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July 20, 2018

  • Vatican publishes norms on consecrated virgins

    Vatican publishes norms on consecrated virgins

      Almost 50 years after the Church published the new Rite of Consecrated Virginity, the Vatican has issued an instruction on the state of life, its discipline, and the responsibilities of diocesan bishops toward the vocation of consecrated virgins. The instruction was created in response to requests from bishops for clarity on the role and mission of consecrated virgins, especially following an increase in the number of women discerning the vocation since the revision of the Rite of Consecration, published in 1970 with the approval of Pope Paul VI. A consecrated virgin is a never-married woman who dedicates her perpetual…

  • Imo Deputy Governor Prince Eze Madumere

    Uneasiness in Imo as Madumere faces impeachment

      The last has not been heard in the bickering, ill-feelings and locking of horns among leading politicians in Imo State. As it was rightly predicted long ago by keen political watchers that political downfall of the Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere was imminent, the strain relationship between him and his principal, Governor Rochas Okorocha took a frightening dimension last Tuesday when13 State Assembly members issued the Deputy Governor what they called “Notice of Gross Misconduct.” Just as the news of  the notice was still filtering into the ears of the public, Speaker of the House, Acho Ihim during a…

  • Cattle ranching in the south east nigeria

    Ranching in the South East

      Governors of the South Eastern States, rose from a meeting at Enugu State Government House on Sunday, July 8, vehemently opposing the establishment of cattle ranches in the zone. They made it clear that no state in the region will donate to Federal Government proposed cattle ranches. Though Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State did not attend the meeting  had governors David Umahi of Ebonyi State and his Enugu State counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, as well as the deputy governors of Anambra and Abia State in attendance. Their nine-point communiqué, which stated that they would not accede to provision of…

  • Pastor arrested over alleged prophecy against Gov Okorocha

    Pastor arrested over alleged prophecy against Gov. Okorocha

      Religious leaders in Imo State may now be arrested for what they say or probably did not say on the pulpit. Last week, operatives of the Imo State Police Command arrested a pastor in the Assemblies of God Church in Owerri, Chukwuma Okezuo, for allegedly giving prophecies against the State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, during a church service. The state Police Public Relations Officer , Mr. Andrew Enwerem , who paraded the cleric before newsmen on Tuesday, accused him of giving a malicious prophesy during Sunday’s church service in the Uratta area of Owerri . The pastor was alleged to…

  • killings by Fulani Herdsmen Terrorists in Nigeria

    Plateau Shocker: Herdsmen rename communities grabbed from indigenes

      When the alarm was raised; many thought it was false, some were complacent, calling it an ethnic crisis. But bit by bit, the fear became a reality; the subtle attacks which began over a decade ago have seen native communities in Plateau State taken over by invading herders. The natives, mostly Berom by tribe watched helplessly as their homes were occupied, the people killed and farmlands taken over and in some cases, the original names of the villages changed. They wandered if their children would ever return to their ancestral land. It will be recalled that the immediate past…

FEATURES

Bishop Dachelem ordains Priests, Deacons in Owerri

Jul 13, 2018

…Relives memories of Igbo culture “My adventure into Igbo land in 1986 came as a life turning point. It helped me shell off prejudices attached with people of this part of the country. This event comes as an avenue to thank and commend you people for helping me become what I am today”. This indebted expression was contained in the homily delivered by the Catholic Bishop of Bauchi, Most Rev. Hilary Dachelem CMF at St. Anthony Mary Claret Parish Area ‘A’ New Owerri, Saturday July 7. The former parish priest, St. Maria Gorreti Ikenegbu who was recently consecrated bishop visited…

Fulani Herdsmen killings: Please shut up if you wouldn't abstain from meat

Fulani Herdsmen killings: Please shut up if you wouldn’t abstain from meat

Jul 13, 2018

  My heart bleeds each time I hear of the barbaric atrocities committed by the Fulani herdsmen. Virtually no day passes without such horrifying news, at least since the past couple of years. Communities all over the country have had a taste of this bitter pill. But, more recently, the attention of those barbarians seems to be more focused on communities in Central Nigeria, where there is apparently a grand genocidal design.   The Buhari government has shown an abysmal lack of interest in proffering a solution and punishing the perpetrators. It has rather shown a discernible sympathy for, if…

Plateau massacre: How I saved 262 Christians

Jul 7, 2018

  The death toll in the Plateau massacre could have risen up if not for the kind and timely intervention of an Imam in Inghar Yerwa village. According to BBC, men and women in the 11 communities that were attacked, took to their heels with their children to the neighboring communities for safety. While they were running, the Imam saw them and decided to open his home so they can hide from their attackers. He kept the men in the mosque while the women and children he kept in his home. The attackers came to the Imam and asked him…

Late Bro Augustine Ojukwu laid to rest

Bishop Amatu warns religious to avoid distractions

Jul 7, 2018

… As Bro Augustine joins Saint Triumphant  The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu, has advised the Religious to put up a cheerful face in all circumstances. The prelate gave this advice on Friday 15th June 2018 at the funeral of Rev. Bro. Augustine Ojukwu FMS. The chief shepherd observed that atimes, many religious behave as if they were forced into choosing that vocation. He extolled the late Religious, Bro. Augustine, as one who deserved to be emulated for showing no iota of regret in his choice of vocation. The Local ordinary used the story of a certain…

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

SHOOTING THE MESSENGER

Jul 7, 2018

  Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard once said that the Bible “is very easy to understand. But we …. pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.” There is one thing worse than ignorance, and that is when we pretend not to grasp what is obvious or turn a blind eye to an objective principle (culpable ignorance).   The aim is usually to avoid the moral imperatives implied by such realities. The experience of Jesus with his townsfolk in today’s Gospel illustrates this point. The people…

My dad was in kidnappers’ den during Argentina match, says Mikel

Jul 7, 2018

Nigeria’s skipper, Mikel Obi has opened up on the trauma he went through as he led the Super Eagles in the futile effort to get past the group stage of the Russia 2018 World Cup. In a statement released by his publicists, Mikel remarked: “Following various speculators about recent occurrence with my father. I can confirm I had to suppress emotional trauma to lead Nigeria out against Argentina last Tuesday 26th June in Saint Petersburg. “Four hours before kick-off, I received a call from Nigeria that my father Pa Michael Obi had been kidnapped for the second time. “He was…

EVENT

Bishop Dachelem ordains Priests, Deacons in Owerri

…Relives memories of Igbo culture “My adventure into Igbo land in 1986 came as a life turning point. It helped me shell off prejudices attached with people of this part of the country. This event comes as an avenue to thank and commend you people for helping me become what I am today”. This indebted expression was contained in the homily delivered by the Catholic Bishop of Bauchi, Most Rev. Hilary Dachelem CMF at St. Anthony Mary Claret Parish Area ‘A’ New Owerri, Saturday July 7. The former parish priest, St. Maria Gorreti Ikenegbu who was recently consecrated bishop visited…

Knights and Ladies with their Spiritual Adviser, Fr. Agu after Mass.

St. Benedict Commandery 777 Uratta celebrates nativity of St. John the Baptist

  Knights of St. John International, St. Benedict Commandery 777 and their Ladies Auxiliary LAUX 762 Uratta, celebrated the birth of their patron, St. John the Baptist on Sunday 24th June 2018, at the Holy Family Catholic Church, Uratta, Owerri North LGA. The feast commenced with the Holy Mass, officiated by Rev. Fr. Theodore Ihenetu, the Assistant Parish Priest. In his homily he revealed that the birth of John the Baptist was the fulfillment of a promise and prophecy of God, who ordained him to be a forerunner of Christ. He charged knights and ladies to emulate the humility and…

Mass wedding: 35 wed at CKC Agwa

Mass wedding: 35 wed at CKC Agwa

…Parish priest lists marriage lubricants As the Church continues to avail various avenues for the graceful and faithful reception of the sacraments worshippers at Christ the King Church Agwa Oguta LGA turned out in joyful mood as no fewer than 35 couples received the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, Friday June 29. The event it was learnt came in part as a response to the pastoral call of the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna who recently paid a pastoral visit to the Catholic community. While Rev. Fr. Emma Ohiri, a neighbouring parish priest presided at the wedding…

Rev. Fr. Anthony Jiwuba, Director, Owerri Provincial JDPC with seminar participants at the St. Mary's Cathedral Okigwe.

Owerri Provincial JDPC unveils programme for Democracy, good governance

  The Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) Owerri Province has rolled out a well-articulated plan of action to insure the reign of democracy and good governance in Nigeria as a new political dispensation fast approaches. The Owerri Provincial Director of JDPC, Very Rev. Fr. Anthony Jiwuba made the disclosure at St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Okigwe, during a seminar on Democracy and Good governance held June 30, 2018, in continuation of the on-going voter enlightenment programme in Okigwe diocese. According to the JDPC Director, similar fora have been held in the Ihitte/Uboma Deanery of the Diocese (Imo State). Expectedly, the…

Late Bro Augustine Ojukwu laid to rest

Bishop Amatu warns religious to avoid distractions

… As Bro Augustine joins Saint Triumphant  The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu, has advised the Religious to put up a cheerful face in all circumstances. The prelate gave this advice on Friday 15th June 2018 at the funeral of Rev. Bro. Augustine Ojukwu FMS. The chief shepherd observed that atimes, many religious behave as if they were forced into choosing that vocation. He extolled the late Religious, Bro. Augustine, as one who deserved to be emulated for showing no iota of regret in his choice of vocation. The Local ordinary used the story of a certain…

Okigwe Diocese honours Ezinna Francis Ukanyirioha as Ugwunna

Okigwe Diocese honours Ezinna Francis Ukanyirioha as Ugwunna

  Most Rev. Dr. Solomon Amatu, Catholic bishop of Okigwe Diocese celebrated the Eucharist heralding the bestowment of Ugwunna and Pillar of Church awards to distinguished individuals for their selfless services and philanthropic contributions for the growth of the church and humanity. The occasion took place on Saturday 19th May 2018 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Okigwe. Among the honorees included Ugwunna Francis Chukwunenye P. Ukanyirioha, a native of Umuoyo Ekwereocha Autonomous Community, Ihitte-Uboma LGA; a distinguished veteran police officer who bagged the Inspector General of Police Annual Meritorious Commendation after an intensive course on security. Ugwunna Francis Ukanyirioha, a…

Mass Wedding: 10 ties nuptial knot at Mt Carmel Emekuku

Mass Wedding: 10 ties nuptial knot at Mt. Carmel Emekuku

  10 couples of Mt. Carmel Parish played host to friends and relatives as they were formally joined in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony during a mass wedding held at the centenary parish, recently. The couples whose names were given as Mr. and Mrs.: Anthony Ogbonna Ohale, Daniel Opara, Declan Ohale, Charles Obichere, Gabriel Anosike, Berineth Anale, Emmanuel Aguh, Michael Eewunanyanwu, Anthony Osuji and Kingsley Nnosike; were all treated to a warm reception where they perform the cake cutting ritual, courtesy of the parish CWO. Ndidiamaka Mbata, the parish CWO President who spoke to this reporter expressed delight for the…

Fr Basil Opurum flanked by the Awardees and other priests

Feast of Sacred Heart & Immaculate Heart observed in Owerri

  Annunciation Catholic Parish World Bank, Owerri played host to members and friends of the Owerri Archdiocesan Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary Association on Saturday June 9. The annual celebration was preceded with a 9-day novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Provincial Chaplain of the Association, Rev. Fr. Basil Opurum presided at the Mass with the Assistant Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Eziamuche Onuoha, and Rev. Fr. Alex Okere concelebrating. Delivering the homily, Fr. Okere harped on love as what characterizes the Sacred Heart of Jesus and that of Mary, adding…

Mothers called to propagate faith - Fr. Onyenagada

Mothers called to propagate faith – Fr. Onyenagada

  … As Mater Dolorosa Parish Ihitte honours  7 with Ezinne Award Rev. Fr. Anthony Chidi Onyenagada, Parish Priest, Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, Ihitte, Ihitte Uboma LGA, Imo State, celebrated the Eucharist heralding the bestowment of Ezinne Awards to 7 members of the Catholic Women Organization on Sunday May 27, 2018. Fr. Onyenagada concelebrated with Rev. Fr. Edwin Njoku (curate) and Monsignor Simon Anyanwu. Among the distinguished recipients of the Ezinna Awards included: Ezinne Perpetua Onuoha (nee Amah), Ezinne Fidelia Egwuekwe, Ezinne Susan Oluchi Anyanwu, Ezinne Philomena Obi, Ezinne Martha Korie, Ezinne Angelina Ononiwu and Ezinne Josephine Anyanwu. In his…

28 couples wed at Sacred Heart Parish Oguta

28 couples wed at Sacred Heart Oguta

  …As Parish marks feast Day To ensure that this year’s feast of Sacred Heart remained not just socially enriched but also spiritually impactful, worshippers at the Sacred Heart Catholic Parish Oguta kick-started their feast Day with a historical mass wedding where 28 couples received the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, Saturday June 9. This reporter who witnessed the event noticed how the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Mike Chiagoro, his Assistant, Rev. Fr. Julian Iro and parishioners exuded joy as they continued to thank God for the newly embraced life of the couples who hitherto were living for years without tying…

Mrs Perpetua Onuoha bags Ezinne award

Mrs. Perpetua Onuoha bags Ezinne Award

It was with glamour that the children of Ezinne Perpetua Onuoha (nee Amah) celebrated in a grandiose style, the Ezinne (Good Mother) status bestowed on their Mother at their Nnachievu-Ekwereocha, Amakohia country home, Ihitte Uboma L.G.A. on Sunday May 27, 2018. Their abode was set agog as the younger siblings of Oliver De Coque thrilled and mesmerized the audience with their rhythmic High life music. The mother of 10 was overwhelmed with joy and excitement with the lavish reception accorded her by her children who put in everything to ensure maximum entertainment and enjoyment of guests. Ezinne Perpetua Onuoha was born…

Archbishop Obinna visits St Peter Parish Awo Mbieri

Archbishop Obinna visits St. Peter’s Awo Mbieri

…Makes case for peace, unity Peaceful coexistence among family and community members as well as entire Igbo land has been described as not only panacea for economic development but also foretaste to righteousness and godliness. The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna dropped the hint at St. Peter’s Catholic Parish Awo Mbieri while delivering a homily at the Eucharistic celebration he presided last Sunday. Archbishop Obinna who was rounding off a two-day Pastoral Visit in the area where he administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to over 150 candidates stressed the need for peace and unity of purpose…