Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

Some Kenyan Christians support polygamy Comments 0

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Flanked by his three wives and 12 children in his grocery shop in Kenya’s biggest slum, Kibera, Gilbert Wandera said men should marry multiple wives to prevent single motherhood and to ensure that children have fathers in their lives. “Getting a second or third wife is not a sin before God,” said Wandera, 38, who Read more

Old injustices against women in mega churches in Africa Comments 0

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Adoley and her husband Mike (not their real names) attend one of Ghana’s mega churches. Both are university graduates. She is a seamstress and owns a small retail shop. He is an accountant. The couple live with Mike’s family, where Adoley sometimes feels she’s blamed for the couple’s childlessness after having three miscarriages. When they Read more

Africa won’t have West dictating on homosexuality: Cardinal Comments 0

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Catholic bishops from part of Africa have sent a strong signal that the continent will not accept Western dictatorship on homosexuality. The president of West Africa’s regional bishops conference, Cardinal Theodore-Adrien Sarr, said Africans must be alert to any indoctrination from the West to accept same-sex marriage. Cardinal Sarr said some Americans behave “like people who Read more

The Imam and the Pastor – see it 12 February Comments 0

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

In collaboration with the Initiatives of Change NZ and the Wellington Islamic Centre, there will be a special screening of two short films, The Imam and the Pastor and An African Answer. In the 1990s, Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa led opposing, armed militias, dedicated to defending their respective communities as violence broke Read more

Worship prefect slams extravagant offertories Comments 0

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship has criticised “long and loud” offertory processions in some countries. Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Robert Sarah took aim at offertory processions in some African countries that include “endless dances”. “One has the impression of being present at a folklore exhibition,” the cardinal wrote. Cardinal Sarah comes Read more

Pope Francis in Africa: he came, he saw, now what? Comments 0

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Pope Francis was hailed around the world as a “messenger of hope” during his historic visit to Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic. The visit to the three African countries was replete with gestures of reconciliation and peace. He pushed all the right buttons on religious liberty, climate change and reforms to the annulment process Read more

Francis critiques question about condoms in Africa Comments 0

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Pope Francis has told a journalist asking about condom use to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa that the question posed is too small. The Pope answered the question during a session with reporters on his plane flying back from the Central African Republic on November 30. The journalist asked if the Church should Read more

African church growth put down to lack of education Comments 0

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The editor of the German bishops’ website has said the Church is growing in Africa because of a lack of education and because Africans have little else. Björn Odendahl said this on in an article entitled “The Romantic, Poor Church”. “Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent Read more

At start of African visit, Pope names what feeds terrorism Comments 0

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Starting his three-nation African visit on Wednesday, Pope Francis said violence and terrorism feed on “despair” which comes from poverty and frustration. Speaking in Nairobi, Kenya, the Pope said fear and mistrust spring from the same source. He also re-iterated his view that the protection of the environment needs to take place alongside building a Read more

David Attenborough backs assisted dying, slams Church Comments 0

Friday, November 20th, 2015

UK broadcaster Sir David Attenborough has given qualified support to assisted dying and has criticised the Catholic Church’s stance on contraception. Speaking on the BBC’s Costing the Earth programme, Sir David was asked if he supported the right to die. “I suppose I do really, but [only] if you could solve all the problems of Read more