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December 14, 2021
Simon Caldwell
US President Joe Biden is facing demands from human rights groups to formally recognise the religious persecution of Christians in Nigeria. Fifteen faith-based religious freedom groups have joined forces with 32 leading global human rights advocates in calling for the Biden administration to re-designate the African nation as a “Country of Particular Concern”. An open
December 03, 2021
Jude Atemanke/CNA
Christians in Nigeria’s Zamfara State have been cautioned against public worship in churches lest they be attacked, abducted, and their places of worship torched. The warning, for which a “Fulani association” claims responsibility, is contained in a letter circulated by the office of the state police commissioner.   “The command has already alerted its Divisions/Formations for
November 19, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
After the U.S. State Department released its list of countries with the most egregious religious freedom violations this week, human rights advocates expressed shock that Nigeria was removed from this year’s list. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released a statement on Nov. 17 saying that it was “appalled” at the State Department’s “unexplainable” decision
November 05, 2021
Simon Caldwell
Gunmen have stormed a church in Nigeria, shooting dead one of the worshippers and kidnapping more than a hundred others. The raid in Kaduna State in the centre of the country also left two Christians critically ill in hospital, according to initial reports. The attackers swept into the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kakau Daji when
September 17, 2021
CNA Staff
Kafanchan, Nigeria, Sep 16, 2021 / 03:10 am A Nigerian Catholic priest kidnapped at his parish residence on Monday has been freed. The priest’s liberation was announced on Sept. 15 by Fr. Emmanuel Uchechukwu, chancellor of Kafanchan diocese, in northern Nigeria, reported ACI Africa, CNA’s African news partner. “With hearts filled with joy, we raise our voices
September 15, 2021
Christine Rousselle/CNA
Kafanchan, Nigeria, Sep 14, 2021 / 20:00 pm Prayers are being sought for the quick and safe release of a Catholic priest, Father Benson Bulus Luka, kidnapped from his parish residence in Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese. “It is with great pain that we announce to you the kidnapping of our Priest, Rev. Fr. Benson Bulus Luka,”
July 29, 2021
Valentine Iwenwanne
Every year, thousands of Europe-bound Nigerian youths illegally travel along often-dangerous migration routes through the Sahara desert and across the Mediterranean Sea, voyaging on hapless boats, most intent on reaching Italy where they hope to make a better living. Their hopes often crumble like a house of cards.
July 13, 2021
Staff Reporter
"A man of justice, peace and unity," Pope Francis writes, "[the late Cardinal Monswengo] has been deeply involved in integral human development in the Democratic Republic of Congo."
July 09, 2021
Staff Reporter
The tenth anniversary of South Sudan’s birth as an independent nation “calls to mind your past struggles and points with hope to the future,” reads a letter addressed to South Sudan’s political leaders, which was signed by Pope Francis, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, and Jim Wallace, this year’s Moderator of the Church of Scotland’s
July 07, 2021
Staff Reporter
Bishops in southern Africa are calling for “restraint and a spirit of meaningful dialogue” in the Kingdom of Eswatini as the government cracks down on pro-democracy demonstrations. Unrest began in the land-locked nation formerly known as Swaziland, after the death of a 25-year-old law student in April, allegedly at the hands of police. Student demonstrations
June 28, 2021
Staff Reporter
A makeshift bomb exploded in a Catholic Church in Beni, in the province of North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Sunday, injuring two people. The bomb went off around 6 am local time (0400 GMT), about one hour ahead of scheduled Confirmations in the church. “They were targeting a large crowd because the ceremony
May 19, 2021
Staff Reporter
A scene of destruction in Butembo-Beni diocese on 24 March 2021, following an attack by suspected ADF/NALU forces. Photo courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need   Islamic insurgents in the Democratic Republic of Congo are engaged in “relentless” violence. A bishop from a hard-hit diocese in the country has given a leading Catholic
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