Catholic Church in Nigeria

Sr. Caroline Mbonu. Credit: Global Sisters Report

Foreign Values, “Temptations of this world” Threats to Consecrated Life in Africa: Nun

Feb 4, 2023

Following lifestyles that are foreign to Africa and “temptations of this world” are among aspects that threaten the future of Consecrated Life on the continent, a Catholic Nun in Nigeria has told ACI Africa in an interview. 

Archbishop Valerian Maduka Okeke of Nigeria's Onitsha Archdiocese. Credit: Onitsha Archdiocese

Nigeria’s Onitsha Diocese to Observe 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting ahead of Elections

Feb 2, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of the Onitsha Archdiocese in Nigeria has declared a 21-day period of prayer and fasting, seeking God’s graces over the general elections scheduled for February 25.   

Members of the National Directorate of Social Communications of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the press conference 31 January 2023. Credit: CNS

Nigeria Keeps Plunging “deeper into abyss” Despite Interventions, Advice: Catholic Bishops

Feb 2, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have decried the protracted security challenge in the country saying the West African nation has plunged “deeper into the abyss”.

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Vote to “engender true progress” in Nigeria: Catholic Bishops ahead of General Elections

Feb 2, 2023

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) are calling on the people of God in the West African nation to turn out in large numbers and vote in the forthcoming elections to realize the country’s “true progress”.

Fr. Iheanyi Enwerem. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“We are ready to die,” Catholic Priest Says in Tribute to Murdered colleague in Nigeria

Feb 1, 2023

Christians in Nigeria are ready to stand for the truth and to defend their religious beliefs even if it means dying for it, a Catholic Priest in the West African country has said.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama blesses a lady after Holy Mass on 29 January 2023. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

“Good news”: Archbishop on Nigeria Having Highest Proportion of Catholics Attending Mass

Jan 31, 2023

Data showing Nigeria as the country with the highest proportion of Catholics attending Holy Mass across the globe is “good news” and a break from negative news, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said.

Professor Richard Solomon Musa Tarfa, the co-founder of the Du Merci orphanages for vulnerable children in Kano and Kaduna states, Nigeria. Credit: CSW

Christian Human Rights Group Wants “reparations” for Acquitted Nigerian Professor

Jan 30, 2023

Human rights foundation, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), has expressed relief following the release of a Christian Professor who was accused of forging certificates to start a foundation that takes care of homeless children in Nigeria’s Kaduna State.

Archbishop Gabriel ‘Leke Abegunrin (right) and Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria Currency Redesign “not interesting”, “causing untold hardship”: Catholic Prelates

Jan 29, 2023

Two Catholic Prelates in Nigeria have, on separate occasions, lamented the ongoing process of redesigning Nigeria’s currency, the Naira.

A group of school girls receiving the sacraments of baptism and confirmation in Onitsha, Anambra, Nigeria, on May 30, 2022. / Shutterstock

Globally, Nigeria, Kenya Have Highest Proportion of Catholics Attending Mass: CARA Report

Jan 29, 2023

A compilation of new data by researchers at Georgetown University sheds light on the countries around the world that have the highest Mass attendance numbers. 

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Elections Could Offer Nigerians “new lease of life”, Bishops Say, Urge Mass Voting

Jan 28, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Lagos Ecclesiastical Province are calling on Nigeria’s to turn up in their numbers during the February 25 general elections, saying the polls are an opportunity for Nigerians to turn a new leaf. 

Fr. Remigius Ihyula. Credit: FJDP

Armed Fulanis in Nigeria Hiding Behind “unknown gunmen” Label to Go Unpunished: Priest

Jan 27, 2023

No one is being held responsible for the ongoing killings, kidnappings and “massive” displacements targeting Christians in Nigeria because those responsible are hiding behind the “unknown gunmen” label, a Priest in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Makurdi has said.

Some Catholic Bishops from Nigeria’s Lagos Ecclesiastical Province. Credit: Lagos Archdiocese

Nigeria “sinking rapidly”: Catholic Bishops in Lagos Ecclesiastical Province

Jan 26, 2023

Catholic Bishops from Nigeria’s Lagos Ecclesiastical Province have decried the instability in the West African nation and said that the country is “sinking quickly”. 

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Security Challenges in Nigeria “can trigger vast humanitarian crisis”: Christian Leaders

Jan 26, 2023

Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have warned of future humanitarian crises in the West African nation if the current security challenges are not “comprehensively” addressed.

Fr. Isaac Achi, a Nigerian Catholic priest, was murdered in Niger State on 15 January 2023. | Diocese of Minna

Insecurity in Nigeria “has lasted for too long”: Priest at Funeral Mass of Colleague

Jan 24, 2023

Insecurity in Nigeria has persisted for far too long, a Priest in the West African nation has lamented during the Funeral Mass of Fr. Isaac Achi, the Nigerian Catholic Priest who was murdered when Sts. Peter and Paul Kaffin Koro Parish of the Catholic Diocese of Minna was attacked on January 15 

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“Defeated destinies”: Catholic Priest in Niger on Experiences of Migrants Returning Home

Jan 24, 2023

Migrants transiting through Niger after failing to make it from home undergo numerous challenges, including feelings of defeat and shame, a Catholic Priest in the West African country who interacts with the returnees on a daily basis has said.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama during Holy Mass at St. Michael’s Parish, Kagini of Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Archbishop Decries Religious Fanaticism in Nigeria, Says Priests Killed Barbarically

Jan 24, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria has decried the increasing division in the country, noting that Catholic Priests are being killed “in the most barbaric manner” owing to what he describes as “religious fanaticism and ethnic bigotry” in the West African nation.

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Synodal Process “a gift from God” to Church in Southern Africa: Catholic Official

Jan 23, 2023

The Director of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) has said that the people of God in the region have welcomed the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality that is at the consultation phase at the level of the continent as “a gift from God”.

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Strengthen “existing security measures” to Protect Life: Bishops in Nigeria to Government

Jan 22, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province are urging the government to strengthen security measures so as to protect the life and properties of Nigerians.

Some victims of the attack at the hospital in Agan and Makurdi, Benue State Nigeria. Credit:  Fr. Moses Aondover Iorapuu

“The images of attack are horrifying”: Priest on Attack on Catholics in Nigerian Diocese

Jan 20, 2023

At least 11 people, most of them Catholics, were killed when alleged Fulani herdsmen attacked a village around Abagena camp of internally displaced persons (IDP) in Nigeria’s Makurdi Diocese on the night of Thursday, January 19, a Catholic Priest has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Permanent Voters Card (PVC). Credit: INEC

Nigeria’s Elections “a long-awaited opportunity to democratically choose leaders”: Bishops

Jan 20, 2023

Next month’s general elections in Nigeria offer the electorate “a long-awaited opportunity” to have a new crop of democratically elected leaders, Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have said.