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  • Bishop says decline of faith in West hurts Nigerian church

    Bishop says decline of faith in West hurts Nigerian church

    Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto, Nigeria, says the widespread loss of Christian faith in the West was “absolutely” among the causes of the diminishing influence of the Catholic Church in his own country. “The Arab world is pouring money into Nigeria and the Pentecostal pastors in America are doing the same, and the Catholic Church is now becoming the weakest in terms of access to resources,” he said.

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  • Nigeria: Catholic group casts NGO bill as attempt to promote Islam

    Nigeria: Catholic group casts NGO bill as attempt to promote Islam

    A proposed new law in Nigeria would allow the government to exercise control over projects implemented by NGOs. The leader of Caritas Nigeria has raised an alarm, noting that under Nigerian law, religious groups are incorporated as NGOs. The debate is happening during heightening religious tension in the country, which is almost evenly divided between Muslims and Christians.

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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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