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August 14, 2018

Nigerian bishops begin Ad Limina visit to Rome

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

  The first group of the Catholic bishops of Nigeria arrived Rome last week on Ad Limina Visit to the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The bishops who arrived Rome April 14 will meet with the pope on Thursday, April 26 when the second group of bishops must have arrived. According to Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu, Secretary General, Catholic Secretariate of Nigeria (CSN), the first group will round-off on April 28 while the second group will finish on May 5. Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri belongs to the second group. The bishops will meet with Cardinal Filoni, Prefect…

Gov. Bello apologises to Catholic bishops

  The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has apologised to the Catholic bishops and Christians over his alleged comment that those who opposed President Muhammadu Buhari were corrupt Christian leaders who were unhappy because looters were no longer able to pay tithes to them. Bello said he could never insult men of God as he had “tremendous respect for the Catholic Community.” He said he would not do anything to disparage any religious organisation. The governor was reacting to the criticism that greeted his comment in which he was quoted as carpeting the Catholic bishops who paid a visit to…

Religion As Instrument For Peace And Integral Human Development

A Communiqué at the End of the Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at Domus Pacis Pastoral Centre, Igoba, Akure, Ondo State, 8-16 September, 2016. 1. PREAMBLE We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, held our Second Plenary Meeting of the year at Domus Pacis Pastoral Centre, Igoba, Akure, from 8 to 16 September, 2016. Having prayerfully reflected on the issues affecting the Church and our country, we now present our Communiqué. 2. EVENTS IN THE CHURCH In this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, we express our heartfelt gratitude to God for his love and abundant…

Restoring Confidence In Nigeria

A Statement of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria on the State of the Nation 1. Less than two years ago, from His throne, the Lord looked down upon Nigeria with mercy and compassion and then showed us how much He loved us. Against all odds, even when as a people we had almost given up on ourselves and the international community looked on, we were able to conduct one of the most peaceful elections in our history. When Nigerians voted for General Muhammadu Buhari, they demonstrated, beyond the pale of religion, region and ethnicity, that indeed wanted to turn…