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Catholic Church in Nigeria

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Nigeria’s Christian Leaders Urge Authorities to “put aside personal interests, work together to restore peace”

Jul 18, 2024

Representatives of Christian leaders in Nigeria under their umbrella forum, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), are calling upon those with leadership roles in the West African nation to sacrifice their individual pursuits and adopt a collaborative approach in the search for lasting peace in the country.

IDPs in Bokkos, Plateau State, Nigeria. Credit: ACN

Catholic Priest in Nigeria Speaks of “an atmosphere of hopelessness” as Attacks against Christians Continue

Jul 17, 2024

Attacks against Christians in Nigeria’s Plateau State where nearly 200 Christians were massacred on Christmas Eve 2023 have continued unabated, a Catholic priest serving the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Nigerian State has said.  

Bishop Gerald Mamman Musa and the five Priests he ordained for the Catholic Diocese of Katsina in Nigeria. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Katsina

At Maiden Priestly Ordination in Recently Erected Nigerian Diocese, Bishop Cautions against “personality cult”

Jul 17, 2024

Priests are to be preoccupied with pastoral duties, reaching out to the people of God after the example of Jesus Christ and at His command, Bishop Gerald Mamman Musa of the Catholic Diocese of Katsina in Nigeria has said. 

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Cardinal in Nigeria Cautions Newly Ordained Priests against Getting “drunk with power”, Being “full of themselves”

Jul 16, 2024

Priesthood comes with the possibility to exercise power and authority, a situation that Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia (CADEK) has described as “dangerous” if not exercised with caution.

Archbishop Michael Francis Crotty (left) and Mons. Getahun Fanta Shikune (right)

Pope Francis Transfers Apostolic Nuncio in Burkina Faso, Niger to Nigeria, Appoints Apostolic Vicar in Ethiopia

Jul 16, 2024

The Holy Father has transferred Archbishop Michael Francis Crotty, who has been serving as Apostolic Nuncio in Burkina Faso and Niger to the West African nation of Nigeria.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja with catechumens who received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Let’s Participate in God’s Mission “no matter how hopeless the situation may be”: Catholic Archbishop to Nigerians

Jul 16, 2024

We are called to participate in the promotion of God’s mission in our situations of life, whether these situations are easy of challenging, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has said.

Archbishop John Wilson of the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark in England with the members of the Missionary Society of St. Paul (MSP) he ordained during his visit to Nigeria. Credit: Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark

“I have never ordained so many priests”: Catholic Archbishop from England Marvels at Nigeria’s Vibrant Church

Jul 15, 2024

Archbishop John Wilson of the Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark in England has written to Catholics from Nigeria, and those with Nigerian heritage in his Metropolitan See, marvelling at the deep devotion to the Lord Jesus he witnessed in the West African country.

Bishop John Ebebe Ayah of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Uyo. Credit: ACI Africa

Pay Attention to Youths’ “multifaceted, profound” Challenges: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria to Government

Jul 15, 2024

Youths in Nigeria face numerous challenges, which the government needs to pay attention to, Bishop John Ebebe Ayah of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Uyo has said. 

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Nigeria’s Christians “still targeted on a daily basis”: Catholic Priest on Persecution

Jul 14, 2024

The Director of Mission and Dialogue at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) has expressed concern about persistent Christian persecution in the West African nation, where he says followers of Jesus Christ are targeted.

“Deeply Saddened”: Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria on Death of Several Students after School Building Collapses in Jos

Jul 13, 2024

Archbishop Matthew Ishaya Audu of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Jos has expressed his sorrow following the reported death of several students when their school building collapsed.  

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“We thank you for your prayers”: Nigerian Catholic Diocese on Release of Kidnapped Priest, Catechist

Jul 13, 2024

Fr. Christian Ike and Catechist Mazi Ogbonnaya Aneke who were reported abducted on June 16 while returning from Holy Mass at an outstation in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia (CADEK) have been released. 

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria Challenge Government to Push for Changes in Samoa Agreement

Jul 12, 2024

The Samoa Agreement that the Nigerian government signed on June 28 will undermine the moral, cultural, and religious beliefs of Nigerian citizens, members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) have warned, and called on the government to push for its amendment. 

Catholic Activists in Africa Want Nigeria Withdrawn from “pro-LGBT, pro-abortion” Samoa Agreement

Jul 11, 2024

Catholic activists under their umbrella organization, CitizenGO Africa, are calling on the Nigerian government to withdraw from the Samoa Agreement, a contentious document they say seeks to promote abortion and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) ideologies in the West African nation.

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Catholic Charity Lauds U.S. Legislators for Approving Bill that Supports Religious Freedom in Nigeria

Jul 10, 2024

Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has congratulated the United States of America (U.S.) Congress for approving a Bill that expresses a commitment to promote religious freedom in Nigeria, and in other countries where it is lacking.

Fr. Maurice Kwairanga, a Catholic Priest of Nigeria's Yola Diocese, coordinating the project for the construction of a new primary and secondary school in Northern Nigeria to address the plight of out-of-school children.

Catholic Diocese’s Initiative to Address Plight of Nigeria’s “over 10 million out-of-school children” in the North

Jul 10, 2024

The Catholic Diocese of Yola is spearheading a project for the construction of a new primary and secondary school in Northern Nigeria to address the plight of out-of-school children, who are in millions across the West African nation.

“Thank you for your prayers, support”: Catholic Priest in Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese after Securing Freedom from Abductors

Jul 8, 2024

Fr. Mikah Suleiman, the Catholic Priest who had been abducted on June 22 from his Parish Rectory in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Sokoto has thanked the people of God for their spiritual solidarity after securing freedom from his abductors.

A poster announcing the inauguration of the Year of Prayer to prepare for the Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year in the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara in Nigeria. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Ahiara

Catholic Diocese in Nigeria Launches Year of Prayer to Prepare for 2025 Jubilee Year

Jul 7, 2024

Bishop Simeon Okezuo Nwobi of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Ahiara has announced the inauguration of the Year of Prayer in his Episcopal See to prepare for the Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year.

Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah of Nigeria's Nsukka Diocese. Credit: Nsukka Diocese

Have the Sacrament of Penance among “your primary responsibilities”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria to Priests

Jul 6, 2024

Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Nsukka is calling upon Priests in his Episcopal See to give the people of God the opportunity to confess regularly by including the Sacrament of Penance in their day-to-day programs.   

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Church Leaders in Nigeria Condemn “senseless act of violence” as Scores Die in Suicide Attacks

Jul 3, 2024

Christian leaders in Nigeria have expressed concern about the June 29 suicide attacks in the country’s Borno State that left dozens dead, and described the attacks as “senseless acts of violence”.

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U.S. Government Criticized for Omitting Nigeria from Religious Persecution Watchlist

Jul 2, 2024

Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, told CNA that the report demonstrates a “broader agenda.”