Catholic Church in Nigeria

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Don’t Be Led by “your stomach” in Supporting Politicians, Archbishop Cautions Nigerians

Jan 4, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria has urged the people of God in the West African nation to remember their civic duties ahead of the country’s elections and to seek to be guided by the Holy Spirit in selecting politicians and political parties to support.

Bishop Hyacinth Egbebo of Nigeria's Bomadi Diocese. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Bishop Prays for Savior to Free Nigeria from "dungeon of slavery" in New Year Message

Jan 4, 2023

The Catholic Bishop of Bomadi Diocese in Nigeria has expressed optimism that God will do “beautiful things” for the West African nation, praying that He raises a savior to free the people from the prison of “slavery, underdevelopment, and corruption”. 

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

New Year 2023 Calls Nigerians “to diligence, change of heart”: Catholic Bishop

Jan 2, 2023

The New Year 2023 calls on Nigerians to exercise “diligence and a change of heart”, a Catholic Bishop in the West African nation has said.

Fr. Lawrence Olumide Ogundipe. Credit:  Nigeria Catholic Network

Nigeria’s Consecrated Urged “to speak out in face of societal moral decadence in politics”

Dec 29, 2022

Consecrated persons in Nigeria have been challenged to exercise their prophetic role amid ongoing political campaigns ahead of February 2023 general elections, speaking out against “moral decadence in politics”.

Mons. Anthony Ovayero Ewherido, appointed Bishop of Nigeria's Warri Diocese on 2 December 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Appoints Rector of Catholic Major Seminary Bishop for Warri Diocese, Nigeria

Dec 28, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Anthony Ovayero Ewherido who has been serving as Rector of Sts. Peter and Paul Interdiocesan Major Seminary in Ibadan, Nigeria, as Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Warri in the West African nation. 

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Catholic Peace Entity Fears for Military Crackdown in Nigerian States ahead of Elections

Dec 27, 2022

The Catholic charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has cautioned that violence in Nigeria’s Anambra and Imo States, accompanied with a military crackdown in the region, may increase as the country heads to the general elections slated for 25 February 2023.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Do not be cynical, God is not done with us”: Nigerian Bishop in Christmas Message

Dec 26, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese in Nigeria has cautioned the people of God in the West African nation against the spirit of cynicism and giving up amid a myriad of challenges, saying, “God is not done with us.”

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese. Credit: Sokoto Diocese

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Challenges Governors to Bridge Gaps in State Appointments

Dec 25, 2022

Governors of various States in Nigeria have a key role to play in creating social cohesion in the country, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah has said, underlining the need to ensure that everyone feels represented, especially in state appointments.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Disputes Assumption Religious Diversity Dividing Country

Dec 24, 2022

Even without religious diversity, Nigeria will still have problems, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto has said, disputing allegations that the challenges that the west African country is facing stem from the conflicts between Christians and Muslims.

Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). Credit: Catholic Broadcast Commission,Nigeria.

Appoint Qualified Judges to Strengthen Judiciary, Archbishop in Nigerian to Executive

Dec 23, 2022

The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese in Nigeria is calling upon the country’s executive arm of government to consider appointing qualified judges in view of strengthening the country’s judiciary.

Rev Yusuf Gani. Credit: Ahmed Tijjani Ramalan (Facebook)

Renewed Attacks in Nigeria “campaign to disrupt” Christmas: Christian Human Rights Entity

Dec 22, 2022

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has expressed concern about renewed attacks in Nigeria’s Kaduna State, saying the violence could be a campaign aimed at disrupting Christmas celebrations.

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Prayer Appeal for Catholic Priest Kidnapped from Umuahia Diocese in Nigeria

Dec 21, 2022

Prayers are being sought for the safe release of Fr. Christopher Ogide, the Catholic Priest reportedly abducted from Nigeria’s Umuahia Diocese on December 17.

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Catholic Charity Lauds King Charles’ Meeting with Victims of Extremism in Nigeria

Dec 20, 2022

The recent meeting between King Charles III and some of the victims of religious extremism in Nigeria is a laudable step towards addressing the violence in the West African country, the Catholic charity and pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has said.

Remain Faithful Like St Joseph amid “challenges of different kinds”: Archbishop in Nigeria

Dec 19, 2022

The Local Ordinary of Abuja Archdiocese in Nigeria has urged the people of God in the West African nation to emulate St. Joseph’s faithfulness to the word of God in the face the challenges of life.   

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Nigeria’s Faith Leaders Urge Community Sensitization to Address Rising Domestic Violence

Dec 18, 2022

Faith leaders in Nigeria have expressed concern about the “alarming escalation” of domestic violence cases and called for the sensitization of community members to address the menace. 

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama administers the Sacrament of Confirmation at  Holy Cross Kuchigoro Catholic Parish of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese on 11 December 2022. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Keep Faith amid “formidable challenges, social contradictions” in Nigeria: Archbishop

Dec 17, 2022

The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has called on citizens to remain firm in their faith despite what he described as “formidable challenges and social contradictions” in the West African nation.

Francis Cardinal Arinze with Catholic Bishops, Priests, and other dignitaries after Holy Mass marking his 90th Anniversary. Credit: Courtesy Photo

On 90th Birthday, Nigerian Cardinal Who Participated in Vatican II Hailed as Legend, Icon

Dec 13, 2022

Francis Cardinal Arinze, the Vatican-based Nigerian Catholic Church leader, has been hailed as a legend and icon of the universal Church.

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

“Invest in interfaith dialogue” for Value-Based Elections: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria

Dec 12, 2022

The Bishop of Oyo Diocese in Nigeria is calling on the government of the West African nation to “invest in interfaith dialogue” to ward off “unnecessary suspicion and animosity” during the electioneering period ahead of the February 2023 general elections.

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Human Rights Day: Salesians Highlight Vulnerable Youth Empowerment Initiatives in Africa

Dec 12, 2022

On the annual event of Human Rights Day marked December 10, officials of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), have highlighted programs empowering vulnerable young people across the world, including Africa, focusing on initiatives that help the youth understand their rights.

Official logo of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: Vatican Media

Trinity Offers “easily accessible insight” to Grasp Synodality: Nigerian Catholic Entity

Dec 11, 2022

The Holy Trinity, the relationship of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, provides “unique and easily accessible insight” for grasping the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality, members of the Catholic Biblical Association of Nigeria (CABAN) have said.