Author Topic: Religions, Cults and Sects in the news  (Read 1339 times)

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Religions, Cults and Sects in the news
« on: August 07, 2006, 01:08:46 am »
Ugandan MPs are considering making ancient reconciliation rituals part of the country's legal system in an effort to help end one of Africa's longest wars, a leading politician said yesterday.
Peace talks are due to resume in southern Sudan this week between government negotiators and representatives of the elusive Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels, whose leaders are wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Now leaders of their northern Acholi tribe want to formalise traditional rituals including Mato oput, a ceremony of confession and forgiveness. They say the ICC could then drop its charges in favour of national reconciliation.
The cult-like LRA launched one of the world's most brutal insurrections from northern Uganda 20 years ago, killing and mutilating civilians before moving to southern Sudan. Last Friday, it declared a unilateral ceasefire.
Despite the LRA's atrocities, Mao said the rebels should seek forgiveness and be allowed to return home.