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Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade of Ondo, Nigeria. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Address Christian Persecution Lest “Nigeria is overrun as is case of Afghanistan”: Bishop

Nov 18, 2022

Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade of Nigeria’s Ondo Diocese has pleaded with lawmakers in the United Kingdom (UK) to push their government and other nations to help address the persecution of Christians in the West African nation lest it is overrun by terrorists.

Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade of Nigeria’s Ondo Diocese. Credit: ACN

Nigerian Catholic Bishop Backs Petition Demanding Justice for Persecuted Christians

Oct 30, 2022

A Nigerian Catholic Bishop has, in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, expressed his backing for a petition requesting that the United Kingdom (UK) government "call on their Nigerian counterparts to bring to justice those responsible for genocidal attacks” in the West African nation.

Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. Credit: Nigerian Catholic Network

Some Suspects of Pentecost Sunday Attack on Catholic Church in Nigeria Arrested: Governor

Aug 11, 2022

Some of the suspects of the Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Nigeria’s Ondo Diocese that left 39 worshippers killed and more than 80 injured have been arrested, the Governor of Ondo State in the West African country has confirmed.

Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade of Ondo, Nigeria. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Pentecost Sunday Massacre in Nigerian Church “an act of genocide”: Catholic Bishop

Jul 7, 2022

A Nigerian Catholic Bishop has, in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, said the Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese that left 39 Catholics killed and more than 80 injured was an “act of genocide”.

Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso of Nigeria's Kaduna Archdiocese. Credit: ACN

Nigerians “on edge; nobody is safe anywhere”: Catholic Archbishop amid Rising Insecurity

Jun 30, 2022

The Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna in Nigeria has decried the deteriorating security in various parts of the West African nation, regretting the fact that “nobody is safe anywhere” in the country.

Members of the Association of Papal Knights and Medalists in Nigeria. Credit: Sokoto Diocese

Catholic Association in Nigeria “alarmed” over Targeted Killings, Kidnappings

Jun 29, 2022

Members of the Association of Papal Knights and Medalists in Nigeria have expressed concern over the increase in cases of killings and kidnappings that seem to target Christians in the West African nation.

Members of Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province (IEP) during a solidarity visit to Ondo Diocese following the Pentecost Sunday massacre at St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish. Credit: Ondo Diocese

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria Direct “special prayers” for Pentecost Sunday Massacre Victims

Jun 28, 2022

Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province (IEP) have directed that “special prayers” be offered on July 5 in commemoration of those affected by the Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese that left 39 Catholic worshippers killed and more than 80 injured.

Survivors of Pentecost Sunday Massacre in Nigeria Recount “terrible” Experiences in Church

Jun 25, 2022

Survivors of the Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese that left 39 Catholics killed and more than 80 injured have recounted their experiences in the church on the fateful day. 

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo during the Funeral Mass for the victims of the Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Refuse to be crushed by tragedy”: Nigerian Bishop at Funeral of Church Massacre Victims

Jun 17, 2022

At the Funeral Mass for the victims of the Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese in Nigeria, a Catholic Bishop in the West African country has urged those affected by the June 5 tragedy to stand firm in their faith in the person of Jesus Christ. 

Altar of St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese. Credit: ACN

Nigerian Catholic Priest Recounts Experience of Pentecost Sunday Massacre in Ondo Diocese

Jun 16, 2022

A Nigerian Catholic Priest has, in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International shared with ACI Africa, recounted his experience of the Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese that reportedly left dozens killed.

Altar of St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese. Credit: Ondo Diocese

“Nigeria is bleeding. Our land is soaked in blood”, Catholic Bishops Say

Jun 11, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria are bemoaning the high rate of insecurity in the West African nation, saying the country is “soaked in blood”.

Delegations of Catholic Bishops from the Ibadan and Lagos Ecclesiastical Provinces during a solidarity visit to Nigeria’s Ondo Diocese following Church massacre. Credit: Ondo Diocese

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria Pay Solidarity Visit to Ondo Diocese after Church Massacre

Jun 10, 2022

Delegations of Catholic Bishops from the Ibadan and Lagos Ecclesiastical Provinces have paid a solidarity visit to Nigeria’s Ondo Diocese following the massacre of dozens of Catholic worshippers at St. Francis Xavier Owo Parish.

Official logos for Pope Francis’ Apostolic visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ecumenical Peace Pilgrimage to the South Sudanese Land and People. Credit: Vatican Media

Faith-based Leaders Specify Five Challenges in Africa They Want Pope Francis to “mention”

Jun 9, 2022

Officials of the Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) have specified challenges in Africa they request that Pope Francis highlights during his July 2-7  two-African-nation trip scheduled to begin in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and conclude in South Sudan.

Bishop  Jude Ayodeji Arogundade of Nigeria's Ondo Diocese. Credit: Ondo Diocese

Bishop in Nigeria Declares Six-week Holy Mass in Honor of Ondo Church Massacre Victims

Jun 9, 2022

For a period of six weeks, all weekday Holy Mass in the Catholic Diocese of Ondo in Nigeria will be offered for the repose of the souls of those who died following the Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Parish, the Local Ordinary of the Nigerian Diocese has directed.

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“Your pain is our pain,” Bishops in Southern Africa Condole with Ondo Diocese in Nigeria

Jun 9, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have expressed their solidarity with the people of God of  Ondo Diocese in Nigeria following the massacre of dozens of worshippers during Pentecost Sunday Eucharistic celebration at St. Francis Xavier Owo Parish.

Ondo Diocese in Nigeria Seeking Funds “as relief for victims” of Pentecost Sunday Massacre

Jun 8, 2022

The Catholic Diocese of Ondo in Nigeria is seeking financial assistance to reach out to victims of the Pentecost Sunday terrorist attack at St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish that reportedly left dozens dead and many more injured. 

Sir Henry Yunkwap, National President Catholic Laity Council (CLC) of Nigeria. Credit: CTV

Catholic Laity in Nigeria Want “urgent arrest” of Those Behind Pentecost Sunday Massacre

Jun 7, 2022

Those behind the Pentecost Sunday massacre of dozens and injuries of many more at St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese in Nigeria need to be urgently pursued, apprehended, and “dealt with according to the laws of the land”, officials of the Catholic Laity Council (CLC) of Nigeria have said.

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“Continue to live Gospel message with fidelity, courage”: Pope to Ondo Diocese, Nigeria

Jun 7, 2022

Pope Francis has encouraged the leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Ondo in Nigeria and the people of God there to remain faithful to the Gospel message, which they need to continue defending with courage.

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Pentecost Sunday Massacre in Nigeria “sad, satanic, raw persecution”: Christian Leaders

Jun 6, 2022

The Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese that left at least 50 people dead was a “satanic” and “raw persecution” of Catholic worshippers, church leaders under the auspices of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have said.

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Catholic Diocese of Ondo in Nigeria Urges “calm” after Pentecost Sunday Massacre of Dozens

Jun 5, 2022

The leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Ondo in Nigeria is calling for calm following the Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish that left at least 50 people killed.