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Fr. Joe Keke who was released June 3 after spending two weeks in captivity. Credit: Fr. Chris Omotosho /

Nigerian Catholic Priest Regains Freedom Days after His Colleague is Laid to Rest

The Nigerian Catholic Priest who was kidnapped alongside slain Fr. Alphonsus Bello when St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Parish of Sokoto Diocese was attacked on May 20 has been released.

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

At Vigil Mass for Recently Murdered Nigerian Priest, Bishop Faults Government for Laxity

At the celebration of Vigil Mass ahead of the burial of Fr. Alphonsus Bello who was murdered following the May 20 attack on St. Vincent Ferrer Malunfashi Parish of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah has faulted the Nigerian government for laxity in ensuring security for citizens. 

Fr. Joe Keke. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Bishop Working Toward Safe Release of Elderly Nigerian Priest Abducted Last Week

The Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese is spearheading negotiations to secure the safe release of the elderly Nigerian Priest kidnapped last week when gunmen attacked St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church Malunfashi in Katsina State within his episcopal see.

Late Fr. Alphonsus Bello (right) whose lifeless body was found in a farmland near the St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church Malunfashi, Katsina State within Nigeria's Diocese of Sokoto. The whereabouts of Fr. Joe Keke (left) is still unknown after gunmen attacked their parish on 20 May 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Nigerian Catholic Priest Found Murdered Hours after Parish Attack, Another Missing

Hours after gunmen attacked a Catholic Parish in Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese, kidnapping two Priests, one of them has been found murdered, Clerics in the Diocese have confirmed.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto. Crédit : Catholic Broadcast Commission of Nigeria /

Amid Insecurity, Government Needs to “cultivate a sense of empathy”: Nigerian Prelate

The Nigerian government needs to go beyond statements and “cultivate a sense of empathy” towards citizens who are victims of insecurity, a Catholic Bishop in the West African said at a recent virtual conference.

Logo of  the Kukah Centre (TKC) in Nigeria. the leadership of TKC has highlighted the plight of women caught up in the conflict in the Southern Kaduna. Credit: The Kukah Centre (TKC)/ Facebook /

Nigeria-based Catholic Entity Highlights Plight of Women in Conflict-Ridden Kaduna Region

The leadership of a Catholic-based policy research institute in Nigeria has, in an interview, highlighted the plight of women who are victims of the violent conflict bedeviling the Southern part of the territory of the Archdiocese of Kaduna.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese during the  April 13 Mass. Crédit : Catholic Broadcast Commission of Nigeria /

“The suffering Boko Haram has inflicted will scar our society for life”: Nigerian Bishop

The negative effects of the actions by Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria will always be felt by the people of God in the West African nation, a Catholic Bishop has said.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese / Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Bishop Faults Country’s Leadership for Lack of National Vision, Direction

A Bishop in Nigeria has, at a webinar, faulted the leadership of the West African country for failing to provide direction and a national “vision about where we are going.”

Late Michael Nnadi / Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria

Since Murder of Seminarian Michael, “Harvest of death has gotten richer”: Nigerian Prelate

On the first burial anniversary of Seminarian Michael Nnadi, the Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has regretted the lack of progress in preventing abductions and murders.

A poster announcing the webinar / Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC)

Go Beyond “endless episcopal statements” in Fight for Justice, Peace in Africa: Bishop

Catholic leaders in Africa need to go beyond the issuance of multiple statements in their fight for justice, peace, and reconciliation, a Nigerian Bishop has said in a virtual conference.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah with Pope Francis in Rome. / Public Domain

Nigerian Bishop Known for Good Governance Advocacy Appointed to a Vatican Dicastery

A Nigerian Bishop vocal about good governance in the West African country has been appointed as a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese. /

Nigeria’s Christian Leaders Call on President to Protect Catholic Bishop amid Controversy

Christian leaders in Nigeria are calling on the President to protect Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah whose Christmas message sparked controversies in the West African nation with some quarters accusing him of “very serious crimes.”

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese. /

“I'm ready to apologize if shown where l insulted Islam”: Nigeria Prelate amid Controversy

The Nigerian Bishop whose Christmas message sparked controversies in the West African nation with some quarters accusing him of “very serious crimes” has sought clarifications about his specific faults.

Clerics Expected to Be Vigilant, Prophetic Whenever They Cite “danger”: Nigerian Bishop

Catholic Clerics are expected to be vigilant and raise their voices in caution whenever they cite danger, the Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has said.

Bishop Emmanuel BAdejo of Nigeria's Oyo Diocese. /

“Set aside animosities, stand for truth”: Nigerian Bishop in Support of Fellow Prelate

A Nigerian Bishop has come to the defense of a brother Bishop whose Christmas Message seems to have triggered mixed reactions, some quarters accusing him of “very serious crimes like treason and incitement for a coup.”

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah and President Muhammadu Buhari. /

What a Nigerian Bishop Said in Christmas Message that Sparked Controversies, Condemnation

The Christmas Message of the Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has sparked controversies in the West African nation, some quarters accusing the Bishop of “very serious crimes like treason and incitement for a coup.”

Young people during protests in Lagos, Nigeria, October 17, 2020, over alleged police brutality. /

Police Brutality Protests in Nigeria Offered Prospect for “Church to guide youths”: Bishop

Peaceful protests against police brutality in Nigeria presented an opportunity for the Catholic Church in the West African nation to guide young people on their quest for a better society, a Catholic Bishops has said in a statement.

“Reset the clock before it is too late,” Nigerian Prelate to President on Independence Day

A Nigerian Bishop has, in his Independence Day message shared with ACI Africa, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to review the ideals of his predecessors and chart a new path for progress, resetting “the clock before it is too late.”

Fr. Sam Ebute prays over a mass grave in Nigeria. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

“The blood of these martyrs will not be in vain”, Cleric on Killings in Nigeria

A Catholic Priest ministering in Nigeria’s Kaduna State that has experienced numerous attacks on innocent civilians has expressed the frustration of having to organize successive burials of victims of the violence in his parish and described those who have lost their lives as “martyrs” whose blood has not been shed “in vain.”

Bishops in Nigeria lead protest march against violence and extremism. /

Nigerian Prelate Says Government’s Best Attempt in Fighting Crisis “not good enough”

Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has criticized the government’s tactics in fighting religious extremism, toxic politics, corruption and other vices that threaten to bring the west African country on its knees, saying that the country could do more in asserting its leadership role on the continent.