New Appointments at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN)

Below is the full list of New Principal Officers of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria:   President: Most Rev. Augustine Obiora Akubeze (Archbishop of Benin City); Vice–President: Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji (Bishop of Umuahia); Secretary: Most Rev. Camillus Raymond Umoh (Bishop of Ikot Ekpene); Assistant Secretary: Most Rev. Charles Michael Hammawa (Bishop of Jalingo). EPISCOPAL CHAIRMEN OF DEPARTMENTS 1. Pastoral Affairs – Most Rev. Valerian Okeke, (Archdiocese of Onitsha) 2. Church & Society – Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji, (Bishop of Umuahia Diocese) 3. Pastoral Agents – Most Rev.…

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Nigeria: Archbishop Kaigama bows out as CBCN president after 6 years, makes valedictory speech

ARCHBISHOP KAIGAMA MAKES VALEDICTORY SPEECH AS HE BOWS OUT OF THE OFFICE OF CBCN PRESIDENT AFTER 6 YEARS. I wish to happily inform you that I have come to the end of my second tenure (having served a total of six years) as the CBCN President. I look back with gratitude to my brother Bishops for the confidence reposed in me even though I knew I did not deserve the position…It was indeed a surprise to me when I was elected CBCN president. As a child, my only ambition was…

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Nigerian Jesuit Priest kidnapped on the 18 April, released

The 50-year old Jesuit priest, Fr. Samuel Okwuidegbe, abducted by unidentified persons on 18 April on the road from Benin City to Onitsha, Southern Nigeria was released on Saturday 22 April. The details of his release remain unknown. In recent years several priests and religious have been abducted in Nigeria for extortion, especially in the south of the country. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria has formally prohibited the payment of ransom in cases of abduction of Catholic clergy.

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Catholic Bishops of Nigeria release Communiqué at the End of the First Plenary Meeting

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) released a Communiqué at the End of the First Plenary Meeting, held at Daughters of Divine Love Retreat and Conference Centre (DRACC), Abuja , 4-10 March 2017, with the theme: “Nigeria: Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities”. Click here to read the full text

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Nigeria’s bishops call on government to defend human rights

At a recent meeting, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria gave a bleak summary of the state of their country, lamenting humanitarian crises including violence at the hands of Boko Haram and other extremist groups, poverty, government corruption, and a lack of respect for human rights or dignity. “Since the end of Nigeria’s tragic civil war, at no other time in the history of our dear country has the issue of our common citizenship been subjected to more strain,” the bishops said in a statement at the conclusion of their plenary…

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Nigeria: Catholic Media Practitioners urged to brace up for challenges of social media

Professionals and practitioners of Catholic media have been called upon to brace up for the challenges of the social media and counter false publications about the Church through this modern day medium of communication. The call was made by the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese and the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) episcopal Chairman of the Directorate of Social Communications, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah while addressing the staff of the directorate during their first statutory meeting for the year 2017, in Abuja, recently. “Today in social media there is…

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Nigeria: Bishop Okeke commended for his Generosity as he turns 70.

The Catholic bishop of Nnewi diocese,  Bishop Hilary Okeke has been described as a dynamic and committed religious leader who out of his generosity has contributed to the growth of the Nigerian Church and humanity in general. The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, made the commendation at the Bishop’s 70th birthday celebration. The ceremony which started with thanksgiving mass took place at the cathedral of Nnewi diocese. In attendance were about 36 members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and…

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