Catholic Church in Nigeria

Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso of Kaduna Archdiocese in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria Needs Leaders Who Can Manage Cultural, Religious Diversity “very well”: Archbishop

Nov 25, 2022

Nigeria is in need of leaders capable of managing “very well” the cultural and religious diversity of citizens, the Catholic Archbishop of the country’s Kaduna Archdiocese has said. 

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Dialogue with Presidential Candidates Not an “endorsement”: Christian Leaders in Nigeria

Nov 25, 2022

Christian leaders in Nigeria have sought to clarify their recent dialogue with Presidential candidates in the general elections scheduled for 25 February 2023 saying the initiative was not a “campaign program or endorsement.”

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Abuja Archdiocese speaking at the 10th Convocation Ceremony of the Godfrey Okoye University in Abuja. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Archbishop in Nigeria Lauds Catholic University for Honoring Country’s Murdered Twins

Nov 24, 2022

The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja in Nigeria has lauded Godfrey Okoye University, an institution of the Diocese of Enugu, for honoring the memories of twins who are murdered in the West African countries in ritualistic practices.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama at Infant Jesus Parish of Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Nigeria Needs “Christ-like leader”, Ready to Die for People of God: Catholic Archbishop

Nov 21, 2022

The Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese in Nigeria has said that the West African nation stands in need of a leader after the example of Jesus Christ, aware of the challenges of the people of God and prepared to make sacrifices for the common good, including laying down his or her own life.

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“I pray for their redemption”, Catholic Girl Tortured by Boko Haram in Nigeria Says

Nov 20, 2022

A Nigerian Catholic girl who was forced to watch as his father was beheaded, after which she was captured and tortured for days has forgiven his tormentors, saying that she prays for the militants’ redemption.

Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade of Ondo, Nigeria. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Address Christian Persecution Lest “Nigeria is overrun as is case of Afghanistan”: Bishop

Nov 18, 2022

Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade of Nigeria’s Ondo Diocese has pleaded with lawmakers in the United Kingdom (UK) to push their government and other nations to help address the persecution of Christians in the West African nation lest it is overrun by terrorists.

Some participants at the training workshop for Christian Stakeholders on skills and tools for raising public awareness on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria. Credit: Fr. George Ehusani

Catholic Leadership Entity in Nigeria Begins Christian Stakeholder Training in SGBV Fight

Nov 16, 2022

The  Lux Terra Leadership Foundation  on Tuesday, November 15, began the first in a series of training workshops for Christian Stakeholders on skills and tools for raising public awareness on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in the West African country.

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Faith-based Entities Petition US to Include Nigeria among Countries of Particular Concern

Nov 15, 2022

Faith-based organizations with presence in Africa have petitioned the President of the United States of America (U.S.) to return Nigeria to the list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPC), a watchlist of nations with the most horrific violations of religious freedom.

Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, the representative of the Holy Father in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy photo

Christ-centeredness, Altruism Sustain Eucharistic Nature of Church: Nuncio in Nigeria

Nov 15, 2022

The Apostolic Nuncio in Nigeria has emphasized the need for Catholics to build their lives on the person of Jesus Christ and to be guided by the spirit of altruism, saying that Christ-centeredness and having concerns for the wellbeing of others sustain the Eucharistic nature of the Church.

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of Nigeria's Oyo Diocese. Credit: Oyo Diocese

Synod Inspires “new energy in Church’s pastoral communication” in Africa: Catholic Bishop

Nov 14, 2022

The ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality is inspiring a new “energy in the Church’s pastoral communication apostolate” across the African continent, a Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has said.

A poster announcing the National Pastoral Congress in Nigeria. Credit: CBCN

Listening, “a necessary prerequisite for faith development”: Catholic Bishops in Nigeria

Nov 12, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have emphasized the need to foster the virtue of listening in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality describing the practice as “a necessary prerequisite for faith development”.

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Traditional Leader in Nigeria Calls on Church “to expose” Vices against Persons, Groups

Nov 12, 2022

The traditional ruler of the Benin Kingdom in Nigeria is calling on the leadership of Catholic Church in the West African nation to speak out against all vices against individual persons and groups in the country.

Some members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the National Pastoral Congress in the Archdiocese of Benin City, Credit: CBCN

Nigeria’s Catholic Bishops Urge Electorate to Examine Credibility, Integrity of Candidates

Nov 11, 2022

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) are urging the electorate in the West African nation to look out for the political candidates’ credibility and integrity track record when casting their votes during the general elections scheduled for 25 February 2023.

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Catholic Archdiocese Kaduna in Nigeria Seeking Prayers for Safe Release of Abducted Priest

Nov 11, 2022

The Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna in Nigeria is seeking spiritual solidarity towards the safe release of Fr. Abraham Kunat who was kidnapped from a Church residence in the early hours of Tuesday, November 8.

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

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Decries Mushrooming of “personal Healing Ministries”

Nov 10, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti in Nigeria is decrying the mushrooming of the “so-called private or personal ‘Healing Ministries’ and ‘Adoration Ministries’” in the West African nation.

Archbishop Augustine Obiora Akubeze of the Archdiocese of Benin City in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Archbishop Urges “active participation of faithful in civil politics” at Congress

Nov 9, 2022

The Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Benin City in Nigeria is advocating for the “active participation of our faithful in civil politics”.

Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe of Nigeria's Makurdi Diocese. Credit: ACN

Over 90 Killed in Nigerian Catholic Dioceses as Attacks Hit Record High in October 2022

Nov 9, 2022

Over 90 people were killed in areas served by the Catholic Dioceses of Makurdi and Katsina Ala in the month of October this year as armed Fulani herdsmen continue to wreak havoc in Nigeria’s Benue State.

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

“Show more seriousness in tackling flood problems”: Archbishop to Government in Nigeria

Nov 6, 2022

The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese in Nigeria has called upon the Nigerian government at State and Federal levels to exercise “more seriousness and commitment” in addressing the challenge of floods in the West African country. 

John Cardinal Onaiyekan. Credit: Oyo Diocese/Facebook

Cardinal in Nigeria Concerned about Government’s “apparent inability to restore peace”

Nov 5, 2022

John Cardinal Onaiyekan is concerned about Nigeria’s Federal government’s “apparent inability” to address the challenge of insecurity in the West African nation. 

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese is awarded a certificate following his participation at the G20 Religion Forum in Bali, Indonesia. Credit: Kukah Foundation

Bishop in Nigeria Advocates for “culture of a strong legal basis” to Address Extremism

Nov 4, 2022

There is need for governments, including those in Africa, to have in place a “culture of a strong legal basis” to address the challenge of religious extremism, a Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has said.