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April 22, 2018

  • Nigerian youth are lazy, uneducated – Buhari

      President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday criticised the attitude of some Nigerian youth, saying they were “only hustling to get on the gravy train.” “More than 60 per cent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free,” Mr Buhari was quoted as saying by The Cable during a panel appearance with world leaders at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London. The president’s comment adds to an earlier one he made…

  • The Church cannot be silent about economic suffering – Pope Francis

      In the preface to a book on his economic thought, Pope Francis has written that the Gospel is not an unattainable ideal, but something that the whole Church should seek, especially where there is economic injustice. “The Church, in spreading the message of charity and justice of the Gospel, cannot remain silent in the face of injustice and suffering,” the pope wrote. “Many encounters have confirmed to me that the Gospel is not a utopia but a real hope, even for the economy: God does not abandon his creatures… he invites them to not grow tired of collaborating with…

  • How we saved Alvan, Umuagwo Poly from being fused with IMSU – Archbishop Obinna

      After delivering his 2018 Easter Message at Assumpta Secretariat Owerri, the Most Rev. Anthony Obinna Catholic Archbishop of Owerri interacted with journalists, answering questions outside the Easter message.   Has the Church any role in politics? Yes, the church has a role in politics. In fact, the Catholic Church has played key role in the politics of Nigeria and Imo State. After the cancellation of the June 12 elections, which were considered free & fair, the Catholic bishops of Nigeria issued a Prayer for Nigeria in distress and when Pope John Paul II visited the country in 1998, he…

  • I made over N100m from kidnapping, my ‘Oga’ has killed many people – Herdsman confesses

      A Fulani herdsman, identified as Muritala Umaru, has confessed to making over N100 million through kidnapping in Edo State. The state Police Command paraded the notorious kidnapper, yesterday. The State Police Commissioner, Babatunde Kokumo, described him as a kidnapper, who disguised as one of the herdsmen. “The man has been in and out of prison. He has kidnapped in Edo and other states. The prison official he kidnapped identified him,” he said. He said Umaru was arrested with an AK-47 rifle, breech number KO340119 and 10 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. The suspect confessed that he began kidnapping four years…

  • Pope appoints coadjutor Bishop for Ilorin diocese

      Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed Rev. Fr. Paul Adegboyega Olawoore, the coadjutor bishop to the Diocese of Ilorin Kwara State. This was made known in a statement by the Secretary-General, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu. The statement reads: “The Holy Father has appointed Coadjutor Bishop for the Diocese of Ilorin. He is Msgr. Paul Adegboyega Olawoore of the clergy of Oyo. “Until now, Rev. Fr. Paul Adegboyega Olawoore was the Judicial Vicar and Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, Ogbomoso as well as the Dean of the same pastoral area. Born on November 30, 1961,…

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Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

The Shepherd and the Herdsman

Apr 22, 2018

  On this Good Shepherd Sunday, we acknowledge God as the universal shepherd of humanity, and ourselves as the sheep of his flock. Today is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations! In the Old Testament, the Patriarchs of Israel were shepherds just like their early kings, and there are countless descriptions of Israel as the flock of God. For example, Psalm 23 recounts what the Good Shepherd does for his sheep, that: “Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose. Near restful waters he leads me, to revive my drooping spirit” (Ps. 23:2-3a). Now, among…

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Apr 22, 2018

    ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 33:5-6 The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth; by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, alleluia.   COLLECT Almighty ever-living God, lead us to a share in the joys of heaven, so that the humble flock may reach where the brave Shepherd has gone before. Who lives and reigns with you.   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles  4:8-12 “There is no other name by which we must be saved.” In those days: Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said, “Rulers of the people and…

Sex for Marks - OAU lecturers demand probe of professor

Sex for Marks: OAU lecturers demand probe of professor

Apr 15, 2018

  The Chairman, Congress of University Academics at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife, Dr Niyi Sumonu, has spoken on the case involving a  professor at the university, Richard Akindele, accused of requesting for sex from a female student in order to raise her scores. Professor Akindele was on Monday fingered in sex allegations after leaked conversation between him and the student emerged online. In the said phone conversation, the professor could be heard asking the student to have sex with him five times to upgrade her score from 33 to a pass mark. Reacting, Sumonu asked the university to…

Archbishop Obinna blessing the kolanut during a reception organized by the parish CWO.

Overcome your passion for fashion Archbishop Obinna tells women

Apr 15, 2018

  As mothers compete with the younger generation in keeping in touch with ongoing trend in fashion, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Archbishop of Owerri has advised Catholic women to “overcome the passion for fashion.” Preaching during a concelebrated Mass at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri to mark this year’s Mother’s Day, April 8, Archbishop Obinna reminded women that fashion, money and power are vanity of vanities which will one day vanish. He said it was more important to take care of the soul than the body because when death comes it shatters the human body. He called on women to…

The destroyed fence of St Vincent De Paul mortuary Umunakanu

Ehime-Mbano: DMMM Sisters cry out …As gunmen invade mortuary, destroy fence

Apr 15, 2018

  There is no respite for the dead as St. Vincent De Paul Mortuary Umunakanu Owerre, Ehime-Mbano LGA came under attack as unidentified gunmen stormed the morgue at the early hours of Sunday 8” April, 2018 pulling down the perimeter fence housing the complex. Trouble started for the mortuary owned by Sisters of the Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy (DMMM) Congregation, after the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha visited Ehime Mbano Campus of Imo State Polytechnic. The Leader learnt that students of the Polytechnic complained against the mortuary within the precincts of the school. Following the complaint the Governor …

Bank Manager and brother drown during picnic

Bank Manager, brother drown during picnic

Apr 15, 2018

  The Manager of Skye Bank, Abak Road Branch, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Ubong Ekpe and his brother have been reported drowned. It was gathered that Ubong, who was on a picnic with his wife and children, drowned along with his brother, Francis, at the Ibeno Beach, Iwuokpom community, in the Ibeno Local Government Area of the state. Ubong was said to have entered into the beach to swim. But after some minutes, he did not surface from the water . His brother,Francis, who attempted to save him by also diving into the beach, drowned as well. There was…

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Fr Nnajiemere Mrs Mbisike and other CWO members

St John’s Umunahu Uratta …Parish agog as CWO marks maiden celebration

  St. John’s Catholic Church Umunahu Uratta Owerri North LGA is barely months of attaining parish status but the level of enthusiasm and active participation of religious activity by parishioners remains starling and something to be desired. Last Sunday, a mammoth crowed of worshippers joined their counterparts in various worshipping centers across the nation to mark this year’s Mother’s Day Celebration, and the event became a maiden edition that would linger on in the minds of participants. Introducing the Mass which heralded the activity-packed event, pioneer parish priest, Rev. Fr. Betrand Nnajiemere expressed gratitude to God for the gift of…

Assumpta Parish Mothers day

Mothers’ Day Celebration: Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish

  Activities marking this year’s Mother’s Day celebration at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri were rounded off with presentation of various categories of awards to deserving recipients. Six people bagged “Soldiers of Mary” award, three received “Ezinne Award” while others received “Ideal Mothers” and “Precious Mothers” awards. The occasion which coincided with Divine Mercy Sunday began with a Pontifical Mass presided over by Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, assisted by other priests working in the Cathedral, including the Administrator, Fr. Nicholas Ijemaru and the Chancellor/Secretary, Fr. Alphonsus Oha. In his homily, Archbishop Obinna commended Catholic women for taking care of the…

Eze Sir Jude Mbamaonye-ukwu

HRH Eze Alozie’s coronation at St Dominic’s Church Onicha

  … As he becomes pace-setter to Christian Royal Fathers The coronation ceremony of His Royal Highness Eze Sir Jude Mbamaonye-ukwu Alozie (KSJI) the Onuoha II of Onicha Autonomous Community Ezinihitte LGA Mbaise, at St Dominic’s Catholic Parish Onicha Ezinihitte on Easter Monday, April 2 2018, marked a new era of coronation of royal fathers among the faithful this area, especially Catholics. This coronation began with Holy Mass officiated by many priests with Rt. Rev. Msgr. Theo Nwalo Chaplain, District 9 Commandery (KSJI) Mbaise as the chief celebrant. Calling for attention was how Eze Sir J.M. Alozie’s coronation paraphernalia were…

Archbishop Obinna blessing the kolanut during a reception organized by the parish CWO.

Overcome your passion for fashion Archbishop Obinna tells women

  As mothers compete with the younger generation in keeping in touch with ongoing trend in fashion, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Archbishop of Owerri has advised Catholic women to “overcome the passion for fashion.” Preaching during a concelebrated Mass at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri to mark this year’s Mother’s Day, April 8, Archbishop Obinna reminded women that fashion, money and power are vanity of vanities which will one day vanish. He said it was more important to take care of the soul than the body because when death comes it shatters the human body. He called on women to…

Fr Joseph Onuoha flanked by other dignitaries salute the Christian Mothers during their Christian march past

St Michael’s Eziama Ikeduru marks Mother’s Day

…Fr Onuoha urges all to show love to mothers It was a day of overflowing joy for the parishioners of St Michael’s Church, Eziama in Ikeduru LGA last Sunday April 8th, 2018 as they celebrated Mothers Day (CWO Day). In his homily, the Parish Priest Very Rev Fr Joseph Onuoha urged all to show love to their mothers who risked their lives to give birth to them and raise them up. According to the cleric, the death of Jesus Christ for the sake of man’s sins and his subsequent resurrection, which has given man the needed salvation, show the importance…

Fr Alex Okoro rejoicing with members of the CWO during the occasion

Mt. Carmel Emekuku Confers 13 with Ezinne Award

   Launches N5m bus project Christ’s faithful of Mt Carmel Mother Parish, Emekuku, last Sunday April 8, joined other Catholics throughout the country to mark this year’s Mother’s Day. It was organized by the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) of the parish. Highlights of the occasion which was attended by dignitaries from both Imo State and beyond, especially illustrious sons and daughters of Emekuku community featured: the unveiling of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, patron saint of CWO; launching of a N5 million bus project and conferment of Ezinne title on 13 mothers of the parish. Speaking at the…

Rev Fr Ernest Muforo with the parish CWO executive

Go and Christianize your villages, Fr. Muforo tells Christian mothers

  The Catholic Women Organization (CWO) of Stella Maris Parish Orodo joined their counterparts in Nigeria to celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day. The occasion started with Mass, presided over by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Ernest Muforo. In his introductory rmarks, Fr. Muforo congratulated the mothers for their unprecedented number adding that they look beautiful in their CWO uniform. He also wished them God’s guidance and protection as they celebrated their day. Delivering the homily, the parish priest maintained that the purpose of the celebration was to thank God specially for the gift of motherhood of which the Blessed Virgin…

Prosecute IPOB members’ killers, Ohanaeze tells Army

  The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural body of the Igbo, has called for the prosecution of soldiers involved in an alleged extra-judicial killing of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra during the recent Operation Python Dance in the South-East. The President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Nnia Nwodo, said the organisation had raised the issue with the leadership of the Nigerian Army. Speaking during a ‘Night of Tributes’ for the late Biafran war commander and former Secretary General of Ohanaeze, Col. Joe Achuzia, at Enugu Sports Club, Nwodo said soldiers who flouted the army’s rules of engagement during the…

Orlu Diocese: Learn to sacrifice for others – Fr. Idimogu tells Christians

  Christians have been urged to imbibe the spirit of applying whatever talents and riches given to them by God to the well-being of others, as well as the society. The Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Church Umuna in Orlu L.G.A, Very Rev Fr. Bede Idimogu gave the admonition while delivering a homily during the Easter Sunday Holy Mass in his parish. He told Christians to sacrifice whatever they can for the sake of evangelization, as it helps to build their relationship with God. He stated that in our society today, both the old and young have something to contribute…

Associate Missionary Society of St Paul visits Sacred Heart Home Owerri

Associate Missionary Society of St Paul visits Sacred Heart Home Owerri

  The Associate Missionary Society of St Paul Nigeria, Orlu zone, visited Sacred Heart Home Owerri on Good Friday, March 30, 2018 as part of their annual Corporal Work visitation on such day. The theme for this year’s visitation is “Encouraging our Priests in Home”. The Orlu zone of the association comprises Owerri, Orlu, Okigwe and Ahiara Dioceses. Among the representatives at the event were the zonal chairman, Tobias Osuala, and other zonal officers including Mr. Damian Nwauzo, Chief Livinus Okorougo, Mr. Mike Nwagi and Ezinna Barth Edom Eze. In his remark, the zonal chairman, Mr. Osuala said the society…

Nze Romanus Okorobia goes home

  Rev. Fr. Anthony Dieme, Parish Priest, St. Joseph Catholic Church Umualumaku, Ehime Mbano LGA celebrated the Eucharist at the funeral Mass of late Nze Romanus Nwehie Okorobia on Friday March, 2018. In his homily, Rev. Fr. Augustine Obilor posited that we have only two most important days in the life of anyone, the date of birth and day of death. He harped on the inevitability of death which levels the rich, the poor, the aged, the young, women and the men. According to him, people preoccupy themselves with things of the world, while life is ephemeral. He expressed worry…

The new couple with the concelebranting priests, their parents and Nze Goddy Amaku (1st from left)

Theresa Iwuagwu ties nuptial knot with Emmanuel Eke   

  Rev. Fr. Magnus Nwankwo celebrated the Eucharist at the solemnization of the Holy Matrimony between Emmanuel Ugochukwu Eke of Umulolo Okigwe and Miss Theresa Iwuagwu of Umuduruaro, Agbaja at Our Lady of Victory Parish, Agbaja, Ehime Mbano LGA, Imo State on Saturday 24th March 2018. He concelebrated with 14 clerics including; Rev. Frs: Charles Ukachukwu, Anthony Omegara, Emmanuel Chukwujike, Iwuchukwu Patrick, Thaddeus Nnebedum, Okolie Peter, Uzo Desmond, Ralph Madu C, Anthony Nwordu, Kennedy Ibe, Godwin Obah, Very Rev. Fr. Felix Okonkwo (Parish Priest), Magnus Nwankwo and Benneth Ike. In his homily, Fr. Emmanuel Chukwujike appreciated the presence of the…