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Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja

Nigeria Transiting “from one major national challenge to another”: Catholic Archbishop

Jan 21, 2022

The challenges faced in Nigeria including “criminal activities and mindless killings” are endless as they seem to replace each other, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African country has said.

The flag of Nigeria on a military uniform. Bumble Dee/Shutterstock.

Separatists Storm Parish in Nigeria’s Onitsha Archdiocese, Holy Mass “temporarily” Halted

Jan 18, 2022

Militants alleged to be enforcers of the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB), a separatist group in Nigeria, stormed St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish of Onitsha Archdiocese Tuesday, January 18 in an incident that saw Holy Mass that was being celebrated “temporarily” halted.

Luka Binniyat. Credit: CSW

Christian Rights Body Decries “unwarranted delays” in Nigerian Journalist’s Court Hearing

Jan 15, 2022

The leadership of the UK-based human rights foundation, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), has denounced delays in the court process of a Nigerian journalist who has been detained since November last year for allegedly criticizing Kaduna State government's laxed approach to insecurity.

Bishop Wilfred Anagbe with some beneficiaries of the scholarship. Credit: The Catholic Star Newspaper/Facebook

Catholic Diocese of Makurdi in Nigeria Reaches Out to Displaced Children with Scholarships

Jan 14, 2022

The Catholic Diocese of Makurdi in Nigeria has reached out to some vulnerable children in Benue State with a six-year full scholarship.

Leah Sharibu. Credit: CSW

Christian Peace Entity Lauds Nigeria’s Renewed Efforts to Rescue Leah Sharibu

Jan 13, 2022

UK-based human rights foundation Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has lauded renewed efforts by Nigeria’s security forces to rescue Leah Sharibu, a young Nigerian woman kidnapped in 2018 by members of the Boko Haram militant group.  

Nigerian Cardinal John Onaiyekan speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 9, 2021. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

"We all weep for these victims": Nigerian Cardinal Responds after Gunmen Kill 200 People

Jan 12, 2022

Cardinal Onaiyekan said: ‘They attack farmers’ fields, kill farmers and no one says anything.’

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto addresses a dinner of ADF International, "The Crisis of Religious Freedom in Nigeria," at the 2021 International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington, D.C. International Religious Freedom Summit 2021

Nigerian Catholic Bishop Says He is "fine", amid Reports He Was Summoned by State Police

Jan 11, 2022

Following Nigerian media reports over the weekend that a Catholic bishop had been summoned for questioning by a state security agency, the bishop in question says he is "fine" and that "the matter [has] actually passed."

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah. Aid to the Church in Need/James Nicholls.

Nigerian Bishop Who Criticized Government over Christian Persecution Summoned: Report

Jan 9, 2022

A prominent Nigerian bishop has reportedly been ordered in for questioning by a state security agency, after the prelate criticized Nigeria’s government for complicity in the face of kidnappings and other persecution of the country’s Christians. 

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“School children abductions must be stopped from happening”: Christian Leaders in Nigeria

Jan 7, 2022

Representatives of Christian leaders in Nigeria have called on the country’s government to ensure there is an end to cases of the abduction of school-going children in the West African nation this year. 

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Nigeria's Lagos Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Explore New, Better Ways of Dealing with Insecurity: Nigerian Archbishop to Government

Jan 5, 2022

There is need for the government of Nigeria to explore new and better ways of addressing insecurity challenges and other issues that the West African country is battling with, the Archbishop of Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Lagos has said.

Bishop Godfrey Onah of Nigeria’s Nsukka Diocese. Credit: Nsukka Diocese/Facebook

Religious Leaders Have Become Social Activists, Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Says

Jan 4, 2022

Religious leaders are yielding to the temptation to act as social activists instead of speaking the mind of God, the Bishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Nsukka has observed.

Bishop Felix Femi Ajakaye of Nigeria's Ekiti Diocese an President Muhammadu Buhari. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“We are tired of a weak President and strong Presidency”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria

Dec 30, 2021

Nigerians need to elect a President who has physical and intellectual abilities to lead the West African nation out of the current challenges, a Catholic Bishop in the country has said.

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

Nigerian Catholic Bishop Faults Government for Years of “silence” amid Loss of Human Life

Dec 28, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese in Nigeria has faulted the Federal Government of the West African nation for year of silence amid kidnappings and loss of human life.

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Priests, Religious in Africa among Those in Danger of Persecution, Catholic Charity Says

Dec 27, 2021

Catholic pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has highlighted a number of African countries on the list of many countries in the world where Priests, Religious and Lay missionaries are facing the danger of killings, kidnappings and other forms of persecution.

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Nigeria's Oyo Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Good Parents are “made, formed through prayer”, Catholic Bishop in Nigeria to Youth

Dec 25, 2021

The youth who aspire to become parents in the future like Mary and Joseph ought to know that good parents are made and are products of mentorship and prayer, a Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has said.

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Nigeria's Oyo Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Focus on Jesus, Positive Action, Reconciliation: Nigerian Bishop in Christmas Message

Dec 23, 2021

A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has highlighted the essential aspects of Christmas, underscoring the need for Christians to focus on the person of Jesus Christ, engage in more “good action” than mere talk, make sacrifices “for others’ sake”, and reconciliation both with God and others.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese/ Credit: Sokoto Diocese/Facebook

Nigerian Bishop Defends His Prophetic Stance, Says Silence amid “injustice is corruption”

Dec 21, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese in Nigeria has defended his prophetic stance saying he will continue to speak out against injustices and bad governance in the West African nation because “silence in the face of injustice is corruption”.

Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, appointed as the representative of the Holy See to the United Nations and Specialized Institutions in Geneva. Credit: Antilles Episcopal Conference - AEC/Facebook

Nigerian-born Apostolic Nuncio Appointed Holy See Permanent Observer to UN in Geneva

Dec 20, 2021

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, a member of the Clergy of Nigeria’s Aba Diocese, as the representative of the Holy See to the United Nations and Specialized Institutions in Geneva.

Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe of Nigeria's Makurdi Diocese. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Crisis in Nigeria “increasingly looks like a jihad against Christians”: Catholic Bishop

Dec 19, 2021

The crisis in Nigeria seems to be a war against Christians in the West African nation, the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Makurdi Diocese has said. 

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of the Diocese of Yola, pictured in 2015. Ogalaemmauel/CC BY-SA 4.0

Christian Persecution in Nigeria “more intense now than ever”: Catholic Bishop

Dec 16, 2021

A Nigerian Catholic bishop has challenged the United States Secretary of State to justify his decision to remove Nigeria from a persecution watchlist, saying that he has witnessed firsthand the brutal ongoing persecution against Christians in Africa’s most populous nation.