Catholic Church in Nigeria

Burned vehicles after Good Friday raid on April 7, 2023, in Ngban, Benue state, Nigeria. | Courtesy of Justice, Development, and Peace Commission

Holy Week Attacks on Christian Communities in Nigeria Leave Nearly 100 Dead

Apr 10, 2023

At least 94 people reportedly have died in a series of deadly attacks on Christian communities throughout Holy Week in Benue state in north-central Nigeria, an ominous sign of escalating violence blamed on Muslim militias in the country’s Middle Belt region.

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

Nigerians Need to Repair Nation’s “decayed moral fiber”: Catholic Bishop in Easter Message

Apr 8, 2023

There is need for the people of God in Nigeria to repair their country’s “decayed moral fiber”, a Catholic Bishop in the West African nation has said in a message shared with ACI Africa April 8.

Archbishop Lucius Ugorji of Nigeria's Owerri Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

In Easter Message, Nigerian Archbishop Cautions against Despondency after “botched” Polls

Apr 7, 2023

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has cautioned Nigerians against sinking into “despondency and depression” as a result of the “2023 botched general elections”. 

Residents of Adunu line up to cast their ballots in Adunu Feb. 25, 2023. | Courtesy of Father Dauda Musa Bahago.

Dozens Still Captive in Nigeria After Deadly Raid on Catholic Town

Apr 6, 2023

Armed bandits killed one person and kidnapped more than 100 others in a March 14 raid on a predominantly Catholic town in north-central Nigeria, according to a Catholic priest and other local sources.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama during the anticipated Chrism Mass on Tuesday 4 April 2023. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

“So notoriously narcissistic, myopic”: Catholic Archbishop Faults Nigeria’s Politicians

Apr 5, 2023

Politicians in Africa’s most populous nation “are so notoriously” keen on their own interests and foster narrow and discriminatory relationships with their respective constituents, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has said

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Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Urges Parents to Foster “positive parenting behaviors”

Apr 2, 2023

Parents in Nigeria need to foster “positive parenting behaviors” in their respective families, a Catholic Bishop in the West African nation has said.

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

Nigeria’s President-Elect Likely to “behave differently”: Catholic Archbishop

Mar 29, 2023

Pending the court ruling on the Presidential election in Nigeria, the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, could “behave differently”, succeeding in resolving some of the challenges President Muhammadu Buhari failed to address, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said.

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“Strengthen our confidence”: Christian Leaders in Nigerian State to Electoral Body

Mar 28, 2023

Representatives of Christian leaders in Nigeria’s Adamawa state are calling on the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the West African nation to foster “openness, transparency and fairness” in their working in view of strengthening the confidence of the electorate in them.

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

Not Involved in “disgraceful petition to Pope”: Political Party on Nigerian Archbishop

Mar 26, 2023

The leadership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has distanced the Nigerian political party from claims that some of its members petitioned the Holy Father to dismiss Archbishop Valerian Okeke for engaging in partisan politics in favor of the West African country’s Labour Party (LP).

Musa is the headmaster of Azare Central School in northeast Nigeria Credit: Jesuit Refugee Service

Jesuits Training Teachers in Nigeria’s Embattled Northeastern Region to Boost Learning

Mar 26, 2023

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), an international refugee entity of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) is implementing a teacher training program in Nigeria’s violence-stricken Northeastern region with an aim of improving “access to learning environments for out-of-school children.”

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Militias in Nigeria “emboldened” amid Post-elections Leadership Gap: Catholic Peace Entity

Mar 25, 2023

Militia groups are on a killing spree in Nigeria following the country’s just-ended elections that have left a power vacuum in the country, the Catholic foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has said.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama with catecumens at St. Paul’s Pastoral Area in Sauka Wasa, Abuja. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

“God will return you someday”: Nigerian Catholic Archbishop to IDPs in Abuja

Mar 24, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria has expressed optimism that victims of extremist attacks who fled from Northern Nigeria and are now living in communities served by his Metropolitan See will “someday” enjoy peace and tranquility back in their homeland.

Ethnic Profiling in Nigeria’s Gubernatorial Poll among “unacceptable” Vices: Archbishop

Mar 23, 2023

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese has condemned “in very strong terms” vices in the recently held Gubernatorial elections.

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“Doctored, fake news”: Diocese Dismisses Claims Bishop Endorsed Nigeria’s President-Elect

Mar 22, 2023

The Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in Nigeria has dismissed reports that Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah found Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Nigeria’s president-elect as the most qualified person to rule the West African country.

Archbishop Lucius Ugorji during Holy Mass for the Canonical Erection of the new Diocese of Aguleri and the installation of the new Local Ordinary, Bishop Denis Chidi Isizoh. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Archbishop Urges Nigeria’s Electoral Commission to “live above board, redeem reputation”

Mar 20, 2023

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has called on Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to seize the opportunity of the Gubernatorial polls to redeem its “damaged reputation.”

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Nigeria’s National Peace Committee Warns of “voter suppression” in Gubernatorial Polls

Mar 17, 2023

Members of the  National Peace Committee (NPC) in Nigeria who include representatives of the Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have warned against voter suppression through “ethnic and religious labels” ahead of the Gubernatorial polls.

Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, appointed Secretary of the Dicastery for Evangelization. Credit: CNA Deutsch/EWTN

Nigerian Catholic Archbishop Appointed Secretary of Vatican Dicastery for Evangelization

Mar 15, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu as Secretary of the Dicastery for Evangelization, the Vatican section for the first evangelization and the new particular Churches that “serves the work of evangelization, so that Christ, the light of the nations, may be known and witnessed to by word and deed, and the Church, his mystical Body, may be built up.”

Fr. Remigius Ihyula comforts a camp resident. Credit: ACN

“Why do you allow your citizens to be killed?” Priest in Nigeria Decries State Inaction

Mar 15, 2023

The Federal government of Nigeria has ignored the plight of the people of God, a Catholic Priest in the West African nation said, and decried government’s inaction amid cases of Nigerians being “butchered and slaughtered daily”.

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“Remain apolitical, neutral”: Nigerian Faith Leaders to Preachers on Gubernatorial Poll

Mar 11, 2023

Christian and Muslim leaders in Nigeria’s Kaduna State have appealed for neutrality on the part of religious leaders in the West African nation ahead of the country’s gubernatorial elections that have been postponed by a week.

Entrance to the St. Augustine's Major Seminary in Nigeria's Jos Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Major Seminary in Nigeria Fostering Interreligious Dialogue amid “security concerns”

Mar 10, 2023

St. Augustine's Major Seminary is fostering Interreligious Dialogue amid “security concerns”, the Rector of the Catholic institution that is located at Laranto in Jos North Local Government Area of Jos, Plateau State, a violence-prone region in Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna, has said.