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Nigerian Priest Decries Embedded “structures of injustice, imbalance” as Threats to Peace

Sep 25, 2022

The deeply rooted “structures of injustice and imbalance” in Nigeria over the centuries are the primary hindrances to peaceful coexistence among the people of God in the West African nation, a Catholic Priest in the country has said.

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins delivering his homily during the celebration of the new Legal Year Mass for the Association of Catholic Lawyers in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria’ s Catholic Lawyers Urged to Embrace Church Teachings in Addressing Challenges

Sep 24, 2022

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese has lauded Catholic lawyers in the country for their interventions in various matters of the West African nation, and urged them to arm themselves more with the social teachings of the Church as they seek to address challenges facing the country.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama after the opening Mass of the 3rd Abuja Catholic Archdiocesan General Assembly at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Let’s Foster “merit over mediocrity” in Nigeria’s 2023 Elections: Catholic Archbishop

Sep 23, 2022

The Archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria has cautioned the electorate in the West African nation against mediocrity during the 2023 general elections, and advocated for “merit”.

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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.

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

Catholic Bishop Condemns Killing of Residents, Razing of Markets in Nigeria’s Orlu Diocese

Sep 22, 2022

The Bishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Orlu has condemned the September 17 killing of two residents and torching of markets in two South-east communities of his Episcopal See allegedly by troops belonging to Nigerian “government security agencies”.

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins with members of the Association of Catholic Lawyers in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Let’s Pray for Government Leadership in Nigeria Despite Limitations: Catholic Archbishop

Sep 21, 2022

There is need to heed to the appeal that St. Paul makes in his Letter to Timothy to pray for those in leadership, applying this to Nigeria where those at the helm of the government have not met citizens’ expectations, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said.

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Nigeria’s Electioneering Period “will be very challenging”, Archbishop Says, Urges Prayers

Sep 20, 2022

The electioneering period in Nigeria is going to be “very challenging”, the Catholic Archbishop of the country’s Abuja Archdiocese has said.

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). Credit: CBCN

Catholic Bishops, Priests in Nigeria Commit to Creating Awareness ahead of 2023 Elections

Sep 18, 2022

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) and those of the Nigeria Catholic Diocesan Priests Association (NCDPA) have jointly expressed their commitment to creating as much political awareness as possible at the grassroots level to encourage full participation of the electorate in the country’s elections slated for 25 February 2023.

Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji of Nigeria's Owerri Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria’s Owerri Archdiocese to Resume “Kiss of Peace” During Liturgical Celebrations

Sep 18, 2022

The leadership of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri in Nigeria has directed the resumption of the shaking of hands during liturgical celebrations following a decline in reported cases of COVID-19 in the West African nation.

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). Credit: CBCN

To Address Nigeria’s Challenges, “make adequate policies”: Catholic Bishops to Government

Sep 17, 2022

There is need for the government of Nigeria to put in place “adequate policies” to be able to address the challenges the West African nation is facing, including youth unemployment, poverty, debt burden, and insecurity, among others, Catholic Bishops have said.

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the end of their 2022 second Plenary Assembly in Nigeria’s Orlu Diocese. Credit: CBCN

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria Conclude Plenary Assembly with Appeal for Political Sobriety

Sep 16, 2022

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) have, in their communiqué at the end of their 2022 second Plenary Assembly, appealed to politicians involved in the 2023 general elections campaigns to foster sobriety.

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Nigerian President Says Government “will continue to support Church in freedom of worship”

Sep 15, 2022

Nigeria’s Federal government “will continue to support the Church in the freedom of worship,” the President of the West African nation has told Christian leaders in the country.

Some members of the Knights of St. John’s International (KSJI) in Nigeria. Credit: KSJI

Knights of St. John in Nigeria to Resume Operation after Catholic Bishops Lift Suspension

Sep 14, 2022

Members of the Knights of St. John’s International (KSJI) in Nigeria are to resume their activities in the West African nation after Catholic Bishops in the country lifted the suspension they had placed on the operation of the Catholic men’s fraternal organization.

Bishop Peter Kayode Odetoyinbo preaching during Holy Mass on Monday, September 12, day four of the 2022 second Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Let’s Pray for Nigeria’s Political Leaders “to be submissive to the will of God”: Bishop

Sep 14, 2022

A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has invited the people of God in the West African nation to pray for their political leaders involved in campaigns ahead of the 2023 elections to “always turn to God”, submitting to His will.

Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke speaking on the occasion of the thanksgiving Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral of Ekwulobia Diocese. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network.

Recent Creation of Nigerian Bishop as Cardinal Hailed as “an elevation of local Church”

Sep 11, 2022

The elevation of Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese to the rank of Cardinal is a promotion of the local Church, the people of God in Nigeria, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said.

Formerly detained Father Oliver Opara (left) with Ummi Hassan; Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Diocese of Sokoto (not an abductee); Father Stephen Ojapah; and Hassan Fareed Hassan after the four were released from being held captive by terrorists. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Sokoto

Freed Catholic Priest in Nigeria Recounts Details of His Kidnapping by Insurgents

Sep 10, 2022

Father Stephen Ojapah had fallen fast asleep late on May 25 after an exhausting day of parish work when two men with rifles ordered him to get out of bed and follow them.

Bishop Peter Nworie Chukwu, addressing members of the Catholic Media Practitioners Association (CAMPAN) in Abakaliki Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Report True, Fair News “no matter who is touched”: Nigerian Bishop to Catholic Journalists

Sep 6, 2022

Catholic journalists need to report “actual events” keen on the truth and fairness “no matter who is touched”, the Bishop of Nigeria’s Abakaliki Diocese has said, and cautioned against sidelining “the poor, those in the rural areas, those who have no voice of their own”.

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Vote for Leaders Keen to “heal, unite, prosper” Suffering Nigerians: Catholic Archbishop

Sep 6, 2022

Eligible voters in Nigeria’s 2023 elections need to consider voting for political leaders keen to bring about healing, unity, and prosperity among Nigerians “suffering poverty and insecurity”, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has said.

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

In Nigeria, “there is no problem between Christians and Muslims”, Catholic Bishop Says

Sep 5, 2022

There is no problem between members of the two major religious groups in Nigeria, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in the West African nation has said in reference to Christians and Muslims.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama poses with newly ordained Priests at the Redemptorist Spirituality Center in the Catholic Diocese of Oyo. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese/Facebook

Nigeria Needs Priests Who Can “teach, witness” amid Turbulence: Catholic Archbishop

Aug 29, 2022

Nigeria needs Priests who are ready to give hope to the people of God who are targeted in religious-based violence, the Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Abuja has said.