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August 16, 2018

Catholic Church does not endorse political parties – CBCN

  The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, CBCN,  said that the Catholic Church is apolitical, and so, does not endorse or subscribe to any political party. The bishops made the clarification in a Press Release issued at the weekend in Abuja. The Release signed by Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze and Most Rev. Camillus Umuoh, President and Secretary respectively, also stated that no Catholic clergy should publicly endorse any candidate for political office. Similarly, ecclesiastical properties should not be used as place for support for any political candidate or party. The Press release reads in part: “We, the members of the…

You won’t stop killer- Herdsmen

– Catholic Bishops, Ohanaeze, Afenifere, tell Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari is not at all serious about ending the killings in the country or punishing those involved.  Killer-Fulani – herdsmen are taking many lives across the country, particularly in Benue, and the Federal Government is dilly-dallying about it. That is why Catholic Bishops, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere Yoruba and former Vice President Abubakar Atiku do not believe what President Buhari said on Democracy Day, concerning the killer-herdsmen. Buhari had said the Federal Government would deal with the killer- herdsmen and their sponsors but the groups said it is lip service. The Catholic…

Catholic Bishops Say Nigeria Under Siege …Reject Cattle colonies

OUR HOPE IN DESPAIR: TOWARDS NATIONAL RESTORATION

  Catholic Bishops are not at all amused by the consistent killings and bloodshed in the country, undermining what little success has been made in the fight against Boko Haram. A statement issued by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) January 16, said the country is under siege and warned that it is easier to prevent war than stop it after it has started. They say war is looming in the country. “Our beloved country appears to be under siege from many forces. Repeatedly, innocent citizens in different communities across the nation are brutally attacked and their sources of…

October Devotion – Nigeria at 56, Please get on your knees

Join the October Devotion

At 56, Nigerians may have prayed more than their political leaders have worked. Sadly, our leaders have not matched the honest desires, prayers and aspiration of the people with selfless service and patriotism that are required to move this country forward. It’s yet another month of October, let’s join our hearts in prayer as we mark the October Devotion. If prayer changes things; it will change Nigeria we still believe, because people are praying. And so, if there is any time Nigerians need to prayer harder and make tearful supplications to the Almighty God, it is now. Even at 56th…

Nigeria, sinking deeper into the mud – Catholic Bishops

Catholic Bishops are shaking their heads over the state of the nation. They said all the old problems are still here and more are manifesting. In a statement on the State of the Nation issued at the end of their second plenary meeting at Akure, Ondo State, recently, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) concluded that nothing has changed: There is hunger in the land and many have lost their jobs. “We therefore urge the government to take proactive and practical steps towards reversing the recession. We call on Nigerians to moderate their taste for foreign goods, reduce waste…

Catholics Hold Prayer Rally … In Owerri

As life gets harder, tougher and rougher in Imo State and the rest of Nigeria, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna has called out the faithful to come out en mass and petition God in a special one -day prayer for peace. The Day of Prayer for Peace in Nigeria, Imo State and the World will hold on Tuesday, 20th of September 2016 at 8.00 am, beginning from the Villa Mariae along Wetheral Road, Owerri, with a rosary procession, ending at 12 noon with a Holy Mass at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral. A release…

Meeting of the Catholic Bishops of Africa begins in Angola

The Representatives of the eight Episcopal Conferences of the Catholic Church in Africa are presently gathered in Luanda, Angola. The meeting commenced July 18 to end 28, 2016; for the triennial meeting of the Symposium of Ecclesiastical Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). The general theme of the one week gathering is: New Pastoral Challenges Facing the African Family Today and Finding New Ways of Evangelizing the Families. The meeting which is expected to deliberate on administrative matters concerning all the eight regional conferences will also discuss matters affecting the lives of African people like: the quality of leadership, terrorism,…

Catholic Bishops meet Buhari … Our people are groaning

It wasn’t a kind of solidarity visit. The atmosphere was cordial and frank though worried by the increasing menace by herdsmen and kidnappers, coupled with excruciating economic hardship in the country, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa, Abuja May 2, was a somber moment. They were there to gong into the ear of Mr. President the distressing and horrible situations in the Country, asking him to do something urgently to check the brewing storm. They drew the attention of President Buhari to the mind-boggling Agatu killings, the Nimbo killings and…

“No,” to Kaduna State Religious Preaching Bill 2016. …Christians condemn Assault on Religious Freedom

Any Christian playing or enjoying gospel music openly anywhere in Kaduna State can be arrested, imprisoned or fined, if the obnoxious anti-Christian bill pretentiously called Kaduna State Religious Preaching Bill 2016, sponsored by Governor Nasir El Rufai is allowed to pass. In fact, Christians in the state will no longer be free to hold open-air crusades or preach the gospel outside their churches, if the annoying bill designed to replace the equally nasty Kaduna State Religious Preaching Law of 1984 gets a nod from the State House of Assembly. The bill which has 15 sections mandates all preachers to be…

Communiqué: First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN)

A Communiqué at the End of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the Daughters of Divine Love Retreat and Conference Centre (DRACC), Lugbe, Abuja, 13-19 February, 2016 Theme: CATHOLIC CHURCH PROMOTING MERCY, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND PEACE  1. PREAMBLE We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, held our First Plenary Meeting of the year at the Daughters of Divine Love Retreat and Conference Centre Abuja, from 13 to 19 February, 2016. Having prayerfully reflected on the issues affecting the Church and our country, we now present our Communiqué.  2. EVENTS IN THE CHURCH We pray…

Fr. Mbaka’s transfer, a non-issue – Catholic Secretariat

Catholics Bishops of Nigeria have no issues with Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka and would not be dragged into any by mischief makers or even the media. A release issued from the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria and signed by Rev. Fr. Chris N. Anyanwu, Director of Social Communications, demanded an apology from The Punch Newspaper, following a misleading article it published on page 13 of its Monday, Feb 15th 2016 edition, regarding Fr. Mbaka’s transfer. The release said the Bishops conference appreciated the cordial relationship between the church and the media but was opposed to over dramatization of a local diocesan…

CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE OF NIGERIA, COMMUNIQUE: A CALL TO TRUE CONVERSION OF HEART

  A Communiqué at the End of the Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the Pastoral Centre, Igwuruta, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, September 10-18, 2015. PREAMBLE We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, held our Second Plenary Meeting of the year at the Pastoral Centre, Igwuruta, Port Harcourt Rivers State from September 10 to 18, 2015. Having prayerfully reflected on the issues affecting the Church and our country, we now present our Communiqué. 2. EVENTS IN THE CHURCH We thank God for his infinite mercies and for the many blessings he has continued to shower…

Time For Real Governance – Catholic Bishops

Address grievances, agitations now - Catholic Bishops tell FG

  It is not just about winning election, but staying focused on the critical values of good governance. So, the Catholic Bishops in Nigeria are both looking forward to and crying out to God for a better Nigeria, where good governance is the norm. The Bishops made that clear in a communiqué issued at the end of their second plenary meeting for 2015 held at the Pastoral Centre, Igwuuruta, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Congratulating all those who were successful in the general elections held in April, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) said it was now time for those…

National Youths Day ends in Benin City

  Some of the delegates from Owerri Province at the Youth Day programme The 2015 National Youth Day has ended in Benin City, Edo State with a call to Nigerian youths to contribute their quota to the development of the society. The National Youths Day (NYD) celebration with the theme “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy”, taken from Matthew 5:7 was attended by the Catholic Youths Organization of Nigeria (CYON), National Association of Catholic Corps Members (NACC), Young Catholic Students of Nigeria (YCSN) and National Federation of Catholic Students (NFCS) from various dioceses of the country. Delivering…

US Visit: What Buhari should tell Obama

  Any presidential visit is always an opportunity for some diplomatic maneuvers. President Muhammadu Buhari must use his first official visit to the United States, to sort out some sticking points between Nigeria and the United States, especially on the war against terrorism – Boko Haram, and on the undue interference by the United States on Nigeria’s homosexual legislation. Against this background, as President Muhammadu Buhari gets set to embark on this much-awaited official visit tomorrow (Monday July 20, 2015), speculations are rife that although international co-operation to check terrorism (Boko Haram) will top the agenda for the discussions with…

Catholic Bishops Reiterate Condemnation for Same Sex Marriage

Address grievances, agitations now - Catholic Bishops tell FG

…warn Nigerians to shun pressure   The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and all esteemed leaders of the country, including legislators and judges, to shun all pressures and protect Nigerians from the growing but dangerous influence of same sex marriage propaganda. They have also appealed to professionals in the domains of media, music, entertainment, education, medicine, marketing and business to become faithful gatekeepers by protecting the public from the infiltration of the Western propaganda canvassing for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender unions. According to the bishops, this propaganda which has already gained firm…

Vatican Appoints Bishop Kukah member of King Abdulaziz Inter-Religious dialogue Centre in Vienna

  The Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, has been appointed a member of the AbdullahiIbn Abdulaziz International Council for Inter-religious and Inter-cultural Dialogue Advisory Board with official headquarters in Vienna, Austria. A statement signed by the director of Social Communication, Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Fr. Onuh Ladi Sixtus, said by the appointment, Bishop Kukah will represent Africa and serve along with other Catholic Bishops representing Asia, Europe, Middle East and the United States of America as the official Vatican representatives in the council. The council is made up of members from the various religious…

Catholic Bishop urges Buhari to check political, economic excesses – As Most Rev. Dennis Isizoh is ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Onitsha

Most Rev. Dennis Isizoh with bishops, the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi and the incumbent governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano and wife after the ordination   The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has tasked incoming administration of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari to check political and economic excesses weighing down the progress of the country. The President, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, said this during a homily at the consecration of Most Rev. Denis Isizoh, the new auxiliary Bishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha in Anambra on Friday. Kaigama noted that Buhari should choose…

Catholics urged to turn-out enmase for National Prayer Vigil for Nigeria in Abuja

Address grievances, agitations now - Catholic Bishops tell FG

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has called on all Catholics in the country to come out in large numbers and participate actively in the National Prayer for the country scheduled to take place in Abuja next week. The night Vigil Prayer which will hold from the evening of Thursday, November 13, to the early hours of Friday, November 14, 2014, at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, is expected to be attended by all the bishops and Catholic faithful from  the 55 Archdioceses, Dioceses and Vicariates in the country and will feature,…

Sort out Place of Religion in Constitution

Catholic Bishops have made a passionate appeal to the National Conference to clarify the country’s position on religion, especially as the constitution is vague and contradictory on the issue. According to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), it is important to get the place of religion in the country pellucidly clear in the constitution, given threats by the terrorist Boko Haram to force every Nigerian into Islam. “We hear that this is what the Boko Haram terrorists claim to be fighting for to make Nigeria an Islamic State in which the Sharia Law, according to their own understanding would…