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Sideview of the St. John the Baptist Parish in Dolbel. Credit: Fr. Eric Médagbe

Widely Reported Attacks on Niger’s Villages “not only directed at Christians”: Archbishop

The recent attacks on two villages of a Catholic Parish in Niger that have received wide coverage claimed the lives of both Catholic Christians and Muslims, an Archbishop in the West African nation has told ACI Africa.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger (CEBN)/Credit: Fr. Paul Dah

Security Forces in Burkina Faso, Niger Urged to Work Toward Restoring Previous Optimism

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso and Niger are urging security forces operating in the region to work toward restoring the optimism that had characterized the West African nation of Burkina Faso before the Solhan village massacre.

Marie-Catherine Persévérance Kingbo. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Catholic Charity Mourns Missionary Nun Who Served the Poor in Muslim Dominated Niger

The Pontifical charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, is mourning the passing on of a Catholic missionary Nun who dedicated her life to the service of the poor in Niger, a country with a tiny percentage of Christians.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger (CEBN)/ Credit: Fr. Paul Dah

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso, Niger Call for Safeguarding of Human Life amid Threats

Bishops in Burkina Faso and Niger have, in their latest Pastoral Letter circulated Tuesday, May 25, called on the people of God in the two neighboring West African nations to commit themselves to safeguarding human life.

Image of a firearm./Credit: Courtesy Photo

Recent Violence in Niger “a blow to the heart of fragile Church”: Missionary Cleric

Last week’s attack on a village in the Tillaberi region within Niger’s Archdiocese of Niamey that led to the fleeing of Christians from the region is a blow to a local church that is considered “fragile”, a Missionary Cleric ministering in the affected areas has said.

Archbishop Djalwana Laurent Lompo of Niger presenting a goodwill message to the Muslim faithful. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Niger Send “best wishes” to Muslims Ending Holy Month of Ramadan

Catholic Bishops in Niger have extended their goodwill message to the Muslim faithful in the West African nation for concluding the Holy Month of Ramadan, marked by the celebration of Eid al-Fitr (the festival of breaking the fast). 

Several Caritas bodies in Africa are among signatories of an open letter to world leaders urging them to address hunger. Credit: Caritas Internationalis

Catholic Entities in Africa Join Global Calls to Address Hunger Facing Millions Globally

Catholic entities in Africa are among 264 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society bodies that are calling on government leaders around the world to address hunger facing an estimated 270 million people globally.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger (CEBN) during the April 14 -16 National Forum on Land Governance and Social Cohesion.

Revise, Translate Land Laws to Local Languages: Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso have called on the government of the West African nation to revise and translate the country’s land laws into native languages and local dialects.

Map showing Niger's Tahoua region / Public Domain

“We are living a difficult situation”: Catholic Missionary after Scores Killed in Niger

Following the attack on a series of villages in Niger last weekend, reportedly the deadliest attack by suspected jihadists that left scores of people dead, a Catholic Missionary Cleric in the West African nation says they are “living a difficult situation.”

A map section of Tillabéri in Southern Niger that has been characterized with attacks by jihadists. / Public domain

Priest in Niger Recounts Threat as Jihadists Wage Psychological Warfare against Civilians

Civilians in Niger are living in fear owing to threats by militants who are said to have launched a psychological warfare in the west African country, a Catholic Priest in the country has recounted.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger (CEBN) / Fr. Paul Dah/Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger (CEBN)

Bishops in Burkina Faso, Niger Express Concerns Over IDPs, Call for Peaceful Coexistence

Bishops in Burkina Faso and Niger have, in a collective statement, raised concerns about the increasing number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) fleeing insecurity in the West African nation and called for peaceful coexistence between refugees and their host communities.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger (CEBN).

Burkina Faso’s Bishops Outline Four Conditions for Peaceful November Elections

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso have outlined four conditions that could guarantee peaceful presidential and parliamentary elections in the West African nation slated to take place on November 22.

Map showing the Sahel region.

Caritas Internationalis Officials Highlight Five Lines of Action to Address Sahel Crisis

The leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), has outlined five lines of action that could help address the crisis in the Central Sahel region, which comprises the West African nations of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. 

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli during the interview with the Society of African Missions (SMA) Media Center days after his release from captivity. / Society of African Missions (SMA).

I Remained a Missionary in Chained Feet, Cleric Recalls Harrowing Captivity in West Africa

Even in chains, Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli who was held in captivity for over two years after he was kidnapped by unknown men in the West African nation of Niger remained true to his Christian faith, walking in prayer with all people he had interacted with during his mission in the West Africa.

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, a member of the Society of African Missions (SMA) who was recently freed after two years in Niger. / Society of African Missions (SMA).

Recently Freed Religious Missionary Hailed as “man of faith, forgiveness, fraternity”

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, a member of Society of African Missions (SMA) who was recently freed after two years of captivity has been hailed as a “man of faith, forgiveness and fraternity.”

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, freed Thursday, October 8 after spending two years in captivity. / Society of African Missions (SMA).

Joy, Gratitude to God as Religious Missionary in Niger is Freed after Two-year Abduction

News reports of the release of Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli who was abducted just over two years ago in Niger have brought joy and gratitude to members of the Clergy in Africa and beyond who have interpreted the event as an answer to concerted supplications.

Flooding caused by heavy rains in Niger has killed at least 45 people this week and forced more than 226,000 from their homes.

Prelate in Niger Seeking Aid after Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Deaths, Displacement

The Archbishop of Niger’s Niamey Archdiocese is seeking support to help “the disaster-stricken population” in his jurisdiction after heavy rains resulted in flooding, deaths of dozens and displacement of thousands.

An official of Caritas Congo taking a local through COVID-19 information. / Caritas Congo

How Caritas Congo Personnel are Helping Minimize COVID-19 Infections

Officials of the humanitarian and development arm of Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Caritas Congo have, in a July 8 report published by Caritas Internationalis, explained how they are striving to ensure that COVID-19 does not spread out of control in the Central African nation.

Nuns of the Fraternity of the Servants of Christ bring aid to children in Niger amid the COVID-19 pandemic. / ACN

How COVID-19 Restrictions Have Affected the Apostolate of Niger-Based Order of Nuns

Amid a variety of COVID-19 related restrictions in the West African nation of Niger, the head of Fraternity of the Servants of Christ, a local congregation of nuns, has shared about the impact of the pandemic on the activities of the religious community.

Fr. Bonaventure Luchidio (Left) and  Fr. Thomas Ngong (right) sharing enriching avenues to keep faith alive during COVID-19.

Kenyan Clerics Share 8 Enriching Avenues to Keep Faith Alive During COVID-19

A Bishop in Niger, reflecting on the post-COVID-19 era, said that closure of Churches as a way to contain the spread of the virus spelt danger for lukewarm Christians much as it prepared believers who he said would emerge out of the pandemic stronger than before.