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Murdered Seminarian’s Colleagues in Nigeria Named Religious Freedom Award Recipients

Sep 27, 2023

Two Nigerian Seminarians who survived the 2020 kidnapping in which their companion Michael Nnadi was killed have been named recipients of the 2023 Religious Freedom Award organized by the Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International.

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

Eid-ul-Maulud: Nigeria’s Christian Leaders Urge “mutual respect” amid Religious Diversity

Sep 27, 2023

On the occasion of Eid-ul-Maulud, the Muslim celebration that marks the birth of Prophet Mohammed, Christian leaders in Nigeria are calling for the fostering of “mutual respect” in the West African nation that they say is characterized by religious diversity. 

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Human Rights Activists Challenge UN to Investigate Jihadist Killings in Nigerian Region

Sep 26, 2023

Activists at the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) are calling on the United Nations (UN) to intervene in insecurity in Southeastern Nigeria by investigating those behind Jihadist killings targeting Christians in the region.

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Salesians Empower Youth in “digital skills for employment" Initiative in Nigerian Centre

Sep 25, 2023

The Salesian Centre in Ibadan, Nigeria, has received equipment to help equip youths with digital skills in an initiative that seeks to address youth unemployment described as “digital skills for employment”.

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

Curbing Insecurity Requires “proactive measures”: Christian Leaders in Nigerian State

Sep 25, 2023

Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Nigeria’s Taraba State have challenged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led government to spearhead “proactive measures” to curb insecurity in the West African nation and its States.

Screengrab from video showing soldiers in Nigeria interacting freely with suspected bandits Credit: The Truth Nigeria

Catholic Researcher in Nigeria Reacts to Video of Soldiers Aiding Transit of Bandits

Sep 24, 2023

A viral video of soldiers suspected to be aiding a smooth transit of bandits in a Nigerian State has attracted criticism, with a Catholic researcher in the West African country expressing doubt that authorities will bring the alleged soldiers to book.

Fr. Marcellinus Obioma Okide freed from Nigeria’s Enugu Diocese on September 21 after days in captivity. Credit: Enugu Diocese

Abducted Catholic Priest in Nigeria Released, Diocese “grateful”

Sep 23, 2023

The Catholic Diocese of Enugu in Nigeria has expressed gratitude to God and the faithful following the release of Fr. Marcellinus Obioma Okide, who had been abducted on September 17.

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Silver Jubilee: Priest in Nigeria Lauded for “ability to embrace all without prejudice”

Sep 22, 2023

Fr. Peter Hassan, a member of the Clergy of Nigeria’s Jalingo Diocese, has been lauded for his ability to “transcend narrow ethnic boundaries”, embracing “all without prejudice, jealousy, or hatred” in his 25 years of Priestly ministry.

The 11 Deacons ordained to the Priesthood on 21 September 2023. Credit: Lagos Archdiocese

New Priests in Nigeria Urged to Prepare Homilies “diligently”, Preach Jesus, Not to Curse

Sep 21, 2023

The 11 newly ordained Priests for the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos in Nigeria have been urged to pay keen attention to their life as ministers of the word of God and the Eucharist, preparing their homilies with diligence. 

Mons. Habila Tyiakwonaboi Daboh (right) and Mons. Osório Citora Afonso (left). Credit: Vatican News

Pope Francis Appoints New Bishop in Nigeria, Auxiliary Bishop in Mozambique

Sep 21, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed a new Bishop for Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Zaria and a second Auxiliary Bishop for Maputo Archdiocese in Mozambique.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama during Holy Mass at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral of Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Forgiving “genuinely, quickly only way to end” Nigeria’s Multifront Violence: Archbishop

Sep 20, 2023

The practice of forgiveness is the “only way” to bring an end to violence in Nigeria, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of the country’s Abuja Archdiocese has said. 

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“Act or resign”: Human Rights Group to Nigeria’s Security Agents after Priest’s Kidnapping

Sep 19, 2023

The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) has condemned the September 16-17 kidnapping of over 30 people across Nigeria’s Enugu State, including a Catholic Priest, and called on police bosses in the Nigerian State to either act on insecurity in the region or to vacate office.

Harambee Africa International (HAI) is supporting eye screening and treatment in Nigeria's Enugu State. Credit: HAI

Hundreds in Nigeria Benefit from Catholic Entity’s Initiative for Visually Impaired

Sep 19, 2023

Over 500 people with varying eye complications have benefitted from the support of Harambee Africa International (HAI), a Catholic Development foundation that is presently targeting persons in Nigeria’s “rural and marginalized communities”.

Fr. Marcellinus Obioma Okide reportedly abducted from Nigeria’s Enugu Diocese on September 17. Credit: Enugu Diocese

Prayer Appeal for Catholic Priest Kidnapped from Nigeria’s Enugu Diocese

Sep 18, 2023

Prayers are being sought for the safe release of Fr. Marcellinus Obioma Okide reportedly abducted from Nigeria’s Enugu Diocese on September 17.

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

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Feted for “contribution to a better world”

Sep 18, 2023

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in Nigeria and Founder of The Kukah Centre is the winner of this Year’s Mundo Negro Fraternity Award, which identifies outstanding candidates connected with Africa.

Members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) and the faithful of Holy Trinity Church, Maitamain in Abuja Archdiocese during the opening Mass of the 2nd Plenary Assembly. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese.

Push for “further reforms” to Hasten Nigeria’s Poll Petitions: Bishops to Civil Societies

Sep 18, 2023

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) are calling on civil societies in the West African nation to push for reforms that can hasten election-related petitions so that they are determined before a new President is sworn-in. 

Pastor John Joseph Hayab, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State. Credit: CAN

Christian Leaders in Nigerian State Paint Grim Picture of “severe attacks by bandits”

Sep 17, 2023

Christian leaders in Nigeria’s Kaduna State under the auspices of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have painted a grim picture of “severe” banditry attacks, which they say have resulted in the death of Pastors and the closure of churches in recent years. 

Members of the  Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) during their 2023 second Plenary Assembly held in Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese.

Insecurity, Nigeria’s “worsening economy” among Challenges Catholic Bishops Want Addressed

Sep 15, 2023

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) have identified “escalating insecurity” and “worsening economy” among challenges the people of God in the West African nation are grappling with, and which they want the government to address.

Archbishop Anthony Obinna. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

“Sit-at-home” Order in Nigerian Region “reflection of leadership failure”: Archbishop

Sep 14, 2023

The “sit-at-home” order that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) declared every Monday until their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is set free demonstrates the West African nation’s “leadership failure”, an Archbishop in the country has said. 

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria with Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

“Unforgettable”: Outgoing Apostolic Nuncio on His Six-year Experience in Nigeria

Sep 11, 2023

The outgoing Apostolic Nuncio in Nigeria has described his six years of diplomatic service in the West African nation of Nigeria as “unforgettable”.