Formerly detained Father Oliver Opara (left) with Ummi Hassan; Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Diocese of Sokoto (not an abductee); Father Stephen Ojapah; and Hassan Fareed Hassan after the four were released from being held captive by terrorists. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Sokoto

Freed Catholic Priest in Nigeria Recounts Details of His Kidnapping by Insurgents

Sep 10, 2022

Father Stephen Ojapah had fallen fast asleep late on May 25 after an exhausting day of parish work when two men with rifles ordered him to get out of bed and follow them.

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Christian Entity Concerned about Severity of Kidnapping in Nigeria’s Kaduna State

Feb 13, 2022

The recent kidnapping and release of a Catholic Priest and the abduction of an intermediary who was delivering ransom payment in Nigeria’s Kaduna State indicate the severity of kidnappings in Nigeria, officials of the UK-based human rights foundation, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), have said.

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Kidnapping, Forced Conversion of African Christian Women Alarming: Catholic Charity

Dec 27, 2021

The number of Christian women and girls kidnapped and forced to change their religion has grown “in the last few years” in a number of African countries, Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has said.

Holy Trinity Cathedral of Nigeria's Orlu Diocese. Credit: Orlu Diocese

Nigerian Catholic Diocese Says Bishop Safe after Foiled Kidnapping, Forgives Assailants

Nov 3, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Orlu Diocese and members of his residence are safe, the Vicar General of the Nigerian Diocese has said, assuring those behind the Sunday, October 31 attack at the Bishop’s house that they are forgiven.

Pope Francis greets the recently freed Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti at the Vatican, Oct. 10, 2021. Vatican Media.

Colombian Nun Kidnapped in Mali in 2017 Freed, Greeted, Blessed By Pope Francis at Vatican

Oct 10, 2021

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti was kidnapped in 2017.

Religious leaders in South Sudan's Western Equatorial state addressing journalists on the state of insecurity in their region/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Put a complete stop to ongoing killings”: South Sudan’s Equatoria State Religious Leaders

Sep 6, 2021

Religious leaders in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria State are calling on the country’s government to intervene and put an end to what they have described as “the continuous culture of killings going on the State”.

Bishop Mathieu Madega Lebouakehan of Gabon’s Mouila diocese who is at the helm of the Bishops’ Conference.

Bishops in Gabon Respond to Accusations of Silence Over “kidnappings, ritual killings”

Mar 2, 2020

Against the backdrop of accusations against the Catholic Bishops in Gabon for remaining silent over kidnappings and ritual killings in the Central African nation, the President of the Bishops' Conference of Gabon has, in a Lenten Message, come to the defense of the Church leaders, reaffirming the Church’s commitment in denouncing evil in society.

Nigerian Fr. Theophilus Ndulue of Enugu diocese who had been abducted on November 15, 2019 and freed after a day.

Another Catholic Priest in Nigeria’s Enugu Diocese Freed after Abduction

Nov 19, 2019

Nearly two weeks  after Fr. Arinze Madu, the Vice-Rector at Queen of Apostles Spiritual Year Seminary was abducted outside the seminary gate and  released two days later, Nigeria’s diocese of Enugu has yet again had a priest,  Fr. Theophilus Ndulue abducted and released a day later.