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Sr Majella featured in exhibition on role of women in the Irish State

Friend of murdered Nigerian environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa is one of the high-profile women featured by Cavan County Museum exhibition.

2019.04.07.

Stop the genocide, says priest in appeal to Nigerian government

More than 130 mainly Christian Adara people have been killed and more than 10,000 Adara have fled seeking safety in refugee camps.

2019.03.24.

Religious sisters on the front lines of the war against human trafficking

“Any man, woman or child who has been trafficked, or could be trafficked, clearly needs our unconditional love.”

2019.03.02.

UK Cardinal backs anti-trafficking conference in Nigeria

Organised by the Santa Marta Group (preventing human trafficking and modern slavery), the conference has as its theme ‘Church and state working together to restore dignity to trafficked persons’.

2018.11.14.

The yam helps food security in Nigeria

Sr Nora McNamara and Professor Stephen Morse have produced a book “about advocacy and food security and minding our planet. We are telling that story through the yam, which was an endangered crop”.

2018.10.11.

Nigerian bishop warns of possible genocidal campaign

Bishop William Amove Avenya of Gboko has warned that escalating attacks on Christians by Fulani tribesmen could soon become another Rwanda.

2018.07.22.

Nine ordained to priesthood by Archbishops of Armagh and Tuam

“Now we are blessed that the Church in Nigeria is generously sending her missionaries back to us. It is a wonderful exchange ... and the reality of today is that in many ways Ireland is ripe for mission and new evangelisation.”

2018.06.26.

Pope lends solidarity to those persecuted for their faith

Meeting between Pontiff and the husband and daughter of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy, as well as Nigerian Rebecca Bitrus, who escaped from Boko Haram after two years in captivity.

2018.02.27.

Kidnapped nuns released in Nigeria

"We are happy; to God be the glory", said Sister Agatha Osarekhoe, Superior General of the Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Christ, announcing the release of the sisters.

2018.01.11.

Pope Francis celebrates his birthday with pizza

Pope Francis shared an enormous birthday pizza with youngsters at a Vatican paediatric clinic.

2017.12.18.

Ken Saro-Wiwa book launched at commemoration at Maynooth

They campaigned against oil production in an area of the Niger Delta, claiming that it caused extreme environmental damage arising from years of exploitation. The group were later sent to prison and executed.

2017.11.16.

Papal Nuncio’s crest inspired by Irish missionary bishop

A special liturgical reception was hosted at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin to formally welcome 60-year-old Nigerian, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, the first African priest to hold the Church’s most senior diplomatic role in the State.

2017.11.14.

Women’s Interfaith Council in Nigeria honours Irish missionary

Sr Kathleen McGarvey helped set up WIC in 2010 to enable Muslim and Christian women tackle issues of common concern such as health, literacy, unemployment and violence – both domestic and interreligious.

2017.10.31.

New Nuncio for JPII awards in Clonmel

Diocesan coordinator Fr Michael Toomey said he has been astounded at the enthusiasm and commitment all students have put into this award.

2017.09.14.

Kildare & Leighlin to be twinned with Diocese of Maiduguri in Nigeria for WMF2018

“We talk a lot about the challenges of family life but those of you who are here today are here because you know that overall the family brings a fulfilment into your lives that is quite unique.”

2017.08.29.

Delegation of bishops welcomes new Nuncio to Ireland

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo is the first African to hold the role of Papal Nuncio to Ireland.

2017.08.15.

Gun attack on Nigerian Catholic church leaves 11 dead

“The gunmen came thinking that their target was in the church but he was not.”

2017.08.08.

Irish priest’s peace building and conflict resolution programme expands in Africa

In 2009 Fr Patrick Devine SMA founded the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation. It has now trained over 9,600 community leaders and village elders as peacemakers.

2017.07.28.

Nigerian missionaries commended for their work in Ireland

"We are here because you first came to us. We are the fruit of your labour. Today, many Churches in Nigeria are named after St Patrick. St Patrick is the second patron of Nigeria after Our Lady.”

2017.07.04.

Concern’s Fr Jack Finucane C.S.Sp. dies suddenly

His work “leaves a real, positive, and enduring legacy for millions of people across the globe” – President Higgins.

2017.06.09.

Ireland’s new Papal Nuncio is an African

One of his first tasks in Ireland will be the appointment of bishops, including appointments to several dioceses that have been vacant for some time.

2017.05.14.

Nigerian schoolgirls freed by Boko Haram

The Nigerian government announced the release of the young women who were among 300 abducted from the high school in Chibok in April 2014. Ever since then a high profile campaign has been under way under the title ‘Bring Back Our Girls’.

2017.05.11.

Christian are the most persecuted

“Christian responses to persecution are almost always nonviolent and, with very few exceptions, do not involve acts of terrorism,” states recent report.

2017.04.27.

Honour St Patrick by welcoming migrants and feeding the hungry, says bishops’ message

The plight of Patrick, himself a migrant, has been faced by many Irish people who have struggled to live and integrate into new cultures.

2017.03.10.

Death of last Spiritan from Irish Province to minister in Nigeria

Apart from a short time in pastoral work in New York during the Nigerian Civil (Biafran) War and subsequent studies in Nova Scotia, 90-year-old Fr Paddy Foley spent almost all his 60 years of priesthood in Nigeria.

2017.01.04.

President Higgins speaks out against xenophobia

“Racism and xenophobia are garnering electoral power in many countries” – President Higgins.

2016.11.23.

The world is at war because it has lost sight of peace: Pope

All religions “desire peace. Other people want war,” Pope tells journalists en route to WYD in Krakow.

2016.07.28.

Lack of medication resulted in abducted priest’s death

Fr John Adeyi's decomposing body was found on 23 June in Benue State. The vicar general of St Bernard's Catholic Diocese of Otukpa was seized by armed men on 24 April.

2016.07.02.

Ruhama calls for law to combat trafficking & prostitution

301 women were assisted by the NGO according to the 2015 Annual Report including 94 victims of sex trafficking, an increase of six over the previous year (88 in 2014).

2016.06.28.

Tipperary remembers walk-loving missionary priest

Parishioners of Moycarkey-Borris parish pay tribute to Fr Paudie Moloughney SPS with an 8km 'The Circle of Life Walk'.

2016.06.27.
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