Minister recommends dialogue to settle conflicts

  • Minister of Culture and Environment meets with religious leaders
The minister of Culture, Tourism and Environment, Jomo Fortunato, Tuesday in Luanda, said internal conflicts within religious institutions should be settled through balanced actions and permanent dialogue.

Addressing a meeting with religious leaders, the minister said the settlement of internal conflicts within churches entails dialogue, common sense and wisdom based on good cohabitation.

Jomo Fortunato added that the State will seek to maintain a permanent dialogue within churches, as the best path to the settlement of social problems, having highlighted the important role congregations play in the process of socialisation.

As to the recognition of the churches, the minister mentioned the need for review of the criteria in use, so that good practices can get reflected in the society.

He said the idea is to avoid the legalisation of religious confessions whose practices go against the sound cohabitation among Angolans and also prevent the emergence of churches whose doctrines contribute to the destabilisation of the families.

According to the minister, improving the religious confessions’ recognition criteria will lead to churches whose good actions reflect socially good practices in the country.

Data released by the National Institute for Religious Affairs (INAR), indicate that there are currently 81 churches recognised in the country, 97 awaiting recognition and 16 getting accreditation.

Addressing a meeting with religious leaders, the minister said the settlement of internal conflicts within churches entails dialogue, common sense and wisdom based on good cohabitation.

Jomo Fortunato added that the State will seek to maintain a permanent dialogue within churches, as the best path to the settlement of social problems, having highlighted the important role congregations play in the process of socialisation.

As to the recognition of the churches, the minister mentioned the need for review of the criteria in use, so that good practices can get reflected in the society.

He said the idea is to avoid the legalisation of religious confessions whose practices go against the sound cohabitation among Angolans and also prevent the emergence of churches whose doctrines contribute to the destabilisation of the families.

According to the minister, improving the religious confessions’ recognition criteria will lead to churches whose good actions reflect socially good practices in the country.

Data released by the National Institute for Religious Affairs (INAR), indicate that there are currently 81 churches recognised in the country, 97 awaiting recognition and 16 getting accreditation.