Catholic Church in Nigeria

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama (First from left ) during the opening Mass of the 2nd Plenary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at Holy Trinity Church, Maitamain in Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese.

Catholic Archbishop Cautions against Use of “religion as a weapon of violence” in Nigeria

Sep 11, 2023

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has urged the people of God in the West African nation to address the “real problems” they face, and cautioned against the use of religion to foster a culture of violence in the country. 

Fr. Justine Dyikuk. Credit: Fr. Justine Dyikuk/Facebook

Catholic Priest’s Research Recommends Change of Tact in Fighting Nigeria’s Insurgency

Sep 10, 2023

A Catholic Priest in Nigeria is urging authorities in the West African nation to be more strategic in addressing insurgency in the country, and not to only rely on the military approach.

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

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Hailed for “selfless service” on Episcopal Anniversary

Sep 9, 2023

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto has been lauded for his “selfless service” to the people of God in the West African nation since he was Consecrated Bishop 12 years ago.

Seminarian Na'aman Danlami died when the Fulanis attacked St. Raphael Fadan Kamantan Parish on the night of Thursday, September 7. Credit: ACN

Seminarian in Nigeria Burnt Alive in Botched Kidnapping at Catholic Parish

Sep 8, 2023

Nigeria's Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan has confirmed the killing of a Seminarian in the Diocese after a Parish rectory he was in was set on fire reportedly by Fulani bandits in what has been confirmed as a kidnapping attempt.

Screengrab of the parish house of St. Raphael Fadan Kamantan Catholic Church of Kafanchan Diocese set ablaze in a suspected kidnapping incident. Credit: Fr. Emmanuel Okolo

Seminarian's Whereabouts Unknown as “bandits” Set Nigerian Parish House Ablaze

Sep 8, 2023

A Seminarian in Nigeria's Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan is missing after the Parish house he was in was set ablaze in a suspected kidnapping incident.

Fr. Justine Dyikuk. Credit:  Fr. Justine Dyikuk/Facebook

Priest in Nigeria Urges Church Leaders to be “articulate enough” on Christian Persecution

Sep 7, 2023

The Church in Nigeria has distinguished herself as the voice of the people, a Catholic Priest in the West African nation and researcher on insurgency has said, and challenged religious leaders to do more especially in articulating the depth of Christian persecution in the country.

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“Brace up for impact”: Newly Ordained Priests in Nigeria Cautioned against Secularism

Sep 6, 2023

The newly ordained Priests of the Catholic Diocese of Lokoja in Nigeria have been urged to prepare for the challenges contemporary Priests face in their ministry, including secularism.

Religious Leaders reading their statement on the sidelines of the Africa Climate Summit 2023.  Credit: Jesuits Africa Madagascar/Facebook

Deliver on “long-overdue” Climate Finance: Africa’s Religious Leaders to Global Community

Sep 5, 2023

Religious leaders in Africa are calling on members of the international community to live up to their “financial obligation” towards dealing with effects of climate change. 

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

Catholic Bishop Blames Rise of Paganism in Nigeria on Selfish Religious Leaders

Sep 5, 2023

Paganism in Nigeria is reportedly on the rise, a vice that the Bishop of the country’s Catholic Diocese of Nsukka blames on the “crossless decaffeinated selfish” preaching by Christian leaders in the West African nation.

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Nigerian Priest Cautions Christian Parents against Celebrities with Questionable Morals

Sep 5, 2023

Christian parents have to be careful about modern-day celebrities, with the ability to influence, inspire, and mentor yet have questionable morals, a Nigerian Catholic Priest has cautioned.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama preaching at St. Josephine Bakhita’s Pastoral Area, Jikwoyi of Abuja Archdiocese.  Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Bear Leadership Burden “with good cheer”: Catholic Archbishop to Nigeria’s Leaders

Sep 5, 2023

Political leaders in Nigeria need to go beyond the “attractive packages” that accompany their positions in government, and bear the leadership burden “with good cheer”, the Catholic Archbishop of the country’s Abuja Archdiocese has said. 

Fr. Paul Sanogo (left) and Seminarian Melchior Maharini (right) who were kidnapped from their community of Missionaries of Africa (M.Afr.) in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Minna. Credit: Vatican Media

“We came back stronger”: Priest, Seminarian Abducted in Nigeria Recall Three-week Ordeal

Sep 4, 2023

Fr. Paul Sanogo and Seminarian Melchior Maharini who were kidnapped from their community of Missionaries of Africa (M.Afr.) in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Minna came back to the community on August 23 weary, traumatized, and sick.

Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso of Kaduna Archdiocese in Nigeria. Credit: Umuahia Diocese

Catholic Archbishop Faults Fuel Subsidy Removal, Says “many Nigerians are dying of hunger”

Sep 4, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna in Nigeria has faulted the removal of fuel subsidy, saying that the move has resulted in many deaths in the West African nation. 

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At 71, Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Lauded for “unwavering commitment to promoting peace”

Aug 31, 2023

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has been lauded for his “unwavering” efforts to foster amicable relationships among the people of God in the West African nation.

A poster showing the 26 new Priests ordained by Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah of Nigeria’s Nsukka Diocese on 26 August 2023. Credit: Nsukka Diocese

Don’t “become a burden”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria to 26 Newly Ordained Priests

Aug 29, 2023

The 26 newly ordained Priests in Nigeria’s Nsukka Diocese have been cautioned against becoming burdens to their leaders in the practice of their Priestly ministry.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama planting a tree as part of the 20000 tree Planting Campaign in the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja Nigeria.  Credit: Samson Adeyanju

Tree Planting in Nigerian Archdiocese to Foster “ecological conversion”: Archbishop

Aug 29, 2023

The Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja in Nigeria has launched a campaign to plant thousands of trees aimed at fostering “ecological conversion”, the Local Ordinary has said.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama giving a homily at St. Rose of Lima Pastoral Area, Katampe of Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Archbishop in Nigeria Urges Newly Appointed State Officials “to stick” to Party Manifestos

Aug 28, 2023

Recently appointed officials in Nigerian States need “to stick” to the principles that were outlined in the manifestos of political parties in the West African nation, the Catholic Archbishop of the country’s Abuja Archdiocese has said.

The President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo with Catholic journalists in Africa during a  training on “Effective and Efficient Reporting Migrants and Refugees” that the African region of the World Catholic Association for Communication, SIGNIS Africa, organized in Uganda. Credit: Fr. Dieu-Donne Kofi Davor/SIGNIS Africa

Africa’s Communications Committee Jubilee Host Hopes Event Will Be “a resounding success”

Aug 27, 2023

The host of the planned Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) is optimistic that the four-day event scheduled to take place in November in Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese “shall be” a success.

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Children Seized from Nigerian Orphanage Forced to Study Qur’an, Attend a Mosque

Aug 26, 2023

Children aged between three and eight who were seized from the embattled Du Merci Orphanages in Nigeria’s Kano and Kaduna States are reportedly being forced to observe Islamic practices such as studying the Quran after their names were also changed.

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Priest, Seminarian Released after “traumatizing experience” with Kidnappers in Nigeria

Aug 24, 2023

The Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers/M.Afr) have announced the release of two of their members who were kidnapped from a Nigerian Diocese on August 2, noting that the two are in good health despite their “traumatizing experience”.