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St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Enugu, Nigeria was vandalized Nov 4, 2013.

Sympathizers in Nigeria's high-ranking positions stall fight against militants, priest says

Boko Haram sympathizers and others who support Nigeria being an Islamic State are stalling the fight against militants in the... 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.

Suspected members of Boko Haram kidnap Catholic priest in Nigeria

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

Archbishop Matthew Man-oso Ndagoso of Nigeria’s Kaduna archdiocese.

Nigerian archbishop prays for killers’ conversion at burial of murdered Catholic priest

Fr. Alphonsus Bello was found dead May 21 after his parish was attacked by armed bandits. Read more

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Catholic priest among 11 people kidnapped in Nigeria’s Kaduna archdiocese

Gunmen in northern Nigeria killed eight people and kidnapped 11 others. Read more

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‘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

Fr. Camillus Mbaka. Courtesy photo.

Nigerian priest whose followers stormed cathedral apologizes to bishop

Fr. Camillus Mbaka, whose followers, believing him to be missing, vandalized the cathedral and episcopal residence in Enugu last week,... Read more

Holy Ghost Cathedral in Enugu, Nigeria.

Enugu bishop declares week of prayer after cathedral desecrated by priest’s followers

The Bishop of Enugu announced on Thursday a week of prayer in atonement and reparation following the desecration of the... Read more

The late Fr. Livinius Esomchi Nnamani in his hospital room

Priest with cancer dies 23 days after his hospital room ordination

“His altar was the [hospital] bed, where he was able to unite his sufferings to those of Christ." Read more

Father Aloysius Ezoenyeka

The harrowing story of an LA priest who survived a shooting in Nigeria

Father Aloysius Ezoenyeka didn’t know how long he had been unconscious. A gentle slapping on his face stirred him, and... Read more

Fr. Ferdinand Fanen Ngugban with a religious sister.

Catholic priest and six others killed in attack on church in Nigeria

Gunmen have killed a Catholic priest and at least six others in an attack on a church in Benue State,... Read more

Fr. Harrison Egwuenu, who was kidnapped Monday, March 15, 2021, in Nigeria’s Warri diocese.

Catholic priest in Nigeria recovering after week-long kidnapping ordeal

A Catholic priest in Nigeria is recovering after a week-long kidnapping ordeal. Read more

Fr. Harrison Egwuenu, who was kidnapped Monday, March 15, 2021, in Nigeria’s Warri diocese.

Catholic diocese in Nigeria urges prayers for ‘speedy release’ of kidnapped priest

A Catholic diocese in Nigeria has appealed for prayers for the “speedy release” of a priest abducted on Monday. Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his Angelus address Feb. 21, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis: The Lord does not permit darkness to have the last word

Pope Francis said Sunday that it is important to remember when facing a difficult trial that the “Lord is Risen... Read more

Good Shepherd Seminary in Kaduna, Nigeria, whence four seminarians were abducted Jan. 8, 2020.

Nigerian bishop laments continuing insecurity since seminarian's killing a year ago

One year after the burial of Michael Nnadi, an 18-year-old Nigerian seminarian abducted and killed by gunmen, the local bishop... Read more

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Pope Francis decries men who sustain ‘reprehensible’ trade in preface to trafficking victim’s biography

Pope Francis has written the preface to a biography of a human trafficking victim in which he decries the men who... Read more