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Pray for Political Aspirants to Prioritize “interests of suffering Nigerians”: Archbishop

Feb 10, 2022

The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has urged the people of God in the West African country to pray for those seeking political offices for them to be guided by “the genuine interests of the suffering Nigerians”.

Fr. Joseph Danjuma Shekari, freed Monday, 7 February 2022 after 24hours in captivity in Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese. Credit: Kafanchan Diocese

Nigerian Catholic Priest Abducted Sunday Regains Freedom a Day Later

Feb 8, 2022

A Nigerian Catholic Priest who was kidnapped from his Parish residence in Nigeria’s Diocese of Kafanchan on Sunday, January 6, has regained his freedom a day later.

Fr. James Anelu. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Priest in Nigeria Suspended Following Tribal Remarks During Holy Mass

Feb 8, 2022

A Priest in Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos who banned singing in a Nigerian language allegedly citing dominance of other tribes in “his Church” has been suspended from pastoral duties indefinitely, pending investigation into “matters relating to his ministry in the Parish.”

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Human Life in Nigeria “reduced to an abysmally all-time-low”: Bishops in Lagos Province

Feb 7, 2022

 Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Lagos Ecclesiastical Province have bemoaned “senseless killings” in the country saying human life in the West African nation “has been reduced to an abysmally all-time-low owing to insecurity and other criminality across the land.”  

Tsonje village. Credit: CSW

Christian Charity Calls for Support in Strategizing against Militias in Nigeria

Feb 7, 2022

Terrorists in Nigeria have scaled up their activities, killing large numbers of innocent civilians using high-end military equipment especially in Southern Kaduna communities, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has observed, and called for global cooperation in stemming violence in communities that are most affected in the West African country.  

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Criminal Elements Threatening Survival of Private Universities: Archbishop in Nigeria

Feb 6, 2022

Insecurity in Nigeria, which is characterized by attacks and other criminal activities, threatens the survival of private universities in the West African nation, a Catholic Archbishop in the country said.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama with children who received the Sacrament of Confirmation at at St. James Dawaki Parish of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese/Facebook

Catholic Archbishop Cautions Nigerian Religious Leaders against “prophesying” Poll Results

Feb 5, 2022

A Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria has cautioned religious leaders in the West African country against “prophesying electoral victory” and instead stand up for citizens’ rights.

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Christian Leaders in Nigerian State Caution Security Agents against Undue Interference

Feb 4, 2022

Christian leaders in Nigeria’s Gombe State under the auspices of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have cautioned security agents against undue interference in their activities.

Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria Urge Government to Revitalize Country’s Education System

Feb 2, 2022

Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province (IEP) have expressed concern about the West African nation’s ailing education system, which they say can be revitalized to address other challenges the country is facing.

Logo of the Communications Week (ComWEEK), an initiative of the Catholic Bishops in Nigeria seeking to promote media literacy in Catholic Parishes countrywide.  Credit: Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN)

Vatican Lauds Bishops in Nigeria for Spearheading Media Literacy Program at Grassroots

Feb 1, 2022

The leadership of the Holy See’s Dicastery for Communications has lauded Catholic Bishops in Nigeria for spearheading Communications Week (ComWEEK), a program that seeks to promote media literacy in Catholic Parishes all over the West African country.

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“Catholic Church does not play partisan politics”: Nigerian Priest Ahead of Elections

Jan 31, 2022

The leadership of the Catholic Church “does not play partisan politics”, a Nigerian Priest has sought to clarify ahead of his country’s general elections scheduled to take place next year. 

Luka Binniyat. Credit: CSW

Christian Human Rights Entity “pleased” after Court Orders Release of Nigerian Journalist

Jan 30, 2022

The leadership of the Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is delighted following the release of a Nigerian journalist who had been arrested in November last year for criticizing the government. 

Fr. Basil Soyoye. Credit: Agenzia Fides

Nigerian Missionary Priest in Benin Praises Catechists for Role in Africa’s Evangelization

Jan 29, 2022

Catechists have played a vital role in the evangelization and growth of the Catholic Church in Africa, a member of the Society for African Missions (SMA) in Benin has said.

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

We Must Work Hard to Resolve Our “life-threatening challenges”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria

Jan 28, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Nsukka Diocese has underscored the need for all Nigerians to work toward resolving solve the nation’s “life-threatening challenges” by themselves.

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Christian Leaders in Nigeria’s Kaduna State Urge Immediate End to “new wave of killings”

Jan 27, 2022

Christian leaders in Nigeria’s Kaduna State under the auspices of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) are calling for an immediate end to the renewed cycle of killings, reportedly occasioned by the murder of a herder in the State. 

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

Scripture Not a Weapon for Attacking Others, Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Says

Jan 24, 2022

Misinterpretation of the word of God is causing rancor among Christians, the Bishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Nsukka has noted, and cautioned the people of God in the West African country against using the Scripture to attack people belonging to other denominations.

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.

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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.