Catholic Church in Nigeria

Logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Criminality in Nigeria “gaining ground everyday” amid Divisions: Christian Entity

Aug 9, 2022

Christian leaders in Nigeria’s Kaduna State under the auspices of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) are calling on citizens in the West African nation to stand together in the fight against criminality, which they say is “gaining ground every day”.    

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Catholic Diocese in Nigeria Enrolling Terror Victims in Schools to End Insecurity Cycle

Aug 8, 2022

Orpin Damien, a Senior Secondary School student in Nigeria witnessed a lot of violence and displacements before he ended up at Uikpam camp for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Makurdi, the capital of Nigeria’s Benue State.

Fr. Remigius Ihyula addressing IDPs at a food distribution event at the Ortese IDP Camp in Makurdi. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Armed Fulani Militants Pursuing Victims to Camp Hideouts: Catholic Diocese in Nigeria

Aug 7, 2022

The Catholic Diocese of Makurdi in Nigeria has raised alarm over the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in its jurisdiction, noting that the victims of attacks by Fulani herdsmen in the country are being pursued by their assailants even in their camps where they have sought refuge.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama. Credit: ACN

Nigeria Catholic Archbishop Decries Country’s “subtle persecution” Sidelining Christians

Aug 5, 2022

The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja in Nigeria has termed as “more dangerous” the tendency by the Nigerian government to sideline Christians in the distribution of resources in the West African country.

Catechist Emmanuel Joseph. Credit: ACN

“We sleep with one eye open”, Catechist in Nigeria Says after Church Shooting

Aug 4, 2022

A Catechist at St. Moses Catholic Church, one of the 17 outstations of St. Augustine’s Parish of Kaduna Archdiocese in Nigeria who survived a militant attack at the Church in June has recounted the traumatic experience, noting that all survivors of the attack are living in the constant fear of being attacked again.

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Catholic Activists in Africa Demand Release of Dozens of Christians Kidnapped in Nigeria

Aug 4, 2022

Catholic social activists across Africa under their umbrella association, CitizenGo Africa, are calling for the immediate release of 36 Christians who were reportedly kidnapped from a village in  Kaduna State, Nigeria, on July 25.

Professor Richard Solomon Musa Tarfa, the co-founder of the Du Merci orphanages for vulnerable children in Kano and Kaduna states, Nigeria. Credit: CSW

Christian Entity Concerned about Nigerian Professor’s Well-being in Prison

Aug 4, 2022

The leadership of the Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has expressed concern about the well-being of a Nigerian professor who was accused of running illegal orphanages in the country.

Bishop Felix Femi Ajakaye of Nigeria’s Ekiti Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Cautions against Using “God-given talents to oppress people”

Aug 3, 2022

The graces we have received from God, including talents are to be used to foster the growth of each other, not for oppression, a Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has said.

John Cardinal Onaiyekan. Credit: ACI Africa

Security Situation in Nigeria “getting out of hand, nobody is safe”: Cardinal

Aug 2, 2022

Nigeria is facing unprecedented security crisis and the situation “is getting out of hand”, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has said, and regretted the fact that “nobody is safe” in the West African nation.

Bishop Oliver Doeme inspecting a burnt church in Bahuli, Maiduguri. Credit: ACN

Nigerians Hoping for “a compassionate new president” to End Religious Intolerance: Bishop

Aug 1, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri in Nigeria has expressed optimism that Nigerians will get a president who has the needs of the people at heart in the country’s general elections.

Bishop Appeals for Prayers for Church’s Future in Africa as SECAM Plenary Gets Underway

Jul 26, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Africa who are meeting in Ghana’s capital, Accra, need to be supported by prayers as they deliberate on the Church on the continent and her future, the President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) has said.

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Nigerian Christian Entity Distances “itself from unveiling of Vice-presidential candidate”

Jul 24, 2022

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has disassociated itself from a section of church leaders who were reportedly at the official unveiling of the vice-presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of 2023 general elections.

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.

Late Fr. John Mark Cheitnum. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Murder of Nigerian Catholic Priest Indication of “failed country”: Cleric at Funeral Mass

Jul 22, 2022

The murder of Fr. John Mark Cheitnum, a member of the Clergy of Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese, reflects “a failed state and also a failed country”, a Catholic Priest has said.  

Late Rev. Fr. John Cheitnum, Chairman of CAN in Jema’a Local Government Area, Kaduna State; and the Coordinating Chairman of the body for Southern Kaduna. Credit: CAN

Christian Leaders in Nigeria Pray for Better Government after Murder of Catholic Priest

Jul 22, 2022

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the failure of the Nigerian authorities to bring religious extremists targeting innocent Christians to book, and prayed for a government that does not treat criminals in the country “with kid gloves”.

Fr. Patrick Alumuku. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria’s Federal Government Has Refused to Help, Catholic Priest on Abductions, Killings

Jul 21, 2022

The federal government of Nigeria has everything it needs to stop the ongoing attacks that are targeting Christians but has refused to help, a Catholic Priest in the West African country has said.

Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) with President Muhammadu Buhari. Credit: Presidency of Nigeria

Don’t Elect Candidates Associated with Cult, Corruption: Christian Leaders in Nigeria

Jul 21, 2022

Christian leaders in Nigeria have called on the people of God in the West African country to evaluate political candidates in the 2023 general elections so that politicians associated with “any cult”, corruption and any violent religious groups are not elected.

Funeral mass for the victims in 2018. Credit: ACN

At Least 65 Christians Killed in Nigeria’s Benue State in Last Two Months: Catholic Bishop

Jul 20, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi in Nigeria has decried the increase in the number of Christians killed in Nigeria’s Benue State where he says at least 65 followers of Christ have lost their lives “over the past two months” following targeted attacks. 

Late Fr. John Mark Cheitnum. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Catholic Diocese Announces “gruesome murder” of One of Two Abducted Priests

Jul 19, 2022

The Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan in Nigeria has announced the “gruesome murder” of Fr. John Mark Cheitnum who kidnapped on July 15 alongside Fr. Denatus Cleopas, the latter having safely escaped from his captors.

Croatian parliament member Marijana Petir initiated the proposal to send about $30,000 in government aid to victims of the Nigerian Pentecost Sunday Mass attack on June 5, 2022. Courtesy of Marijana Petir

Croatian Aid Meant to Show Pentecost Attack Victims in Nigeria “you are not forgotten”

Jul 18, 2022

Forty-one people were killed by gunmen who opened fire during a Pentecost Sunday Mass.