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May 21, 2018

  • Catholics Organize Prayer-Protest

      A weeping Catholic Church is petitioning God for the many killings of innocent people in Benue, particularly the brutal murder of its Priests and laity during a Holy Mass.   Catholic Bishops have therefore, called out the faithful to a prayer-protest, on Tuesday, in solidarity with the victims of the recent Makurdi killings.   “Following the directive, of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, (CBCN), Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna,  Archbishop of Owerri invites the faithful, other Christians and people of goodwill in the State to a special Day of Prayer in Solidarity with the victims of the recent…

  • Leah Sharibu

    Dapchi: FG abandons Leah’s family

      Father of Miss Leah Sharibu, 15, one of the abducted Dapchi girls whom Boko Haram did not release on account of her religion, Nathaniel Sharibu, has said that no word has been heard from government since the release of other abductees. He pleaded with the Federal Government to do everything possible to ensure the release of his daughter.   On February 19, 2018, Boko Haram abducted 110 students from Government Girls Science Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State. While 101 of the girls were released, Leah, a Christian, was reportedly held back by the terrorists on account of her refusal…

  • Germany to deport over 30,000 Nigerians

    Germany to deport over 30,000 Nigerians

      Germany has proposed a new process that will facilitate the smooth repatriation of over 30,000 illegal Nigerian migrants back to the country.   Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama said this when he received the Security Adviser to the President of Germany, Dr Jan Hecker, and his team in Abuja.   The new proposal, according to Onyeama, is predicated on perceived failures and slow pace of the current system of repatriation.   This, he said, involved both the participation of Nigerian embassies and consulate and the German immigration office.   “They don’t have enough faith and confidence in the…

  • Our Mumu Don Do Movement storms Owerri

    “Our Mumu Don Do Movement” Storms Owerri

      – Ejike Uche Advises youths to obtain PVC   Renowned politician, Chief /Sir Chris Ejike Uche (Dimkpa Asaa) has advised Nigerian youths, to as a matter of necessity, endeavour to obtain the Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) which is their power to choose next leaders.   Speaking during a sensitisation summit held in Owerri recently by “Our Mumu Don Do Movement,” Sir Uche, who represented the Chainman of the occasion, Professor Francis Dike (SAN), said the programme which was attended by notable youth leaders, activists and stakeholders in the state has become expedient. He maintained that the youths, as leaders…

  • Pope's message at the 2018 World communication day

    MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR 2018 WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY

       Fake news and journalism for peace “The truth will set you free” (Jn. 8:32) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Communication is part of God’s plan for us and an essential way to experience fellowship. Made in the image and likeness of our Creator, we are able to express and share all that is true, good, and beautiful. We are able to describe our own experiences and the world around us, and thus to create historical memory and the understanding of events. But when we yield to our own pride and selfishness, we can also distort the way we use our…

FEATURES

Nguru 83/Okpala 88 class donates Hilux vehicle to St. Peter Claver Seminary

Nguru 83/Okpala 88 class donates Hilux vehicle to St. Peter Claver Seminary

May 20, 2018

  Students of St. Peter Claver Seminary Okpala have reasons to rejoice, following the donation of a beautiful Hilux utility vehicle to them by some Old Boys of their institution. The donors are members of the class which was admitted in 1983 into the Mater Ecclesiae Seminary Nguru Mbaise and later proceeded to St. Peter Claver Seminary Okpala where they graduated in 1988. They presented the hilux to the proprietor of the school, the Most Rev. Anthony JV Obinna the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri during a short but impressive ceremony at the Assumpta Villa last Tuesday.   Receiving the hilux,…

Pope donates N76m car gift to charity ... Africa benefits

Pope’s Lamborghini Auctioned for nearly $1 Million

May 20, 2018

  A custom Lamborghini Huracan that had been donated to Pope Francis last year was auctioned for nearly $1 million on Saturday, with proceeds going to charity.   The car was auctioned at Sotheby’s in London, and went to an unidentified buyer for $950,000, Fox News reports.   The sports car had been donated to Pope Francis by the Italian automaker last year. It was presented to Francis in front of his residence at the Vatican’s Saint Martha Guesthouse Nov. 15. He blessed and autographed it in the presence of top executives from the auto company.   All proceeds will…

Pope Francis decries ‘spiral of violence’ in Middle East

May 20, 2018

  Expressing his sorrow for those who have lost their lives, Pope Francis Wednesday called for peace and dialogue in the Middle East, which has faced increased violence during the transfer of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.   “I am very worried and distressed by the escalation of tensions in the Holy Land and in the Middle East, and by the spiral of violence that is increasingly moving away from the path of peace, dialogue and negotiations,” the pope said May 16.   Speaking at the end of the general audience, Francis expressed his sorrow for the…

Enugu Catholic Church explosion not bomb – Police

May 20, 2018

  Police in Enugu State Monday dismissed reports of a “bomb explosion” at Holy Cross Catholic Church Iji Nike, Enugu  on Sunday.   In a statement, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, urged members of the public to go about their normal and lawful businesses, noting that analysis carried out by the command’s Explosive Ordinance Department showed that the minor explosion had nothing to do with Improvised Explosive Device (IED).   He said: “The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force wishes to make it categorically clear to the members of the public that there was…

APC Primaries: A Taste of the Pudding

May 20, 2018

  If a taste of the pudding is in the eating, in actuality, then we can say Nigerians have just tasted what is on the menu for the 2019, with the party primaries held by the ALL Progressive Congress (APC).  What the people now have to ask is who planned the menu? Is it all there is or more should be expected?   A better outing was expected from the ruling APC party, but what took place in the name of party primaries in the majority of states, is to say the least, disappointing.   Looking at what transpired, it…

Okorocha’s bizarre gift

May 20, 2018

  I am still trying to figure out the moral lesson behind Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha’s gift of N2 million to the winner of the just-concluded reality television programme Big Brother Nigeria (BBN). Okorocha also pledged that the BBN winner would receive a plot of land in any part of the state to facilitate construction of his own house. When people say we have lost our values in Nigeria, Okorocha has given us one reason to agree with that statement. By honouring the BBN winner and another contestant, Okorocha has devalued hard work and rewarded laziness. What he has…

EVENT

Fr. Marcel Obilor being presented with the certificate by the SON coordinator, Engr. Echebiri. With them are Mr. Tony Nwosu and other staff of the two firms.

Claret Water receives certificate of operation from Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON)

  On Wednesday May 16, the Imo State office of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Okigwe Road Owerri played host to the management and staff of Claret Water, and the water firm was subsequently ascertained worthy of service and operation. The satisfactory expression which came through issuance of certificate from the State SON Coordinator, Engr. (Mrs) Comfort Echebiri was handed over to Rev. Fr. Marcel Obilor Cmf, Director Claret Table Water. Upon receiving the certificate, Fr. Obilor expressed gladness that after series of inspection by SON the water firm has been given nod to remain in business.    

KSJI: 58 Knights exemplified into 2nd/3rd Degrees – Best 4 bag officer’s rank

  A total of 58 First Degree Knights (Brother Knights) of St. John International (KSJI) who scaled through the written and oral examinations organized for them on Saturday May 5, 2018 have been promoted to the second and third Degrees of the Noble Order. Four of them who scored 90 percent and above have equally bagged automatic elevation into the officer’s rank. Consequently, while other newly exemplified knights are now permitted to sew their Marching uniform in silver colour, the four who performed exceptionally well would sew theirs in gold colour. Two of them would henceforth wear the insignia of…

Father's Day at St. Michael's Umuguma

Father’s Day at St. Michael’s Umuguma

… Fr. Onyeneke wants fathers to be treated as kings Christ’s faithful of St. Michael’s Parish Umuguma Sunday 6th May, 2018 joined other Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Owerri to mark 2018 Father’s Day. It was with joy and excitement that Father’s Day was celebrated in honour of St. Joseph (spouse of Mary) who is the patron saint of Catholic Men Organization (CMO).   Activities marking the feast began the previous day with a seminar titled: Crimes and Environment insecurity in our society presented by Bro Darlington Benjamin. According to him, crime is as old as mankind. He made reference…

Nguru 83/Okpala 88 class donates Hilux vehicle to St. Peter Claver Seminary

Nguru 83/Okpala 88 class donates Hilux vehicle to St. Peter Claver Seminary

  Students of St. Peter Claver Seminary Okpala have reasons to rejoice, following the donation of a beautiful Hilux utility vehicle to them by some Old Boys of their institution. The donors are members of the class which was admitted in 1983 into the Mater Ecclesiae Seminary Nguru Mbaise and later proceeded to St. Peter Claver Seminary Okpala where they graduated in 1988. They presented the hilux to the proprietor of the school, the Most Rev. Anthony JV Obinna the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri during a short but impressive ceremony at the Assumpta Villa last Tuesday.   Receiving the hilux,…

Prince Mbata receiving the award from Msgr Akagha

St. Mark’s Parish New Owerri celebrates Father’s Day in grand style

…Honours IMSU Pro-Chancellor, others Activities marking this year’s Father’s Day of St. Mark’s Catholic Parish New Owerri were rounded off on Sunday May 6 with a thanksgiving Mass and conferment of awards to some deserving parishioners and friends of the parish. The three day event began on Friday May 4, with a spiritual talk: “A Christian Father; A call to lead God’s family,” presented by Mr. Emeka Ntamere. The lecture was well attended by CMO members. The next day, Saturday May 5, witnessed an interesting football match between St. Mark’s CMO and their Holy Trinity Parish World Bank counterpart. The…

Members of the Catholic Men Organization pose after Mass

St Michael’s CMO Ihiagwa celebrates Fathers’ Day

– Fr Opurum charges fathers to be Ambassadors of Christ – CMO confers ‘Ezinna’ awards on parishioners The 2018 Fathers’ Day was celebrated with glamour by members of the Catholic Men’s Organiztion (CMO) of St Michael’s Parish Ihiagwa in Owerri West LGA. Activities for this year’s fathers’ Day kicked off with a two-day retreat organized for the men by the CMO on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th May, 2018. It was preached by Rev. Fr. Philip Ojimanu. The fathers still in the mood of celebration had a novelty football match between St. Matthew and St Peter groups of the CMO….

Rev. Fr. Prof. Izum Onyeocha blessing Christian fathers during the offertory procession

Blessed Tansi Parish Ugwu Orji celebrates Father’s Day

– Honours 24 for outstanding role Christ’s faithful at the Blessed Tansi Catholic Parish Ugwu Orji Owerri, last Sunday May 6, joined other Catholics throughout Nigeria to celebrate this year’s Father’s Day. The Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of the church facilitated the celebration during which a total of 24 parishioners were honoured with various titles for outstanding efforts towards the growth of the parish. Five received the Award of Golden Father in Christ, four got the CMO Couple of the year, and 11 Worthy Father in Christ. One person was honoured as the Golden Mother in Christ while another got…

Late Lolo Loveth Ohajunwa

Candle dims as Lolo Loveth Ohajunwa goes home

  The earthly remains of Lolo Loveth Chioma Ohajunwa were laid to rest at her Umudimagu – Umuakagu Nsu abode, Ehime L.G A after a funeral Mass celebrated by Rev .Fr Anyanwu Oscar at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish, on Friday April 27th 2018. Fr. Anyanwu concelebrated the Eucharist with Rev. Frs. Charles Ikwuegbu, Parish Priest, Holy Trinity Parish, World-Bank Housing Estate, Owerri, Innocent Anyanwu, Emmanuel Nwosu and Maurice Jiwike. In his homily, Fr. Ikwuegbu remarked that it is a thing of joy in heaven when a godly man or woman passes on, answering the supreme call of God….

Cutting of the feast cake by CMO president, supported by Fr. Nwanekwu and other CMO and CWO exco members

Mt. Carmel Emekuku marks CMO Day

Make your role as Christian father lovely – Fr. Nwanekwu The centenary parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Emekuku was agog last Sunday with celebration as members of Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of the parish joined their counterparts all over Nigeria to mark this year’s Father’s Day celebration. The fathers who thronged out in their numbers, dressed in their religious uniform and beaming with excitement could be seen playing various roles during the Eucharistic celebration that began the event. Delivering a homily in the Eucharistic celebration to mark the day, Rev. Fr. Eustace Nwanekwu who assisted the Parish Priest,…

Fr. B. Nnajiemere (Parish Priest) flanked by D. Nnadi, CMO President (R) Mr. C. Nze, Catechist (L) and other CMO exco members.

2018 CMO Day at St. John’s Parish Umunahu

  …Fr Nnajiemere harps on truthfulness, uprightness   In line with the Church’s liturgical calendar to commemorate hallowed men and women whose lives and times contributed in shaping the Christian faith, members of the Catholic Men Organization (CMO), St. John’s Catholic Parish Umunahu Uratta Owerri North LGA joyfully joined their counterparts across the country in marking this year’s Feast of their Patron, Saint Joseph. The feast which came up last Sunday and celebrated in the newly elevated parish as maiden edition was kick-started with a Eucharistic celebration presided by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Betrand Nnajiemere. While delivering homily at…

2018 CMO Day at St Michael Parish Amakohia

CMO Day at St. Michael’s Amakohia: Fathers told to represent Christ, even in politics

  As politics tops discussions in the country in view of the next general election which is already at the corner, Christian fathers have been called upon to retrieve from the jaws of impunity the image of Nigeria’s politics by bringing their Christian faith to bear. This was even as they were told to engage in active politics so as to effect changes to the present-day political narrative of the country. Vicar General, Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole dropped the hints at St. Michael’s Catholic Parish Amakohia, Uratta Owerri North LGA when members of the Catholic…

The Anglican Bishop with Government officials during the flag off ceremony

Ebonyi govt executes major projects for Anglican Cathedral

  …Flags off road construction, asphalting of compounds, mounting of streetlights Anglican faithful in the Diocese of Abakaliki, especially those worshipping at All Saints’ Cathedral, Abakaliki, were literally wrapped in an envelope of joy and excitement recently following the flag off for the reconstruction of the road that leads to the cathedral by the Ebonyi State Government. Also to be constructed is the compound of the cathedral, which, according to the government, would be asphalted and mounted with solar-powered streetlights starting from the beginning of the new road to the church compound. Before then, the about 135-metre road that leads…