Catholic Church in Nigeria

Rev. Timothy Daluk, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Nigeria’s Plateau State.

“Enough is enough”: Nigerian Christian Leader Denounces Arson, Killings by “the military”

Jan 25, 2024

The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Nigeria’s Plateau State has denounced the arson attacks and killings targeting Christians in the State located near the centre of the West African nation.

Nigeria's President-elect, Bola Tinubu. Credit: Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Christian Leaders in Nigeria Laud President for “positive steps” to Unite Country

Jan 25, 2024

Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for “making very positive steps” towards inclusiveness in the West African country since his inauguration in May last year.

Seminarians at Good Shepherd Major Seminary in Nigeria's Kaduna state where four students were kidnapped and one, Michael Nnadi killed. Credit: Good Shepherd Major Seminary Kaduna/ Facebook

Inside the Growing Spirituality of Martyrdom in Nigerian Seminaries and Monasteries

Jan 24, 2024

Last year, 2023, was a difficult year for Br. Peter Olarewaju, a postulant at the Benedictine Monastery in Nigeria’s Ilorin Diocese, who was kidnapped alongside two others at the monastery. Br. Olarewaju underwent different kinds of torture. He watched as his companion, Br. Godwin Eze, was murdered.

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How Security Forces’ “cow humanization” Code Led to Massive Christian Deaths in Nigeria

Jan 23, 2024

Nigeria security forces responded more swiftly to the killing of cows owned by Muslim jihadists than they did when Christians and other non-Muslims were killed, a current report by a Human Rights group in the West African country has revealed.

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza presenting the sum of 150,000 Naira to one of the Victims of Boko Haram Insurgency. Credit: Yola Diocese

Nigerian Diocese Reaches Out to Hundreds of Female Victims of Boko Haram Insurgency

Jan 23, 2024

The leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria has reached out to 300 female victims of Boko Haram Insurgency in the country’s Adamawa State with financial support.

Members of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province (OWEP) in Nigeria. Credit: Archdiocese of Owerri/Facebook

High Levels of Brain Drain in Nigeria “worrisome”: Catholic Bishops in Owerri Province

Jan 22, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria's Ecclesiastical Province of Owerri have decried what they describe as high levels of brain drain in the West African nation describing it as a “worrisome” trend that denies the nation the much-needed human resource for development.

Margaret and Dominic Attah with Lord Alton and other parliamentarians on #RedWednsday 2023. Credit: ACN

British Catholic Politician Demands Justice for Christians Killed in Nigeria at Christmas

Jan 21, 2024

British politician Lord Alton of Liverpool has called on the U.K. government to urgently address persecution in Nigeria, starting with last year’s Christmas attacks that left over 200 Christians in Nigeria’s Plateau State dead.

The CD GPF Nigeria Rev.John Joseph Hayab presenting a Book Titled "Korean Dream" to the Facilitator Mr.Austin Anyio. Credit: Global Peace Foundation Nigeria

Dozens of Women in Nigeria Complete Training to Foster Religious Tolerance

Jan 18, 2024

A group of at least 100 Christian and Muslim women drawn from Nigeria’s Plateau State have completed a financial literacy training that the Global Peace Foundation Nigeria (GPFN) organized to foster religious tolerance in the region.

Bishop Anselm Umoren, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja wit the 14 Deacons he ordained on 14 January 2024. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja

“Avoid every form of immorality”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria to Newly Ordained Deacons

Jan 18, 2024

Bishop Anselm Umoren, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja in Nigeria, has urged the new Deacons he ordained on January 14 to shun immorality in all its forms.

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Nigeria Bishops Call for Prudent Division of Land amid Rapid Urbanization

Jan 18, 2024

Bishops of Nigeria’s Owerri Ecclesiastical Province have called for wisdom in the way land is sold and shared in the country, expressing concern that urbanization and the quest for development are increasing pressure on land inheritance in the West African country. 

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Catholic Entity in Nigerian Diocese Donates to Survivors of Christmas Weekend Attacks

Jan 13, 2024

The Justice Development and peace Commission (JDPC) of Nigeria's Yola Diocese has reached out to hundreds of survivors of the 23-26 December 2023 attacks that left nearly 200 Christians dead in Plateau State.

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American Bishop Lauds Nigerian Church for “great spiritual richness” Amid Material Poverty

Jan 12, 2024

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, United States of America (USA) has lauded the Church in Nigeria for its “great spiritual richness” despite being poor materially.

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U.S. Government Accused of Overlooking Religious Violations in Nigeria

Jan 11, 2024

An international Christian legal advocacy organization, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International has accused the United States of America Government of turning a blind eye to the persecution of Christians in Nigeria after the West African nation was omitted from the Country of Particular Concern (CPC) list of worst religious freedom offenders.

Mons. John Aniagwu. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Catholic Priest Urges Nigerians to Pray Fervently against Country’s “multiple demons”

Jan 11, 2024

Nigeria is facing “multiple demons” including corruption, insecurity and tribalism, and can only be saved with fervent prayers, the Vicar General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos in the West African nation has said.

Christian leaders during the 8 January 2024 "Plateau Peace Walk” to demonstrate against the 23-26 December 2023 attacks that left nearly 200 Christians dead. Credit: CAN Plateau State

Nigerian Christians in “Plateau Peace Walk” Want Armed Terrorist Militias Proscribed

Jan 10, 2024

Christians in Nigeria, who took to the streets on Monday, January 8 in what was dubbed “Plateau Peace Walk” to demonstrate against the 23-26 December 2023 attacks that left nearly 200 Christians dead have demanded that armed terrorist militias be proscribed in the West African nation.

Sanctuary of the martyrs of brotherhood in Buta. Credit: ACN

Nigeria Leads Countries with Most Christian Murders, Kidnappings of Clergy: Report

Jan 9, 2024

The Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has compiled a report that places Nigeria ahead of all countries in the world that experienced most kidnappings of Clergy and the killing of Christians in 2023.

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos Archdiocese. Credit: Lagos Archdiocese

“We possess the power to sow the seeds of peace”: Catholic Archbishop to Nigerians

Jan 9, 2024

Nigerians have the ability to spread peace in their country and realize unity in diversity, love, and the actualization of the principle of mutuality, Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos Archdiocese has said. 

Massacre in Plateau Nigeria on 24 December 2023.  Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Amid Persecution, Nigeria’s Christians Rely on Saints for Inspiration, Not State: Priest

Jan 8, 2024

Christians in Nigeria can no longer trust their government to protect them against persecution; they are now drawing their inspiration from the lives of the saints of the Church, a Catholic Priest in the West African nation has said.

Bishop Francis Obafemi Adesina of Nigeria's Ijebu-Ode Diocese. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Catholic Bishop Calls for Special Prayers as Nigerian Diocese Marks 55th Anniversary

Jan 7, 2024

Bishop Francis Obafemi Adesina of Nigeria’s Ijebu Ode Diocese has called for special prayers to mark the Diocese’s 55th Anniversary since it was erected.

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

Christian Leaders Urge Nigerians to Remain United despite Terrorist Attacks

Jan 6, 2024

Christian leaders are calling on Nigerians to remain united despite the trials they face, including terrorist attacks that have become rampant in the West African nation.