Nigerian author-priest killed by armed robbers
Father John Mark Ikpiki
Father John Mark Ikpiki

.- Father John Mark Ikpiki, a prominent Catholic priest, was killed by armed robbers in Nigeria on Monday in what was described as a shocking and dehumanizing crime.

Father Louis Odudu, the Director of Pastoral Affairs at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, said robbers shot Father Ikpiki and stole his car. Father Odudu reported the assailants abandoned the car sometime later, according to an e-mail CNA received from Catholic journalist Peter Dada in Lagos, Nigeria.

Father Ikpiki, a priest of the Diocese of Warri, is described on the diocesan web site as a preacher, an “educationist,” a psychologist, and a communicator. He published the Living Witness Series of educational material to help people to grow in knowledge of God and knowledge of self.

The priest authored more than ten books and offered retreats and seminars for young people.

He held two bachelor degrees in philosophy and theology, one of which was granted by the Urban Pontifical University of Rome. In addition to three master’s degrees in social psychology, educational management, and communication, he held a postgraduate diploma in education.

According to the Diocese of Warri’s web site, Father Ikpiki was diocesan chaplain to the Catholic Dramatic Society and director of communications for the diocese. He edited The Messenger of Peace, the diocese’s magazine.

Father Odudu described the slain priest as very loving, cheerful, and hard working. He was someone God had used to touch several lives, Father Odudu said.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 20, 2014


All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:13-35


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Second Reading:: Col 3:1-4
Gospel:: Jn 20:1-9

Homily of the Day

Lk 24:13-35


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: