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Prayer Appeal for Catholic Priest Kidnapped from Umuahia Diocese in Nigeria

Dec 21, 2022

Prayers are being sought for the safe release of Fr. Christopher Ogide, the Catholic Priest reportedly abducted from Nigeria’s Umuahia Diocese on December 17.

Bishop Michael Kalu Ukpong, appointed Bishop of Nigeria’s Umuahia Diocese on 1 November 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Auxiliary Bishop of Umuahia Diocese Set to Shepherd the Nigerian Catholic Diocese

Nov 1, 2022

Bishop Michael Kalu Ukpong, the Auxiliary Bishop of Umuahia Diocese in Nigeria since July 2020, is set to shepherd the Nigerian Catholic Diocese.

Archbishop-elect Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, elected  President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) on 09 March 2022. Credit: Catholic Broadcast Commission,Nigeria.

Newly Appointed Archbishop in Nigeria Elected President of Catholic Bishops' Conference

Mar 9, 2022

Four days after being appointed Archbishop for Nigeria's Owerri Archdiocese, Bishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji who has been at the helm of Umuahia Diocese has been elected President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).

Archbishop-elect Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, appointed Archbishop of Nigeria's Owerri Archdiocese on 6 March 2022. Credit: Umuahia Diocese

Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of Nigeria’s Owerri Archbishop, Appoints Successor

Mar 7, 2022

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Archbishop Anthony John Valentine Obinna of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri in Nigeria and appointed his successor.

Fr. Mark Chimezie Godfrey released on 23 October 2021 after 10 days in captivity. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Catholic Priest Regains Freedom “unhurt” after 10-day Captivity

Oct 25, 2021

The Nigerian Priest kidnapped October 13 in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Umuahia has regained freedom “unhurt”,  his Local Ordinary has confirmed.

Fr. Mark Chimezie Godfrey kidnapped after celebrating morning Mass at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Nigeria's Umuahia Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Prayer Appeal for release of Catholic Priest Kidnapped in Nigeria’s Umuahia Diocese

Oct 14, 2021

Prayers are being sought for the quick and safe release of an abducted member of the Clergy of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Umuahia.

Fr. Valentine Oluchukwu Ezeagu pictured shortly after his released Wednesday, December 16.

Nigerian Religious Cleric Abducted Tuesday “unconditionally released”

Dec 17, 2020

The Nigerian Religious Cleric abducted earlier this week on his way to his dad’s funeral has been “unconditionally released,” the leadership of his Religious Congregation has announced. 

Map of the Federal Republic of Nigeria showing Kaduna state where there has been an upsurge in violence recently.

“Adopt a grassroots approach in handling” Insecurity: Nigerian Cleric Tells Government

Aug 3, 2020

In the wake of the recent spate of violence in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Kaduna, a Cleric in Africa’s most populous nation has called on the country’s Federal Government to embrace a “grassroots approach in handling” insecurity in the affected regions of the country.  

Bishop Michael Kalu Ukpong Auxiliary Bishop of Nigeria’s Umuahia Diocese. / Diocese of Umuahia

Bishop’s Title “one of humble service, not self-glorification”: New Nigerian Bishop Told

Jul 31, 2020

At the Eucharistic celebration on the occasion of the Episcopal Ordination of the Auxiliary Bishop of Nigeria’s Umuahia Diocese Thursday, July 30, the Local Ordinary of the same Diocese advised the Bishop-elect to view his appointment as a humble service to the people of God and not as “an honor” that triggers “self-glorification.”

Bishop Miguel Ángel Olaverri Arroniz (right) and Bishop Victor Abagna Mossa (left) appointed Metropolitan Archbishops for Pointe-Noire and Owando respectively.

Two Dioceses in Congo-Brazzaville Elevated, Auxiliary Bishop in Nigeria Appointed

Jun 2, 2020

Over the weekend, Pope Francis elevated the dioceses of Pointe-Noire and Owando in Congo-Brazzaville to Archdioceses, appointing Bishop Miguel Ángel Olaverri Arroniz and Bishop Victor Abagna Mossa as their first Metropolitan Archbishops respectively.