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  • After dramatic papal threat, Nigerian diocese remains badly split

    After dramatic papal threat, Nigerian diocese remains badly split

    In an extremely complicated dispute in the Nigerian Diocese of Ahaira, even a papal threat to suspend every last priest there doesn’t seem to have stopped the infighting over the controversial appointment of a new bishop five years ago. The two sides remain bitterly divided, accusing one another of being “satanic” and “corrupt,” and right now it’s not even clear the new bishop can set foot in the diocese.

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  • Nigeria’s bishops take sides in country’s decentralization debate

    Nigeria’s bishops take sides in country’s decentralization debate

    Several Catholic bishops in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous state, have joined mounting calls for a wide decentralization of power in the country, shifting authority to the 36 states, but not every bishop buys it. Bishop Hyacinth Oroko Egbebo says until the corruption problem is solved, it doesn’t much matter who’s making corrupt decisions.

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  • Catholic priest murdered in Nigeria

    Catholic priest murdered in Nigeria

    Unlike the Muslim-majority north of the country, where the Islamist militant group Boko Haram threatens the Christian community, the southeast of the country is predominantly Christian. However, the region is plagued by government corruption and violence. Armed gangs roam the region, and kidnappings for ransom are common.

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  • Nigerian bishops call on government to rebuild churches attacked by Boko Haram

    Nigerian bishops call on government to rebuild churches attacked by Boko Haram

    Nigerian Archbishop Matthew Man-oso Ndagoso of Kaduna says in the past six years, Boko Haram insurgents have attacked churches and other Christian places in the north of the country, but the federal government is yet to compensate the victims.

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  • Catholic medical professionals in Nigeria want GM crops regulated

    Catholic medical professionals in Nigeria want GM crops regulated

    While recognizing that nutrition falls within the realm of the “basic needs of humans” and therefore improved food production and distribution techniques remain critical to human survival, the Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria has cautioned that “the application of a technology without adequate assurance of safety is immoral, ” and claimed GMOs could come with enormous health consequences, and have the potential to damage the environment, leading to the loss of biodiversity. Most scientists say GMOs are safe, and could help Africa solve a hunger crisis.

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  • Troubled Nigerian diocese urged to ‘put grievances aside,’ accept bishop

    Troubled Nigerian diocese urged to ‘put grievances aside,’ accept bishop

    Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference, is urging priests in his country’s Ahaira diocese to accept a bishop appointed by Benedict XVI and confirmed by Francis, even though he comes from outside the diocese’s majority ethnic and linguistic group. While some priests say they’re ready to comply with whatever the pope decides, that doesn’t mean the underlying grievances are resolved.

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