Catholic Church in Nigeria

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.

Margaret and Dominic Attah with Archbishop John Wilson of Southwark and UK National Director Caroline Hull outside St George’s Cathedral, London. Credit: ACN

Survivors of Nigeria’s 2022 Pentecost Bombing Feted in Inaugural Award

Dec 6, 2023

Survivors of the 2022 Pentecost Sunday attack on St Francis Xavier’s Church in Nigeria’s Ondo Diocese that left 41 Christians dead, and more than 80 injured are the recipients of the first ever “Courage to be a Christian” award.

Delegates at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS). Credit: CEPACS

What Bishops, Communicators Resolved to Revamp Africa Bishops’ Communication Committee

Dec 5, 2023

Creating more “awareness and visibility” of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), and the development of a long-term strategic plan are among the envisaged plans to revamp the entity of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama preaching at St. Rita Parish, Ndakwo in his Metropolitan See on Sunday, 3 December 2023. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Let’s Not “grow weary of doing good” amid Economic Hardships: Nigerian Archbishop

Dec 5, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has encouraged the people of God in the West African nation not to tire of doing good amid economic hardship occasioned by rise in prices of commodities.

Fr. Kingsley Eze. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Okigwe

Parish Priest in Nigeria Abducted while Answering Sick Call

Dec 4, 2023

A Catholic Priest in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Okigwe was kidnapped on November 30 while traveling to administer the Sacrament of the Sick to a parishioner.

Logo Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB). Credit: SDB

Salesians Launch Career Program in Nigeria to Help Youth Identify Professional Goals

Dec 3, 2023

The U.S.-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Missions, has launched a new program to enable young Nigerians to navigate life by identifying their potential career paths.

Officials of Caritas Nigeria during the 16 Days of Activism Against GBV in the Archdiocese of Abuja. Credit: Caritas Nigeria

Caritas Nigeria Urges Government to Speed Up Trial of Gender-Based Violence Perpetrators

Dec 2, 2023

Caritas Nigeria, the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), has called on the Nigerian government to speed up the prosecution and punishment of individuals involved in Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases in the West African country.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine. Credit: Shutterstuck

Catholic Activists Launch Petition against HPV Vaccine in Nigeria

Nov 30, 2023

The African branch of the International Catholic activist organization, CitizenGo Africa, is calling on the Nigerian government to suspend the ongoing Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination campaign in Nigeria, citing safety concerns.

A poster of the November 22 funeral rights of Br. Godwin Eze at the St Joseph Cathedral of Nigeria's Catholic Diocese of Ilorin 
Credit: Benedictine Monastery Eruku

Nigerian Monk Fed Chained Companions Before Killing by Kidnappers

Nov 29, 2023

Details have emerged of how Br. Godwin Eze, the Nigerian monk who was kidnapped with two others from a monastery in Nigeria spent his final hours before he was singled out and killed.  

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

Initiate Measures to End Killings, Christian Leaders in Nigerian State Urge Government

Nov 28, 2023

Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Nigeria’s Taraba State are calling on the government to initiate measures aimed at permanently ending killings, especially the murder of people after armed bandits killed dozens in the state.

Bishop Luka Sylvester Gopep. Credit: ACI Africa

Put in Place “enabling mechanism” for Self-Reliance: Bishop to Nigerian Authorities

Nov 26, 2023

There is need for the Nigerian government to plan for ways in which families can cope with life, providing for their day-to-day needs, a Catholic Bishop in the West African nation has said.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama giving his speech at the 11th Convocation Ceremony of Godfrey Okoye University on Saturday, 18 November 2023. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese.

Nigerian Catholic University “a good setting for cross-fertilization of ideas”: Archbishop

Nov 25, 2023

Godfrey Okoye University (GOUNI), a Catholic institution of higher learning under the auspices of Nigeria’s Enugu Diocese, is facilitating the sharing of ideas among students and faculty drawn from “most” Nigerian States, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said. 

Africa Bishops Propose Formation of “digital missionaries” to Boost Church Communications

Nov 22, 2023

Members of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), an initiative of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), are proposing formation that targets “digital missionaries” in academic institutions to boost communications on the continent.

Fr. Andrew Kaufa, Coordinator of the department of Social Communications of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA). Credit: ACI Africa

CEPACS Jubilee, Synod “opportunity to revisit Pan-African dream” on Communication: Priest

Nov 22, 2023

The Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) and the Synod on Synodality , which Pope Francis extended to 2024, provide an opportunity to examine the situation of “the Pan-African dream” with regard to communication, an official involved in the preparation of the November 18-21 event has said.

CEPACS Golden Jubilee Ends with Calls for Church in Africa to Embrace Digitality

Nov 21, 2023

The Golden Jubilee of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), an entity of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), has ended with calls on the Church in Africa to embrace the digital culture.

Credit: Intersociety

Catholic-Inspired Nigerian Researchers Reveal Chilling Massacres after EndSARS Protests

Nov 21, 2023

Over 400 defenceless people were killed across Nigeria as authorities in the West African country jumped on the EndSARS protests of 2020 to carry out massacres, a new report by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) has revealed.

Dr. Paolo Ruffini, the Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication addressing participants at the Golden Jubilee of celebrations of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), an entity of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: Vatican Media

Communication Gift to Humanity “to weave communion”: Vatican Official at CEPACS Jubilee

Nov 21, 2023

Communication is a divine gift to humanity to facilitate the fostering of relationships and the realization of communion, the Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication has said. 

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of the Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria. Credit: ACI Africa

Despite Boko Haram Atrocities, “find a place in our hearts to forgive”: Nigerian Bishop

Nov 21, 2023

There is need for Christians in Nigeria to let go the pain they may be harboring against members of Boko Haram, who have caused them traumatic experiences, by making the decision to forgive, a Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has said.

A poster announcing the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS). Credit Lagos Archdiocese

Africa Bishops’ Communication Committee to Mark 50 Years with Focus on “Synodal Church”

Nov 15, 2023

The planned Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), an entity of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM)  will be a moment to foster “a Synodal Church”.