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Catholic Church in Nigeria

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.

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza with members of the Clergy of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Yola. Credit: Yola Diocese

At Chrism Mass, Catholic Bishop of Yola, Nigeria, Urges Priests “never to relent” in Ministry amid Persecution

Mar 27, 2024

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Yola has urged Priests in his Episcopal See to remain relentless in their Priestly ministry despite security challenges due to “activities of terrorists”. 

Archbishop Mathew Man-Oso Ndagoso of Nigeria’s Kaduna Archdiocese. Credit: Kaduna Archdiocese

At Chrism Mass, Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria Emphasizes Priests’ Role as “ministers of hope, divine assurance”

Mar 26, 2024

The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Kaduna Archdiocese has highlighted the place of Priests among the people of God, emphasizing the role of giving hope and “divine assurance” inspired by the Gospel. 

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

Let People’s Salvation Be “our primary concern”: Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria to Christian Leaders

Mar 26, 2024

The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has called upon Christian leaders to prioritize the salvation of the souls of the people of God under their pastoral care, rather than money and luxury living. 

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

Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria Urges Government to Flush Out Terrorists from Forest Hideout

Mar 25, 2024

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led government to drive away terrorists who have inhabited the Sambisa Forest.

Sr. Ushie Grace Imaji with some beneficiaries of the empowerment program. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Nun Donates Livelihood Kits to the Vulnerable in Nigeria

Mar 25, 2024

A Catholic Nun in Nigeria has donated business-startup kits to 17 vulnerable persons within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to help them to start income generating ventures.

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of the country’s Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos. Credit:  Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos

Nigerians Need Now “more than ever before” Courage to Address Multiple Societal Evils

Mar 24, 2024

The West African nation of Nigeria is plagued by “many evils”, Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of the country’s Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos has lamented.

Fr. Michael Banjo, Deputy Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Fr. Uchechukwu Obodoechina, Executive Secretary of Caritas Nigeria and other lecturers from Veritas University who are to teach the Catholic Social Teaching, in a group photograph during the launch of the CST in Abuja, Nigeria. Credit: ACI Africa

Course on Catholic Social Teaching in Nigeria to Foster Justice, Human Rights: Official

Mar 21, 2024

In a bid to promote the core principles of Catholic Social Teaching (CST), the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) has launched a comprehensive course aimed at educating individuals to become advocates and educators of justice and human rights.

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Yola. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Yola

“Nigeria is really sick, even food has become a luxury”, Catholic Bishop Laments, Highlights Insecurity, Inflation

Mar 20, 2024

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Yola is concerned about the state of the West African nation, where he says people’s livelihoods have been adversely affected amid “galloping inflation” and insecurity. 

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

Solemnity of St. Joseph: Cardinal in Nigeria Advocates for Proactivity, “value, dignity, and joy of work”

Mar 19, 2024

On the occasion of the Solemnity of St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Local Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia in Nigeria, Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke, has challenged citizens of the West Africa nation to be proactive, working towards resolving the challenges in the country. 

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama  during Holy Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Nyanya Parish of Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Archbishop in Nigeria Decries “blatant misuse of public resources”, Says Perpetrators “rationalize sin”

Mar 19, 2024

The vice of corruption is pervasive and widespread in the West African nation of Nigeria, with perpetrators hell bent on diverting what “belongs to all” to themselves, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of the country’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has said.

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

Insecurity Impeding Evangelization, Nigerian Catholic Bishop Says, Appeals for Aid

Mar 15, 2024

Bishop Julius Yakubu Kundi of Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese has decried insecurity in his Episcopal See, saying that persistent attacks in the Diocese are impeding evangelization efforts.

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Nigeria's Lagos Archdiocese. Credit: Lagos Archdiocese

Catholic Archbishop Urges Nigerians who have “lost faith” to Keep Praying for Country

Mar 14, 2024

Nigerians seem to be losing confidence in prayers in their seemingly unanswered cries to be liberated from suffering, Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese has said, and encouraged the people of God in the country to continue interceding for their nation. 

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama during Holy Mass at St. Paul’s Gwagwalada Parish of Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

“Our thoughts, prayers”: Archbishop on Abduction of Hundreds of Students, Women in Nigeria

Mar 12, 2024

The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has expressed spiritual solidarity with the hundreds of students and women abducted in the recent past in the West African nation.

Credit: Intersociety

Catholic-led Researchers Decry Veiled “settlement of jihadists” Plan in Nigerian States

Mar 12, 2024

A Catholic-inspired group of researchers, criminologists and human rights activists in Nigeria is concerned that a section of Nigerian authorities is planning to expand activities of jihadists in some parts of the West African country under the guise of state ranching projects.

The flag of Nigeria on a military uniform. Bumble Dee/Shutterstock.

Retain Nigeria as “Country of Particular Concern”: U.S. Senators to State Department

Mar 9, 2024

Nigeria should be returned to the list of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom, some members of the U.S. Senate have appealed.

Students of Government Junior secondary school Waru Abuja, Nigeria , displaying their sanitary pads provided to them by the Catholic Youth Organization (CYON) Garki Deanery of Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Catholic Youths in Nigeria Launch “Pad a Girl Child” Initiative for Vulnerable Girls

Mar 8, 2024

The Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON) in the Archdiocese of Abuja  is providing basic hygiene products to vulnerable girls in an initiative the Catholic entity has dubbed “Pad a Girl Child”.