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Bishop Emmanuel Badejo, appointed a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication. Credit: csnmedia

Catholic Bishop Heading Africa’s Communications Committee Appointed to Vatican Dicastery

The Catholic Bishop at the helm of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), an initiative of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), has been appointed a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication.

The Chairman of the Plateau State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Fr. Polycarp Lubo. Credit: CAN

Attack on Jos Custodial Centre “unfortunate, frightening”: Christian Leaders in Nigeria

Christian leaders in Nigeria have condemned the recent attack on the Jos custodial center by yet to be identified gunmen terming the incident “sad, unfortunate and frightening.”

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Close Churches or Risk Attacks, Nigerian “Fulani association” Warns Christians in a Letter

Christians in Nigeria’s Zamfara State have, in an “anonymous letter” circulated by the office of the State Commissioner of Police, been cautioned against public worship in churches lest they be attacked, abducted, and their places of worship torched.  

Fr. Bako Francis Awesuh. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

“Come to our rescue”, Nigerian Priest to International Community after Month of Captivity

A Nigerian Catholic Priest who spent at least a month in captivity following his abduction earlier this year has called on the international community to come to the aid of the people of God in Nigeria’s Kaduna State amid heightened insecurity.

A poster of the 2021 SIGNIS National Convention held in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State Nigeria. Credit: Kuha Indyer

Bishops in Nigeria to Introduce Coordinated Media training in “appropriate use of media”

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria are set to introduce “a coordinated media” training that would be realized in Parishes and other Catholic institutions, the National Director of Social Communications in the West African nation has said.

Fr. Albert Ikpenwa, Rector of Bigard Memorial Seminary (BMS) in Nigeria's Enugu Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Church is only against what is bad in our culture,” Catholic Priest in Nigeria Says

The Catholic Church is not against the good aspects of cultures in Africa, a Catholic Priest ministering in Nigeria’s Enugu Diocese has said.

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

Good Parents are “made, formed through prayer”, Catholic Bishop in Nigeria to Youth

The youth who aspire to become parents in the future like Mary and Joseph ought to know that good parents are made and are products of mentorship and prayer, a Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has said.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Do Not Rig Your Way to Power, Nigerian Archbishop Cautions, Calls for Servant Leadership

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has called on aspiring political leaders in the West African country to embrace servant leadership after the person of Jesus Christ, and not to impose themselves upon the people.

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Nigeria's Removal from Watch List “retreat” from Religious Persecution Fight: Congressman

The decision to remove Nigeria from the list of “Countries of Particular Concern” was “totally unjustified,” and a backwards step in the fight against religious persecution, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith said in a speech Nov. 23.

Professor Richard Solomon Musa Tarfa. Credit: CSW

UK-Based Christian Entity Decries “deliberate effort” to Extend Nigerian Professor’s Trial

The leadership of the Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has expressed concern about what it calls “deliberate effort” to “indefinitely” delay the trial of a Nigerian professor who has been accused of running unregistered orphanages in the West African country. 

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Legal Group Joins Outcry over Removal of Nigeria from Religious Freedom Watch List

An international legal group has joined the outcry over the U.S. State Department’s decision to remove Nigeria from this year’s watchlist of countries with the most egregious violations of religious freedom. 

Entrance to Jalingo Taraba State capital. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Special Prayers for Peace in Nigeria’s Taraba State “our missionary duty”: Catholic Bishop

The prayer sessions organized in Nigeria’s Jalingo Diocese for peace in Taraba State is part of the missionary responsibility of the faithful, the Local Ordinary of the Episcopal See has said.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Archdiocese of Abuja. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja

Nigerian Prelate Cautions against Religious “superiority complex, universalistic claims”

A Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria has called for the recognition of the “plurality of religions” in the West African nation, cautioning against the tendency to foster religious “superiority complex and universalistic claims and pretensions.”

President Muhammadu Buhari/Logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Christian Leaders in Nigeria Call for Stakeholder Dialogue to End Country’s Insecurity

Stemming security challenges in Nigeria will require an all-inclusive security dialogue with all stakeholders, Christian leaders in the West African country have said.

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On World Toilet Day, Salesians Review Sanitation Projects in Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania

On the occasion of the World Toilet Day 2021 marked Friday, November 19, the leadership of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), has reviewed its sanitation initiatives around the globe, including three African countries.

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Religious Freedom Advocates "appalled" as State Department Removes Nigeria from Watch List

Rights groups have documented thousands of killings of Nigerian Christians.

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On International Day for Tolerance, Christian Leaders in Nigeria Urge Peaceful Living

On the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance marked Tuesday, November 16, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged Nigerians to practice tolerance and live peacefully to promote national development.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja

Nigerians Must Seek Help Through Rosary to Counter Killings, Catholic Archbishop Says

The apprehension and suffering that Nigeria is experiencing including what has been described as irrational killings and attacks can be countered by seeking perpetual help through praying the rosary, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African country has said.

Children from the Du Merci Children's Home. Credit: Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW)

Christian Entity Decries Negligence of Nigerian Orphan Injured at State Facility

Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a UK-based human rights organization, which specializes in religious freedom all over the world, is calling on owners of an orphanage in Nigerian to seek treatment for a boy who sustained first degree burns on the face, hands, and legs after the facility caught fire in December last year. 

Kaduna State CAN Chairman, Rev. Joseph Hayab. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Insecurity in Nigeria’s Kaduna State Growing “beyond our imagination”: Christian Leaders

The heightened level of insecurity in Nigeria’s Kaduna State is a cause for concern for members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the region who are saying the security crisis has gone “beyond our imagination.”