3 December 2018

Angola: 94 Unlicensed Churches Seeking Legalisation

Luanda — At least 94 religious institutions have submitted their documents to the Culture Ministry for legalisation and licensing their Christian activities, of a total of 1106 unlicensed religious institutions.

"The legalisation process of such activities is being monitored by the Ministries of Culture and Justice and Human Rights," reads a press release reached Angop Friday.

According to the document, the illegal religious denominations whose the licensing process is underway will not be closed since they keep performing their activities in adequate sites.

The National Institute for Religious Affairs continues receiving new requests on legalisation of the churches. The institution will announce the phase of reception of the documents, ahead of the ongoing tasks related to Joint Executive Decree No. 454/18.

Under the ongoing Operation Rescue, the provincial governments are closing the worship sites performed in inadequate places, in compliance with legislation in force.

The Ministry of Culture clarifies that so far no unlicensed churches have been closed, but only some places of worship that fail to comply with the Law.

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