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May 28, 2018

Fr. Igbokwe advises young girls to emulate Virgin Mary – Inaugurates Zone III Mary League Girls

Young Catholic girls have been advised to emulate the virtues of our Blessed Mother Mary so as to be good future mothers and Rev. Sisters.  This advice was given by the Episcopal Vicar Zone III (Ogbaku Zone) Owerri Archdiocese, Very Rev. Fr. Sabastian Igbokwe on the 22nd of September 2013 as the Zone III Mary League Girls gathered in the zonal headquarters, St. Kevin’s Catholic Parish Ogbaku to launch their maiden Almanac and be inaugurated. According to Fr. Igbokwe who is also the Parish Priest of St. Kevin’s Parish Ogbaku, every young single Catholic girl should enroll in the Mary…

2015: I will run – Jonathan

 …Says constitution allows him to do eight years of two terms After months of dodging the question, President Goodluck Jonathan in New York, United States on Sunday broke his silence on the 2015 presidential election when he said the Constitution allows him to do eight years of two terms. This is even as he warned those fanning the embers of disintegration in the country to refrain from doing so as the interest of the nation was greater than that of any individual.  He urged politicians to drop the “do or die” approach to politics and allow him to concentrate on…

Emii Parish celebrates Exaltation of the Holy Cross – Decorates 6 as Ambassadors of Peace

Holy Cross Catholic Parish Emii in the Owerri North LGA has celebrated this year’s feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.  The weeklong feast featured Rosary procession, Stations of the Cross, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and drama on: “Faith in God” (in line with 2013 as “Year of Faith”). Other activities included: competitions on cultural dance by the Catholic Women Organization (CWO), various races by the Mary League Girls, football match between the Catholic Men Organization (CMO) and CWO, mass wedding of eight couples and singing competition among the nine station choirs. The climax of the feast was the…

THE TEN ‘I’s THAT BREAK THE HOME (12)

As October 1 draws near

EFFECTS OF INTIMIDATION IN MARRIAGE Married life with an abuser/intimidator is characterized by constant criticism over matters of small consequence, blames, false accusations, threats and malicious humour. According to the Psychologist Steven Stosny, Founder, Compassion Power in Washington D.C., “this behaviour is designed to make you feel unworthy, fearful, ashamed and mentally unstable”. The effects are numerous:   TENSION/FEAR: Any marriage relationship characterized by intimidation is filled with constant tension. Intimidation makes the victim fear his/her partner. Since the relationship in this case is one of master/servant, one party is always in charge, the other is like a personal aide….

Wealth which alienates from the Kingdom

Poverty and wealth are as old as the world.  But are and have always been source of problems.  The interpretations and solutions are many.  Some link poverty and riches to “fortune” and to chance.  Some see in poverty the sigh of incapacity and moral disorder and in riches the sign and reward of intelligence and virtue.  For others it is exactly the opposite.  An honest person never gets rich because to become rich one does not have scruples of conscience.  Riches coincide with exploitation of man by man: the rich is a thief, disposed to everything in order to defend…

SUNDAY READINGS: 26th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (c) 29/9/2013

Sunday readings

OPENING PRAYER Father, you show your almighty power in your mercy and forgiveness. Continue to fill us with your gifts of love. Help us to hurry toward the eternal life you promise and come to share in the joys of your kingdom.   FIRST READING A reading from the prophet Amos  6:1.4-7 Theme: Those who sprawl and those who bawl will be exiled The Almighty Lord says this: Woe to those ensconced so snugly in Zion and to those who feel so safe on the mountain of Samaria. Lying on ivory beds and sprawling on their divans, they dine on…

Interview with Pope Francis – A Big Heart Open to God (1)

“Talking with Pope Francis is a kind of volcanic flow of ideas that are bound up with each other.” Editor’s Note: This interview with Pope Francis took place over the course of three meetings during August 2013 in Rome. The interview was conducted in person by Antonio Spadaro, S.J., editor in chief of La CiviltàCattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal. Father Spadaro conducted the interview on behalf of La CiviltàCattolica,America and several other major Jesuit journals around the world. The editorial teams at each of the journals prepared questions and sent them to Father Spadaro, who then consolidated and organized them….

Angry mob sets kidnapper’s residence ablaze at Umuezeala-Nsu

The residence of Mr. Tony Iroh in Umuezeala Nsu, Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State was last week burnt down by rampaging mob protesting the kidnapping of Ugoeze Nwakaego Nwokeke and attack on HRH Eze Engr. B.N. Nwokeke, Nkwume II of Nkwumeato Autonomous Community, Ihitte Uboma LGA.  Some hoodlums had abducted the Ugoeze after shooting the royal father.  They later asked for a ransom of N50 million Naira. The rampaging youths in their numbers took the security operatives unawares and armed themselves with dangerous weapons and stormed the residence of the Irohs and razed down their residence completely. Attention of …

12 indigent widows empowered in Owerri Province

Twelve indigent widows in Owerri Ecclesiastical Province were full of smiles Sept. 17, 2013 following their empowerment by the Ladies of St. Mulumba, Owerri Metro Council. The lucky widows were drawn from the six dioceses that make-up the Metro Council – Owerri, Umuahia, Orlu, Okigwe, Ahiara and Aba dioceses.  While 10 widows received their empowerments at the Mulumba Hall, Wetheral Road Owerri, the remaining two are expected to receive theirs during the LSM 2013 Annual Convention taking place from 16th – 20th October 2013 in Makurdi. Each of the widows received N30,000 cash, half bag of rice, one piece of…

Plant more palm trees- community told

A call has been made for the people of Imo State to plant more palm trees in order to boost the production of palm oil and related products. The Honorable member representing Njaba State Constituency in the Imo House of Assembly, Hon. Chino Obioha, made the call at Okponakuma while launching the Palm for Palm Programme, initiated by the state Government. Honorable Chino Obioha reasoned that planting more palm trees could help to reduce youth unemployment in the future. He urged the Okponakuma community to provide a hectare of land for agriculture as it is the first community in the…

New Principals, Teachers brain-storm in Isiala Mbano

The newly promoted principals of secondary schools in Okigwe Zone 1 and newly employed tutors held a brain-storming 3-day confab at Anara Secondary School on Monday, September 9, 2013 to Wednesday 11th respectively. Diverse areas concerning educational development were deliberated upon by high quality resource persons at the induction workshop which was organized by the Secondary Education Management Board, Okigwe Zone I. In a keynote address, Nze Godwin Amaku, President of ANCOPPS, Imo State Branch, enjoined the participants to take their duties seriously and avoid negative activities that will undermine teaching and management of their respective schools. He eulogized the…

KSJI Akabo Commandery ends retreat

The Knights/Ladies of St. John International Commandery 539/Laux 473 Akabo ended their three-day prayer-packed retreat on Sunday, September 15, 2013 after a Holy Mass at St. Peter’s Claver Seminary Okpala.  The retreat started on Friday, September 13, 2013 with Rosary procession. Speaking during the event, the Spiritual Director of the commandery, Rev. Fr. Prof. John Obilor of the Imo State University Owerri while introducing the facilitator, Rev. Fr. Joseph Enyiaka, Rector of St. Peter Claver Seminary Okpala, said that the Knights/Ladies have come to Mount Zion, the mountain of Okpala which harboured many Holy missionaries, dead or alive since 1942…

THE MENACE OF MASQUERADES (MMANWU) IN IGBO LAND

Many people interweave or interchange culture and Tradition of the people. The truth is that Culture and Tradition are distinctively different in meaning and characterization. While culture is what a people are known for, Tradition is an evolution of what happened to a people overtime out of circumstance or happenstance. Example of tradition of the people abound. The Israelites started celebrating Passover as a result of what happened to them as they were leaving Egypt for the promised land. The  Muslims are celebrating Id- el-fitr to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting Ide-Malaud to remember birth of prophet Mohammed….

TATTOOS

After a visit to a tattoo parlor, hopefully you will end up with a beautiful piece of body art that will last a life time. However, several complications can occur after the tattoo is finished. You will be able to decide whether you want a tattoo for yourself if you know about its process and dangers. It is quite appalling to know that a frighteningly growing number of teens and young adults around the world are injecting dangerous chemicals under their skin in the name of art and self expression. Tattooing is an art form that has been used for…

Communiqué: Our Faith Commitment in Action

Communiqué at the End of the Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the Double K Resort, GRA, Otukpo, Benue State, September 5-13, 2013. 1.         Preamble We, the members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), held our Second Plenary Meeting for the year 2013 at the Double K Resort, GRA, Otukpo, Benue State.  Having prayerfully reflected on events within the Church and the nation, we present this communiqué entitled, Our Faith Commitment in Action. 2.         Events in Our Church We witnessed the canonical erection of the Diocese of Katsina Ala with the Ordination…

Code of Conduct For Public Officers

There are rules and professional ethics governing the employment of public officers under the employment of local councils, state and federal Government’s public services to prevent abuse of office and check corruption. It is in this regard that section 153 of the 1999 constitution as amended provided for the establishment of the code of conduct Bureau which enforces the strictures of public service employment ethics or rules. These rules are made to be followed like a code of conduct and when there is a breach, it is strictly sanctioned. The 5th schedule, part 1 of the 1999 constitution provides answers…

Imo House of Assembly Repeals Abortion Law – As Anti-life Group Campaigns in Abuja

Bowing to unprecedented pressure and public outcry from Imo indigenes, the Imo State House of Assembly on Thursday, Sept. 26, repealed the controversial  Imo State of Nigeria Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law No 12 of 2012 (aka Abortion Law). The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, recently brought an amendment bill to the controversial Law to the House of Assembly, asking them to either amend or repeal the entire Law. The Committee set by the House had recommended that the entire Law which has generated much furor in the State be repealed.  The Leader gathered reliably that the House felt…

16 New Priests Ordained for Okigwe Diocese …Bishop Amatu strengthens Missionary Ties with Cameroon

Catholic Priests have been reminded of the need to prepare at all times to serve God in any location they find themselves. Most Rev. Solomon Amatu, Catholic Bishop of Okigwe gave the injunction as he ordained Sixteen (16) Priests, Thursday 26th September 2013 at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe. The prelate noted that the primary motive of priesthood is fishing for souls for Christ anywhere and anytime which, he said, underlined the need for obedience, celibacy and voluntary poverty. He stressed that the absence of these three principal qualities of priesthood would render the priest strongly attached to material…

SOLAD fetes St. Peter’s Okigwe Seminarians

Hon. Grace Iwuchukwu, Sole Administrator, Ahiazu-Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State hosted the 2011 set of seminarians from St. Peter’s Seminary Okigwe in her residence at Ogbor-Ihitteaforukwu, September 8, 2013. The seminarians, numbering about 70 celebrated a re-union with their colleagues some of who are no longer in the seminary.  Son of the SOLAD is a senior seminarian. In her welcome address at the unique occasion, Hon Iwuchukwu enjoined the seminarians to put God first in all they do.  She urged them to aspire to be priests with all sincerity of purpose so as to propagate Christian doctrine and…

Irete Youths, Roche Group trade blames – We are marginalized in our land – Irete Youths

-They are making false claims – Roche The Youths of Irete in Owerri West LGA of Imo State under the aegis of Positive Articulative Irete Youths, staged what they tagged a peaceful demonstration at the premises of Roche Group in the Onitsha Road Industrial Layout on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 forcefully grinding to a halt all construction activities of the company on the said day. The Youth who were in their numbers said they were protesting negligence and marginalization of their people by Roche Group in their area. Speaking to our correspondents, the leader of the group, Comrade Frank Uche…