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

Mar 2, 2021

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

Mar 2, 2021

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

Feb 25, 2021

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”

Dec 29, 2020

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”

Dec 17, 2020

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

Dec 15, 2020

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

Dec 8, 2020

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

Nov 24, 2020

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

Nov 19, 2020

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

Nov 11, 2020

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

Nov 5, 2020

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

Nov 2, 2020

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

Oct 22, 2020

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.

Ongoing Protests in Nigeria “a microcosm of the fundamental problems”: Bishops

Oct 19, 2020

The ongoing protests against police brutality in Nigeria represent “a microcosm of the fundamental problems” the West African nation is facing, the Catholic Bishops in the country have said.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. / Archdiocese of Abuja/Facebook Page

Nigerian Prelate Calls for Thanksgiving in Country Spared from COVID-19 Wrath

Oct 5, 2020

As COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on economies world over, Nigeria has not been as badly hit as was expected, according to a Catholic Prelate in the West African country who says that the country is experiencing “an expression of God’s benevolence.”

Nigeria's Independence Anniversary.

On Nigeria's Independence Day, Bishops Say, “It's difficult to ask Nigerians to celebrate"

Oct 1, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have, in a collective statement on the occasion of the country’s 60th independence anniversary, highlighted multiple challenges bedeviling the West African nation saying the country is “in great distress” and that there seems to be nothing to celebrate about.

Independence Day in Nigeria.

“Even after sixty years independent Nigeria is still a mirage”: Bishop Reflects

Sep 30, 2020

On the eve of the celebration of 60 years since Nigeria gained its independence from the British, a Catholic Bishop has given a negative assessment of progress in the West African country, describing it as “a mirage,” grappling with “multiplicity of problems.”

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese.

“With genuine forgiveness, most social crises can be curtailed”: Archbishop in Nigeria

Sep 14, 2020

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has, reflecting on Sunday, September 13 readings, called for “genuine forgiveness” as a way out of “most social crises.”

Participants during the maiden General Assembly of the Archdiocese of Abuja. / Archdiocese of Abuja

Nigeria’s Abuja Assembly Ends with Emphasis on Fostering “co-responsibility” in Ministry

Sep 7, 2020

The leadership of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has, in a pastoral letter issued at the end of the two-day Archdiocesan General Assembly, underscored the need for pastoral agents to foster “a sense of co-responsibility” in their apostolate.

Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, the representative of the Holy Father in Nigeria during the maiden General Assembly of the Archdiocese of Abuja Friday, September 4. / Archdiocese of Abuja

“Be trustworthy administrators, generous stewards”: Nuncio in Nigeria at Abuja Assembly

Sep 6, 2020

The representative of the Holy Father in Nigeria has, at the maiden General Assembly of the Archdiocese of Abuja, urged members of the Clergy, the Religious and Lay faithful to foster the values of trustworthiness, generosity, and selflessness in their ministry, following “the way of the Master,” Jesus Christ.