Catholic Church in Nigeria

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama with members of the Catholic Women Association during Mother’s Day 2024. Credit: Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja

On Mother’s Day for Catholics in Nigeria, Mothers Urged to Be “models to their children in virtue”

Apr 16, 2024

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has urged mothers to live a life of virtue and be role models to their children.

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

10 Years On, “intensify efforts” to Free Remaining Chibok Girls: Nigeria’s Christian Leaders to Government

Apr 15, 2024

Christian leaders in Nigeria are appealing to the government to escalate its efforts to secure the freedom of at least 82 Chibok girls who remain in captivity 10 years after Boko Haram militia abducted them from their school. 

A poster announcing the launch of a charcoal briquette making factory in Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja. Credit: Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja

We’re Here “to create a better environment”: Nigerian Archbishop at Launch of Charcoal Briquette Production Initiative

Apr 15, 2024

The launching of a charcoal briquette making factory in Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja continues initiatives aimed to realize “a better environment” in line with the recommendations of Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical Letter “on care for our common home”, Laudato Si’, the Local Ordinary has said.

John Cardinal Onaiyekan. Credit: ACI Africa

Corruption, Lack of Transparency among Factors Behind Increased Abduction of School Children in Nigeria: Cardinal

Apr 10, 2024

John Cardinal Onaiyekan has attributed the reported increase of kidnapping of school children in Nigeria to graft and opaqueness on the part of the political leaders in the West African nation. 

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Rwanda Genocide 30 Years on: Africa’s Christian Professionals in Solidarity, “remembering tragic loss of innocent lives”

Apr 9, 2024

Members of the Africa Christian Professionals Forum (ACPF) have expressed their “solidarity” with the people of God in Rwanda as the landlocked country in the Great Rift Valley of Central Africa marks 30 years since the Rwandan genocide in which an estimated 800,000 people were murdered.

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

Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria Decries Bad Governance, Urges International Community to “confront insensitive leaders”

Apr 9, 2024

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has decried bad governance in the West African nation, characterized with vices such as self-gratification, indifference to citizens’ needs, and extravagance, among other social ills. 

Members of the Catholic Theological Association of Nigeria (CATHAN). Credit: CATHAN

Catholic Theologians in Nigeria Recognize “potential” of Digital Media in Society, Decry “defective infrastructure”

Apr 8, 2024

Members of the Catholic Theological Association of Nigeria (CATHAN) have acknowledged the latent possibility of digital media to bring about social transformation.

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo with members of the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON). Credit: Catholic Diocese of Oyo

“A worthy celebration”: Catholic Bishop at Start of Golden Jubilee of Nigeria’s Catholic Youth Organization

Apr 7, 2024

The legacy of the 50-year-old Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON), inaugurated in the country’s Catholic Diocese of Oyo as the Catholic Youth Association, is worth celebrating, the Local Ordinary of Oyo Diocese has said.

Father Jude Nwachukwu (left) and Father Kenneth Kanwa were kidnapped from their parish rectory in the Diocese of Pankshin in Nigeria on Feb. 1, 2024. / Credit: Ahiara Diocese

Partner with Nigeria to Help it “withstand forces of violence, extremism”: U.S. Catholic Bishop to Secretary of State

Apr 6, 2024

Bishop Elias Zaidan urged Secretary of State Antony Blinken to heed the concerns of Nigerian bishops who describe their situation as a Christian “genocide.”

Logo of Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in Nigeria. Credit: Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)

“We wish to offer our unreserved apologies”: Nigeria’s Revenue Service after Christian Leaders Decry “derogatory” Flier

Apr 5, 2024

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in Nigeria has apologized to Christians in the West African nation after publishing an Easter flier that was regarded as offensive to followers of Jesus Christ.

Bishop Gerald Mamman Musa with some of the candidates who received Baptism during the Easter Vigil Mass. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Katsina

Over 700 Baptized on Easter Sunday in Nigerian Catholic Diocese Despite Rise in Attacks Targeting Christians

Apr 4, 2024

Over 700 Christians were baptized on Easter Sunday in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Katsina that is witnessing a rise in attacks that mainly target Christian communities.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja with one of the beneficiaries. Credit: Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja

“Don’t shut your eyes” to Needs of People with Disabilities: Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria to Persons “with means”

Apr 4, 2024

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has called on the people of God in his Metropolitan See not to be indifferent to the plight of persons living with disabilities.

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

“Profound opportunity”: Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria Calls for Interfaith Dialogue as Easter Coincides with Ramadan

Apr 3, 2024

Christians celebrating Easter and Muslims living the Holy Month of Ramadan in Nigeria have been urged to embrace the season as a “profound opportunity” to set aside their differences and realize “greater harmony and cooperation”.

Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke of Nigeria's Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia

Use Easter Season to Farm “even if in bags”, Cardinal in Nigeria Says Following Resumption of Rains in His Diocese

Apr 3, 2024

The Local Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia in Nigeria, Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke, is urging the people of God in his Episcopal See to take advantage of the start of the rainy season to practice farming during the Easter period.

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

“Nigeria will be great again”, Catholic Bishop in Easter Messages, Urges Government to Take “path of national healing”

Apr 2, 2024

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah  of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in Nigeria has expressed optimism about the future of the West African nation.

Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji of Nigeria's Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri. Credit: Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri

Amid Multiple Crimes, Let’s Assimilate Easter’s “enduring message of peace”: Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria

Apr 1, 2024

Even with the reality of “violent crimes” in Nigeria, Christians in the West African nation need to live in peace, which is the “enduring message” of Easter, Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji of the country’s Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri has said.

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of Oyo Diocese in Nigeria during Vigil Mass on 30 March 2024. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Oyo/Nigeria

Amid Bereavement, Deprivation in Nigeria, Catholic Bishop Urges “audacity of hope, making mood of Easter reach all”

Mar 30, 2024

In the West African nation of Nigeria, “not all” are able to experience joy, peace, compassion, and victory that are meant to characterize Easter, Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of the country’s Catholic Diocese of Oyo has said.

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

Priesthood Under Criticism, Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Urges Priests to Work “towards creating right image”

Mar 28, 2024

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan in Nigeria has called on Priests to strive towards the fostering of “the right image” of ministerial Priesthood, which he says is under criticism.

Seminarian Na'aman Danlami died when the Fulanis attacked St. Raphael Fadan Kamantan Parish on the night of Thursday, 7 September 2023. Credit: ACN

Apprehending Mastermind in Killing of Nigerian Seminarian “a welcome development”, Activist Calls for More Arrests

Mar 27, 2024

International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety), a Catholic-inspired human rights foundation in Nigeria is calling for more arrests following the nabbing of the leader of the gang suspected to have killed a Seminarian in a torching incident last September. 

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

Nigeria’s Christian Leaders Reflect on Palm Sunday Lessons, Urge Fostering of Harmony, Understanding

Mar 27, 2024

Christian leaders in Nigeria are calling on the people of God in the country to foster harmony and understanding, drawing inspiration from the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.