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Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria.

Nigerian bishop calls on global community to fight Boko Haram

May 23, 2014

One day after bombings in his city killed nearly 120, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, has called on the... Read more

Deborah Peters was abducted by Boko Harma in Nigeria and survived.

Teenage girl recounts terror, violence of Boko Haram attacks

May 20, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

A teenage girl whose family members were murdered by members of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram is sharing her... Read more

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria.

Christians and Muslims united in Nigeria, says bishop

May 14, 2014

Boko Haram’s April kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls has brought Nigerians, as well as people across the world, into... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi.

Vatican calls on Boko Haram to release kidnapped schoolgirls

May 8, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a May 8 statement, the Holy See condemned all gross violations of human rights, calling for an end to... Read more

Abubakar Shekau in a low quality video admitted to kidnapping nearly 300 girls in Nigeria and threatened to sell them (Screengrab).

US draws fire over 'ineffective' policy toward Boko Haram

The Boko Haram kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls follows years of “ineffective” U.S. policy and analysis that ignored the... Read more

Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja seen at the Vatican, Nov. 24, 2012.

Nigerian cardinal urges action to free kidnapped girls

May 7, 2014

Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja has called for “concrete action” to save the hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram,... Read more

A Catholic Church in Enugu, Nigeria, was vandalized in November, 2012.

Nigerian Catholics risk violence, lives to attend Mass

Mar 23, 2014

Catholics in a northern Nigerian city are risking their lives to attend Sunday Mass, as their community has fallen prey... Read more

Empty bullet casings.

Boko Haram violence continues in attacks on barracks, school

Mar 17, 2014

Hundreds of militants believed to be members of the Islamist group Boko Haram attacked an army barracks in Nigeria March... Read more

Empty Bullet Casings.

Nigeria archbishop laments failure to stop Boko Haram

Feb 20, 2014

Amid continuing attacks in Nigeria attributed to the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, one of the country's leading bishops has... Read more

Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria.

Dozens killed in attacks on Nigeria's Christian villages

Jan 30, 2014

At least 99 people were reportedly left dead after attacks on two Christian villages in northeast Nigeria this week, suspected... Read more

Bishop Hyacinth Egbebo, Vicar Apostolic of Bomadi, in Nigeria.

Islamism in Nigeria places Africa 'at risk', bishop says

Jan 8, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Christians in Nigeria face violence and persecution in their homeland as militant group Boko Haram uses inequality and instability in... Read more


Nigerian bishops echo Pope's prayers for peace

Sep 17, 2013

The bishops of Nigeria have praised Pope Francis’ “inspiring leadership,” saying his Sept. 7 vigil for peace in Syria highlighted... Read more

Map of Nigeria.

US government condemns killings by Nigerian extremist group

Aug 29, 2013

A spokesperson for the U.S. State Department said the United States “strongly condemns” recent killings in Nigeria and an Aug.... Read more

US urged to recognize Nigerian extremist group as terrorists

Aug 21, 2013

Several U.S. religious liberty groups are renewing calls for the federal government to officially recognize Nigerian Islamic extremist group Boko... Read more