Pope Francis meets with Nigerians living in Rome on March 25, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Gives Thanks to Young Nigerian Priests and Nuns who Answered God’s Call

Mar 25, 2024

In a meeting with Nigerians living in Rome on March 25, the pope said that he was grateful for all that Nigerian Catholics have done to bear witness to the Gospel.

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Christian Foundation Appeals for Safety Measures in Nigeria Schools as Abductions Resurge

Mar 13, 2024

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights foundation, is appealing to the Nigerian government to implement a “Safe Schools Initiative” to keep school-going children out of danger amid a resurgence of abductions in the West African country.

The flag of Nigeria on a military uniform. Bumble Dee/Shutterstock.

Retain Nigeria as “Country of Particular Concern”: U.S. Senators to State Department

Mar 9, 2024

Nigeria should be returned to the list of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom, some members of the U.S. Senate have appealed.

Thousands of Christians peacefully and prayerfully march to a rally in front of the Nigerian Plateau state governor's office building in protest of the 2023 Christmas massacre that left over 200 Christian Nigerians dead, Jan. 8, 2024. | Credit: Photo courtesy of Rev. Dr. Gideon Para-Mallam, photo by Plateau State Government Media Team

U.S. House Advances Bill to Increase Sanctions on Nigeria Over Persecution of Christians

Feb 7, 2024

Sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith, the resolution would call on the Biden administration to designate Nigeria a “country of particular concern.”

Bishop Wilfred Anagbe of the Nigerian Diocese of Makurdi in Benue state at a breakfast at Capitol Hill organized by Aid to the Church in Need on Jan. 30, 2024. | Credit: Peter Pinedo/CNA

Is the Persecution in Nigeria a Christian Genocide? This Bishop Says "yes"

Jan 31, 2024

Bishop Wilfred Anagbe of Nigeria warned that if greater action is not taken he believes the Christian population could disappear entirely in the next few decades.

St. Arcadius. | Credit: Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Today the Church honors 3 groups of martyrs as Christians worldwide continue to face persecution

Jan 12, 2024

On Jan. 12, we honor the feast days of several martyrs and groups of martyrs at a time when there are more martyrs than ever.

The flag of Nigeria on a military uniform. Bumble Dee/Shutterstock.

U.S. Government Accused of Overlooking Religious Violations in Nigeria

Jan 11, 2024

An international Christian legal advocacy organization, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) International has accused the United States of America Government of turning a blind eye to the persecution of Christians in Nigeria after the West African nation was omitted from the Country of Particular Concern (CPC) list of worst religious freedom offenders.

A screen grab from a video shared with ACI Africa that shows the parish house at St. Raphael Fadan Kamantan Catholic Church of the Diocese of Kafanchan in flames Sept. 7, 2023. | Credit: ACI Africa

Here’s where Christians continued to face persecution in 2023

Dec 30, 2023

Christians have been persecuted by adversarial groups since the time of the apostles, and in varied parts of the world Christians continue to face existential threats.

This image made from an AFPTV video taken in the Nigerian village of Maiyanga on Dec. 27, 2023, shows families burying in a mass grave their relatives killed in deadly attacks conducted by armed groups in central Plateau State. The death toll from a series of attacks on villages in central Nigeria has climbed to almost 200, local authorities said. | Credit: Kim Masara/AFPTV/AFP via Getty Images

Nearly 200 Killed in Christmas Weekend Attacks on Nigerian Christians, Leaders Urge Action

Dec 27, 2023

Catholic leaders and others demand government action as victims are buried in mass graves. 

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Return Nigeria to Religious Freedom Violators List: Human Rights Leaders to U.S. Congress

Dec 14, 2023

In 2021, the Biden administration removed Nigeria, a nation notorious for extreme levels of religious persecution, from the Countries of Particular Concern list.

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“Praise be to our God”: Nigeria Christian Leaders on Rhoda Jatau Release after 18 Months

Dec 11, 2023

Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have welcomed the release of Rhoda Jatau Ya'u from Bauchi Prison after 18 months of detention.

A road in Enugu State, Nigeria. | Credit: International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety)

Christianity Growing Despite World’s Worst Persecutions, New Report Says

Nov 8, 2023

A new report from a Christian advocacy group says that Christianity continues to thrive and grow despite brutal repression.

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Nigerian Teen Whose Christian Conversion Triggered Death Threats Granted Restraining Order

Aug 28, 2023

An 18-year-old Nigerian Christian convert has been granted a court order protecting her from her father and brothers, who have been threatening to kill her for leaving the Islamic religion.

Sections of maize plantations belonging to Christian farmers in Udei in Nigeria's Benue state recently destroyed by Fulani herdsmen. Credit Fr Jacob Igah

Parish Battered in Nigeria's Good Friday Massacres Welcomes Farmers on the Run

Aug 12, 2023

The Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Udei Parish of Nigeria's Catholic Diocese of Makurdi has temporarily allocated parcels of land belonging to the Church to scores of families recently displaced by armed Fulani herdsmen.

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Nigeria’s Christian Leaders Push for Economic Policies that Address “prevailing hardships”

Jul 30, 2023

Christian leaders in Nigeria are calling on the government to formulate economic policies that will address the country’s “prevailing hardships”.

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Christian Leaders in Nigeria Back Protests to End Forced "sit-at-home" Order

Jul 26, 2023

Christian leaders in Nigeria’s Enugu State have joined civil society entities that are opposed to the forced “sit-at-home” order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a separatist group in the West African country.

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Nigeria’s Small-scale Farmers Playing “crucial role” in Food Security: Christian Leaders

Jul 24, 2023

Small-scale farmers in Nigeria are playing a “crucial role” in addressing the challenge of food security in Africa in general, and the West African nation in particular, members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have said. 

The campaign poster for Father Hyacinth Iormen Alia alluded to his well-known healing ministry. | Courtesy of APC campaign

The Suspended Catholic Priest at the Helm of a Nigerian State as Governor

Jul 2, 2023

His titles are many: priest, faith healer, exorcist, psychotherapist, and, since May 29, governor of Benue State in Nigeria.

Nigerian Bishop Wilfred Anagbe sat down with CNA in June 2023 to discuss the ongoing persecution and killings of Catholics in his country, which has grown so much in recent years that, he said, “it has become a daily occurrence.” | Credit: Photos courtesy of Joop Koopman, Aid to the Church in Need United States

"It has become a daily occurrence": Nigerian Bishop on Persecution, Killings of Catholics

Jun 24, 2023

Nigerian bishop Wilfred Anagbe recently sat down with CNA in Washington, D.C., to discuss the ongoing persecution and killings of Catholics in his country, which has grown so much in recent years that, he said, “it has become a daily occurrence.”


“Horrifying experience”: CNA Freelancer on Witnessing Firefight in Nigeria’s Plateau State

May 27, 2023

A freelance journalist who has reported on a surge of violent attacks by radicalized Muslims in Nigeria for CNA recently found himself caught in the middle of a firefight between government soldiers and armed militiamen.