A poster of the 2021 SIGNIS National Convention held in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State Nigeria. Credit: Kuha Indyer

Bishops in Nigeria to Introduce Coordinated Media training in “appropriate use of media”

Nov 27, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria are set to introduce “a coordinated media” training that would be realized in Parishes and other Catholic institutions, the National Director of Social Communications in the West African nation has said.

Fr. Albert Ikpenwa, Rector of Bigard Memorial Seminary (BMS) in Nigeria's Enugu Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Church is only against what is bad in our culture,” Catholic Priest in Nigeria Says

Nov 26, 2021

The Catholic Church is not against the good aspects of cultures in Africa, a Catholic Priest ministering in Nigeria’s Enugu Diocese has said.

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Do Not Rig Your Way to Power, Nigerian Archbishop Cautions, Calls for Servant Leadership

Nov 25, 2021

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has called on aspiring political leaders in the West African country to embrace servant leadership after the person of Jesus Christ, and not to impose themselves upon the people.

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Nigeria's Removal from Watch List “retreat” from Religious Persecution Fight: Congressman

Nov 24, 2021

The decision to remove Nigeria from the list of “Countries of Particular Concern” was “totally unjustified,” and a backwards step in the fight against religious persecution, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith said in a speech Nov. 23.

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UK-Based Christian Entity Decries “deliberate effort” to Extend Nigerian Professor’s Trial

Nov 24, 2021

The leadership of the Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has expressed concern about what it calls “deliberate effort” to “indefinitely” delay the trial of a Nigerian professor who has been accused of running unregistered orphanages in the West African country. 

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Legal Group Joins Outcry over Removal of Nigeria from Religious Freedom Watch List

Nov 23, 2021

An international legal group has joined the outcry over the U.S. State Department’s decision to remove Nigeria from this year’s watchlist of countries with the most egregious violations of religious freedom. 

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Special Prayers for Peace in Nigeria’s Taraba State “our missionary duty”: Catholic Bishop

Nov 23, 2021

The prayer sessions organized in Nigeria’s Jalingo Diocese for peace in Taraba State is part of the missionary responsibility of the faithful, the Local Ordinary of the Episcopal See has said.

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

Nigerian Prelate Cautions against Religious “superiority complex, universalistic claims”

Nov 22, 2021

A Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria has called for the recognition of the “plurality of religions” in the West African nation, cautioning against the tendency to foster religious “superiority complex and universalistic claims and pretensions.”

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Christian Leaders in Nigeria Call for Stakeholder Dialogue to End Country’s Insecurity

Nov 20, 2021

Stemming security challenges in Nigeria will require an all-inclusive security dialogue with all stakeholders, Christian leaders in the West African country have said.

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On World Toilet Day, Salesians Review Sanitation Projects in Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania

Nov 19, 2021

On the occasion of the World Toilet Day 2021 marked Friday, November 19, the leadership of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), has reviewed its sanitation initiatives around the globe, including three African countries.

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Religious Freedom Advocates "appalled" as State Department Removes Nigeria from Watch List

Nov 18, 2021

Rights groups have documented thousands of killings of Nigerian Christians.

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On International Day for Tolerance, Christian Leaders in Nigeria Urge Peaceful Living

Nov 17, 2021

On the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance marked Tuesday, November 16, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged Nigerians to practice tolerance and live peacefully to promote national development.

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

Nigerians Must Seek Help Through Rosary to Counter Killings, Catholic Archbishop Says

Nov 16, 2021

The apprehension and suffering that Nigeria is experiencing including what has been described as irrational killings and attacks can be countered by seeking perpetual help through praying the rosary, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African country has said.

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Christian Entity Decries Negligence of Nigerian Orphan Injured at State Facility

Nov 15, 2021

Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a UK-based human rights organization, which specializes in religious freedom all over the world, is calling on owners of an orphanage in Nigerian to seek treatment for a boy who sustained first degree burns on the face, hands, and legs after the facility caught fire in December last year. 

Kaduna State CAN Chairman, Rev. Joseph Hayab. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Insecurity in Nigeria’s Kaduna State Growing “beyond our imagination”: Christian Leaders

Nov 14, 2021

The heightened level of insecurity in Nigeria’s Kaduna State is a cause for concern for members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the region who are saying the security crisis has gone “beyond our imagination.” 

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Bill to Regulate Christian Preaching in Nigeria “injurious” to Church: Christian Leaders

Nov 13, 2021

The proposed bill seeking to regulate preaching of Christianity in Nigeria’s Kaduna State is “injurious to the Church” and a deliberate attack on Christians in Nigeria, Christian leaders in the West African nation have said.

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Corporations Trampling on People’s Rights, Destroying Environment: Catholic Charity

Nov 13, 2021

As world powers prepare to conclude the landmark COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, the leadership of the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire, has decried the role of powerful corporations in contributing to the climate crisis and environmental degradation.

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Nigeria’s Religious Leaders Blame Church Attack on Move to Shut Communication Services

Nov 10, 2021

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has blamed the reported killing and kidnappings in a church in Kaduna State on the government’s closure of telecommunication services in some parts of the Nigerian State.

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After Building Collapses, Prelate Calls for Monitoring of Nigeria’s Construction Industry

Nov 9, 2021

Following the collapse of a 21-storey building that reportedly killed at least 44 people in Lagos city, a Catholic Archbishop has called for the close monitoring of those involved in Nigeria’s construction industry in view of ending unprofessionalism, including the use of inferior materials.

Bishop Jonas Benson Okoye, transferred from Nigeria’s Awka Diocese to the Diocese of Nnewi. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Auxiliary Bishop of Nigeria’s Awka Diocese Transferred to Nnewi Diocese as Local Ordinary

Nov 9, 2021

Bishop Jonas Benson Okoye who has been serving as the Auxiliary Bishop of Nigeria’s Awka Diocese has been transferred to the Diocese of Nnewi following his appointment as the Local Ordinary of the Episcopal See located in the Southeastern part of the country.