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Members of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province (OWEP) in Nigeria. Credit: Archdiocese of Owerri/Facebook

Nigeria “is in trouble, no one appears to be safe”: Catholic Bishops of Owerri Province

Aug 12, 2022

The Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Owerri Ecclesiastical Province in the territory of Imo State are concerned with persistent insecurity in their Episcopal Sees, and have said that with violent entities “on the rampage”, the West African nation “is in trouble” and that “no one appears to be safe”.

Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji of Nigeria's Owerri Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Enough is enough!”: Catholic Archbishop on Killing of 14 Youth in Nigerian State

Jul 23, 2022

The Metropolitan Archbishop of Owerri in Nigeria has appealed for an end to massacres in the West African nation, especially in Imo State following the July 17 killing of 14 young people who are said to have been coming from a marriage ceremony when they met their killers.

Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji of Nigeria's Owerri Archdiocese. Credit: Owerri Archdiocese. Credit

Let’s Collaborate to Address “scourge of insecurity”: Nigerian Archbishop at Installation

Jun 24, 2022

The newly installed Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese in Nigeria has called upon the government of the West African nation to work together with the Church to cushion the people of God in the country “from the prevailing scourge of violence and insecurity”.

Archbishop-elect Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji addressing participants at the Plenary Assembly of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) on Tuesday, May 3. Credit: CNS

Challenges to Peace in West Africa “demand” Coming Together, Solidarity: Archbishop-elect

May 5, 2022

The challenges to peace in the countries of West Africa require that stakeholders come together “in solidarity as a human family to address them,” the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Archbishop-elect Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji has said.

Late Ambrose Sule laid to rest 21 April 2022 in Owerri Archdiocese. Credit: Br. Ferdinand Mary Nguaan

Seminarian’s Last Words on Good Friday Will Live on in Nigeria: Catholic Priest at Burial

Apr 21, 2022

Many will remember Ambrose Sule, the Nigerian Seminarian who died on Good Friday, as a dedicated, “silently brilliant” and well-articulated young man. 

Late Seminarian Ambrose Sule who tripped and fell while performing in the Passion of Christ drama on Good Friday and was later confirmed dead. Credit: Ferdinand Mary Nguaan

Nigerian Seminarian Who Died During Passion of Christ Drama “was a good guy”: Schoolmate

Apr 18, 2022

The Nigerian Catholic Seminarian who tripped and fell while performing in the Passion of Christ drama on Good Friday and was later confirmed dead “was a good guy”, his schoolmate has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Maria Assumpta Cathedral of Nigeria's Owerri Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Fire Engulfs Nigerian Catholic Cathedral, Archbishop Says Damage Extent “being assessed”

Mar 21, 2022

The leadership of Nigeria’s Owerri Archdiocese is assessing the damages caused when a fire reportedly engulfed Maria Assumpta Cathedral on the night of Sunday, March 20.

Archbishop-elect Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, elected  President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) on 09 March 2022. Credit: Catholic Broadcast Commission,Nigeria.

Newly Appointed Archbishop in Nigeria Elected President of Catholic Bishops' Conference

Mar 9, 2022

Four days after being appointed Archbishop for Nigeria's Owerri Archdiocese, Bishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji who has been at the helm of Umuahia Diocese has been elected President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).

Archbishop-elect Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, appointed Archbishop of Nigeria's Owerri Archdiocese on 6 March 2022. Credit: Umuahia Diocese

Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of Nigeria’s Owerri Archbishop, Appoints Successor

Mar 7, 2022

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Archbishop Anthony John Valentine Obinna of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri in Nigeria and appointed his successor.

Archbishop Anthony Obinna of Nigeria’s Owerri Archdiocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Stop killings, convoke a Ceasefire Meeting”: Nigerian Archbishop to Imo State Governor

Jun 4, 2021

The Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Owerri Archdiocese, which covers Imo State, has expressed concerns about killings of innocent citizens by “known and unknown gunmen” and called on the Governor of the Nigerian State to “convoke a Ceasefire Meeting.”

Some of the Bishops of the Owerri/Onitsha Ecclesiastical Provinces during the presentation of their message. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria in “great danger unless we bring a new spirit”: Bishops in Owerri, Onitsha

May 15, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Ecclesiastical Provinces of Onitsha and Owerri have raised concerns about incessant insecurity in the country.

Fr. Izu Marcel Onyeocha who was kidnapped on April 10. He regained his freedom on April 12. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Abducted Nigerian Catholic Priest Freed After Weekend Ordeal “in stable condition”

Apr 12, 2021

The Nigerian Catholic Priest who had been abducted Saturday, April 10 has been freed and is “in stable condition,” the leadership of his Religious Order has confirmed.

Late Fr. John Gbakaan, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Minna,  abducted and killed by unknown gunmen.

Following Murder of Catholic Priest in Nigeria, Christian Leaders Want “this evil to stop”

Jan 18, 2021

Following the recent murder of Fr. John Gbakaan, a Catholic Priest of Nigeria’s Minna Diocese, Christian leaders in the West African nation have called on the Federal Government to put a stop to the crimes targeting Clerics.

Bishop Moses Chikwe, Auxiliary Bishop of Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Owerri kidnapped by unknown gunmen Sunday, December 27.

Nigerian Prelate Appeals for Renewed Prayers for Abducted Bishop amid “misleading” Reports

Dec 30, 2020

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Owerri Archdiocese is appealing for renewed prayers for the safety and freedom of his Auxiliary Bishop and the driver who were abducted Sunday, December 27 amid misleading information about the duo.  

Bishop Moses Chikwe, Auxiliary Bishop of Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Owerri kidnapped by unknown gunmen Sunday, December 27.

Nigerian Bishop Abducted, Church Leadership Praying for His “safety, quick release”

Dec 29, 2020

Prayers are being sought for the “safety and quick release” of a Nigerian Catholic Bishop who was abducted December 27 in the capital of Nigeria’s Imo State, Owerri.