Pastor and more than 80 others Kidnapped in Attacks on Two Nigerian Churches

Sep 23, 2022

Armed men kidnapped more than 80 Christians last week in attacks on two separate churches in north-central and northwest Nigeria, reported Morning Star News.

Father John Mark Cheitnum, left, and Father Denatus Cleopas, right. Photos courtesy of Archdiocese of Kaduna.

Nigerian Diocese Seeking Prayers for “unconditional release” of Two Kidnapped Priests

Jul 16, 2022

The Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan in Nigeria has asked for prayers after two Catholic priests were kidnapped Friday, July 15 evening.

Members of the Association of Papal Knights and Medalists in Nigeria. Credit: Sokoto Diocese

Catholic Association in Nigeria “alarmed” over Targeted Killings, Kidnappings

Jun 29, 2022

Members of the Association of Papal Knights and Medalists in Nigeria have expressed concern over the increase in cases of killings and kidnappings that seem to target Christians in the West African nation.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama during Holy Mass at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Abuja on Easter Sunday. Credit:  Archdiocese of Abuja

Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria Blames Killings, Kidnappings to “cumulative effect of sins”

Apr 19, 2022

Banditry and other anti-social activities in different parts of Nigeria emanate from cumulative sins committed by citizens of the West African nation despite their religious affiliations, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has said.

Sister Suellen Tennyson, a member of the Congregation of the Marianites of Holy Cross, who was abducted in Burkina Faso April 4, 2022. Diocese of Kaya.

American Nun Abducted in Burkina Faso Moved to Start Missionary Facility after 2011 Visit

Apr 7, 2022

The American religious sister kidnapped in West Africa this week is a former international leader of her congregation, who was moved to start a missionary outpost in Burkina Faso after a 2011 visit to the country.

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez. CEC

Nun Released after Years of Captivity in Mali Thanks God, All Who Facilitated Her Release

Oct 19, 2021

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, a missionary who was abducted in Mali in February 2017 and held for nearly five years, posted Sunday on Twitter thanking God and all those who made possible her liberation.

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez. CEC

Project Wake Up Seeking Prayers for Missionary Sister Kidnapped in Mali in 2017

Aug 11, 2021

An initiative that works to highlight persecution of Christians released Friday a video seeking prayers for Sister Gloria Cecilia Nárvaez Argoti, a missionary who was abducted in Mali in February 2017.

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Our Priests and Nuns are Not for Sale, Nigerian Archbishop on Increased Kidnappings

Feb 1, 2021

The Catholic Church in Nigeria is not paying ransom for any Priest, Religious Sister, Catechists or any other Church leader who is kidnapped by Boko Haram and other groups that target Christians, a Prelate in the West African country has said.

Bishop Moses Chikwe / Courtesy photo

U.S. Catholics Having Ties with Kidnapped Nigerian Bishop Pray for His Safety, Freedom

Dec 31, 2020

Priests and parishioners in Southern California are praying for the safe return of Bishop Moses Chikwe, the auxiliary bishop of Owerri Archdiocese in Nigeria, who served for several years in the Diocese of San Diego as a priest before returning to his country.

Government Science Secondary School in the north-western Katsina state where some 300 students were kidnaped Friday, December 11, 2020.

Combined Efforts Needed to Address Causes of Kidnappings, Banditry in Nigeria: Prelate

Dec 19, 2020

Combined efforts are needed to deal with insecurity in Africa’s most populous nation, including cases of kidnappings and banditry, an Archbishop in the country has said.