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Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of the Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria. Credit: ACI Africa

Nowhere Safe, “nobody knows his fate”: Catholic Bishop on Insecurity in Nigeria’s Capital

Jan 30, 2024

Insecurity in Abuja, Nigeria, is worsening with residents of the West African nation’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) fearing for their lives even in the confines of their houses, a Catholic Bishop has said.

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of the Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria. Credit: ACI Africa

Despite Boko Haram Atrocities, “find a place in our hearts to forgive”: Nigerian Bishop

Nov 21, 2023

There is need for Christians in Nigeria to let go the pain they may be harboring against members of Boko Haram, who have caused them traumatic experiences, by making the decision to forgive, a Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has said.

A victim of Boko Haram in Nigeria's Borno State. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Held by Boko Haram for Nine Years, Victim Seeks Help at Catholic Trauma Healing Center

May 21, 2023

About a month ago, Susan Swa escaped Kangarwa, an Island on Lake Chad where Boko Haram militants had held her captive for nine years.

Fr. Joseph Bature Fidelis the Director of the Human Resource and Skills Acquisition for Trauma Healing Center of the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri. Credit: Fr. Joseph Bature Fidelis

Priest Providing Trauma Therapy in Nigeria Recounts Near-death Experiences with Militants

May 18, 2023

Outside St. Hillary Nursery and Primary School of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, a middle-aged Priest gathered teachers and older learners and gave them general absolution. Everyone in the school thought they were going to die. 

Janada Marcus with Pope Francis at the general audience on March 8, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets with Two Nigerian Girls who were Kidnapped by Boko Haram

Mar 8, 2023

Pope Francis met Wednesday with two young Nigerian girls who suffered horrendous violence at the hands of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

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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.

Burnt church at Saint Pierre parish in Douroum, Cameroon. Credit: ACN

Catholic Priest in Cameroon Says Parish “paralyzed” by Heavy Boko Haram Insurgency

Apr 3, 2022

Boko Haram militants are expanding their operations to rural villages in Nigeria and on the border with other countries, a Catholic Priest in Cameroon has said, adding that the militants have paralyzed pastoral activities in a huge chunk of his Parish.

The entrance to Christ the King Major Seminary in Fayit, Fadan Kagoma, Nigeria, whence three seminarians were abducted Oct. 11, 2021. Courtesy photo.

Victims of Persecution in Nigeria Must be Listened to, Expert Says, Bishops Decry Violence

Jan 29, 2022

Victims of persecution in Nigeria must be listened to, an expert on the persecution of Christians told students at the Franciscan University of Steubenville on Friday. 

Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, Coordinator of Home for the Needy in Nigeria’s Benin State poses with a section of displaced children at the camp. Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institue

Catholic Charity Documents Harrowing Encounters of Boko Haram Victims in Nigeria

Sep 22, 2021

For years, Jeraiva has fought to rid his mind of the harrowing images of his youngest brothers being burnt to death while they were sleeping in their house in Bauchi, a State in Northern Nigeria.

Bishops of Nigeria’s Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province with the Chiefs of Kagoro and the Emir of Jama’a in Southern Kaduna. Credit: Archdiocese of Kaduna

Bishops of Nigeria’s Kaduna Province Deplore Religious Extremism, Urge “nobility of faith”

Aug 16, 2021

The Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province have bemoaned the heightened insecurity orchestrated by religious extremists in the West African nation and called on the people of God in the country to stand together and reclaim “nobility of faith.” 

Logo of CitizenGo. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Penalize President of Nigeria for Insecurity, Catholic Entity in Africa Petitions AU

Aug 9, 2021

Officials of CitizenGo, a Catholic organization spearheading family issues in Africa, has petitioned the leadership African Union (AU) to penalize President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria for the heightened insecurity in the West African nation.

Fr. George Ehusani of Nigeria’s Lokoja Diocese, blessing some children during Holy Mass. Credit: Fr. George Ehusani/georgeehusani.org

Catholic Priest’s Psycho-Spiritual Initiative Seeks to Address Growing Trauma in Nigeria

Aug 5, 2021

Nigerians in the Northern part of the West African nation and other regions of the country that are experiencing militant attacks are traumatized, a Catholic Priest who spearheaded an institute that provides psycho-spiritual support for victims of religious extremism in the country has told ACI Africa.

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Over 3,000 Christians Killed in Nigeria in 2021, Highest in Years: Intersociety Report

Jul 30, 2021

Thousands of Christians have been hacked to death by militants in Nigeria in the first 200 days of 2021, a recent investigation has established, further revealing that the number is the highest in years.

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Militants in Nigeria Thriving on Porous Borders, Ransom, Illegal Mining

Jul 27, 2021

Boko Haram militants and other terrorist groups in Nigeria are finding it easy to engage in illegal trade across the country’s vastly porous border, a Catholic Priest in the West African country has told ACI Africa.

Fr. George Ehusani of Nigeria’s Lokoja Diocese, the Executive Director and Lead Faculty of the Lux Terra Leadership Foundation
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How Sympathizers in Nigeria’s High-ranking Positions are Stalling Fight against Militants

Jul 23, 2021

Boko Haram sympathizers and other people who support the ideology of having Nigeria as an Islamic State are stalling the fight against militants in the West African country, an award-winning Catholic expert in the country has told ACI Africa.

Ash Wednesday celebration at St. Patrick cathedral in Maiduguri, Feb. 26, 2020/ AFP/Getty

Despite Danger, Clergy of Nigeria’s Maiduguri Diocese Ministers to Refugees of Terrorism

Jul 17, 2021

Father Joseph Bature Fidelis of the Diocese of Maiduguri is aware of the danger priests face from local Islamist terror groups.  

Bishop Charles Michael Hammawa of Nigeria’s Jalingo Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Growing insecurity in Nigeria worrisome, needs to be urgently addressed”: Catholic Bishop

Jul 10, 2021

A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has described the challenge of insecurity in the West African nation as “enormous” and “worrisome” and called for urgent action “to defeat the forces of evil” in the country.

Residents of Ogun State living as refugees in Pobe, Benin Republic, to escape the killing back at home in Southern Nigeria/ Credit: DHPI

Over 800,000 Displaced in Nigerian State as Catholic Charity Decries Silence on Crisis

Jun 30, 2021

Catholic peace and charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has decried the continued silence on the growing crisis in the Eastern and Southern regions of Nigeria with reports indicating that over 800,000 people have already been displaced in one State of the region that is ravished by armed herdsmen.

Residents of Ogun State living as refugees in Pobe, Benin Republic, to escape the killing back at home in Southern Nigeria/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Peace Organization in Africa Warns of “a gathering storm” in Southern Nigeria

May 27, 2021

With the ongoing fight against Boko Haram that continues to wreak havoc in the Northern parts of Nigeria, the world seems oblivious of the deteriorating security situation in the Southern part of the country, a Catholic peace entity working in the region has said and warned of “a gathering storm.”

Seminarians carry the coffin of their colleague Michael Nnadi during his burial on 11 February 2020/ Aid to the Church in Need

‘This thing’s going to blow up on us’: The Religious Extremism Fueling Violence in Nigeria

May 15, 2021

Escalating bloodshed in Nigeria is fueled in part by religious extremism – and the United States must recognize this in order to achieve peace, says the former U.S. religious freedom ambassador.