Catholic Church in Nigeria

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"My parishioners shot dead in cold blood": Priests, Lay Faithful Describe Attacks in Niger

Mar 8, 2023

“Oh, what sorrow to have watched three of my parishioners shot dead in cold blood, right before my eyes — and I couldn’t do anything,” Nigerian parish priest Father Bako Francis Awesuh, 37, shared in a new Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) report published Friday.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama during Holy Mass at St. Augustine’s Parish, Lugbe of the Archdiocese of Abuja. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

“Let Justice be done”: Nigerian Archbishop on Court’s Ruling on Presidential Election

Mar 7, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has lauded aggrieved politicians in the country’s February 25 elections for shunning violence and seeking the intervention of the court instead.

John Cardinal Onaiyekan. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network (NCN)

“Tragically questionable election”: Nigerian Cardinal in Disclaimer amid Misleading Post

Mar 6, 2023

John Cardinal Onaiyekan has described the Presidential poll in the West African nation as “a tragically questionable election”, and clarified the viral social media post that has him ask Nigerians to accept the results of the now disputed February 25 election.

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

“Follow rule of law”: Cardinal to Opposition Parties in Nigeria’s Disputed Election

Mar 5, 2023

Nigeria’s opposition political parties need to “follow the rule of law” in their attempt to challenge the results of the February 25 disputed presidential poll, a Cardinal in Africa’s most populous nation has told ACI Africa.

Bishop Denis Chidi Isizoh, Bishop-elect of the recently created Diocese of Aguleri in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“The Church is growing”: Bishop-elect in Nigeria on Meaning of Recently Created Diocese

Mar 4, 2023

The Catholic Church in Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, is growing, the Bishop-elect of the recently created Diocese of Aguleri has said. 

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Wave of Murders after General Elections in Nigeria Forces Diocese to Evacuate Personnel

Mar 3, 2023

A Wednesday, March 1 post-election attack on villages in Nigeria’s Benue State left more than 30 murdered victims and forced the military to evacuate the staff at the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, according to latest reports from the ground.

Outcomes of Nigeria’s General Election Mirror Country’s Rot: African Catholic Theologian

Mar 2, 2023

With the high levels of poverty and corruption in Nigeria, amid increased violence and persecution of Christians, the west African country is always getting the leaders that mirror its rottenness, a leading African Catholic Theologian has said.

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria Call for Calm, Electoral Body Declares President-elect

Feb 28, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria are calling upon the country’s citizens to “remain calm, law-abiding and fervent in prayers” hours before Nigeria’s electoral body declared the President-elect in the February 25 general elections.

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“Join in fervent prayer for credible, violence-free elections”: Archbishop in Nigeria

Feb 24, 2023

Nigerians have been urged to seek divine intervention in “fervent prayer for credible and violence-free elections”.

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Foster Peace, Prioritize “competence”: Christian Leaders in Nigerian State to Electorate

Feb 24, 2023

Representatives of Christian leaders in Nigeria’s Kano State are urging the electorate in the West African nation to foster peace and prioritize “competence” in choosing the political candidate to vote during the general elections scheduled for Saturday, February 25.

Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria “tottering at the brinks, this election is decisive”: Cardinal in Lenten Message

Feb 24, 2023

A Nigerian Cardinal has, in his message for Lent 2023, reflected on the General elections in Nigeria scheduled for February 25, saying the West African country is “tottering at the brinks” and the polls are “decisive.”

Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe of Nigeria's Makurdi Diocese. Credit: ACN

Bishop in Nigeria Decries Militants' Tactic to Starve Villagers in Protracted Violence

Feb 24, 2023

Militants continue to wreak havoc in communities served by the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi in Nigeria, with those behind the attacks destroying food reserves in villages.

“Disregard the threat”: Catholic Bishop to Electorate in South East Nigeria ahead of Polls

Feb 23, 2023

The Local Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi in Nigeria has urged the electorate in the South East zone to “come out en masse to vote” during the Saturday, February 25 general elections despite reported threats from the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). 

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

Seize Moment to Vote in “fresh, less contaminated leaders”: Nigerian Catholic Archbishop

Feb 23, 2023

The Archbishop of Kaduna Archdiocese in Nigeria is calling upon eligible voters in the West African nation to make good use of the “God-given time” of the general elections to vote in new leaders who he says need to be “less contaminated”. 

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

Why Lent in 2023 is Important for Nigerians: Catholic Bishop

Feb 22, 2023

This year’s Lenten Season is a time that Nigerians are “knocking on heaven’s door”, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo in Nigeria has said, noting that the West African nation, especially, needs God’s mercy ahead of the country’s general elections.

Leah Sharibu. Credit: CSW

Half Decade “far too long”: Human Rights Group Calls for Release of Nigerian Teen, Leah

Feb 20, 2023

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), the UK-based human rights foundation, is calling for the release of Leah Sharibu who has been in captivity since 2018 saying the half-a-decade period she has spent with her kidnappers is “far too long”.

Sr. Teresa Okure, a member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ), speaks on the theme of the Golden Jubilee of SECAM in the light of the joyful celebrations of 50 years of existence, Uganda, 2019. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“God is at work”: Catholic Nun Says General Elections to Mark Nigeria’s New Birth

Feb 20, 2023

The course that the electioneering period in Nigeria has taken ahead of the country’s polls on Saturday, February 25 is an indication that “God is at work” in the West African nation, and that a new birth awaits the country, a Catholic Nun has said.

Clement Usoo. Credit: ACN

Little Left for Nigerian Man who Watched Militants Kill Three Family Members

Feb 16, 2023

Clement Usoo admits that he has lost all hope in life, and is only waiting for his death after watching armed Fulani herdsmen brutally murder his mother, brother, and son, and losing seven other family members to the militants.

Members of the  Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Ongoing Catholic Bishops’ Plenary in Nigeria Urged to be Articulate on Country’s Woes

Feb 15, 2023

The ongoing meeting of the members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) is happening at a critical moment when the West African nation is preparing for national elections, an African theologian has said, and urged the Church leaders in the country to come up with a strong statement on the woes facing Nigeria.  

Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Resource Administrators in Nigeria Make “more difficult” Church Ministry: Archbishop

Feb 14, 2023

Persons at the helm of national resources in Nigeria are not helping the ministry of the Catholic Church among the people of God in the West African nation, the Archbishop of the country’s Abuja Archdiocese has said.