Advertisement

Latest stories: Kidnapped

Fr. Bako Francis Awesuh. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

“Come to our rescue”, Nigerian Priest to International Community after Month of Captivity

A Nigerian Catholic Priest who spent at least a month in captivity following his abduction earlier this year has called on the international community to come to the aid of the people of God in Nigeria’s Kaduna State amid heightened insecurity.

Fr. Mark Chimezie Godfrey released on 23 October 2021 after 10 days in captivity. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Catholic Priest Regains Freedom “unhurt” after 10-day Captivity

The Nigerian Priest kidnapped October 13 in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Umuahia has regained freedom “unhurt”,  his Local Ordinary has confirmed.

Fr. Mark Chimezie Godfrey kidnapped after celebrating morning Mass at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Nigeria's Umuahia Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Prayer Appeal for release of Catholic Priest Kidnapped in Nigeria’s Umuahia Diocese

Prayers are being sought for the quick and safe release of an abducted member of the Clergy of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Umuahia.

Mgsr. Julius Agbortoko Abbor, Vicar General of Cameroon's Mamfe Diocese freed after spending three days in captivity. Credit: Mamfe Diocese

Catholic Priest in Cameroon Freed after Three Days in Captivity, No Ransom Paid: Official

The Vicar General of Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese, Mgsr. Julius Agbortoko Abbor, who was kidnapped in the country’s Anglophone region Sunday, August 29 has been freed. 

Sisters and novices from the Daughters of the Resurrection working in the fields/ Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

Prayer Appeal for Catholic Nun Kidnapped in DR Congo on Her Way to the Market

Members of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Resurrection who are working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have asked for prayers for one of their members who has been missing for five days and is feared to have been kidnapped.

Map showing the various regions in Mali. Credit: Public Domain

Catholic Priest among Five People Kidnapped in Mali’s Mopti Diocese

A Catholic Priest serving in Mali’s Mopti Diocese is among five people who were reportedly abducted Monday, June 21 morning by gunmen, a Cleric in the West African nation has confirmed.

Fr. Joe Keke. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop Working Toward Safe Release of Elderly Nigerian Priest Abducted Last Week

The Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese is spearheading negotiations to secure the safe release of the elderly Nigerian Priest kidnapped last week when gunmen attacked St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church Malunfashi in Katsina State within his episcopal see.

Late Fr. Alphonsus Bello (right) whose lifeless body was found in a farmland near the St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church Malunfashi, Katsina State within Nigeria's Diocese of Sokoto. The whereabouts of Fr. Joe Keke (left) is still unknown after gunmen attacked their parish on 20 May 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Catholic Priest Found Murdered Hours after Parish Attack, Another Missing

Hours after gunmen attacked a Catholic Parish in Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese, kidnapping two Priests, one of them has been found murdered, Clerics in the Diocese have confirmed.

Map of Nigeria showing the various states including Kaduna where 11 people including a Catholic Priest were recently kidnapped. Credit: Public domain

Catholic Priest among 11 people Kidnapped in Nigeria’s Kaduna Archdiocese

A Catholic Priest serving in Nigeria’s Kaduna Archdiocese is among eleven people who were reportedly kidnapped by bandits on the morning of Monday, May 17 in an incident in which eight people lost their lives. 

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.

Fr. Arinze Madu, Vice Rector at Nigeria’s Queen of Apostles Spiritual Year Seminary, Enugu, kidnapped outside seminary gate on Monday, October 28, 2019 / Communications office Enugu Diocese, Nigeria

Nigerian Catholic Priest Kidnapped Outside Seminary Gate, Whereabouts Unknown

A couple of days since unknown gunmen “whisked away” Nigerian Fr. Arinze Madu, a diocesan Catholic priest serving at Nigeria’s Queen of Apostles Spiritual Year Seminary, Enugu diocese, there are concerns about the priest’s whereabouts as kidnappings targeting Church leaders seem to multiply in Africa’s most populous country, a source in Enugu diocese has told ACI Africa.

Poster created by the Society of African Missions in memory of Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, one year since his abduction / Society of African Missions (SMA)

One Year On, Missionary Priest Abducted in Niger Still Missing, Prayerful Concerns

The whereabouts of the missionary priest, Fr. Luigi Maccalli, who was abducted exactly one year ago (September 17, 2018) in the landlocked West African country of Niger remain unknown.