The Islamic University of Al Azhar, the highest academic center of Sunni Islam, has joined the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Egypt in the fight against the epidemic of female genital mutilation.
Fides News Agency reported that Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II and Sheikh Ahmed al Tayyeb, imam of al-Azhar, signed a joint statement on Monday committing their fight against the many abuses children in Egypt suffer.
Statistics show that more than 70 percent of all Egyptian children suffer some form of abuse or violence within their families and communities, Fides added. more >>
Last week, Starbucks opened its first South Africa branch in Johannesburg with people crowding the place for their first try of the hit brews and a week after the launch day, throngs of people are still patiently waiting in line to get their orders.
According to Reuters, Starbucks founder and chief executive Howard Schultz said, "I've never seen a line like this after a week of our opening." The Johannesburg store opened Thursday last week and it is expected the business will keep running smoothly with the number of people still eager to get their hands on the hit brand.
On Friday, Schultz also declared that the coffee chain is planning to open up to 150 stores all across South Africa. BBC News said that city socialites graced the opening day, giving their approval to the luxury brand that is the first in sub-Saharan Africa. more >>
The sons of a slain Ethiopian woman who was beaten mercilessly by her husband after she converted from Islam to Christianity last year have given their lives to Christ after witnessing their mother's strong faith in Jesus.
According to global Christian persecution watchdog Open Doors USA, a Christian convert named Workitu, a mother in her 50s, was killed by her husband and a neighbor at the end of March in the Addis Ababa after she refused her husband's demands to sell government drought relief aid.
Christians in the Muslim-dominated town told Open Doors that prior to Workitu's fatal beating in March, she had already endured a number of relentless beatings from her husband after she converted to Christianity last August. more >>
A footage has been revealed by CNN showing some of the girls who were kidnapped two years ago in West Africa by the Boko Haram as parents of the abducted continue to push the government for answers.
15 girls were shown in the video wearing black robes. Rifkatu Ayuba recognized her daughter in the clip and shed tears as she looked at her daughter, now 17-year-old Saratu, staring blankly at the camera.
"If I could, I would have removed her from the screen," Ayuba said of her daughter. Saratu is just one of the 276 girls kidnapped by the Islamist group on April 14, 2014 in the Nigerian town of Chibok. more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes said at an event in Namibia earlier this week that women are not to be submissive to men outside of the family, but rather only to their husbands.
Speaking at the two-day MTC leadership conference in Windhoek, Jakes spoke about women needing to strike a balance between work life and family life, according to Selma Ikela of New Era news.
"The Bible talks about women being submissive, not to men, but to her own husband. … God is setting up an organizational structure for family, it has nothing to do with anything outside the family," said Jakes, senior pastor of the 30,000-member Potter's House Church in Dallas, Texas. more >>
Police in Nigeria have arrested four members of a gang who allegedly confessed to brutally murdering a pastor they were holding hostage because he preached to them and told them to repent of their sins.
"The gang also confessed to have been responsible for the kidnapping of Pastor Chukwu Ekere of same Ohigha community and killed him for the simple reason that the man of God disturbed them with his preaching of repentance and also for urging them to shun their nefarious activities and accept God," said authorities in a statement to PM News Nigeria.
Local police in Rivers State said they initially arrested the gang members at Ohigha in Ogba and in Diobu, Port Harcourt in connection with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a woman identified only as Mrs. Igila of Ohigha village on Jan. 7. more >>