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Niger's National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland  Colonel-Major Amadou Abdramane (center), General Mohamed Toumba (center-left), and Colonel Ousmane Abarchi (right) are greeted upon their arrival at the Stade General Seyni Kountche in Niamey, Niger, on Aug. 6, 2023.

Nigerian bishops discourage military intervention in Niger after coup

Aug 8, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The Economic Community of West African States threatened military intervention if Niger’s military refused to restore democracy within one week. Read more

Fr. Pierluigi Maccalli pictured before he was kidnapped.

Catholic priest freed two years after kidnapping by jihadist group

Oct 9, 2020

An Italian Catholic priest was freed Thursday two years after he was kidnapped by a jihadist group.  Read more

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculation Conception in Ouagadougou.

There were over 800 extremist attacks in West Africa in 2019

Dec 19, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Extremist attacks have risen dramatically in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, from 180 incidents in 2017 to more than 800... Read more

A poster created by the Society of African Missions in tribute to Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, one year after his abduction

Italian priest kidnapped in Niger now missing for one year

Sep 18, 2019

One year ago, Fr. Luigi Macalli was abducted in the middle of the night, from his parish Church in Niger.... Read more

Violence, displacement on the rise in Sahel region of Africa

Sep 13, 2019

Catholic Relief Services is warning of increasing violence and displacement in the Sahel— the vast area of western and north-central... Read more

No sign of Italian priest kidnapped in Niger

Sep 21, 2018

There has been no sign of an Italian missionary priest kidnapped in Niger Monday night, a member of his community... Read more

A view of Niamey, the capital of Niger.

Masses suspended in Niger due to church burnings

Jan 22, 2015

The bishops of Niger have canceled Masses and activities at Catholic schools, health care facilities and charity outreaches after Muslim... Read more