on the...... more

 

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