Angola : authorities shut down over 900 religious denominations

João Lourenço, Minister of National Defence. Photo: RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – The Angolan authorities have shut down over 900 illegal religious denominations countrywide, a measure also prompted by the fact that many of them had practices that harmed human rights and dignity.

The information was given last Wednesday, in Luanda, by Culture minister Carolina Cerqueira at the specialised commission of the National Assembly (Parliament) that has been analysing the Bill on Freedom of Religion, Belief and Worship.

Carolina Cerqueira informed that the government will continue to root out from society those religious denominations that undermine the dignity of believers and adopt a purely commercial posture, thus challenging or ignoring the principles of the Angolan state.

She went on to say that it is paramount to control the proliferation of religious sects countrywide, including the fact that many of them conduct their religious services in inadequate places, among other bad practices.

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