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Nigerian Diocese Seeking “maternal intercession of Our Mother of Perpetual Help” for Release of Abducted Priest, Laity

Jun 18, 2024

The Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia (CADEK) in Nigeria is appealing for prayers through the intercession of Our Mother of Perpetual Help for the release of Fr. Christian Ike and Ogbonnia Aneke, who were abducted on Sunday, June 16.

Fr. George Ehusani, Executive director Lux Terra leadership foundation Abuja

Nigeria’s Inequality Not Sustainable, “fundamentally unjust”, Catholic Priest Says, Calls for “a revolution”

Jun 18, 2024

Inequality in the West African nation of Nigeria has reached “unsustainable” levels, the Executive Director of the Lux Terra Leadership Foundation in the country has said. 

In New Book, Nigerian Catholic Nun Highlights Positive Perspectives, Challenges of “aging and later life”

Jun 16, 2024

In a new book, a Nigerian Catholic nun has highlighted some positive perspectives as well as challenges that come with joining the family of senior citizens. 

Fr. George Ehusani , Executive director Lux Terra leadership foundation Abuja Nigeria

Nigeria Running an “economic apartheid” Society: Catholic Priest Faults Leaders on Proposed Minimum Wage

Jun 13, 2024

As the debate over the new minimum wage in Nigeria continues to generate reactions across the country, a Catholic Priest in the West African nation has warned of an “imminent revolt” should Nigerian leaders continue oppressing the poor in what he has termed “economic apartheid”.

Bishop Anselm Pendo Lawani of the country’s Catholic Diocese of Ilorin  during the press conference to mark Nigeria’s Democracy Day on 11 June 2024. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Despite Nigeria’s “superabundance of human, natural resources”, Many Live “below poverty line”: Catholic Bishop

Jun 13, 2024

The West African nation of Nigeria is endowed with multiple resources, yet many citizens languish in poverty, Bishop Anselm Pendo Lawani of the country’s Catholic Diocese of Ilorin has lamented.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah

“Democracy has to be an instrument of development”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria

Jun 12, 2024

On the occasion of Democracy Day in Nigeria marked annually on June 12, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese has underscored the importance of democracy, saying it should be “an instrument of development.

Fr. Gabriel Ukeh, kidnapped from Nigeria's Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna on 9 June 2024. Credit: Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna

Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan Sends out Prayer Appeal for Priest Abducted from Parish Rectory

Jun 10, 2024

The Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan has sent out a prayer appeal, seeking the “urgent and safe release” of Fr. Gabriel Ukeh who was abducted from a parish rectory on Sunday, June 9.

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

Christian Leaders in Nigeria Plead with Government to Act after Murder of Three

Jun 9, 2024

The secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Yobe State chapter where three Christian youth were killed on Wednesday, June 5 by suspected Boko Haram terrorists is urging the government to “take proactive measures” to protect the citizens irrespective of their religious affiliations.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja during the maiden Rosary procession. Credit: Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja

Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria Criticizes Switch to Old National Anthem

Jun 8, 2024

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has criticized the speedy enforcement of a bill changing the national anthem of the West African country from the current one to the old one used during the country’s independence.

Fr. Oliver Buba

“A terrible experience”: Nigerian Catholic Priest Recounts Abduction Ordeal

Jun 4, 2024

Fr. Oliver Buba, the Catholic Priest who was abducted on May 21 in the Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria and later released unharmed has described his 10-day ordeal in the hands of his abductors as “a terrible experience.”

Sr. Paulina Chioma Ogbonnaya, National Coordinator Safeguarding Commission Nigeria. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Nun in Nigeria Urges Women Religious to Speak out against Abuses

May 31, 2024

A Catholic Nun in Nigeria has urged women religious in the West African nation to speak out against any form of abuse against them or other vulnerable groups in the society. 

Fr. Oliver Buba, freed in Nigeria's Catholic Diocese of Yola after 10 days in captivity. Credit: Yola Diocese

Nigeria’s Yola Catholic Diocese Celebrates Release of Priest After 10-Day Captivity

May 30, 2024

Fr. Oliver Buba, the Catholic Priest who, was abducted on May 21 in the Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria has been set free.

Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke . Credit: CADEK

“I reflected on my unworthiness”: Nigerian Cardinal Recalls His Elevation Two Years Later

May 29, 2024

Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke who was named alongside 20 others as Cardinal-designate during the 27 August 2022 Consistory has recalled his reaction upon receiving the news, saying that he considered himself unworthy.

Bishop David Ajang of the Catholic Diocese of Lafia in Nigeria. Credit: ACI Africa

Long Distances, Ethnic Violence, Cultural Diversity among “greatest” Challenges of Lafia Catholic Diocese, Nigeria

May 25, 2024

The vastness of the Catholic Diocese of Lafia and insecurity amid ethnic violence are among the “greatest” challenges the Local Ordinary grapples with in the Nigerian Episcopal See. 

Fr. Basil Gbuzuo, abducted on May 15 along Eke Nkpor-Obosi bypass in the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha in Nigeria regains freedom. Credit: Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha

“Full of gratitude for prayerful solidarity”: Catholic Priest Abducted from Onitsha Archdiocese, Nigeria, Set Free

May 24, 2024

Fr. Basil Gbuzuo, the Catholic Priest who, was abducted on May 15 along Eke Nkpor-Obosi bypass in the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha in Nigeria has been set free.

Vivian Ogu. Credit: Vivian Ogu Movement (VOM)

Nigerian Teen on Path to Beatification, Canonization “exhibited an extraordinary depth of spirituality”: Catholic Bishop

May 23, 2024

Vivian Uchechi Ogu, the 14-year-old Nigerian girl, who opted to be killed rather than be sexually defiled manifested a deep spirituality, Bishop Simeon Okezuo Nwobi has said.

Fr. Oliver Buba, abducted Tuesday 21 May 2024 in Nigeria's Catholic Diocese of Yola. Credit: Yola Diocese

Nigeria’s Yola Catholic Diocese Appeals for “quick, safe release” of Abducted Priest

May 21, 2024

The Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria has, “with sadness”, announced the abduction of Fr. Oliver Buba in “the early hours” of Tuesday, May 21, and is appealing for his “quick and safe release”.

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Let’s Work Towards Nigeria’s Healing, “wounded by corruption, parochialism, godfatherism”: Archbishop on Pentecost Feast

May 20, 2024

God’s gift of the Holy Spirit celebrated on Pentecost Sunday empowers the disciples of Jesus Christ to live a virtuous life that pays keen attention to the needs of the “marginalized” and the “common good”, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has said.

Fr. Basil Gbuzuo, abducted from Nigeria's Catholic  Archdiocese of Onitsha on 15 May 2024. Credit: Catholic  Archdiocese of Onitsha

Prayer Appeal for “quick, safe release” of Catholic Priest Kidnapped from Onitsha Archdiocese, Nigeria

May 16, 2024

Prayers are being sought in Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha for the “quick and safe release” of Fr. Basil Gbuzuo who was abducted on Wednesday, May 15.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama with Chrisians of St. Joseph’s Pastoral Area, Daki Biyu, Abuja. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Draw Inspiration from Matthias’ Elections, Devoid of “violence, rigging, bitterness”: Catholic Archbishop to Nigerians

May 15, 2024

The election of Matthias to replace Judas Iscariot recounted in the Acts of the Apostles provides good lessons for the people of God in Nigeria during the electioneering period, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of the country’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has said.