Catholic Church in Nigeria

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama during the 11th convocation of Veritas University in Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja/Facebook

Nigeria’s Education System “losing relevance”, Alternative in Catholic Schools: Archbishop

Dec 11, 2022

The education system in Nigeria is becoming irrelevant, the Catholic Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Abuja in the West African nation has said.

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Omission of Nigeria from “Countries of Particular Concern” Angers Christian Rights Entity

Dec 9, 2022

Nigeria is one of the countries that the United States (U.S.) State Department has struck out of its Countries of Particular Concern (CPC) list, a move that has angered the human rights foundation, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

Altar of St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese. Credit: ACN

Suspects of Pentecost Sunday Attack “need to be prosecuted now”: Nigerian Catholic Bishop

Dec 8, 2022

Six months after the Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese that left 39 Catholic worshippers killed and more than 80 injured, there have been arrests and promises but no prosecution, Bishop Felix Femi Ajakaye has lamented. 

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Christians in Nigeria Living under “severe stress”: Catholic Bishop

Dec 5, 2022

For years, Christians in Nigeria have lived under “severe stress”, the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Sokoto Diocese has said.

Police and residents of Wumat, a farming town 45 miles south of Jos, Nigeria, arrive to survey damage and help survivors of a terrorist attack on Nov 22, 2022. | Courtesy of Victor Nafor

Despite Incessant Attacks, Nigerian Catholics Keep their Faith

Dec 3, 2022

November proved to be an especially deadly month in Central Nigeria, leaving Catholics like Matthew Onah and his family struggling to cope with their losses.  

Fr. George Ehusani, delivering his presentation during the 2022 National Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Association of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Many Nigerians Suffering “undiagnosed, untreated psycho-trauma”: Catholic Priest

Dec 2, 2022

Many Nigerians are suffering psycho-trauma that remains “undiagnosed and untreated”, a Catholic Priest in the West African nation has said. 

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Christian Leaders in Nigeria Urge Collective Responsibility to “fish out” Terror Movements

Nov 29, 2022

Christian leaders in Nigeria are calling for collective responsibility in knowing and exposing terror movements to relevant authorities in the West African country.

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Dialogue with Presidential Candidates Not an “endorsement”: Christian Leaders in Nigeria

Nov 27, 2022

Christian leaders in Nigeria have sought to clarify their recent dialogue with Presidential candidates in the general elections scheduled for 25 February 2023 saying the initiative was not a “campaign program or endorsement.”

Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso of Kaduna Archdiocese in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria Needs Leaders Who Can Manage Cultural, Religious Diversity “very well”: Archbishop

Nov 25, 2022

Nigeria is in need of leaders capable of managing “very well” the cultural and religious diversity of citizens, the Catholic Archbishop of the country’s Kaduna Archdiocese has said. 

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Abuja Archdiocese speaking at the 10th Convocation Ceremony of the Godfrey Okoye University in Abuja. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Archbishop in Nigeria Lauds Catholic University for Honoring Country’s Murdered Twins

Nov 24, 2022

The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja in Nigeria has lauded Godfrey Okoye University, an institution of the Diocese of Enugu, for honoring the memories of twins who are murdered in the West African countries in ritualistic practices.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama at Infant Jesus Parish of Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Nigeria Needs “Christ-like leader”, Ready to Die for People of God: Catholic Archbishop

Nov 21, 2022

The Archbishop of Abuja Archdiocese in Nigeria has said that the West African nation stands in need of a leader after the example of Jesus Christ, aware of the challenges of the people of God and prepared to make sacrifices for the common good, including laying down his or her own life.

Janada Marcus. Credit: ACN

“I pray for their redemption”, Catholic Girl Tortured by Boko Haram in Nigeria Says

Nov 20, 2022

A Nigerian Catholic girl who was forced to watch as his father was beheaded, after which she was captured and tortured for days has forgiven his tormentors, saying that she prays for the militants’ redemption.

Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade of Ondo, Nigeria. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Address Christian Persecution Lest “Nigeria is overrun as is case of Afghanistan”: Bishop

Nov 18, 2022

Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade of Nigeria’s Ondo Diocese has pleaded with lawmakers in the United Kingdom (UK) to push their government and other nations to help address the persecution of Christians in the West African nation lest it is overrun by terrorists.

Some participants at the training workshop for Christian Stakeholders on skills and tools for raising public awareness on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria. Credit: Fr. George Ehusani

Catholic Leadership Entity in Nigeria Begins Christian Stakeholder Training in SGBV Fight

Nov 16, 2022

The  Lux Terra Leadership Foundation  on Tuesday, November 15, began the first in a series of training workshops for Christian Stakeholders on skills and tools for raising public awareness on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) in the West African country.

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Faith-based Entities Petition US to Include Nigeria among Countries of Particular Concern

Nov 15, 2022

Faith-based organizations with presence in Africa have petitioned the President of the United States of America (U.S.) to return Nigeria to the list of Countries of Particular Concern (CPC), a watchlist of nations with the most horrific violations of religious freedom.

Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, the representative of the Holy Father in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy photo

Christ-centeredness, Altruism Sustain Eucharistic Nature of Church: Nuncio in Nigeria

Nov 15, 2022

The Apostolic Nuncio in Nigeria has emphasized the need for Catholics to build their lives on the person of Jesus Christ and to be guided by the spirit of altruism, saying that Christ-centeredness and having concerns for the wellbeing of others sustain the Eucharistic nature of the Church.

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

Synod Inspires “new energy in Church’s pastoral communication” in Africa: Catholic Bishop

Nov 14, 2022

The ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality is inspiring a new “energy in the Church’s pastoral communication apostolate” across the African continent, a Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has said.

A poster announcing the National Pastoral Congress in Nigeria. Credit: CBCN

Listening, “a necessary prerequisite for faith development”: Catholic Bishops in Nigeria

Nov 12, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have emphasized the need to foster the virtue of listening in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality describing the practice as “a necessary prerequisite for faith development”.

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Traditional Leader in Nigeria Calls on Church “to expose” Vices against Persons, Groups

Nov 12, 2022

The traditional ruler of the Benin Kingdom in Nigeria is calling on the leadership of Catholic Church in the West African nation to speak out against all vices against individual persons and groups in the country.

Some members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the National Pastoral Congress in the Archdiocese of Benin City, Credit: CBCN

Nigeria’s Catholic Bishops Urge Electorate to Examine Credibility, Integrity of Candidates

Nov 11, 2022

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) are urging the electorate in the West African nation to look out for the political candidates’ credibility and integrity track record when casting their votes during the general elections scheduled for 25 February 2023.