gnatius Kaigama was only 36 years old when Pope John Paul II made him a bishop in 1995. In the year 2000, he was named Bishop of Jos. On March 11, Pope Francis named him coadjutor Archbishop of Abuja, the Nigerian capital. Kaigama will automatically succeed Cardinal John Onaiyekan when he retires.
Kaigama has become one of the leading Catholic voices on the African continent, working closely with the papal foundation Aid to the Church in Need to raise awareness of Christian persecution around the globe.
Kaigama was recently in New York to participate in an event organized by the Holy See’s Mission to the United Nations on international religious freedom. He spoke with Crux about the challenges presented by Boko Haram and the effects of Francis’s outreach to the Muslim world.