Catholic Church in Nigeria

Logo National Peace Committee (NPC) in Nigeria. Credit: NPC

Nigeria’s National Peace Committee Calls for “free, fair processes” Ahead of Repeat Poll

Nov 5, 2023

Members of the  National Peace Committee (NPC) in Nigeria, among them some Catholic Bishops, are calling for “free and fair processes” ahead of Gubernatorial polls in three of the country’s States.

A photo of Deborah Emmanuel on her Facebook page. Emmanuel, a Christian student in Nigeria, was killed by an Islamic mob on her college campus on May 12, 2022. | CNA

Christian Entity “welcomes” UN Experts' Letter on May 2022 Lynching of Nigerian Student

Nov 5, 2023

The Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has welcomed the Letter of Allegation, which five United Nations (UN) Special Procedure mandate holders sent to the government of Nigeria regarding the public lynching of Deborah Emmanuel.

John Cardinal Onaiyekan. Credit: COFP Foundation

Nigerian Cardinal Urges President to Serve Indiscriminately after Court Upholds Win

Nov 4, 2023

John Cardinal Onaiyekan has urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to “now face his work” and serve all without bias after the Supreme Court affirmed his victory following the disputed February 25 presidential elections.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto Diocese in Nigeria. Credit: CTV Nigeria

Tens of Thousands of Dollars Spent in Rescuing Pastoral Agents in Nigerian Diocese: Bishop

Nov 3, 2023

Insecurity is impoverishing the Church in Nigeria, the Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has said, noting that in the northern part of the country alone, over 30 million naira (US$38,100) has been spent to rescue pastoral agents.

Archbishop Lucius Ugorji (right), President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) with Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama (left) of Abuja Archdiocese during the Synod on Synodality in Rome. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

“We felt the Holy Spirit was at work”: Nigerian Archbishop on Synod in Rome

Nov 2, 2023

Archbishop Lucius Ugorji, the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) who participated in the October 4-29 XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome has said delegates “felt the Holy Spirit was at work.”

Fr. Samson Emokhidi. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Nigerian Diocese Concerned about Whereabouts of Priest who Disappeared “without any trace”

Nov 1, 2023

The Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja in Nigeria has expressed concern about the whereabouts of a Priest in the Nigerian Metropolitan See who has been missing for a month.

Fr. Thaddeus Tarhembe, the Parish Priest of St. Ann's Parish of Wukari Diocese located in Nigeria’s Taraba State. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Wukari

Diocese Announces Release of Catholic Priest Kidnapped in Attack on Nigerian Parish

Oct 31, 2023

The Parish Priest of St. Ann's Sarkin Kudu Parish of Nigeria’s Wukari Diocese who was kidnapped on Sunday, October  29 has regained his freedom, the Catholic Diocese has announced.

Members of the Nigeria Catholic Diocesan Priests' Association (NCDPA). Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

“Quite unreal”: Catholic Priests in Nigeria on Government’s “palliative structure”

Oct 31, 2023

Members of the Nigeria Catholic Diocesan Priests' Association (NCDPA) have described as “quite unreal” the “palliative structure” that the government of Nigeria has put in place to cushion citizens from the adverse effects of fuel subsidy removal. 

Late  Br. Godwin Eze. Credit: Benedictine Monastery, Eruku

Plans Underway for Funeral of Murdered Nigerian Monk as Search for Body Hits a Snag

Oct 30, 2023

Monks at the Benedictine Monastery, Eruku in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Ilorin are planning for the funeral ceremony of their confrere, Br. Godwin Eze, after those who set out to search for the murdered monk’s body encountered obstacles.

Fr. Thaddeus Tarhembe, the Parish Priest of St. Ann's Parish of Wukari Diocese located in Nigeria’s Taraba State was kidnapped from the Parish rectory at midnight. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Wukari

Catholic Priest Kidnapped in Sunday Attack on Nigerian Parish, Diocese Appeals for Prayers

Oct 30, 2023

The Catholic Diocese of Wukari in Nigeria is appealing for prayers for the safe release of one of the Priests in the Diocese who was kidnapped by “unknown people” on Sunday, October 29.

Taraba State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria. Credit: CAN

Christian Leaders in Nigeria Appeal for an End to Frequent Kidnappings, Insecurity

Oct 30, 2023

Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Nigeria’s Taraba State have called for an end to cases of kidnappings and insecurity in the State.

Bishop Julius Yakubu Kundi of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Parishes of Nigerian Diocese “under attack” amid Rise in Vocations to Priesthood

Oct 25, 2023

The Bishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan has decried the persistent security challenges in his Episcopal See, which he says have continued for over 20 years, with many parishes subjected to attacks and being “under siege”. 

Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, the Dean of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University. Credit: Jesuits Global

Synod Occasion to Prayerfully Practice “graces of listening, dialogue”: African Delegate

Oct 24, 2023

The ongoing Synod on Synodality conversations in Rome are an opportunity to practice multiple graces, including those of prayerfully “listening, dialogue, and discernment”, an African delegate participating in the October 4-29 meeting has said. 

Late Br. Godwin Eze. Credit: Benedictine Monastery, Eruku

Monk Killed after Kidnapping at Nigerian Monastery Eulogized as Prayerful, Easygoing

Oct 24, 2023

Tributes are pouring in for Br. Godwin Eze, a Nigerian monk who was kidnapped by Fulani bandits and brutally killed, with those who knew the monk describing him as “very prayerful” and “very easygoing young man”.

Credit: Benedictine Monastery, Eruku

Monk Shot, Body “thrown in the river” following Kidnapping at a Nigerian Monastery

Oct 24, 2023

Br. Godwin Eze, a Nigerian monk who was kidnapped alongside two others from the Benedictine Monastery, Eruku in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Ilorin was killed.

Mons. Gerald Mamman Musa, the Bishop-elect for the newly erected Catholic Diocese of Katsina in Nigeria. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Katsina

Bishop-Elect for New Nigerian Diocese Pledges to Foster “constructive conversations”

Oct 24, 2023

The Bishop-elect for the newly erected Catholic Diocese of Katsina in Nigeria has underscored the importance of peaceful existence among members of different faiths in the territory that the Diocese covers, saying he’ll foster interfaith dialogue through “meaningful and constructive conversations”.

Bishop Solomon Amanchukwu Amatu with members of the Clergy of Okigwe Diocese. Credit: Okigwe Diocese

“Fake news, half-baked truths”: Nigerian Diocese on Claims Clergy Endorsed Candidate

Oct 23, 2023

The Catholic Diocese of Okigwe in Nigeria has dismissed reports that Catholic Clergy and Religious have endorsed a candidate for the Gubernatorial election for the country’s Imo State scheduled to take place on November 11.

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Two of Three Monks Abducted from Nigerian Monastery Released, Diocese Appeals for Prayers

Oct 23, 2023

Two of the three monks who were abducted from a Monastery in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Ilorin have been set free, the Diocese has said.

Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Nigeria's Catholic Bishops Caution against Dismissing “doubts, fears” Over HPV Vaccine

Oct 23, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria are cautioning the country’s Federal government against dismissing “the doubts and fears” that people are expressing over the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine, which is to be administered to girls between nine and 14 years in a nationwide campaign.  

Fr.  Solomon Patrick Zaku, National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) Nigeria. Credit: ACI Africa

World Mission Sunday: Church in Nigeria Translates Pope’s Message in Local Languages

Oct 20, 2023

Ahead of this year’s World Mission Sunday to be marked on October 22, the leadership of Pontifical Mission Society (PMS) in Nigeria has translated the Message of Pope Francis that was published on January 6, the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, into local languages to enhance its understanding.