Catholic Church in Nigeria

Cardinal Peter Ebere Okpaleke offers Mass in Rome at his titular church, the Holy Martyrs of Uganda Catholic Parish, on Feb. 5, 2023. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Nigeria’s Newest Cardinal Shares Secret Behind the Highest Mass Attendance in the World

Feb 14, 2023

Cardinal Peter Ebere Okpaleke said Nigerian society as a whole has “a traditional worldview” that recognizes the presence of God in life and society.

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

This is the True Meaning of Valentine’s Day: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria

Feb 13, 2023

Is Valentine’s Day just about lovers hanging out in pairs? Is it all about those who claim to be in love going out for ice cream on a single day in the year and gifting each other material things? Is Valentine's Day just for young people who claim to be so much in love that they set aside one day to show each other how they feel?

Bishop Denis Chidi Isizoh (left), Mons. Bob John Hassan Koroma (center) and Mons. Emilio Rocha Grande (right). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Erects New Diocese in Nigeria, Appoints New Local Ordinaries in Sierra Leone, Morocco

Feb 13, 2023

Pope Francis has erected a new Catholic Diocese in Nigeria and appointed new Local Ordinaries for the Archdiocese of Tanger in Morocco and Makeni Diocese in Sierra Leone.

Members of the National Directorate of Social Communications of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the press conference 31 January 2023. Credit: CNS

Nigeria Keeps Plunging “deeper into abyss” Despite Interventions, Advice: Catholic Bishops

Feb 12, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have decried the protracted security challenge in the country saying the West African nation has plunged “deeper into the abyss”.

Pope Francis (left); Bishop Rolando Álvarez (right) / Vatican Media; Diocese of Matagalpa

After Bishop’s 26-Year Sentencing Pope Francis Asks Virgin Mary to Intercede for Nicaragua

Feb 12, 2023

“The news from Nicaragua has grieved me a great deal,” the pope said.

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Elect Leaders Who “strive to build a cohesive, harmonious, prosperous” Nigeria: Bishop

Feb 11, 2023

The electorate in the West African nation of Nigeria have been urged to elect political candidates who manifest hearts for “the weak and the vulnerable. 

Father Isaac Achi, a Nigerian Catholic priest, was murdered in Niger State on Jan. 15, 2023. / Diocese of Minna

“After careful review” Nigeria to Remain off Religious Freedom Watch List: U.S. Department

Feb 8, 2023

A U.S. State Department official told EWTN that “after careful review” Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has decided not to put Nigeria back on the list.

Sr. Caroline Mbonu. Credit: Global Sisters Report

Foreign Values, “Temptations of this world” Threats to Consecrated Life in Africa: Nun

Feb 4, 2023

Following lifestyles that are foreign to Africa and “temptations of this world” are among aspects that threaten the future of Consecrated Life on the continent, a Catholic Nun in Nigeria has told ACI Africa in an interview. 

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

Nigeria’s Onitsha Diocese to Observe 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting ahead of Elections

Feb 2, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of the Onitsha Archdiocese in Nigeria has declared a 21-day period of prayer and fasting, seeking God’s graces over the general elections scheduled for February 25.   

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Vote to “engender true progress” in Nigeria: Catholic Bishops ahead of General Elections

Feb 2, 2023

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) are calling on the people of God in the West African nation to turn out in large numbers and vote in the forthcoming elections to realize the country’s “true progress”.

Fr. Iheanyi Enwerem. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“We are ready to die,” Catholic Priest Says in Tribute to Murdered colleague in Nigeria

Feb 1, 2023

Christians in Nigeria are ready to stand for the truth and to defend their religious beliefs even if it means dying for it, a Catholic Priest in the West African country has said.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama blesses a lady after Holy Mass on 29 January 2023. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

“Good news”: Archbishop on Nigeria Having Highest Proportion of Catholics Attending Mass

Jan 31, 2023

Data showing Nigeria as the country with the highest proportion of Catholics attending Holy Mass across the globe is “good news” and a break from negative news, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said.

Professor Richard Solomon Musa Tarfa, the co-founder of the Du Merci orphanages for vulnerable children in Kano and Kaduna states, Nigeria. Credit: CSW

Christian Human Rights Group Wants “reparations” for Acquitted Nigerian Professor

Jan 30, 2023

Human rights foundation, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), has expressed relief following the release of a Christian Professor who was accused of forging certificates to start a foundation that takes care of homeless children in Nigeria’s Kaduna State.

Archbishop Gabriel ‘Leke Abegunrin (right) and Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria Currency Redesign “not interesting”, “causing untold hardship”: Catholic Prelates

Jan 29, 2023

Two Catholic Prelates in Nigeria have, on separate occasions, lamented the ongoing process of redesigning Nigeria’s currency, the Naira.

A group of school girls receiving the sacraments of baptism and confirmation in Onitsha, Anambra, Nigeria, on May 30, 2022. / Shutterstock

Globally, Nigeria, Kenya Have Highest Proportion of Catholics Attending Mass: CARA Report

Jan 29, 2023

A compilation of new data by researchers at Georgetown University sheds light on the countries around the world that have the highest Mass attendance numbers. 

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Elections Could Offer Nigerians “new lease of life”, Bishops Say, Urge Mass Voting

Jan 28, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Lagos Ecclesiastical Province are calling on Nigeria’s to turn up in their numbers during the February 25 general elections, saying the polls are an opportunity for Nigerians to turn a new leaf. 

Fr. Remigius Ihyula. Credit: FJDP

Armed Fulanis in Nigeria Hiding Behind “unknown gunmen” Label to Go Unpunished: Priest

Jan 27, 2023

No one is being held responsible for the ongoing killings, kidnappings and “massive” displacements targeting Christians in Nigeria because those responsible are hiding behind the “unknown gunmen” label, a Priest in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Makurdi has said.

Some Catholic Bishops from Nigeria’s Lagos Ecclesiastical Province. Credit: Lagos Archdiocese

Nigeria “sinking rapidly”: Catholic Bishops in Lagos Ecclesiastical Province

Jan 26, 2023

Catholic Bishops from Nigeria’s Lagos Ecclesiastical Province have decried the instability in the West African nation and said that the country is “sinking quickly”. 

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Security Challenges in Nigeria “can trigger vast humanitarian crisis”: Christian Leaders

Jan 26, 2023

Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have warned of future humanitarian crises in the West African nation if the current security challenges are not “comprehensively” addressed.

Fr. Isaac Achi, a Nigerian Catholic priest, was murdered in Niger State on 15 January 2023. | Diocese of Minna

Insecurity in Nigeria “has lasted for too long”: Priest at Funeral Mass of Colleague

Jan 24, 2023

Insecurity in Nigeria has persisted for far too long, a Priest in the West African nation has lamented during the Funeral Mass of Fr. Isaac Achi, the Nigerian Catholic Priest who was murdered when Sts. Peter and Paul Kaffin Koro Parish of the Catholic Diocese of Minna was attacked on January 15