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Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, the representative of the Holy Father in Nigeria during the maiden General Assembly of the Archdiocese of Abuja Friday, September 4. / Archdiocese of Abuja

“Be trustworthy administrators, generous stewards”: Nuncio in Nigeria at Abuja Assembly

Sep 6, 2020

The representative of the Holy Father in Nigeria has, at the maiden General Assembly of the Archdiocese of Abuja, urged members of the Clergy, the Religious and Lay faithful to foster the values of trustworthiness, generosity, and selflessness in their ministry, following “the way of the Master,” Jesus Christ.

The Apostolic Nuncio in Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi.

Address Christians, Muslims “antagonism” in Nigeria: Papal Representative to Government

Aug 20, 2020

The Apostolic Nuncio in Nigeria has called on the government to address the “antagonism” between Christians and Muslims in the West African country and enforce the rule of law saying the faithful of both religions suffer equally from the reported skirmishes in the country.

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Church Leaders Declare August 23 Collective Prayer Day over Insecurity in Nigeria

Aug 16, 2020

Concerned about the rising cases of insecurity in the West African nation of Nigeria, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared August 23 a day to offer collective prayers, seeking God’s intervention for the people of God in Africa’s most populous nation.

Christians hold signs as they march on the streets of Abuja during a prayer and penance for peace and security in Nigeria on March 1, 2020.

40-Day Prayer “for God to save Nigeria” Announced, to End on Eve of Independence Day

Aug 11, 2020

Against the background of persistent insecurity in Nigeria, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have announced a 40-day prayer period during which God’s intervention will be sought for an end to the security crisis that has been described as “genocide”.

Map of the Federal Republic of Nigeria showing Kaduna state where there has been an upsurge in violence recently.

“Adopt a grassroots approach in handling” Insecurity: Nigerian Cleric Tells Government

Aug 3, 2020

In the wake of the recent spate of violence in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Kaduna, a Cleric in Africa’s most populous nation has called on the country’s Federal Government to embrace a “grassroots approach in handling” insecurity in the affected regions of the country.  

Bihsop Emmanuel Badejo, President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS). / Diocese of Oyo

Christian Communicators in Africa Urged “to make people see a larger story with God”

May 25, 2020

On the occasion of the 54th World Communications Day (WCD) this year marked Sunday, May 24, the leadership of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) has called on media practitioners on the continent who practice the Christian faith to tell stories that make people visualize the bigger picture of their respective lives, with God at the center.

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza addressing journalists during the Press Briefing in Yola.

A Nigerian Diocese Avails Pastoral Centre to the State as COVID-19 Isolation Facility

Apr 16, 2020

The Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria has made available its Pastoral Center to the State of Adamawa to be used as a facility to isolate people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Church Leaders Across Africa Share Messages of Hope amid “silent Easter” Celebrations

Apr 15, 2020

Bishops in Africa have, individually and collectively, offered messages of hope to the people of God on the continent in their respective Easter messages amid “silent Easter” celebrations due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese with the Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF), Boss Gidahyelda Mustapha during the Wednesday, April 8 audience in Abuja, Nigeria. / CBCN

Church in Nigeria Grants Government “full access to” All Catholic Health Facilities

Apr 9, 2020

In a move to boost Nigeria government’s efforts to contain COVID-19 in the country, Catholic Bishops in Africa’s most populous nation have granted their country’s task force overseeing the pandemic “full access to” all health facilities, which the Catholic Church owns, a Church official has reported.

Archbishop Augustine Obiora Akubeze of the Catholic Archdiocese of Benin City and President of the Catholic Bishops conference of Nigeria (CBCN)

Nigeria’s COVID-19 Lockdown “getting people close to starvation”, Bishops Concerned

Apr 3, 2020

While the countrywide stay-at-home directive and the three-state 14-day lockdown implemented in Nigeria are important measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation are concerned that people without savings are “getting close to starvation.”

Bishop Bulus Dauwa Yohanna of Kontagora diocese, Nigeria.

Pope Francis Elevates Nigeria’s Apostolic Vicariate, Appoints First Bishop

Apr 3, 2020

Pope Francis on Thursday, April 2 elevated the Apostolic Vicariate of Kontagora, central Nigeria to a diocese and appointed Vicar Apostolic, Msgr. Bulus Dauwa Yohanna as its first Bishop.

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Public Masses to Continue in Nigeria, Congo Brazzaville with Limited Congregation

Mar 24, 2020

As governments in Africa put in place a raft of measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Catholic Church leaders in Nigeria and Congo Brazzaville have, in separate statements, allowed the celebration of public Mass amid certain precautionary measures, including a limited number of those in attendance.

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria lead peaceful protests against insecurity on March 1 in Abuja

The West “should give Boko Haram attention they give to other terrorist groups”: Prelate

Mar 2, 2020

The need for the West to “give attention” to the atrocities being committed by the jihadist terrorist organization, Boko Haram the same way it tells stories of other “terrorist groups” was a major highlight at the peaceful protest march staged by Catholic Bishops in Nigeria Sunday, March 1, against abductions and killings that seem to target Christians.

Catholics in Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese participating in Prayer Protest called by the Bishops on Ash Wednesday, February 26 2020. They are wearing black  in solidarity with many kidnapped and killed persons in Nigeria. / Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria

Christians in Nigeria Hold “symbolic prayer protest” in Black, Pray for Security

Feb 28, 2020

As Catholics worldwide started the Lenten Season on Ash Wednesday, February 26, the Christian faithful in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, participated in a “symbolic” Prayer Protest as directed by the body of Catholic Bishops.

The Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Fr. Zacharia Nyantiso Samjumi.

Catholics in Nigeria to Be in Black on Ash Wednesday “in solidarity with abducted, killed”

Feb 22, 2020

Against the backdrop of insecurity in Nigeria, Catholic Bishops in the West African country have resolved to have all Catholics demonstrate their solidarity with the victims of kidnappings and murder by organizing a Prayer Protest while wearing black at the start of the Lenten Season February 26.

The late Bishop Peter Iorzuul Adoboh of Nigeria's  Kastina-Ala diocese who died on February 14, 2020 / The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN)

Church in Nigeria “thrown into mourning following death” of 62-year-old Bishop

Feb 17, 2020

The people of God in Africa’s most populous country are mourning the death of a nearly 62-year-old Catholic Bishop who, having been in the episcopacy for just about seven years, has been described as a gentle “and a holy man through and through.”

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Christian Youth Leaders in South Sudan to Support Young Christian Students Countrywide

Jan 31, 2020

The Christian youth leadership in South Sudan has expressed its commitment to supporting the activities of Young Christian Students (YCS) in secondary schools and tertiary learning institutions countrywide in a manner that will enable members of the movement in the world’s youngest nation to participate actively in international forums.

Diocese of Yola Bishop, Stephen Dami Mamza laying foundation for construction of eighty six housing units for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, Northern Nigeria on Monday, January 27. / Courtesy

Catholic Diocese in Nigeria Set to Construct Pioneer Residence for Boko Haram Victims

Jan 30, 2020

The Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria has laid the foundation for the building of a residence that will house Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) fleeing from Boko Haram insurgency in Maiduguri, Northern Nigeria.

Archbishop Igantius Kaigama addressing the congregation during his instalation on December 5 at the Cathedral of the Twelve Apostles, Abuja.

Newly Installed Nigeria’s Abuja Archbishop Pledges to Engage Government on National Issues

Dec 6, 2019

The newly installed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Abuja in Nigeria, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has, during his installation ceremony, promised to engage the government in matters that contribute to the common good of Africa’s most populous country, weeks after the country’s President said he would support the ministry of the Church leader in his country’s capital, Abuja.