Nigeria’s Catholic priests are in fear for their lives after a slew of kidnappings and attacks

The Rev. John Gbakaan was abducted and held for ransom on Jan. 15 near Tufa village in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria. He had been traveling that evening with his brother to visit their mother in Benue state, north-central Nigeria.

The pastor of St. Anthony Catholic Church was allegedly ambushed by armed gunmen and held for an initial ransom of 30 million Nigerian...