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Holy Family Catholic Cathedral in Sokoto, northwest Nigeria.

Catholic cathedral attacked in Nigeria after arrests over ‘blasphemy’ killing

May 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

The attack took place amid protests demanding the release of two suspects in the killing of a Christian student. Read more

Father Joseph Akete Bako.

Catholic archdiocese in Nigeria announces death of kidnapped priest

May 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father Joseph Aketeh Bako was kidnapped in March. Read more

Father Felix Zakari Fidson, who was abducted in Nigeria’s Zaria diocese on March 24, 2022.

Catholic priest in Nigeria released 40 days after abduction

May 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father Felix Zakari Fidson was seized on March 24. Read more

Young adults who have helped with the "I Thirst" project at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Dedham, Massachusetts from left to right: Emily Rittenour, Matthew Marquet, Monet Souza, Natlia Derosa, Sister Josephine Ngama, Lew Uttaro, Gianfranco Derosa, Elizabeth Balzarini, George Matta, Mark Farah.

This Catholic parish is helping to bring fresh water to a poor Nigerian village

Apr 6, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

“They need water.” These words have inspired a Catholic parish in Dedham, Massachusetts, to undertake an ambitious effort to fund... Read more

Father Leo Raphael Ozigi, who was kidnapped in Nigeria’s Minna diocese on March 27, 2022.

Catholic priest abducted after Sunday Mass in Nigeria

Mar 29, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘May the Holy Spirit secure the release of our brother ... from the hands of the bandits,’ said Father Emeka... Read more

Nigerian Cardinal John Onaiyekan speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 9, 2021.

‘We all weep for these victims’: Nigerian cardinal responds after gunmen kill 200 people

Jan 12, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Onaiyekan said: ‘They attack farmers’ fields, kill farmers and no one says anything.’ 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.

Outspoken Nigerian bishop says he is 'fine', amid reports he was called in for questioning by state police

Jan 11, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Following Nigerian media reports over the weekend that a Catholic bishop had been summoned for questioning by a state security... Read more

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah.

Nigerian bishop who criticized government over Christian persecution called in for questioning: report

Jan 8, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A prominent Nigerian bishop has reportedly been ordered in for questioning by a state security agency, after the prelate criticized... Read more

The flag of Nigeria on a military uniform.

Nigerian priest shot dead on Christmas Eve

Dec 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

Fr. Luke Mewhenu Adeleke, a priest of the Diocese of Abeokuta, was shot dead Friday while returning home after celebrating... Read more

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of the Diocese of Yola, pictured in 2015.

Nigerian bishop: Christian persecution is “more intense now than ever”

Dec 16, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A Nigerian Catholic bishop has challenged the United States Secretary of State to justify his decision to remove Nigeria from... Read more

Charles, a 33-year-old father of a family who is a refugee at Pulka in Nigeria's Borno State.

Heroic Nigerian priest risks his life daily to help Christian refugees, aid agency says

Dec 15, 2021

By Agnes Aineah

Not every Catholic priest risks mortal danger every time he visits his people, but this Nigerian priest does. Read more

A Fulani herdsman in Cameroon.

'Fulani association' warns Christians in Nigerian state to close churches or risk attacks

Dec 2, 2021

By Jude Atemanke

Christians in Nigeria’s Zamfara State have been cautioned against public worship in churches lest they be attacked, abducted, and their... Read more

Fr. Bako Francis Awesuh, who was held captive for more than a month by Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria's Kaduna state earlier this year.

'Come to our rescue': Nigerian priest to international community after month of captivity

Dec 2, 2021

By ACI Africa

A Nigerian priest who spent more than a month in captivity following his abduction earlier this year has called on... Read more

Rep. Chris Smith. Public Domain.

Congressman Smith: Nigeria's removal from U.S. watch list a 'retreat' from fight against religious persecution

Nov 24, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The decision to remove Nigeria from the list of “Countries of Particular Concern” was “totally unjustified,” and a backwards step... Read more

The flag of Nigeria on a military uniform.

Legal group joins outcry over removal of Nigeria from religious freedom watch list

Nov 23, 2021

By Kate Olivera

An international legal group has joined the outcry over the U.S. State Department’s decision to remove Nigeria from this year’s... Read more

The flag of Nigeria on a military uniform.

Religious freedom advocates ‘appalled’ as State Department removes Nigeria from watch list

Nov 18, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Rights groups have documented thousands of killings of Nigerian Christians. Read more

Kaduna State in northern Nigeria.

Attack on Christians in Nigeria described as a ‘massacre’

Sep 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

An estimated 49 people were killed in a two-hour long attack. Read more

Father Benson Bulus Luka was kidnapped from his parish residence in Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese on Sept. 13, 2021.Kafanchan Diocese

Urgent prayers needed for kidnapped Nigerian priest

Sep 14, 2021

By Jude Atemanke

Prayers are being sought for the quick and safe release of a Catholic priest, Father Benson Bulus Luka, kidnapped from... Read more

The flag of Nigeria on a soldier’s arm.

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

Jul 31, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

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

Jul 23, 2021

By ACI Africa

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