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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…

Voter’s Card: Catholic Bishops go tough

  In a bid to tackle voter’s apathy so endemic especially among the faithful, the Catholic Church has hit the ground running ahead of next year’s General Election. Speaking at the end of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), held at the Catholic Secretariat, Abuja, the bishops gave strict instructions to the faithful to register to enable them to obtain the permanent voters card, (PVC), without which they would not be eligible to vote. The Bishops seem to have taken to heart the criticism that many people in the church do not vote or…

Communique: “…That they might have  life and have it more Abundantly” (John 10:10)

  A Communique issued at the end of the first Plenary  Meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria,  Durumi, Abuja, 17-23 February 2018   1. PREAMBLE We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, have held our First Plenary Meeting of the year at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Durumi, Abuja, from 17 to 23 February 2018. Having prayerfully reflected on the ways in which we, as a Church and a Nation, can fully enjoy the fullness of life promised us by our Lord Jesus Christ, we now issue this Communiqué.   2. PROMOTING…

Address of the Catholic Bishops to Buhari

Catholic Bishops with President Buhari on Thursday

  AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF NIGERIA (CBCN) ON THE OCCASION OF A COURTESY CALL ON  HIS EXCELLENCY MOHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE  FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, THURSDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2018   Your Excellency,   Preamble We, the representatives of the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, bring you our cordial greetings and blessings. We desired this meeting, in order to continue the dialogue we initiated with you even before your election as President. We therefore thank you for granting us this audience, which affords us the opportunity to share with you, once again, our thoughts and concerns…

OUR HOPE IN DESPAIR: TOWARDS NATIONAL RESTORATION

OUR HOPE IN DESPAIR: TOWARDS NATIONAL RESTORATION

Communiqué A Communiqué issued at the End of Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Centre, Jalingo, Taraba State, 7-15 September 2017. PREAMBLE We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, held our Second Plenary Meeting of the year at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Centre, Jalingo, Taraba State, from 7 to 15 September 2017. Having prayerfully reflected on the issues affecting the Church and our country, we now issue this Communiqué. URGENT NEED TO ADDRESS GRIEVANCES Our country is currently passing through a phase that is marked by tension, agitation and a general…

Address grievances, agitations now – Catholic Bishops tell FG

Address grievances, agitations now - Catholic Bishops tell FG

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) rose from their Second Plenary Meeting in Jalingo, Taraba State (Sept. 7-15) with an appeal to the Federal Government to address various grievances in the country. In a strongly worded communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the bishops noted that: “Our country is currently passing through a phase that is marked by tension, agitation and a general sense of hopelessness and dissatisfaction. This we believe is as a result of years of injustice, inequity, corruption, and impunity. There are agitations in many sectors of the country against the one-sidedness in appointments…

Ozubulu Church Killings: Our Hearts are Broken – Catholic Church

“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and refusing consolation, because they are no more.” Matt 2:18; Jere. 31:15 Like Rachel, Ozubulu is still crying and mourning the dead, visiting those in hospital. Reactions and condemnations of the killings are pouring in from everywhere. From the Vatican, Pope Francis bared his heart in sorrow, extending “heartfelt condolences” to the faithful of the Diocese of Nnewi, where 11 people were killed on the spot and 18 critically wounded by gunmen who  opened fire on a defenceless congregation at a Sunday mass, in St…

Christians Denied Land to build churches in the North – Mosques spring up in South, East

In what looks like a deliberate plan to stop the spread of Christianity up North, State Governments in the Arewa Zone have continued to turn down applications for the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy, popularly called C of O to the Church. A statement issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), expressed dismay that churches were being denied their right of expansion in the north, contrary to the provisions of the constitution of Nigeria. “In the area of religious freedom of worship and conscience, we are saddened by the fact that many state governments, universities and other institutions…

Prayer alone cannot save Nigeria – CBCN President Urges Christians to pray for Buhari

Address grievances, agitations now - Catholic Bishops tell FG

The President, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has debunked the frequent statement by some Nigerian leaders that, “Only prayer can solve the problems of Nigeria.” In his opening address at the first plenary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria held at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral Abuja, March 7, Bishop Kaigama said: “The statement may be true in one sense but in another it is not only a fallacy but a passing of the buck”. Insisting that prayer and good works must go together, the bishop cautioned Nigerian leaders not to abandon their…

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,…

MEETING OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS WITH HIS EXCELLENCY, PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AT THE ASO VILLA, ABUJA, 2ND MAY, 2016

AN ADDRESS BY MOST REV. IGNATIUS A. KAIGAMA, ARCHBISHOP OF JOS AND PRESIDENT, CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF NIGERIA. Your Excellency, On behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), we the Archbishops and members of the Administrative Board, the highest decision making body of our Conference are here in person to congratulate you our President on your election as the leader of our great country and to express our solidarity and willingness to collaborate with you and with your administration in which we see hope for a greater Nigeria. We recall with great delight your speech in February 2015…

“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…

Archbishop Kaigama elected President of RECOWA

Address grievances, agitations now - Catholic Bishops tell FG

Most Rev.  Dr. Ignatius Ayew Kaigama, Catholic Archbishop of Jos has been elected President of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA/CERAO). Others elected were Most Rev Jose Camnate Na Bissign, Bishop of Bissau (Guinea Bissau), 1st Deputy President, Most Rev Alexi Touably Youlo, Bishop of Agboville (Cote d’ Ivoire), 2nd Deputy President and Rev Fr. Joseph Aka, General Secretary. The election took place during the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA-CERAO) held in Accra, Ghana, Feb. 22-29 under the theme  The New Evangelization and Specific Challenges for the Church, Family of God in West Africa; Reconciliation, Development,…

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…

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…

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…

Bishop Ezeonyia laid to rest – 2 Papal Nuncios, 48 Bishops present

Aba, the Enyimba city and commercial nerve centre of the Eastern states, Friday February 27, 2015, played host to an unprecedented galaxy of distinguished personalities from across Nigeria and beyond, who converged there for the burial of His Lordship, Most Rev. Vincent Valentine Ezeonyia C.S.Sp. Catholic Bishop of Aba Diocese, who died February 8. Those present included: the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, His Grace, Archbishop Augustine Kasujja and his Nicaraguan counterpart (an indigene of Abia State), His Grace Archbishop Fortnatus Nwachukwu. A total of 48 bishops from the various Catholic dioceses in the country were there. They included the President…