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Catholic Church in Niger

Map showing the Sahel region. Credit: Public Domain

Border Town Where Christians Displaced from Three West African Countries Seek Refuge

Dec 7, 2023

At Diffa, a town located in the extreme southeast region of Niger, Christians who have been internally displaced in the West African country meet their counterparts equally fleeing religious persecution from neighbouring Nigeria and Chad.

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Catholic Missionary Priest in Niger Recognizes Apostolate with Blind as “a privilege”

Nov 26, 2023

A Catholic Missionary Priest ministering in Niger has recognized with satisfaction his apostolate among children living with low vision and blindness, terming his experience “a privilege”.

Late Bishop Guy Armand Romano, the Bishop emeritus of Niamey Archdiocese in Niger. Credit: Archdiocese of Niger

Late Catholic Bishop in Niger Eulogized as “a tireless pastor devoted to mission”

Nov 24, 2023

Bishop Guy Armand Romano, the Bishop emeritus of Niamey Archdiocese in Niger who passed on in France on Thursday, November 23 has been eulogized as a “a tireless pastor, totally devoted to the mission.”

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Niger Experiencing “complicated situation” Three Months After Coup: Missionary Priest

Nov 3, 2023

Three months after the July 26 military Coup in Niger, the West African nation is experiencing a rise in the prices of products, a situation that a Catholic Missionary Priest in the country says has led to the suffering of many people.

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Priest in Niger Facilitating Help to Families in “almost impossible situation” after Coup

Oct 1, 2023

A Catholic Missionary Priest ministering in Niger’s Niamey Archdiocese is facilitating help to members of families in “almost impossible situation” amid effects of the July 26 military coup that led to the ousting of President Mohamed Bazoum from power.

A wedding ceremony presided over by Fr. Casamayor in Niger. Credit: Agenzia Fides.

Niger “moving forward” Despite Coup Stalemate: Catholic Missionary Priest

Sep 4, 2023

Despite the July 26 military coup that led to the ousting of President Mohamed Bazoum from power in Niger, the people of God in West African nation are going on with their lives, a Catholic Missionary Priest in the country has said.

Fr. Vitalis Chinedu Anaehobi. Credit: ACI Africa

RECOWA Official Faults “embargos” on Niger, Decries Deteriorating Humanitarian Situation

Aug 22, 2023

The Secretary General for the Reunion of Episcopal Conferences of West Africa (RECOWA) has condemned the financial and trade restrictions imposed on Niger by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in response to the country’s July 26 military coup that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum from power, noting that the restrictions have plunged the population into deep suffering.

Logo of the Regional Conference of Major Superiors of West Africa (RECOMSWA). Credit: RECOWA

Major Superiors in West Africa Back Bishops Plea against Military Intervention in Niger

Aug 20, 2023

Members of the Regional Conference of Major Superiors of West Africa (RECOMSWA) have joined Bishops in the region in opposing any possible military interventions in the Nigerien Coup.

Archbishop Djalwana Laurent Lompo of Niamey Archdiocese in Niger. Credit: Niamey Archdiocese

Catholic Archbishop Declares Triduum Prayer, Day of Fasting for Peace in Niger

Aug 10, 2023

Archbishop Djalwana Laurent Lompo of Niamey Archdiocese in Niger has called for a triduum of prayer and a day of fasting for Niger following the July 27 announcement of a coup in the West African country. 

Members of Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) present their final communiqué to journalists in Abuja on 7 May 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

“Lives are at stake”, Bishops in West Africa Oppose Military Intervention in Niger

Aug 9, 2023

West African countries have been ravished by terrorism and cannot handle another bloodbath, Catholic Bishops in West Africa have said, and opposed any form of intervention in the Nigerian Coup that could lead to more deaths in the region.

African Faith Leaders address the press at a Nairobi hotel on August 8, 2023. Credit: Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA)

African Faith Leaders Recommend “large investments” to Address Continent’s Economic Crisis

Aug 9, 2023

Faith leaders in Africa are calling for large investments in various sectors including health and education in efforts to address the economic crisis on the World’s second-largest continent.

The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has cautioned President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government against launching any military expedition against Niger’s coup plotters, noting that such a move could lead into bloodshed. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Archbishop Cautions Nigerian President against Military Intervention in Nigerien Coup

Aug 8, 2023

The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has cautioned President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s government against launching any military expedition against Niger’s coup plotters, noting that such a move could lead into bloodshed.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)/ Credit: Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

Togo Responds to Call from Bishops in West Africa, Organizes Prayers for Peace in Niger

Aug 8, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Togo are organizing a “triduum prayer” for peace in Niger following a July 26 military coup that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum from power.

Caritas Africa Regional Executive Secretary, Lucy Afandi Esipila gives her opening remarks at a Faith Leaders' meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA)

African Faith Leaders Meeting to Address Continent’s Economic Crisis

Aug 8, 2023

Top on the list of the agenda that faith leaders meeting in Nairobi, Kenya are discussing is the continent’s economic crisis.

Members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) have expressed their “solidarity and spiritual closeness” with the people of God in Niger following a July 26 military coup that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum from power.

Catholic Bishops in West Africa Express Spiritual Closeness with Nigeriens Following Coup

Aug 7, 2023

Members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) have expressed their “solidarity and spiritual closeness” with the people of God in Niger following a July 26 military coup that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum from power.

Screengrab of the National Council for the Safeguarding of the Country delivering a statement on Nigerien state television shortly after detaining President Mohamed Bazoum. Credit: ORTN

“Calm in the streets”: Catholic Priest Weighs in On Situation in Niger After Coup

Jul 27, 2023

Nigerien streets are experiencing calm following a military coup that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum from power, a Catholic Missionary Priest serving in Niger’s capital city of Niamey has said.

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How Christians are Fostering Fraternity, Living Gospel in Niger’s Muslim-dominated Society

Feb 17, 2023

Fr. Rafael Casamayor, a Catholic Missionary Priest ministering in Niger’s Niamey Archdiocese has explained how Christians in the predominantly Muslim West African nation are using Basic Christian Communities (BCCs) to foster fraternity among themselves and to live the Gospel. 

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Missionaries Losing Touch with Catholic Communities as Insecurity Rises in Niger

Oct 8, 2022

For over a decade, missionaries in Niger have been unable to reach various members of Catholic communities in the West African country owing to insecurity.

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Having Girls’ Boarding Schools “effective” in Addressing Forced Marriages: Priest in Niger

Jun 15, 2022

A Catholic missionary Priest in Niger has lauded the establishment of boarding schools for girls in the country’s capital city, Niamey, saying the institutions are an effective means of addressing the challenge of forced marriages in the West African nation.

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Muslim Man’s Encounter at a Welding Shop in Niger that Attracted Him to Christianity

May 18, 2022

Pierre, a native of the West African country of Niger, remembers the day he entered a welding shop where he worked and found a book that changed his life forever, making him convert to Christianity.