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Catholic Church in Nigeria

Bishop Augustine Tochukwu Ukwuoma of Nigeria's Orlu Diocese. Credit: CBCN

Pray, Fast for Restoration of Peace in Nigeria, Bishop Directs in “extraordinary appeal”

May 19, 2022

The Bishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Orlu has, in an “extraordinary appeal”, directed members of the Clergy, women and men Religious, and the Laity in his Episcopal See to pray and fast for the restoration of peace and respect of human life in the West African nation.

Bishop Godfrey Onah of Nigeria’s Nsukka Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

I Prefer to Weep and Pray for Nigeria “where darkness has descended”: Catholic Bishop

May 18, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka in Nigeria has expressed sadness concerning the evils happening in the West African nation, saying that he would prefer to lock himself up in the chapel to weep and pray for the country that is engulfed in darkness.

Dame Mary Gonsum. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Reject Ethnically Biased Politicians: Catholic Lay Entity in Nigeria

May 18, 2022

The leadership of the Social Action Committee (SAC) of the Catholic Church in Nigeria has urged citizens to reject politicians who target voters based on “ethnicity or religion”.

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo blesses the premises of Ave Maria Microfinance Bank in Nigeria's Oyo Diocese. Credit: Oyo Diocese

Recently Approved Diocesan Microfinance in Nigeria Set to Benefit Millions Financially

May 18, 2022

The proposed Ave Maria Microfinance Bank of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo in Nigeria that received approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is set to benefit millions in the Nigerian Episcopal See.

Deborah Yakubu (center) and some of the suspects involved in her death. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“It was Jesus”, WhatsApp Testimony of Nigerian Student that Allegedly Angered Killers

May 17, 2022

A WhatsApp comment in which Deborah Yakubu testified that Jesus Christ had helped her to perform well in her examination is said to have irked her killers who found the mention of Jesus in the group offensive.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese. Credit: ACI Africa

Africa Needs to Unite in Proposing “integral human development policies”: Catholic Bishop

May 17, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has urged finance ministers in African countries to unanimously propose policies that seek to promote the development of African people for the common good of the continent.

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

Violent Conflicts Across the Globe Stem from “unwillingness to listen”: Nigerian Bishop

May 17, 2022

In a reflection based on the Message of Pope Francis for the 2022 World Communications Day (WCD), the President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) has underscored the value of listening and blamed violent conflicts across the globe on the “unwillingness to listen and understand the other.”

Members of the Order of the Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM) in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Lay Catholic Entity in Nigeria Condemns Murder of Student, Attacks on Diocesan Facilities

May 17, 2022

The leadership of the Order of the Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM) has condemned the stoning to death of Deborah Yakubu and attacks on Catholic Church facilities in Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese.

A Catholic Priest walks in front of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Enugu State, Nigeria. Credit: ACN

Religious Extremism, Violence in Nigeria at “absolutely appalling” Level: Catholic Charity

May 17, 2022

Religious extremism and violence are at “absolutely appalling” levels in the West African country of Nigeria, the leadership of the Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has said. 

Late Deborah Yakubu. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Let’s Work on “how to build a new Nigeria on blood of our martyrs”: Catholic Bishop

May 16, 2022

The stoning and murder of Deborah Yakubu and other people who have been killed in Nigeria because of their faith should provide a foundation upon which a country that embraces religious freedom can be rebuilt anew, a Catholic Bishop in the West African nation has said. 

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja/Facebook.

Let’s “bridge the gap” of Disunity Despite Religious Biases: Nigerian Catholic Archbishop

May 16, 2022

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has called upon the people of God in the West African country to keep struggling for unity and peace despite challenges that originate from biases based on religion, ethnicity, and “other artificial categorizations”.    

Late Deborah Yakubu. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Stoning, Murder of Nigerian Christian Student “criminal, law must take its cause”: Bishop

May 13, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in Nigeria has condemned the killing of a Christian student at her college, noting that the murder is “a criminal act and the law must take its cause”.

Late  Fr. Joseph Akete Bako. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Archdiocese in Nigeria Announces “with heavy heart” Death of Kidnapped Priest

May 11, 2022

Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna has announced the passing on Fr. Joseph Akete Bako who was kidnapped from the Archdiocese in March.

Sr. Clare Emeroum. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Nun in Nigeria Blames Country’s Woes on Illiteracy, Ignorance, Poverty

May 11, 2022

A Catholic Nun in Nigeria has said that the challenges the West African country is facing, including insecurity, can be addressed by eliminating illiteracy and ignorance especially among young people as well as poverty.

Some victims of the Sunday, May 8 massacre in Nigeria's Zamfara State. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Church “providing relief assistance” after Attack on Villages, Killing of Dozens

May 10, 2022

Victims of a recent attack on villages in Nigeria’s Zamfara State that resulted in the death of dozens and displacement of thousands are receiving “relief assistance” from the Church, a Catholic Priest ministering in the Diocese of Sokoto has told ACI Africa.

ICC Prosecutor, Karim Khan. Credit: ICC

ICC Engaging “in political games with victims of atrocity”: Christian Leaders in Nigeria

May 10, 2022

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is engaging “in political games with victims of atrocity” in Nigeria, representatives of Christian leaders in the West African nation have said.

Members of RECOWA present their final communiqué to journalists in Abuja on 7 May 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops in West Africa “denounce policies” Allowing Exploitation, Marginalization

May 9, 2022

Catholic Bishops in West Africa have, in the final communiqué of their fourth RECOWA Plenary Assembly, denounced “policies and practices” that give room to exploitation of populations and marginalization of persons.

Members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) at the closing Mass of their fourth plenary assembly in Abuja, Nigeria on 8 May 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

RECOWA Plenary Assembly Ends with Commitment “to new vision of fraternity”

May 8, 2022

Members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) have, in their message at the end of their fourth Plenary Assembly, taken the commitment to work for a new fraternity in the West African subregion amid a wide range of challenges.

Fr.Joseph Akete Bako. Credit: Father Emmanuel Anyanwu

Mixed Signals as Nigerian Catholic Archdiocese Disputes Abducted Priest Murder Allegations

May 8, 2022

Conflicting reports have emerged describing the fate of a Catholic Priest who was kidnapped in Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna, with some sources alleging that the Priest has been tortured to death in captivity.    

Yemi Osinbajo, ice President of Nigeria addressing participants at the fourth RECOWA Plenary Assembly that opened on Tuesday, May 3 in Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: CSN

Catholic Bishops in West Africa Urged to Build “bridges across every divide”, Foster Peace

May 7, 2022

The President of Nigeria has called upon Catholic Bishops under the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA), to “bridges across every divide” in West African nations and foster peace to safeguard the countries therein from fracturing.