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

Catholic diocese rejoices as priest is freed barely 24 hours after kidnapping

“Barely 24 hours after his kidnap, our beloved brother priest was released by his abductors.” 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

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

Freed: Msgr. Julius Agbortoko Abbor, vicar general of Cameroon’s Mamfe diocese.

Catholic priest in Cameroon freed after three days in captivity

Msgr. Julius Agbortoko Abbor was released without payment of a ransom. Read more

Msgr. Julius Agbortoko, vicar general of Cameroon’s Mamfe diocese, who was abducted by separatists on Aug. 29, 2021.

Catholic priest in Cameroon reportedly kidnapped by separatists

Msgr. Julius Agbortoko was seized on Aug. 29. 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

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Kidnappers free Catholic priest and four others in Mali

Gunmen released Fr. Léon Douyon 72 hours after seizing him. Read more

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Catholic priest among five people kidnapped in Mali

Fr. Léon Douyon was abducted by gunmen on June 21. 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

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

Fr. Rodrigues Sanon. Courtesy photo.

Another priest missing in Burkina Faso

A Catholic bishop in Burkina Faso is asking for prayers after the disappearance of another priest, whose vehicle was found... Read more

Fr. Valentine Oluchukwu Ezeagu. Photo courtesy of the Congregation of the Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy.

As abducted Catholic priest is freed, congregation prays for kidnappers’ conversion

After abducted Nigerian priest Fr. Valentine Ezeugu was released Wednesday, his religious congregation said it was praying for the conversion... Read more

Fr. Valentine Oluchukwu Ezeagu. Photo courtesy of the Congregation of the Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy.

Catholic priest kidnapped in Nigeria while traveling to his father’s funeral

A priest of the Congregation of Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy was kidnapped in Nigeria Tuesday while traveling to... 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

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

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

Fr. Pierluigi Maccalli, center, meets Pope Francis at the Vatican Nov. 9, 2020.

Pope Francis kisses hand of missionary priest, freed after two-year captivity in Africa

Pope Francis met Monday with an Italian missionary priest who was freed last month in Mali, after having been kidnapped... Read more

Fr. Pierluigi Maccalli pictured before he was kidnapped.

Catholic priest freed two years after kidnapping by jihadist group

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

Fr. David Echioda.

Nigerian priest abducted by gunmen after Sunday Mass

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