Police say they are receiving an increasing number of complaints from people who say they were exploited by their pastors. Now, the government is considering a law that would require proof of qualification from anyone looking to open a church. But religious leaders say that there are already enough laws in place.
In DRC, there is a long history of distrust between local people and members of the national army. But in one village, people from the two groups are singing their way to a better understanding through a church choir group.
A long-standing tradition ended in 2017, when Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority fenced off an area where practitioners of ancient religions had made animal sacrifices. In a country where much land is not formally deeded, and ownership disputes are common, a spiritual leader wonders how the airport could claim title to the site, when his clan has been its rightful owner for more than half a millennium.
Aside from their belief in the supernatural, more and more Haitians are looking for healing from Voodoo priests rather than physicians, because of far lower fees. One former priest likens healing rituals to psychotherapy.
Health care organizations had long pleaded with the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe to ban faith healing ads from the airwaves, because the ads and their prophets were leading many people to abandon their medications, with particularly grave consequences for those taking anti-retroviral treatments. The state banned the ads in April – so is it making any difference?
For one side of the controversy, the new law is a relief, because faith healers dangerously claim an ability to cure the incurable. For the other side, the ruling limits the right to practice religion freely.