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May 24, 2018

Murder of two Catholic Priests and their Parishioners in Benue: When will this barbarism end? – Catholic Bishops

The first group of Catholic bishops of Nigeria shortly after arriving Rome last week

  A statement issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in the wake of the murder of Two Priests and their Parishioners During the celebration of the Holy Mass, in Mbalom, Benue State.   We have received with deep shock, sorrow and utter horror, the gruesome, grisly and dastardly murder of two Catholic priests along with fifteen of their parishioners in the early hours of the morning of Tuesday 24 April 2018. These innocent souls met their untimely death in the hands of a wicked and inhuman gang of the rampaging and murderous terrorists, who have turned the vast lands of…

Mass Slaughter: …Outrage over killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna

Hundreds of innocent Christians have been slaughtered in Southern Kaduna, as bloodthirsty Fulani Herdsmen spread their killings to that part of the country. Reports say over 800 people, most of them women and children have died and 57 injured, in recent attacks of 53 villages. No fewer than 16 churches were burnt alongside the destruction of 1,422 houses and farm produce worth N5.5 billion. In the last year, Nigeria has witnessed a harvest of killings by the same marauding herdsmen with several cases of massacre in Agatu, Benue state, Uzo Uwani, Enugu state with several attacks in Taraba, Delta and…

Catholics in Owerri pray for peace

Catholics in Owerri, the Imo State capital, including the clergy, religious and lay faithful, last Tuesday (September 20, 2016) held a prayer rally to solicit God’s blessings for peace in the world, Nigeria and Imo State. The exercise which held simultaneously in all Catholic Dioceses in Nigeria, was in accordance with a directive from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) that every diocese should join Pope Francis, who was at Assissi that day praying for world peace. Before the procession set out at Villa Mariae, Wetheral Road, Owerri,  His Grace Most Rev Anthony Obinna, after thanking all present, for…

Bishops condemn Health Minister over alleged plan to legalise abortion

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Ibadan Ecclesiastical province has condemned the alleged subtle plan by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, in collaboration with foreign organisations to increase the culture of contraception among Nigerian women, describing this as an anti-life policy. The bishops also warned the political parties participating in the Edo and Ondo State governorship polls to desist from violence and align with the guidelines stipulated by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to avert chaos in the system. They praised President Muhammadu Buhari for exposing corrupt Nigerians in his anti-graft war, advising that the president must institutionalise…

Probe those seeking your Votes …Catholic Bishops

Address grievances, agitations now - Catholic Bishops tell FG

Catholic Bishops have taken a critical look at the state of the nation and appealed to all Nigerian voters to look back before casting their votes, in the upcoming general elections. According to the bishops, looking back in reflection would enable the voters do a better assessment and evaluation of those seeking their votes for election and re-election into public offices. In a Communiqué issued at the End of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) held at the Daughters of Divine Love Retreat and Conference Centre, Abuja, the bishops said “Nigerians should assume the…

Bishop Badejo appointed Chairman for Social Communications of SECAM

Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo, Bishop of Oyo Diocese,has been appointed the Chairman for Communications of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). The appointment which takes immediate effect was contained in a letter signed by the President of SECAM, Archbishop Gabriel Mbilingi of Lubango, Angola. The appointment of Bishop Badejo is seen as an attempt to revive the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications, which has the acronym CEPACS, derived from the original French name: Comité Episcopal Pan-Africain des Communications Sociales. CEPACS which has been without a Chairman since 2004  was established in Ibadan, Nigeria,…

THE LORD COMFORTS HIS PEOPLE! (ISAIAH 40:1)

Communique at the End of the Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the Diocesan Conference Centre, Bishop’s Court, Effurun, Delta State, September 11-19, 2014. Preamble We, the members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, held our Second Plenary Meeting for the Year 2014 at the Diocesan Conference Centre, Bishop’s Court, Effurun, Delta State. Having prayerfully reflected on issues affecting the Church and our country, we now present our communiqué.   Some Events in the Church We rejoice with Bishop Martin Olorunmolu of Lokoja Diocese and Bishop John Afareha of Warri Diocese and their…

Bishops Bar Knights from wearing headgears in Church

Pastoral Directives on Participation at Liturgical Ceremonies by Knights and Church Paramilitary Personnel INTRODUCTION The Catholic Church has always recognized the important role of her non clerical members in liturgical celebrations. It is a long time practice that every person rightly plays the roles suited to his or her state in the Church at liturgical ceremonies. In order that our liturgy does not become mere social celebrations, the Church gave the General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM). The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) desires to keep to the rubrics and maintain the solemnity that is needed at liturgical…

Education funding: Catholic Bishops list mission-friendly governors

Catholic Bishops in the country have praised eight state governments that have continued to support the funding of mission schools. In his welcome address at the just concluded First plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) for 2014, held in Abuja, the President of the Conference, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama listed such states as: Benue, Anambra, Delta and Lagos.  The rest are Ekiti, Plateau, Ondo and Ebonyi. According to the CBCN President, who is also the Archbishop of Jos, these states have demonstrated commitment by continuing to pay salaries of teachers in mission schools, give grants to private…

Imo House of Assembly Repeals Abortion Law – As Anti-life Group Campaigns in Abuja

Bowing to unprecedented pressure and public outcry from Imo indigenes, the Imo State House of Assembly on Thursday, Sept. 26, repealed the controversial  Imo State of Nigeria Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law No 12 of 2012 (aka Abortion Law). The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, recently brought an amendment bill to the controversial Law to the House of Assembly, asking them to either amend or repeal the entire Law. The Committee set by the House had recommended that the entire Law which has generated much furor in the State be repealed.  The Leader gathered reliably that the House felt…

TIME TO END THE DEATH PENALTY – Catholic Bishops

Below is the statement of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) calling for the abolition of capital punishment in Nigeria. Just when we believe that Nigeria was on the verge of joining the civilized world in ending the death penalty, we are shocked to hear of the unfortunate execution of four convicted persons in Benin City, Edo State. It is sad to note that the event is coming at a time when the whole world is shifting away from capital punishment as a punitive measure.  It will be recalled that the last execution took place in Nigeria in 2006…