A controversial snake pastor in South Africa has been praised by the country's Cultural, Religious, and Linguistic Rights Commission for his vast knowledge of the Bible.
Pastor Penuel Mnguni of End Times Disciples Ministries in Soshanguve was recently forced to defend his religious practices to the committee after facing accusations of abusing and commercializing the Christian faith.
Authorities called Mnguni to defend himself after photographs showed the controversial pastor feeding live snakes and rats to churchgoers. Witnesses say Mnguni forced the congregants to eat the animals to prove their devotion to their faith. The religious leader also faced accusations of stepping on congregants' backs. more >>
After the toy company Mattel gave the classic doll Barbie a dramatic makeover with a variety of skintones and body types last month, a woman in Nigeria has taken to Instagram in recent weeks to show Muslim girls how they can transform Barbie into a hijab-wearing icon they can identify with.
While most young girls around the world are accustomed to playing with Barbie dolls that are dressed in fashionable and sometimes sexy dresses, pants and tops, Haneefa Adam, a medical scientist in Nigeria, has created an Instagram account called "Hijarbie" to show Muslim girls that there are alternative wardrobe options for their Barbie dolls.
The Hijarbie Instagram account features pictures of Barbie dolls wearing various forms of modest clothing along with different styles and colors of hijabs (head scarves worn by Muslim women), all of which Adam has crafted herself. more >>
An Australian Christian missionary who was kidnapped by an al-Qaeda affiliate in the African nation of Burkina Faso last month has been released, however, her husband still remains detained.
Jocelyn Elliott and Dr. Ken Elliott were kidnapped in mid-January by militants associated with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb in the town of Djibo, which is near the Mali border.
The Christian couple, who are both in their 80s, have lived in the Djibo since the 1970s and operate a 120-bed medical clinic in the town where Dr. Elliott is the only surgeon. The Elliotts' clinic is the only one located within hundreds of miles of the location. more >>
Over 150 Coptic Christians reportedly staged a sit-in protest on Sunday at the provincial administration office in Minya, Egypt, spreading awareness for the continued kidnappings of Christians across the country.
The protest in Minya specifically highlighted the case of an 18-year-old Coptic girl who has been missing for several days, with her family in the city of Samalot convinced she has been kidnapped, according to Fides News Agency.
"Kidnappings that target Christians remain a scourge for the Coptic community in many areas of Egypt. Already several appeals have been launched by Christian organizations to Egyptian authorities, including President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, so that adequate measures are taken to combat this phenomenon," the agency reported. more >>
Islamic State militants are crucifying civilians accused of spying by stringing them up on advertising billboards and leaving them there to hang for days in the Libyan city of Sirte.
U.S. intelligence estimates suggest the number of fighters from the terror group in the North African country has now doubled.
An atheist group is claiming discrimination after the Kenyan government refused to officially recognize the nonbelievers over concerns of maintaining "peace [and] good order" in the country.
The small atheist group had been denied official government recognition multiple times since it began applying last year, the group's leader Harrison Mumia told the BBC.
A press release announcing the denial reported that government officials explained that "'the interests of peace and welfare or good order in Kenya would be likely to suffer prejudice' by reason of our (atheist's) registration as a society." more >>