Divisions and tensions in the global church are affecting the church in Africa.
He helped found a church with three million followers in 168 countries, a hospital, a university and several schools.
He will have a joyful welcome but a difficult task - to challenge negative values while enabling a more African Catholic church.
The Catholic Church’s membership numbers are growing fastest outside Europe and the Americas, and Catholics’ priorities look very different across the world.
Recent incidents have been read as a campaign against Christians, but other religious groups feel they are targets too.
The fundamental issue at stake in abortion debates is personhood, which is viewed differently around the world, an anthropologist writes.
Statistics on religious affiliation in Africa are often questionable - partly because of religion’s link to ethnicity and politics.
Over the past 15 years there’s been a revival of young people - mostly Christians - participating in traditional masquerades, despite these being branded as pagan.
African evangelism is born from – and often funded by – American evangelism, and with it comes a damaging cocktail of rightwing ideologies, especially during the Donald Trump years.
The transitional government has achieved a monumental milestone, but peace agreements in Sudan have been known to fall apart quickly.
Framing the fight against coronavirus as a spiritual war may stem from a shared sense of discomfort about an adversary without discernible conscience; an impersonal demon.
Joseph Shabalala would grow world famous for his music. But it is shaped by the spiritual aspects of his life as much as it is by the hardships of black life - and by his dreams.
Bishop Purity Malinga is the first woman to be appointed Presiding Bishop in the Methodist Church of Southern African in over 200 years.
The Bomvana say the global development agenda has created division because it sees people as individuals rather than primarily as members of a collective.
Jacob Zuma’s religious utterances present a conundrum for scholars, as many poor South African Christians support his moral claims and celebrated his ill-gotten riches.
In Nigeria, the government often uses the army to restore order and to keep the peace, largely because the police are unable to contain internal violent conflicts.
At local level some congregations are bravely creating alternative models where LGBTIQ people can feel safe and be accepted
South Africans are facing abuse at the hands of charlatan religious leaders.
Although American preacher John G Lake left South Africa in 1913, many shiny-suited pastors are keeping his religious tactics alive today.
A new biography sheds light on Engenas Lekganyane, founder of the Zion Christian Church.