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This image made from an AFPTV video taken in the Nigerian village of Maiyanga on Dec. 27, 2023, shows families burying in a mass grave their relatives killed in deadly attacks conducted by armed groups in central Plateau State. The death toll from a series of attacks on villages in central Nigeria has climbed to almost 200, local authorities said. | Credit: Kim Masara/AFPTV/AFP via Getty Images

Nearly 200 Killed in Christmas Weekend Attacks on Nigerian Christians, Leaders Urge Action

Dec 27, 2023

Catholic leaders and others demand government action as victims are buried in mass graves. 

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

“I express my vote of confidence in you”: Bishop in Christmas Letter to Nigerian Youth

Dec 26, 2023

Nigerian youth have the potentiality to excel in life despite the myriad of challenges they face in the West African nation, the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Oyo Diocese has said. 

Some panelists during the one-day confernece to mark the International Migrants Day at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN). Credit: ACI Africa

“Facilitate wellbeing, rights of migrants”: Catholic Official in Nigeria to Stakeholders

Dec 23, 2023

The Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) has called on the government and citizens of the West African nation to foster the livelihood of migrants, respecting their rights as persons. 

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

“No possibility of blessing same-sex unions, activities”: Catholic Bishops in Nigeria

Dec 21, 2023

Fiducia Supplicans, the Vatican declaration on the possibility of blessing “same-sex couples” and couples in other “irregular situations”, which the Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith (DDF) released on Monday, December 18, does not permit the blessing of “same-sex unions and activities”, Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have said.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: ACI Africa

Demands to Return Nigeria to Religious Freedom Violators List a “wake up” Call: Archbishop

Dec 18, 2023

The calls from over two dozen human rights advocates for the U.S Congress to get Nigeria back to the list of religious freedom violators is a “wake up” call for the West Africa nation that is Africa’s most populous nation, the Catholic Archbishop of the country’s Abuja Archdiocese has said.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama with parishioners of the Holy Trinity Catholic Parish of his Metropolitan See. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

“Our joy must outweigh every sorrow”: Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria on Gaudete Sunday

Dec 18, 2023

“Our joy must outweigh every sorrow,” Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese in Nigeria has said in his homily on December 17, Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent that invites the people of God to “rejoice always” as is captured in Philippians 4:4.

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

Amid Strife, “world needs Christmas, not every year but every day”: Bishop in Nigeria

Dec 17, 2023

The contemporary world that is characterized by experiences of violent conflicts, multiple cases of injustice and all manner of suffering stands in need of the graces proper to Christmas, Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo in Nigeria has said.

Some of the Graduating students of Veritas University of Nigeria, during the 12th Convocation of the Catholic University on 9 December 2023. Credit: ACI Africa

Nigeria, Africa Need Education that Fosters “positive transformation” amid Challenges

Dec 17, 2023

Nigeria and Africa need education that would result in “positive transformation” amid multiple challenges that the people of God face, the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has said. 

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese addressing members of the Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria (CLCN). Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Nigeria’s Catholic Laity Council at 50: Archbishop Urges Formation, Lists What to Own

Dec 15, 2023

The Catholic Church needs to prioritize the formation of the Laity to facilitate their growth in faith principles, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has said.

A map of Nigeria. | Credit: Shutterstock

Return Nigeria to Religious Freedom Violators List: Human Rights Leaders to U.S. Congress

Dec 14, 2023

In 2021, the Biden administration removed Nigeria, a nation notorious for extreme levels of religious persecution, from the Countries of Particular Concern list.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto Diocese in Nigeria. Credit: Veritas University Nigeria

Bring Back “your wealth of experience”: Catholic Bishop to Youth Planning to Leave Nigeria

Dec 14, 2023

The Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has challenged youthful Nigerians planning to leave the country to consider bringing back to the West African nation what they gain from their host countries.

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

Don’t Use Airstrike at Muslim Event “for personal gain”: Nigeria’s Christian Leaders

Dec 13, 2023

Officials of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have cautioned the people of God in the country against using the reportedly accidental airstrike involving a military drone that killed dozens in Nigeria’s Kaduna State “for personal gain”.

Bishop Gerald Mamman Musa of Nigeria's Katsine Diocese. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Pioneer Bishop of Nigerian Diocese Urged to Speak Out against “reckless spilling of blood”

Dec 12, 2023

The pioneer Catholic Bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Katsina in Nigeria has been urged to prioritize the denouncing of the “reckless spilling of blood” in his Episcopal See.

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Parishes in Nigeria, Malawi to Benefit from “Coal for Christmas” Feeding Campaign

Dec 11, 2023

“Poorest” Parishes in Nigeria and Malawi are set to benefit from the Christmas initiative by the Vulnerable People Project (VPP), a U.S.-based humanitarian agency that seeks to feed the poorest communities in the world.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama at St. Francis Xavier Pastoral Area, Baron Goni of Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Airstrike at Muslim Event Part of Nigeria’s Continued Loss of “innocent lives”: Archbishop

Dec 11, 2023

The airstrike involving a military drone that reportedly killed 85 people and injured dozens in Nigeria’s Kaduna State, though “accidental”, is part of the West African nation’s continued loss of “innocent lives” despite the “expended huge resources”, the Catholic Archbishop of the country’s Abuja Archdiocese has said. 

Bishop Anselm Umoren with member of the National Association of Catholic Lawyers (NACL) in Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Catholic Lawyers in Nigerian Archdiocese Urged to “live above corruption”

Dec 10, 2023

Members of the National Association of Catholic Lawyers (NACL) in Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese have been cautioned against corruption in their legal practice.

John Cardinal Onaiyekan and other members of NIREC during the Fourth Quarter Meeting of the Interreligious Council in Abuja Nigeria. Credit: ACI Africa

Christian Leaders in Nigeria Appeal for Good Governance to Restore Hope in the Country

Dec 9, 2023

Good governance is crucial in restoring hope in Nigeria, members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have said.

Bishop Stephen Mamza of Yola Diocese in Nigeria laying the foundation for a Chapel for Prison Inmates at the Yolde Pate Correctional Center. Credit: Yola Diocese

Catholic Diocese in Nigeria Constructing Chapel in Prison to Provide “solace” to Inmates

Dec 8, 2023

The Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria is constructing a Chapel at the Yolde Pate Correctional Center to provide a place of worship and solace to inmates.

Archbishop Alfred Xuereb (right), appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Morocco and Mons. Anselm Pendo Lawani (left), appointed Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Ilorin in Nigeria. Credit: Catholic Broadcast Nigeria/Vatican Media

Pope Francis Appoints Apostolic Nuncio to Morocco, Bishop for Nigeria’s Ilorin Diocese

Dec 8, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Alfred Xuereb as Apostolic Nuncio to Morocco and Mons. Anselm Pendo Lawani as Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Ilorin in Nigeria. 

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of Oyo Diocese in Nigeria. Credit: Oyo Diocese

Nigeria is Desperate, Catholic Bishop Says, Prays for Mary’s Help

Dec 8, 2023

The Bishop of Oyo Diocese in Nigeria has said that the West African country needs “divine help” to be freed from its “desperate mood” occasioned by the the country’s deteriorating political, social, and economic situation.