Food vendors in San Cristóbal de las Casas spend months preparing traditional foods to sell at the city’s popular annual food festival. This year, with the festival canceled due to the global COVID-19 crisis, they’re left with a pile of ingredients – and no idea how to budget for the future.
Officials, determined to prevent exploitation by religious leaders, are considering a law that would require certified training to open a church. Pastors worry about the ramifications of increasing government interference.
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.
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.
From the economic crisis to mental illness, Zimbabweans are seeking help from a variety of apostolic sects, many of which blend Christianity with traditional beliefs. One point of difference between sects is on the appropriateness of seeking revenge.