COVID-19: Low Attendance, Strict Compliance Greet Church Re-Opening In Lagos

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As the Lagos State Government lifts the restriction on the religious activities, some churches within Lagos metropolis were greeted with low attendance amidst strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal Government, had on March 15, instituted lockdown measures and banned public gatherings while religious places were sealed as a precautionary move against the spread of COVID-19. However, tougher lockdown measures were imposed in Lagos, Ogun, and Abuja have given their status as the epicenter of the COVID-19 in Nigeria which later…

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Lagos Govt Orders Reopening Of Churches, Mosques Aug 7, 9

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Lagos State governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday ordered the re-opening of places of worship from August 7. Worship centres and other social gatherings were banned in the state since March as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus. The Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 had earlier announced the reopening of churches and mosques in the country but the Lagos State government insisted that worship centres remained shut. However, while speaking at a media briefing on Saturday, the governor said, “Places of worship in Lagos will now be opened…

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Govt Declares July 30, 31 As Public Holidays

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Thursday, July 30, and Friday, July 31 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration. This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah on Tuesday. According to the statement, the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, called on the Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness, and sacrifice, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him). He also urged Muslims to use the period to pray…

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Why Pastor Tola Odutola Resign As This May Throws up fresh challenge for RCCG

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The resignation of Pastor Tola Odutola, one of the most prominent pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in the United States has created a fresh challenge for the church. Though he is not the first top pastor that would resign from the Church, his resignation seems to be one too many. In 2013, Pastor Bayo Akijiyan an Architect resigned from the church alleging an unfair deal. He went ahead to set up his own ministry in Ipaja, Lagos.  Pastor  Sola Fola-Alade also resigned from the RCCG Trinity House Church in the…

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Catholic Bishops Seek Cancelation Of Poor Countries’ Debts At G20 Finance Summit

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Catholic bishops have urged the U.K.’s finance minister to press for the cancelation of debts owed by the world’s poorest countries at this weekend’s G20 finance summit.  The bishops signed a letter, dated July 10, from 77 religious leaders calling on the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to help “to cancel, rather than merely suspend, bilateral debt payments” amid the coronavirus pandemic.  The letter applauded Sunak for helping to secure an agreement to freeze the debt service payments of 77 countries at a G20 finance ministers’ meeting in April.  “We now ask you…

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Ifekwe Udo: Why The Church Of Satan Was Demolish And The Arrest Of The Founder

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 …We were scared of Lucifer, Church of Satan founder — Residents … Why Church Of Satan Was Demolished …Church Of Satan Founder Involved In Police Station The Assemblies of Light Bearer Greater Church of Lucifer popularly known as the Church of Satan in Ebem Ohafia, Abia State has been destroyed by youths of the community.  It was alleged that the founder of the church identified as Ifekwe Udo a.k.a Lucifer or Fada-Fada became popular in the past quarter of the decade, for his visible effort in providing employment opportunities for…

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CAN Mounts Pressure On Lagos, Ogun, Others To Reopen Churches

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on authorities in Lagos, Ogun, and other states where churches are still on lockdown to permit the resumption of activities in places of worship. CAN President, Reverend Samson Ayokunle, made the call in a statement on Tuesday by his Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji. He believes the continued lockdown order on the places of worship in the country is no longer acceptable and cannot be reasonably justified. “Despite the directive given by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19…

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COVID-19: Catholic Archdiocese Of Lagos Donates Relief Materials To Lagos

The Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, has donated relief materials to Lagos State government in support of its efforts to provide assistance to the poor towards the fight to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic. Items donated include 500 bags of rice, beans, and 4000 hand sanitizers. In alignment with the CBCN, the church also announced the decision to make St Raphael Divine Mercy Hospital, Ijede available for use as an isolation centre if the need arises. “We commend the hard work that has been done in ensuring that we are…

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Ondo State Grants Permission For Easter Service

The Ondo State Government has granted permission for churches in the state to hold Easter Sunday services. It however issued some conditions the churches must adhere to with a view to curbing the spread of COVID-19. A statement by the Chairman of the Ondo State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend John Oladapo, said social distancing order would be observed. Oladapo said the CAN leadership met with the State Government to rub minds on how to hold the Easter Sunday worship service, which was granted by Governor…

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Palm Sunday: Pope Francis Livestreams Mass In An ‘Empty’ St. Peter’s Amid The Pandemic

Pope Francis prays as he celebrates Palm Sunday Mass behind closed doors in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.  St. Peter’s Basicalla was virtually empty for Palm Sunday Mass, where usually tens of thousands would gather. Just a few nuns, prelates, and laypeople gathered, abiding by social distancing guidelines, while Pope Francis live-streamed the mass in his homily. Francis asked worshipers to think of others suffering from coronavirus. “The tragedy we are experiencing summons us to take seriously the…

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