Angola to shut down unregistered churches next month *Nigerian churches among those targetted

Angola is planning to close down “illegal” churches starting November, nearly a month after the state made public legislation to regulate religious activity.

The National Director for Religious issues at the ministry of culture, Francisco de Castro Maria, said that religious denominations that are illegal in Angola will be closed starting in November.

Mr Castro Maria affirmed that 50% of the churches in the country are established by foreigners from the democratic republic of Congo, Brazil, Nigeria and Senegal”.

Culture minister Carolina Cerqueira said that while the government was forced to act against unregistered bodies which promote commercial activities or pose threat to human rights and against the principals of urban life and positive coexistence”.

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