Catholic Church


Federal Republic of Nigeria (Nigeria)


Also known as: le Nigeria (français), le Nigéria (français), Nigeria (Deutsch, español, Italiano, polski, latine), Nigéria (Português), 尼日利亞 (正體中文), ナイジェリア (日本語)

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Metropolitan Sees (Archdioceses) Metr. Archdiocese (9)

Episcopal Sees (Dioceses) Diocese (51)

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Roman Rite (59): Aba, Abakaliki, Abeokuta, Abuja, Aguleri, Ahiara, Auchi, Awgu, Awka, Bauchi, Benin City, Bomadi, Calabar, Ekiti, Ekwulobia, Enugu, Gboko, Ibadan, Idah, Ijebu-Ode, Ikot Ekpene, Ilorin, Issele-Uku, Jalingo, Jos, Kaduna, Kafanchan, Kano, Katsina, Katsina-Ala, Kontagora, Lafia, Lagos, Lokoja, Maiduguri, Makurdi, Minna, Nnewi, Nsukka, Ogoja, Okigwe, Ondo, Onitsha, Orlu, Osogbo, Otukpo, Owerri, Oyo, Pankshin, Port Harcourt, Shendam, Sokoto, Umuahia, Uromi, Uyo, Warri, Wukari, Yola, Zaria

Maronite Church (1): Annunciation of Ibadan

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Apostolic Nunciature: Nigeria

Holy See Representation: Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Conference of Bishops: Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji (72)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Symposium des Conférences Episcopales d’Afrique et de Madagascar (S.C.E.A.M.) Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, O.F.M. Cap. (64)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (R.E.C.O.W.A.) Bishop Alexis Touabli Youlo (64)

CardinalsCardinals (1 elector/4 total)

Cardinal Francis Arinze (91)Francis Arinze (91)

Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie (87)Anthony Olubunmi Okogie (87)

Cardinal Peter Ebere Okpaleke (61)Peter Ebere Okpaleke (61)

Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan (80)John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan (80)

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Cathedrals Cathedrals (65)

Basilicas Basilicas (1)

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Patron Saints: Saint Patrick, Our Lady Queen of Nigeria

Saints: 1 Blessed

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Continent: Western and Northern Africa

Capital: Abuja

Area: 910,768 km²

Population: 190,632,261

Neighbouring Countries: Benin Benin, ↑ Niger Niger, ↗ Chad Chad, ↘ Cameroon Cameroon

Cultural Summary

Religions: Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, indigenous beliefs 10%

Languages: English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo (Ibo), Fulani, over 500 additional indigenous languages

Ethnic Groups: Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, is composed of more than 250 ethnic groups; the most populous and politically influential are: Hausa and the Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5%

Motto: Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress (English)

Statistics (2021.12.31)

Area: 923,768 km²

Catholic Population: 33,406,000 Catholics (14.8% of 225,400,000 total)

Pastoral Centres: 4,603 parishes, 12,554 mission stations (68 with resident priest, 12,486 without resident priest), 285 other centres

Clergy: 77 bishops (55 diocesan, 22 titular), 9,811 priests (8,090 diocesan, 1,721 religious), 12 permanent deacons (1 diocesan, 11 religious)

Non-Clergy: 7,214 religious (589 brothers, 6,625 sisters), 68 members of secular institutes (10 brothers, 58 sisters), 6,527 major seminarians, 2,688 missionaries, 19,166 catechists


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