Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu

Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu is an author at Religion News Service.

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African Catholics in NYC find community at French Mass

By Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu — March 14, 2022
(AP) — Although the Catholic rituals are the same, regardless of language, for many the ability to worship in French is spiritual.

Black gay priest in NYC challenges Catholicism from within

By Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu — February 14, 2022
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Massingale is often at odds with official Catholic teaching — he supports the ordination of women and making celibacy optional for Catholic clergy.

US Catholic clergy shortage eased by recruits from Africa

By Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu — December 27, 2021
(AP) — As fewer American-born men and women enter seminaries and convents, U.S. dioceses and Catholic institutions have turned to international recruitment to fill their vacancies.

Rastafari want more legal marijuana for freedom of worship

By Luis Andres Henao and Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu — December 10, 2021
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For Rastafari, the ritualistic smoking of marijuana brings them closer to the divine. But for decades, many have been incarcerated because of their use of cannabis.

Across Africa, major churches strongly oppose LGBTQ rights

By Chinedu Asadu, Mogomotsi Magome, Rodney Muhumuza, and Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu — October 20, 2021
In Ghana, home to a diverse array of religions, leaders of major churches have united in denouncing homosexuality as a “perversion” and endorsing legislation that would, if enacted, impose some of the harshest anti-LGBTQ policies in Africa. In Nigeria, the umbrella body for Christian churches depicts same-sex relationships as an evil meriting the lengthy prison […]

In Ghana, Rastafarian high schooler fights to keep his hair

By Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu — October 19, 2021
Hair is an important part of the Rastafarian faith. But an official at the Achimota School in Ghana told Tyrone Iras Marhguy he would have to cut his dreadlocks before enrolling.
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