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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.

“Shocked, disturbed, saddened”: Christian Leaders in Nigeria Following Killing of Farmers

Christian leaders in Nigeria have, in a collective statement circulated Sunday, December 6, expressed their shock and sorrow following last month’s killing of dozens of rice farmers in Borno State, located within the country’s Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri.

Fr. Dajo Matthew, who was kidnapped during the night of Sunday, November 22 in Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. /

Appeal for Prayers “for quick, safe release of Fr. Dajo Matthew, kidnapped” November 22

Prayers are being sought in Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese “for the quick and safe release of Rev. Fr. Dajo Matthew” who was kidnapped during the night of Sunday, November 22.

St. Theresa’s Cathedral of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Nsukka. / Courtesy

Completion of Nigerian Cathedral “not one person’s achievement”: Bishop at Dedication

The construction of St. Theresa’s Cathedral of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Nsukka is a fruit of collective efforts and contributions from various individuals, the Local Ordinary the Diocese said Thursday, November 19 during the dedication Mass of the 5500-seater Cathedral that took 29 years to complete.

“You cannot regulate what you are not in control of”: Nigerian Cleric to Gov’t over SMedia

A Catholic Cleric in Nigeria has faulted government attempts in the West African nation to regulate social media engagement saying it is “an effort in futility” since State officials are not even “in control” of the online platforms.

Catholic Bishops lead a protest over the continued killings of Nigerians in Abuja, Nigeria, on March 1, 2020. / CNS/Afolabi Sotunde, Reuters

U.S.-Based Cleric, Nun Say Militants Getting Help to Attack Christians in Nigeria

A Nigerian-born Catholic Cleric and Sister ministering in the Diocese of Brooklyn within the Archdiocese of New York in the United States have blamed the ongoing attacks meted against Christians in Nigeria on the laxity of the government to act, saying that attackers are getting help to carry out the atrocities.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Diocese speaking during the celebration of the 90th anniversary of Holy Ghost Parish in Makurdi Diocese Sunday, November 1, 2020. / Diocese of Makurdi/Facebook Page

"Protest, talk, shout, use media, do so positively but don’t destroy": Nigerian Prelate

An Archbishop in Nigeria has emphasized the need for peaceful protests amid reports of looting and destruction of property in the nationwide youth-led demonstrations.

Candlelight procession held for victims of SARS protest across Nigeria. /

These are Nigeria’s “difficult but defining moments,” Prelate Says amid Growing Protests

After testimonies of excessive use of force against protesters in Nigeria emerged, including reports of at least a dozen deaths and renewed demonstrations in various cities of Africa’s most populous nation, a Catholic Archbishop has described the country’s situation as “difficult” but presenting an opportunity for a transition.