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Report: 17 Christians killed every day in Nigeria in first half of 2021

More than 3,000 Christians were murdered in 2021’s first 200 days. Read more

Nigerian Christians displaced from their homes by Boko Haram attacks. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Maiduguri.

Nigerian seminarian calls for 'prayer backed up with action' to counter violence

Religious persecution is rampant in Nigeria, where militant groups such as Boko Haram carry out abductions that appear to target... Read more

Ash Wednesday celebration at St. Patrick cathedral in Maiduguri, Feb. 26, 2020

‘At every time, you could be a target’: Despite danger, Nigerian priest ministers to refugees of terrorism

A Nigerian priest who ministers to trauma victims in the country’s northeast says he is aware of the danger priests... Read more

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto addresses a dinner of ADF International, "The Crisis of Religious Freedom in Nigeria," at the 2021 International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington, D.C.

'I believe in the Resurrection': Nigerian bishop keeps hope amid rampant violence

As some warn that anti-Christian violence in Nigeria is reaching the level of genocide, the bishop of the Diocese of... Read more

Fr. Elijah Juma Wada was abducted on June 30, 2021, in Nigeria’s Maiduguri diocese.

Catholic priest in Nigeria who escaped nine-day captivity 'responding well to medication'

Fr. Elijah Juma Wada, a priest of the Diocese of Maiduguri who was abducted June 30 and held for nine... Read more

Fr. Elijah Juma Wada was abducted on June 30, 2021, in Nigeria’s Maiduguri diocese.

Suspected members of Boko Haram kidnap Catholic priest in Nigeria

Fr. Elijah Juma Wada was abducted on June 30. Read more

Funeral Mass in Nigeria

‘This thing’s going to blow up on us’: The religious extremism fueling violence in Nigeria

Escalating bloodshed in Nigeria is fueled in part by religious extremism – and the United States must recognize this in... Read more

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.

Lagos archbishop urges Nigerian president to secure release of kidnapped girl

Three years after Leah Sharibu was abducted from her school in Dapchi in Yobe State within Nigeria’s Diocese of Maiduguri,... Read more

Pope Francis touches a statue of Our Lady of Luján at his general audience in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace Dec. 2, 2020.

Pope Francis prays for victims of Islamist attack in Nigeria that left 30 beheaded

Pope Francis said Wednesday that he was praying for Nigeria following a massacre of at least 110 farmers in which... Read more

Church in Akure, the largest city in Ondo State, Nigeria.

'Beyond reprehensible': Christian aid workers executed in Nigeria

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released a statement on Tuesday condemning the execution of five aid workers... Read more

Flag of Nigeria on soldiers arm.

Attack on Nigerian village leaves 80 dead

The militant group Boko Haram is believed to be behind a recent attack on a Nigerian village that left at... Read more

Days before attack, Nigerian bishop warned of poor protection for Christians

Just days before a suspected Islamist militant attack killed 30 people in Nigeria, a prominent bishop in the country lamented... Read more

Displaced persons in Maiduguri, who are being cared for by the local Church, in September 2014.

Islamists in Nigeria kill Christian hostages

The Islamic State group in Nigeria released a video Thursday claiming to show the killing of 11 Christian men.  Read more

Nigerian Catholics brave persecution to remain steadfast in faith

Despite the constant threat of violence from Boko Haram terrorists, Catholics in Nigeria remain faithful to the Gospel, trusting God... Read more

Damage from an attack by Boko Haram, in Kaya, Madagali, Nigeria, on June 11, 2018.

Boko Haram burns Catholic building previously destroyed by Boko Haram

A Catholic catechetical building was damaged by Boko Haram militants during an attack Monday on a village in northwestern Nigeria.  Read more

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.

To save Christian teen from Boko Haram, Nigerian president promises quiet action

With 15-year-old Leah Sharibu still in captivity under the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram for not renouncing her Christian faith,... Read more

Family of kidnapped school girls in Nigeria.

Boko Haram frees most schoolgirls abducted last month

On Wednesday, terrorist group Boko Haram returned at least 76 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped in a raid last month.  Read more

Nigerian school girls.

Nigerian Christian community mourns Boko Haram kidnapping

With 110 girls still missing after terrorist group Boko Haram attacked a technical college in Nigeria last week, a priest... Read more

Rebecca Bitrus.

Former Boko Haram captive shares harrowing tale of faith, forgiveness

Rebecca Bitrus, who was a prisoner with Boko Haram for two years, is a stark reminder that behind all the... Read more

Refugees in Nigeria's Maiduguri diocese, September 2014.

Nigerian bishops deplore dehumanizing trends of violence

Nigeria's bishops challenged government authorities Tuesday to resolve the country’s violent disputes, especially after recent attacks by Fulani herdsmen have... Read more