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AFRICA: Muslims across Africa observe the 2020 EID.

AFRICA: Muslims across Africa observe the 2020 EID.

AFRICA, Islam, RELIGION
Muslims across East and West Africa are celebrating the post-Ramadan fete of Eid-ul-Fitr today (Saturday, May 23) despite a majority of Muslims nations observing the 30th day of fasting ahead of Eid on Sunday. In Somalia, Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowment, Sheikh Nur Mohamed Hassan announced today’s Eid late Friday after eight people came forward testifying they have sighted the new moon in the vicinities of Mogadishu, the capital. President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo also posted a video on Twitter congratulating Somalis at home and abroad on the completion of Ramadan. Reports say some Muslims in Ethiopia and Kenya are also observing festivities. Across much of Muslim dominated West Africa, authorities officially declared today as Eid-ul-Fitr: from Niger to Senegal, Mal...
Award-winning Canon photographers capture Ramadan in the time of a pandemic

Award-winning Canon photographers capture Ramadan in the time of a pandemic

INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Ramadan, RELIGION, TECHNOLOGY
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 22, 2020/ -- On 23rd April, the holy month of Ramadan began, with Muslims around the world practicing under unique circumstances and adapting to the changes caused by COVID-19. From live-streamed sermons to video calling loved ones for virtual Iftars, this year’s Ramadan is seeing Muslims worldwide forging new ways to connect with family and friends and enjoy the collective tradition that Ramadan provides. To capture this religious practice taking place under lockdown, Canon has partnered with Jordanian Canon Ambassador and two time Pulitzer prize winner, Muhammed Muheisen and Dubai-based photographer Reem Falaknaz - who took part to the Arab Documentary Photography Program - to document their personal experiences of practicing Ramadan during this unpre...
Uganda: Speaker Kadaga gifts Muslim fraternity at Parliament

Uganda: Speaker Kadaga gifts Muslim fraternity at Parliament

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Ramadan, RELIGION, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
Kampala --- As the Muslim fraternity prepares to celebrate Eid Al- Fitr over the weekend, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has called on Muslims to continue praising and worshiping Allah during the remaining days of the Holy month of Ramadan.  She said that fasting in the Quran are the two intercessors for the servants of Allah on the days of resurrection. “Your fasting will give an opportunity for intercessions on your behalf so that your messages reach the Almighty Allah,” she said.Kadaga said this while handing over gift hampers to the Muslim staff of Parliament and journalists under the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association on 20 May 2020.She said that due to the coronavirus pandemic, Parliament cannot hold the annual Iftr dinner.  “Ramadan cannot be celebrated but the sa...
Coronavirus – Africa: World Council of Churches (WCC) holds online consultation with global health providers

Coronavirus – Africa: World Council of Churches (WCC) holds online consultation with global health providers

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, RELIGION
Dr Mwai Makoka is programme executive for Health and Healing at the World Council of Churches (WCC). In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, he organised and moderated an online consultation with ecumenical global health providers and networks in mid-May. Makoka stressed one of his first conclusions on the ongoing pandemic: “Now we see that health is not only the domain of health professionals; we need everybody to be health cautious. We need a multi-sectoral approach.” Makoka highlighted the importance of churches giving more priority to health issues. “We need to start the conversation, as Christian health professionals, on how to accompany the churches for them to be more and more health cautious, to position ourselves at the regional and national level to analyse where we need...
Pastor Bugembe requests for a meeting with self-appointed ‘Prophet’ Elvis Mbonye

Pastor Bugembe requests for a meeting with self-appointed ‘Prophet’ Elvis Mbonye

AFRICA, RELIGION, UGANDA
Out of curiosity, Pastor Wilson Bugembe is currently planning to meet with his fellow preacher Elvis Mbonye for some answers. Mbonye, the lead pastor of Zoe Ministries International has on several occasions told stories of how he meets Jesus and tells him what the future holds, not forgetting how he told his followers recently that Jesus told him Coronavirus will not enter Uganda since it is ‘covered in the blood of Jesus’, but a few hours after that revelation, the first Covid-19 case was confirmed by the Ministry of health. Preacher Elvis Mbonye The self-styled preacher also told Solomon Serwajja a few days ago during a interview that he has had a physical fight with Lucifer, and now he (Lucifer) is so scared of him, for he almost killed him during their encounter. But accor...
Pope Francis appoints new Archbishop for Mbarara, Uganda

Pope Francis appoints new Archbishop for Mbarara, Uganda

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, RELIGION, UGANDA
The auxiliary Bishop of Mbarara, Rt Rev Lambert Bainomugisha has been appointed the new Archbishop of Mbarara. He replaces the Most Rev Paul Bakyenga who is resigning from the pastoral care of the archdiocese upon clocking the canonical age limit of 75 years. Arcbishop-elect Bainomugisha is also the President of the Legal Service Commission and is a member of other commissions of the Uganda Episcopal Conference. His appointment is contained in an April 25 letter by Luigi Bianco, the apostolic nuncio to Uganda. Rt. Rev. Lambert Bainomugisha The Rt. Rev. Lambert Bainomugisha was born 12th July 1961 at Kashumba, Bukanga, Isingiro in what was at that time the Diocese of Mbarara. He studied both in Uganda and in Canada and obtained a degree in Canon Law through the University of St...
Trump and Biden send messages of goodwill to Muslims fasting the month of Ramadan

Trump and Biden send messages of goodwill to Muslims fasting the month of Ramadan

AMERICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Ramadan, RELIGION, united states of america, USA
US President Donald Trump on Thursday wished Muslims across the nation and the world "Ramadan Mubarak," or a blessed Ramadan, saying he prays for those observing the holy month. The President said, "I wish all Muslims, both in the United States and across the world, a blessed and peaceful Ramadan." Trump noted that for millions around the globe, this holy month is an opportunity to renew and strengthen their faith through rigorous fasting, devout prayer, reflective meditation, reading the Quran, and charitable deeds.  These acts are closely aligned with the universal values that the Islamic faith promotes—peace, kindness, and love and respect for others. Trump said that over the past months, we have seen how important the power of prayer can be during challenging times.  "Tod...
AU Special Representative for Somalia extends message of goodwill to the people and the government of Somalia during the holy month of Ramadan

AU Special Representative for Somalia extends message of goodwill to the people and the government of Somalia during the holy month of Ramadan

AFRICA, ARMY, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Ramadan, RELIGION, somalia
The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira, extends his best wishes to the people and the government of Somalia during this holy month of Ramadan. The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira “As we enter, today, into Ramadan, we recall, with humility that this is the Holy month of fasting, spiritual reflection and worship, a month of expression of kindness and giving to the poor and the needy. May this period of Ramadan fill us with courage, strength and help us win every challenge of life”, Ambassador Madeira said. As we fast and offer prayers to Allah, the ...
MTN Uganda to continue supporting Muslim community during Ramadhan amid lockdown

MTN Uganda to continue supporting Muslim community during Ramadhan amid lockdown

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Ramadan, RELIGION, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA
MTN Uganda to provide food and alms worth UGX 100million to vulnerable communities to support them during the fasting period. MTN also launches MTNite Calls promotional offer. Customers will get 60 free minutes to make calls to MTN Numbers between midnight and 6:00am, when they load airtime or buy a voice/data bundle (using MTN MoMo or through an agent) worth UGX 500/- or more during the day. The promotional offer will end with the holy month of Ramadhan and is open to all MTN customers. MTN Uganda has a long-standing relationship with the Muslim community in Uganda which spans many years. MTN Uganda has continued its long-standing relationship with the Muslim community in Uganda by joining them again this year to commemorate the holy month of Ramadan. This year, the holy m...
Orthodox Christians celebrate their Easter amidst Coronavirus social distancing

Orthodox Christians celebrate their Easter amidst Coronavirus social distancing

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, RELIGION, WORLD
The world's Orthodox Christians are celebrating Easter - the most important festival in their calendar, amid a series of restrictions and bans. This year the Eastern Orthodox faithful, including those with Greek, Macedonian, Serbian and Russian ethnic ties, can't attend church because of COVID-19 restrictions. Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate Pascha, or Easter, this Sunday, a week after other Christians because they follow the Julian calendar rather than the more modern Gregorian calendar, said the Rev. David Bissias, priest at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Hammond. "The complicated rule to calculate the date of Easter in both traditions means that the Orthodox might celebrate on the same Sunday as all others, or may be separated by nearly five weeks. This year,...
Coronavirus: U.S. Pastor who defied social distancing dies if COVID-19

Coronavirus: U.S. Pastor who defied social distancing dies if COVID-19

AMERICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, RELIGION, united states of america, USA
A Virginia Bishop who said, “God is larger than this dreaded virus” has died of complications of COVID-19, according to a statement from an elder at his church. Despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid mass gatherings and maintain social distancing, Glenn said in a sermon on March 22, "I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus," and announced he was not afraid to die. Bishop Gerald O. Glenn, the Founder and Pastor of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Bishop Gerald O. Glenn, the Founder and Pastor of New Deliverance Evangelistic Church on Saturday, April 11, 2020 @ 9:00 PM,” a statement on the church’s Facebook page said. “Please be in prayer with us for Mo...
Coronavirus – Burkina Faso: International Organization for Migration (IOM) Calls for Increased Support for Displaced Amidst Deteriorating Humanitarian Crisis, Emergence of COVID-19 in Burkina Faso

Coronavirus – Burkina Faso: International Organization for Migration (IOM) Calls for Increased Support for Displaced Amidst Deteriorating Humanitarian Crisis, Emergence of COVID-19 in Burkina Faso

AFRICA, Burkina Faso, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, RELIGION
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, March 27, 2020/ -- Amid the current COVID-19 outbreak in Burkina Faso – the country most affected by the crisis in West Africa – the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is increasingly concerned about the impact the disease could have on those already severely impacted by the ongoing humanitarian crisis. IOM is scaling up its response, recently providing 100 emergency shelters to some 700 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and Malian asylum seekers in the north of the country. Many of those forced to flee from violence in Mali in 2019 and 2020 have been doubly displaced since seeking refuge in Burkina Faso last year. “We are...
At least 30 Pastors in Uganda have been arrested for defying the president’s order

At least 30 Pastors in Uganda have been arrested for defying the president’s order

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, RELIGION, SECURITY, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Police in Kajjansi Town, Wakiso District, have arrested a pastor and 30 of his followers for defying the Presidential directives. Pastor Rashid Mutebi of Blessed Feelings Church International located in Gobe, Kajjansi and his followers were picked on Wednesday morning after Police received information about their illegal activities at their Church, according to Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Mr. Patrick Onyango. Dr. Henry Mwebesa, the director-general, Health Services told journalists in Kampala that five people had tested positive, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 14 on Wednesday. However, yesterday, Uganda confirmed more than 4 cases. On interrogation, the pastor alleges that the Christians came from far and he was still looking for money to transpo...
AFRICA: Archbishop Lwanga of Uganda bans receiving of Holy Communion in hands in new decree on Eucharist.

AFRICA: Archbishop Lwanga of Uganda bans receiving of Holy Communion in hands in new decree on Eucharist.

AFRICA, RELIGION, UGANDA
In a communication released on February,1, Archbishop Lwanga said the new decree stemmed from liturgical and canonical norms of the church that require him by law to fend off abuses in the liturgical life of the church. “Henceforth, it is forbidden to distribute or to receive Holy Communion in the hands. Mother Church enjoins us to hold the Most Holy Eucharist in the highest honor. Due to many reported instances of dishonoring the Eucharist that have been associated with reception of Eucharist in the hands, it is fitting to return to the more reverent method of receiving the Eucharist on the tongue,”Lwanga’s communication reads. The Kampala Archbishop Diocese further reaffirmed that those cohabiting and are involved in “grave” sins are not allowed to take Holy Commun...
RELIGION: Pilgrims assemble at Namirembe for Luwum foot pilgrimage 2020.

RELIGION: Pilgrims assemble at Namirembe for Luwum foot pilgrimage 2020.

AFRICA, RELIGION, UGANDA
Christians from various faith traditions have assembled at Namirembe to begin the St Janani Luwum Pilgrimage 2020 that will see them walk 510 kms from Kampala to Muchwini in Kitgum district. Archbishop Luwum was murdered on February 16, 1977 at Nakasero by Uganda president Idi Amin. Luwum was head of the Anglican ecclesiastical province, then composed of four countries (Burundi, Eastern Congo, Rwanda and Uganda). Patrons of the pilgrimage Patrons for the Pilgrimage areHis Grace, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali; the Chief Justice, Justice Bart M. Katureebe; the Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga; and the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda. The Christians gathered at Namirembe are from various faith traditions. The Pilgrimage is an init...