Catholic Church in Nigeria

Fr. Chochos Kunav (right) and Fr. Raphael Ogigba (left), reportedly abducted on April 29 from the Catholic Diocese of Warri in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo.

Prayer Appeal for “quick, safe release” of Two Catholic Priests Kidnapped in Nigeria

May 3, 2023

Prayers are being sought for the “quick and safe release” of Fr. Chochos Kunav and Fr. Raphael Ogigba, reportedly abducted on April 29 from the Catholic Diocese of Warri in Nigeria. 

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of Nigeria’s Oyo Diocese. Credit: Oyo Diocese

Nigeria’s Working Conditions in Need of “serious, urgent overhauling”: Catholic Bishop

May 1, 2023

On the occasion of the annual celebration of the International Labor Day commemorated May 1, a Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has lamented the working conditions in the West Africa nation.

Mons. Christopher Naseri Naseri, appointed Auxiliary Bishop for the Catholic Archdiocese of Calabar in Nigeria. Credit:  Archdiocese of Calabar

Pope Francis Appoints Auxiliary Bishop for Nigeria’s Calabar Archdiocese

May 1, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Christopher Naseri Naseri as the Auxiliary Bishop for the Catholic Archdiocese of Calabar in Nigeria. 

Fr. Michael Ifeanyi Asomugha, kidnapped from Nigeria’s Okigwe Diocese on 15 April 2023. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Prayer Appeal Being Sought for Catholic Priest Kidnapped from Nigeria’s Okigwe Diocese

Apr 28, 2023

Prayers are being sought for the safe release of Fr. Michael Ifeanyi Asomugha, the Catholic Priest reportedly abducted on April 15 from Nigeria’s Okigwe Diocese.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama at St. Mulumba’s Parish in Igu, Bwari Area Council of Abuja. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Catholic Archbishop Laments “cloud of despair” in Nigeria after Attack on Parish Priest

Apr 24, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria has condemned a recent attack on a Parish Priest in the Archdiocese, lamenting that the people of God in the West African country are experiencing “a cloud of despair” amid heightened killings and kidnappings.

Nigeria's President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Bring everybody on board”: Christian Leaders in Nigerian State to New Government

Apr 22, 2023

Christian leaders in Nigeria’s Lagos State under the auspices of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have called on the newly-elected government to “bring everyone on board” in their quest to build a new nation.

Archbishop Valerian Maduka Okeke of Nigeria's Onitsha Archdiocese. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Amid Multiple Challenges of Life, Nigerians “need to walk by faith”: Catholic Archbishop

Apr 21, 2023

There is need for Nigerians “to walk by faith” as they seek to surmount the myriad of challenges, including life threatening ones such as insecurity and lawlessness, the Local Ordinary of the country’s Onitsha Archdiocese has said. 

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Early Christians’ Equitable Distribution of Sales Proceeds “a model”: Nigerian Archbishop

Apr 20, 2023

The equitable distribution of proceeds from sales of personal possessions by members of the early Christian communities “should be a model” for the people of God in Nigeria in various spheres, from political, to social, and to “national life”, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said.

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Five-Year-Old Beheaded, 33 Killed in Nigeria, Christian Foundation Calls for Action

Apr 19, 2023

A five-year-old boy was reportedly beheaded when Islamists attacked a village in Southern Kaduna State, leaving dozens of people dead.

Fr. Anthony Onyemuche Ekpo, appointed new Under-Secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD) on 18 April 2023. Credit: Vatican Media

Nigerian Priest Appointed Under-Secretary for Dicastery for Integral Human Development

Apr 18, 2023

A Nigerian Priest has been appointed as new Under-Secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD).

St Francis Xavier Church in Nigeria's Ondo Diocese. Credit: Ondo Diocese

Catholic Peace Entity’s Lesson from Increased Holy Week Attacks in Nigeria

Apr 17, 2023

The ongoing attacks against Christians in Nigeria are not a clash over resources between Muslim herders and Christian farmers, the Catholic foundation Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI) has said.

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Over 50,000 Christians Killed in Nigeria Since 2009 Islamic Uprising: Intersociety Report

Apr 16, 2023

Thousands of Christians have been killed in Nigeria since the Islamist uprising began in 2009, a recent investigation has established, further revealing that “1,041 defenseless Christians” were put to death in the first 100 days of 2023.

Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi with Bishop Mark Maigida Nzukwein, new Bishop of Wukari Diocese. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

“Be visible foundation of unity”: Nuncio to Pioneer Bishop of New Nigerian Diocese

Apr 15, 2023

The Pope’s Representative in Nigeria has urged the first Bishop of the newly created Catholic Diocese of Wukari to live his Episcopal Ministry through the fostering of unity among the people of God under his pastoral care. 

Late Bishop Senan Loius O’Donnell. Credit: Courtesy Photo

May Former Bishop of Nigeria’s Maiduguri Diocese “rest now in the peace of the Risen Lord”

Apr 14, 2023

Officials of the Order of St. Augustine (OSA/Augustinians) have announced the passing on of their confrere, the former Bishop of Nigeria’s Maiduguri Diocese, and implored that his soul rests “in the peace of the Risen Lord”. 

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos Archdiocese, Nigeria. Credit: Lagos Archdiocese

Nigeria’s “in-coming governments must work for peace and reconciliation”: Archbishop

Apr 12, 2023

Nigeria’s incoming federal and local governments need to prioritize initiatives towards peace and reconciliation, the Catholic Archbishop of the country’s Lagos Catholic Archdiocese has said.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese. Credit: Sokoto Diocese

Keep Nigerians “alive, feel whole again”: Catholic Bishop to President-elect at Easter

Apr 12, 2023

The priority of Nigeria’s President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, should be keeping citizens of the West African nation alive, and making them “feel whole again”, the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Sokoto Diocese has said.

Easter Sunday Mass at St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese in Nigeria. Credit: Ondo Diocese

Public Worship Resumes at Nigerian Catholic Parish Attacked Last Pentecost Sunday

Apr 11, 2023

St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese in Nigeria that was attacked on Pentecost Sunday 2022 resulting in the death of at least 50 worshippers reopened for public worship on Easter Sunday, April 9.

Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke of Ekwulobia Diocese in Nigeria. Credit: Ekwulobia Diocese

Nigeria’s Currency Redesign “badly implemented”, General Elections “dirty joke”: Cardinal

Apr 11, 2023

Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke has faulted the realization of the process of redesigning Nigeria’s currency, the Naira, saying it “was badly implemented”.

Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso of Kaduna Archdiocese in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria’s Situation “not irredeemable nor insurmountable”: Archbishop in Easter Message

Apr 11, 2023

The situation of the West African nation of Nigeria where terrorism, banditry, corruption, and negative ethnicity are among the challenges affecting the people of God is redeemable, and the challenges can be surmounted, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has said.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

“We can reclaim our country”: Nigerian Catholic Archbishop in Easter Message

Apr 10, 2023

Despite challenges posed by terrorists and other oppressors on the people of God in the West African nation of Nigeria, Nigerians can still reclaim their country, the Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has said.