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Father John Mark Cheitnum, left, and Father Denatus Cleopas, right.

Two Catholic priests kidnapped in Nigeria

Jul 16, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Nigerian diocese of Kafanchan has asked for prayers after two Catholic priests were kidnapped Friday evening. Read more

Photo illustration of Nigerian military uniform.

Nigerian Christian villagers claim military helicopter fired on them, not bandits

Jul 4, 2022

By Douglas Burton

Authorities deny the charge and have tried to reassure villagers the government is on their side. Read more

Priests protest at the funeral of Father Vitus Borogo in the archdiocese of Kaduna on June 30, 2022.

Nigerian archbishop cries at gravesite of slain priest as Catholics protest violence

Jul 1, 2022

By Courtney Mares

“People are tired of the killing," a priest from the Archdiocese of Kaduna told CNA. Read more

Kaduna State in northern Nigeria.

Two churches in Nigeria attacked during Sunday worship

Jun 20, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The attack comes two weeks after 40 Christians were killed in an attack on a Catholic church on Pentecost Sunday. Read more

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Oyo preaches the homily at the funeral of the Owo Pentecost massacre victims, June 17, 2022.

Nigeria church massacre: At funeral, bishop urges Christians to 'refuse to be crushed by the tragedy'

Jun 17, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

“In these coffins, a part of Nigeria lies dead, too," Bishop Emmanuel Badejo said. Read more

Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins, pictured on Oct. 13, 2018.

Nigerian Catholic bishop to Irish president: Church massacre not linked to climate change

Jun 13, 2022

By CNA Staff

The bishop said Michael D. Higgins’ ‘reasons for this gruesome massacre are incorrect and far-fetched.’ Read more

Patrick Kelly, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, delivers his first Supreme Knight's Report during the organization's 139th Annual Convention, Aug. 3, 2021. Credit: Knights of Columbus/screenshot.

Urgent appeal from Supreme Knight: Start this novena on Christmas Eve for persecuted Christians

Dec 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

The head of the Knights of Columbus is asking for the order's members to consider "a last-minute Christmas gift": saying... 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

Jul 15, 2021

By Matt Hadro

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

Fr. Matthew Dajo, who was kidnapped Nov. 22 in Nigeria's Abuja archdiocese. Public Domain.

Catholic priest in Nigeria released after being held captive for 10 days

Dec 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A priest who was kidnapped in Nigeria has been released after being held captive for 10 days.   Read more

Fr. Matthew Dajo, who was kidnapped Nov. 22 in Nigeria's Abuja archdiocese. Public Domain

Catholic archbishop: Pray for priest kidnapped in Nigeria

Nov 27, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A Nigerian archbishop has asked for prayers for the safe release of a priest kidnapped in Abuja earlier this week.  Read more

Pope Francis prays before Our Lady of Fatima May 13, 2015.

Pope Francis asks Mary 'Mother of Hope' to intercede for Nigeria's persecuted Christians

Aug 15, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prayed Saturday for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, “Mother of Hope,” for Nigeria’s persecuted Christians and... Read more

Emmanuel Sani, a farmer affected by a Fulani attack at his village, rests on a bed at St. Gerard’s Catholic Hospital, Kaduna, Nigeria, April 13, 2019.

UK urged to sanction Nigerian officials for failing to protect persecuted Christians

Jul 8, 2020

A new report Wednesday urged the U.K. to sanction Nigerian officials accused of turning a blind eye to the persecution... Read more

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg, at the Vatican, Oct. 5, 2019.

European bishops call for EU support of persecuted Christians in Nigeria

Jul 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The president of the European bishops’ commission has promised persecuted Christians in Nigeria that he will advocate for increased support... Read more

Fr. David Echioda.

Nigerian priest abducted by gunmen after Sunday Mass

Mar 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Another Catholic priest in Nigeria has been kidnapped by gunmen, according to local media reports.  Read more

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari addresses the UN General Assembly in 2015.

With Buhari poised to win re-election, Nigerian bishops continue call for credibility

Feb 26, 2019

Nigeria is in the midst of counting votes cast in a contentious general election, and Catholic bishops are urging the... Read more

The flag of Nigeria.

Nigerian priest dies shortly after being kidnapped

Sep 24, 2018

A Catholic priest in Nigeria died Sept. 19, just days after escaping from kidnappers, according to local media reports. The... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Nigerian bishops, June 8 2017.

Nigerian bishops: Prayer, especially the rosary, will 'save our country'

Sep 20, 2018

In a strong critique of Nigeria’s governing administration, the country’s Catholic bishops have said that Nigeria must find a new... Read more