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Tue, 22 Oct 2019 12:40 - Updated Tue, 22 Oct 2019 12:48

Government and Church work together to create legal entities

Luanda - The Angolan government, through the Ministry of Culture, will work with churches in the creation of legal ecclesiastical positions, in particular with those denominations that have existed for over 30 years.

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Culture ministry works with church to harmonise religious titles

Photo: Cortesia de Ana Ramos

This is one of the measures aimed to tackle the proliferation of false pastors, bishops or other religious titles.

The fact was announced last Monday by the secretary of State for Culture, Aguinaldo Cristóvão, during a consultation meeting with representatives of churches in the process of legalization.

To him, it is necessary to take such a step in relation to the churches to put an end to false pastors and other doubtable religious titles, and the institution itself must recognize whether the person is really a pastor of a particular religion or church.

On the other hand, Aguinaldo Cristóvão explained that the Executive will reduce bureaucracy in the process of legalization of the religious denominations, and one of the changes is that churches legalization will stop being a responsibility of the Ministry of Justice and be under the umbrella of the Culture Ministry.

From now on, he said, church licensing will be done by the Ministry of Culture, after a detailed analysis of the National Institute of Religious Affairs (INAR) and its subsequent opinion on the issue.

The Ministry of Culture currently has on its records 81 legalized religious denominations and 94 requests for church legalization.

Regarding services in inappropriate places, the secretary of State said he acknowledges the difficulties that some churches have, but he added that the issue of places for the religious services is still under study.

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