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Nigeria: Touching and Joyful Homecoming for Seminarians Released After Abduction

“Hearts filled with joy” is a phrase that translates the spirit of the Church in Nigeria following the release of three young seminarians who were abducted last Monday. In a message sent out to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), late Wednesday evening, Fr. Emmanuel Uchechukwu Okolo, Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, […]

Nigeria: Church Decries “Slow Genocide” of Christians

The Catholic Church in Nigeria claims that the Christians in their country are the victims of a process of ethnic cleansing at the hands of islamist Fulani Muslims, with the complicity of the state. During a webinar hosted by Aid to the Church in Need International (ACN) respective speakers. Among them, one bishop and several […]

June 20th was World Refugee Day: Africa Faces Threat of Famine Due to Persecution

Millions in West Africa are in need ACN has estimated over 15 million people are currently internally displaced in the 12 countries identified by ACN’s Religious Freedom in the World Report 2021. and suffering severe to extreme religious persecution in Africa. Large agricultural areas are emptied as people run for their lives from profit driven […]

Nigeria—Christmas Eve Attacks on Churches

A Christmas Eve attack by Boko Haram—left at least 11 dead and two church buildings razed to the ground. This has prompted a Nigerian bishop to issue a rallying cry, insisting Islamist violence is doomed to failure. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of […]

Nigeria – “Our land is now a pool of blood”

In an October 1 message marking the 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence from British rule, Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto was harshly critical of the country’s President Mohammadu Buhari, faulting him for failing to rein in ongoing violence, much of it targeting Christians. “Where are the Chibok daughters? Where is Leah Sharibu? Who are the […]

Nigeria: “It is like we have been left to perish because of our faith.”

For the past seven months in southern Kaduna State, in north-central Nigeria, there have been incessant attacks on Christian communities, killing 178 people. In a statement by the Catholic bishops of Kaduna Province sent to the pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the bishops said that ‘dark clouds of violence have enveloped our […]

ACN NEWS – Nigeria “Genocide is happening in Nigeria”

Systematic violence against Nigerian Christians by Fulani herdsmen constitutes genocide, according to a leading Catholic bishop who stressed that Muslims are also falling foul of the violence. Following the kidnapping and deliberate execution on July 23 of five aid workers by Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP), Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto told Catholic […]

ACN Information Covid-19: a Missed Opportunity for Peace

Over two months ago, the UN issued an appeal for a worldwide ceasefire in the hope that people would instead concentrate on the battle against Covid-19. Six days later, the Pope also echoed this appeal. Now ACN has contacted Church leaders on the ground in the various conflict regions in order to find out what […]

ACN NEWS – the murder of Nigerian seminarian Michael Nnadi

  Nigeria ACN expresses great sadness at the murder of Nigerian seminarian Michael Nnadi Published on the web February 5, 2020   Great sadness and dismay was expressed by the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International) at the murder of the 18-year-old Nigerian seminarian, Michael Nnadi […]