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Vatican raises Christian persecution at UN

UN Secretary General, Ban ki-Moon, will meet Pope Francis in the Vatican later this month to issues including climate change.


Kidnapped schoolgirls remembered in Nigeria

“Not only have the girls not been released but nothing is known about their fate" - Mgr Kaigama.


Offensive against Boko Haram amid elections

Up to 90% of the area occupied by Boko Haram has been freed in recent weeks by the Nigerian army.


New biography charts Irish priest’s role in Nigeria

"Here was a man of total commitment to the missionary cause to which he devoted his life. That shines through in every phase of his life,” Bishop Colm O’Reilly.


Nigerian bishops concerned by election deferral

Aid to the Church in Need has highlighted fears of a Muslim-Christian conflict during the election period.


Drastic action needed on Boko Haram: Bishop

Western military intervention is the only viable option in the fight against Nigerian militants, who are now allied to Islamic State.


Six churches torched in Niger Charlie Hebdo riots

Five people killed in majority Muslim country as protestors vent anger over latest magazine cover depicting Muhammad.


Bishop Kieran O’Reilly to lead Cashel & Emly

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA as Archbishop of Cashel & Emly following the resignation of Archbishop Dermot Clifford on grounds of age.


Liberalising prostitution isn’t the solution

Speaking at the launch of Ruhama's annual report, Senator Bacik says criminalising the purchaser has resulted in a reduction in prostitution and trafficking in Sweden.


Boko Haram’s terror continues despite ceasefire

Bishop Oliver Doeme of Maiduguri warns "There is a religious undertone to this whole mess.”


Funeral Mass for two nuns killed in road crash

Priest pays tribute to Mercy Sisters' legacies as enthusiastic educationalists.


2,500 Nigerian catholics dead in Boko Haram violence

Bishop of Maiduguri takes refuge with thousands of his faithful in parish in Yola in Adamawa state.


Pope concerned by anti-Christian violence in Africa

Pontiff warns of urgent need to promote a dialogue of life with Muslims to discourage violence against Christians.


Oldest Medical Missionary nun celebrates centenary

100 year old Sr Marie Conlon felt a call from God from the age of thirteen but she was not sure where to pursue it.


Over ninety more Nigerians kidnapped

"What is happening today lies in the years of corruption and mismanagement of state resources which consigned our citizens to a life of misery and squalor” - Bishop.


Search for kidnapped Nigerian girls scaled down

More than 69 days since schoolgirls were taken from their school by Boko Haram.


Nigerian Archbishop’s anguish over schoolgirls

"They are just innocent girls and every human being feels bad about this. Life is sacred."


Concern mounts for kidnapped Nigerian girls

Mood tense as frustration increases over inaction.


Nigerians pray for return of kidnapped schoolgirls

Concern for plight of more than 230 schoolgirls abducted by Islamists.


Pope calls for an end to war and conflict

Pontiff asks for prayers for an end to injustice towards the hungry and the vulnerable.

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