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Tue, 28 May 2019 09:56 - Updated Tue, 28 May 2019 09:55

Over 2,000 illegal churches shut down

Caxito - More than 2,000 illegal churches and dozens of unlawful places of worship have been shut down by the Angolan authorities, informed on Monday in the northern Bengo Province the Culture minister, Carolina Cerqueira.

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The minister disclosed the information while addressing the opening session of the 7th Broad Consultative Council of the Culture Ministry.

In the meantime, added the official, over the last 12 months progresses have been made towards the definition of these religious institutions’ spiritual, social and legal role.

However, added the official, through the recently approved Law on Freedom of Religion, Belief and Worship, the State henceforth takes up the role of defining the social actions of the religious denominations.

Under the recent law, the State will also be enabled to separate religious institutions that carry out strong social activities from those that resemble more like business firms, operating under the disguise of a religion.

Angola has 80 legal churches operating all over the country.

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