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Latest stories: Catholic Church in Nigeria

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

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. 

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

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

Rights groups have documented thousands of killings of Nigerian Christians.

Archbishop Augustine Obiora Akubeze of the Catholic Archdiocese of Benin City and President of the Catholic Bishops conference of Nigeria (CBCN)

Nigeria’s COVID-19 Lockdown “getting people close to starvation”, Bishops Concerned

While the countrywide stay-at-home directive and the three-state 14-day lockdown implemented in Nigeria are important measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation are concerned that people without savings are “getting close to starvation.”

Retired Archbishop  Anthony Olubunmi Cardinal Okogie  of Lagos who has faulted claims by government officials that Boko Haram has been defeated.

Buhari to “be answerable to God for every life Boko Haram has destroyed”: Nigerian Prelate

Following increased cases of abductions and murder targeting Christians in the West African nation of Nigeria, the most recent case being the killing of the 18-year-old seminarian Michael Nnadi, the retired Archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Olubunmi Cardinal Okogie has faulted claims by government officials that Boko Haram has been defeated and said President Muhammadu Buhari and some members of his administration have a task of defending themselves before God.

The late Bishop Kevin Aje of Sokoto, Nigeria: 1934-2019 / Catholic diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria

Nigerian leaders honor deceased bishop as servant, peacemaker

Akubeze described Aje as “a man who was a great teacher of the faith. A meticulous minister of the Sacraments, an ecclesiastical prelate who led the people through collaboration and listening to the people of God.”