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

“Life has never been so cheap”, Catholic Bishops in Nigeria Decry, Call for Responsibility

The rise in cases of abductions, killings, and property destruction in Nigeria is a cause for concern for Catholic Bishops who, in a collective statement, are calling upon the government to “take full responsibility for the present culture of violence.”

Bishop Callistus Onaga of Nigeria's Enugu Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Current wave of agitations all over country very worrisome”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria

A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has expressed concerns about the level of anxiety across the West African nation saying the trend is politically “worrisome.”

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria’s Government “either helpless or uninterested” in Addressing Insecurity: Bishop

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has told the U.S. Congress that the failure of the Federal Government of Nigeria to address insecurity in the West African nation is either due to helplessness of disinterestedness.

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

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

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.

Fr. Elijah Juma Wada abducted last week in Nigeria's Maiduguri Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Prayer Appeal for Quick, Safe Release of Priest Kidnapped in Nigeria’s Maiduguri Diocese

Prayers are being sought in Nigeria’s Maiduguri Diocese for the speedy and safe release of Fr. Elijah Juma Wada who was abducted last week.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama with Catholic communicators in Nigeria/ Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja/Facebook

“Strive to practice unifying journalism”: Nigerian Archbishop to Catholic Communicators

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has challenged Catholic Directors for social communications in the West African nation to show authenticity and practice a journalism that contributes toward unity rather than division and conflict.

Bishop David Ajang of Nigeria's Lafia Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Be a father to all Church members”: Nuncio in Nigeria Advices Newly Ordained Bishop

The Pope’s Representative in Nigeria has advised the newly ordained Bishop of the country’s Lafia Diocese, David Ajang, to practice fatherly love in his episcopal ministry.   

Frontpage of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria’s Constitution Favors Muslims, Puts Christians “at disadvantage”: Catholic Bishops

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have calling for a review of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution saying it favors Muslims, puts “Christians and adherents of other religions at a disadvantage,” and does not augur “well for the unity and progress of the country.”

Map showing the major towns within Nigeria's Imo State. Credit: Public Domain

“God has not, will never abandon His people”: Nigerian Bishop amid Regional Insecurity

In the wake of security threats in Nigeria’s Imo State, the Local Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu located within the region has sought to reassure the people in the affected areas of the West African nation of the presence of God amid “fear and anxiety.”

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria with President Muhammadu Buhari. Credit: Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

“We speak out because we do not want Nigeria to collapse”: Catholic Bishops

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have called on the country’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to be open to criticisms and not embark on any form of propaganda against Church leaders who, when they speak, do so for the common good, with the best interests of the nation at heart.

A Catholic Priest walks in front of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Enugu State, Nigeria. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Christians in Nigeria Gathering in Secret to Pray Together for Fear of Attacks

Abandoned Church buildings are a common sight in various church premises in Adamawa State in North-eastern Nigeria, within the Catholic Diocese of Yola. What’s left of the once vibrant worship places are desecrated buildings, some burnt to the ground owing to the region’s protracted insurgency.

Fr. Harrison Egwuenu, a Priest of Nigeria’s Warri diocese freed Sunday, March 21 after spending a week in captivity / Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Catholic Priest Recovering from Trauma after Weeklong Captivity

The Nigerian Catholic Priest who had been kidnapped March 15 is recovering from trauma after having spent a week in captivity.

Archbishop Augustine Akubeze of Nigeria's Benin City Archdiocese / Courtesy Photo

Head of Catholic Church in Nigeria Thankful for Support of Pope Francis amid Insurgency

The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has expressed gratitude to the Holy See for its solidarity with the country that is battling Boko Haram insurgency.

A poster announcing the first anniversary of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese / Ekwulobia Diocese/Facebook

Learn Collaboration, Obedience from St. Joseph, Apostolic Nuncio in Nigeria Encourages

On the occasion of the first anniversary of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese, the Apostolic Nuncio in the West African country has called on the people of God in the Diocese to emulate the collaborative spirit and obedience, which St. Joseph portrayed.

The Zamfara Girls received at a State Government Building after their release / Courtesy Photo

Hundreds of Nigerian Schoolgirls Abducted Last Week Released Safely, Governor Confirms

The Nigerian schoolgirls who had been, last Friday, abducted from the Government Girls’ Secondary School (GGSS) Jangebe in Zamfara State within Nigeria’s Ecclesiastical Province of Kaduna, have been released.

Late Michael Nnadi / Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria

Nigeria in Need of Fearless Preachers of Gospel: Bishop at Late Seminarian’s Memorial

At the celebration of Holy Eucharist marking the first anniversary since Seminarian Michael Nnadi was murdered, the Auxiliary Bishop of Nigeria’s Minna Diocese has underscored the need for fearless preachers of the Gospel in the example of the late Seminarian.

The President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Archbishop Augustine Akubueze Obiora / Courtesy Photo

Amid Crises, Nigeria “on brink of looming collapse”, Bishops Caution, Urge Urgent Action

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have, in a collective statement earlier this week, highlighted multiple crises that are bedeviling the West African nation and called for urgent action lest the country collapses.

Bishop Moses Chikwe, Auxiliary Bishop of Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Owerri kidnapped by unknown gunmen Sunday, December 27.

Nigerian Bishop Abducted, Church Leadership Praying for His “safety, quick release”

Prayers are being sought for the “safety and quick release” of a Nigerian Catholic Bishop who was abducted December 27 in the capital of Nigeria’s Imo State, Owerri.

Fr. Valentine Oluchukwu Ezeagu pictured shortly after his released Wednesday, December 16.

Nigerian Religious Cleric Abducted Tuesday “unconditionally released”

The Nigerian Religious Cleric abducted earlier this week on his way to his dad’s funeral has been “unconditionally released,” the leadership of his Religious Congregation has announced. 

Fr. Valentine Oluchukwu Ezeagu, a member of the Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy (SMMM) Congregation based in Nigeria’s Umuahia Diocese kidnapped Tuesday, December 15.

Nigerian Religious Cleric Abducted en route to His Father’s Burial

A Cleric who is a member of a Religious Order in Nigeria was kidnapped by unknown people on Tuesday, December 15 on his way to his father’s burial, the leadership of his Religious Congregation has said.