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May 28, 2018

Fr. Cloonan, Emekuku launches chapel

The closing cum chapel launching ceremony of Fr. Cloonan Memorial Secondary School, Emekuku, Owerri North LGA, which took place on December 13, 2013, marked the end of first term of the 2013/2014 academic session of the institution.   During the introductory remark to mark the occasion, Very Rev. Msgr. K. Akagha warned Christians to beware of “advent devil”.  He said the advent devil inspires us to make preparations for the coming of our Saviour materially.  He warned that paintings, decorations and shoppings are not too necessary for Christmas.  He urged Christians rather to prepare their minds, souls and be bordered…

Fr. Anselm Ekeh hits silver in priesthood

Activities marking the silver jubilee celebration of the priestly ordination of Rev. Fr. Anselm Chukwujike Ekeh have been concluded in his parish, St. James Catholic Church Nnorie, Ngor-Okpala LGA, Imo State, amidst fanfare.   The event which took place on Saturday, December 14, 2013, started with a jubilee Eucharistic prayer presided over by the jubilarian had about 15 concelebrating priests in attendance including Very Rev. Msgri. Theophilus Okere and Anselm Nwogu.   Welcoming the large crowd to the event, Fr. Ekeh said he was humbled at the unmerited favour shown him by God.  He noted that the joy of the…

Christmas Day Bombings Kill 37 in Baghdad – As Christians flee Iraq

As Militants in Iraq targeted Christians in three separate Christmas Day bombings in Baghdad, killing at least 37 people, officials said Wednesday.   In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church in the capital’s southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26 people and wounding 38, a police officer said.   Earlier, two bombs ripped through a nearby outdoor market simultaneously in the Christian section of Athorien, killing 11 people and wounding 21, the officer said.   The Iraq-based leader of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Louis Sako, said the parked car bomb exploded after Christmas Mass and that…

WE ARE FAMILY

Today we celebrate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The feast is a continuation of Christmas, given that Christ came to us through the family – the basic unit of human society, the domestic church. We thank God for the gift of family and we pray for the family institution as it faces very serious challenges in our time. The family as God designed it – man, woman and children – is being fundamentally redefined by politicians and extreme left-wing pressure groups intent on changing the structure of society. These dangerous moves hold grave implications for human society…

Christmas: Pope prays for end to conflict in Nigeria, South Sudan, others

Pope Francis has called for dialogue to end all conflicts and wars, as he celebrated his first Christmas as a Pope last Wednesday.   The Time Person of the Year, said everyone should strive to be personal peacemakers. He also prayed for a ‘favourable outcome’ to the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians, and called for dialogue to end the conflicts in Nigeria, Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq.   Nigeria is battling the Boko Haram insurgency, which has ravaged parts of the North East, with occasional incursions in other parts of North Central.   Speaking to…

SUNDAY READINGS: FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY YEAR A 29/12/2013

OPENING PRAYER Father, help us to live as the holy family, united in respect and love.  Bring us to the joy and peace of your eternal home.   FIRST READING A reading from the book of Ecclesiasticus 3:2-6. 12-14 Theme: He who fears the Lord respects his parents.   The Lord honours the father in his children, and upholds the rights of a mother over her sons.  Whoever respects his father is atoning for his sins; he who honours his mother is like someone amassing a fortune.   Whoever respects his father will be happy with children of his own;…

CHRISTMAS – A TIME TO LOVE

Over the years, Christians of every generation have attempted to grasp the full meaning of this annual event called Christmas.  In all their efforts put together one fact has continued to resonate, that Christmas is an event of love, a celebration of goodness and peace.  God had created us out of His own goodness and now that we have fallen short of His glory, by an act of love, He comes to deliver us from the misfortunes of evil.   Scripturally, Christmas is the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ which was prophesied in Isaiah Chapter 7 verse 14. …

St. Mulumba Parish Owerri celebrates harvest

The much anticipated harvest of Eternal Crown of Faith celebrated at St. Mulumba Catholic Parish Owerri on December 1, 2013 might have come and gone but the blessings from the seed of faith sown in the lives of parishioners inspired by the year of faith celebration will remain evergreen.   The thanksgiving Mass was celebrated by the Parish priest, Rev. Fr. Justine Okoro and assisted by his Curate, Rev. Fr. Francis Metu, during the homily, Fr. Okoro described Advent as a period of religious expectation to welcome the revelation of the second person of the Holy Trinity at Christmas, Christ…

Bleak Christmas: Kidnappers abduct two-year-old pupil in Mbano -Snatch two-month old boy in Aba

Evil kidnappers have turned the joyous season of Christmas to a period of mourning for parents of two lads snatched in separate locations in Imo and Abia States recently. While two-year-old nursery school pupil of Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy (D.M.M.M) School, Nzerem Ehime- Mbano L.G.A of Imo State, Master Collins Okolorie was kidnapped  Tuesday 10th December 2013 on his way home from school, little Master Testimony Sunday was abducted from his parents at Aba on Tuesday, Dec 17 at gun point. In Ehime, little Collins Okolorie was walking home with his sister Chidera from school, along a lonely…

FROM ENEMIES TO FAMILY MEMBERS AND NEIGHBOURS – A 2013 CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

Two great Africans died in this year of the Lord 2013. The first, my dear friend and compatriot Chinua Achebe, died in March in the United States of America and was buried in May at his home-town, Ogidi, Anambra State. In appreciation of his creative contribution to world literature particularly through his novels – Things Fall Apart and Arrow of God which very much exposed the difficult cultural encounter between the black man and the white man, members of the New York City House of Assembly held a special session in his honour. At his funeral many more tributes came…

Owerri Catholic Laity Council ends first phase outreach programme

The first phase of the outreach visits embarked upon by the Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria (CLCN), Owerri Archdiocese, to sensitize parishes on the importance of Laity Council has ended. The exercise which kicked off on May 26 at Emekuku Zone 1, was carried out at zonal level.  Other zones visited from May 26 to October 13, 2013 included Mbutu Okohia (Zone 2), Ogbaku (Zone 3), Mbieri (Zone 4) and Uzoagba (Zone 5). During the sensitization exercise, the executive of the laity in all the parishes in each zone gathered at their zonal headquarters for an interactive session with the…

Owerri Community elects new PG, as Oweaya steps “two feet” aside

The outgoing President General of Owere Community Assembly (OCA), Hon. Dr. Christian Oweaya Anukam said he had achieved his aim by ensuring that credible candidates emerged in the new leadership of OCA. He said that Chief Felix Chidi Ngoka, who was elected President General of OCA, December 7, remains the best choice for Ndi Owerre. Oweaya said, “I just stepped only two feet away from the leadership of OCA.  This is the right time for me to partner with the leadership of OCA in order to inject more meaningful development in our area.” Chief Oweaya thanked Ndi Owerre Nchi Ise…

Be Proactive in faith – Archbishop Obinna advises Christians

Catholic faithful residing in any part of  Owerri Archdiocese, who have no Catholic Parish or Station near them, have been advised to be enthusiastic in applying for a Catholic Centre.  Such a centre would cater for their spiritual needs, grow into a station and eventually become a parish. His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri gave the adcise recently while responding to an address of welcome presented to him by St. Peter’s Catholic Station, Works Layout Owerri, during his maiden pastoral visit and inauguration of the Blessed Tansi Catholic Parish which owns the station. He disclosed…

Artisans, engine for industrialization – Nnanna Okoro

Artisan groups have been identified as the engine room for industrialization and technological development and have been assured of Government’s preparedness to provide necessary infrastructure and environment to enhance their operations. Imo State Commissioner for Industry and Non-Formal Sector, Barr. Ugochi Nnanna-Okoro who gave this assurance during an interactive session described artisans as the mustard seed which grew the economies of developed countries through technological inventions and innovations and wondered why Imo State cannot key into the same experience to grow her  economy. Barr. Nnanna-Okoro called on artisans to ensure qualitative finishing to their products to enable them compete favorably…

Sir Ray Ucheoma lauds KSM for social sanity elevated to 2nd Degree

Knights of the Catholic church have been applauded for championing the cause of sanity and moral rectitude in the Church and the larger society.  The commendation came from Barr.  Raymond Ucheoma (KSM), Worthy Advocate, Knights of St. Mulumba, Obowo Sub-Council while answering questions from THE LEADER shortly after his Second Degree investiture recently at CKC Parish Umuokeh, Obowo LGA, Imo State. He opined that sustained upsurge in the wave of societal malaise has continued to lay upon concerned Christians, additional moral and spiritual burden, especially knights of the church, who are evidently in the vanguard of defending the Christian faith. …

Orlu Diocesan youths end retreat

You can make a difference – Fr. Paschal Youths have been advised to avail themselves  the opportunity of serving God at their youth age in order to stand firm in life, the parish priest of  St. Anthony’s Parish Umudioka-Ukwu, Rev. Fr. Paschal Alisa gave the admonition during a three day retreat held at Orlu Diocesan pastoral Centre on 6th to 8th December 2013. Fr. Alisa described Catholic Youth Organization  as an umbrella that brings young people between the age of 12 and above who are still single in the Catholic Church together. He expressed regret on the life most of…

Ahiara Diocesan CCRN ends 5th Conference

Weep no More, Your Light Has Come – Fr. Godson Okoro St. Patrick’s Secondary School Ogbe Ahiara Ahiazu Mbaise, became a beehive of activities as members of Ahiara Diocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal of Nigeria (CCRN) numbering about 10,000 thronged the premises with activities ranging from praise worship, spiritual talks, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, meditations/prayers, outreach talks, candle procession and workshop to solemn Mass celebration to mark their 5th Ahiara Diocesan Conference tagged “Weep No More, My Light Has Come”. The  four day ceremony, Thursday, Nov. 28 – Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, started with a Eucharistic celebration presided over by…

‘Why Mandela was Angry with Nigeria’

“It is better to help a friend pay his fine, than tell a lie to help him cover a crime.” – Nigerian proverb. It was literally a life-long ambition, and I used every opportunity to meet the old man in person. I was finally in a position to press buttons and call old friends to render favors, and in early 2007 I succeeded. I was told I could see Mandela for only 30 minutes at his home, but I needed to get there one hour earlier. Colleagues I had leaned on were skeptical that I would see him despite the…

Sir & Lady Clinton Ogu dedicate twin baby boys

Sir and Lady Clinton Ogu of Christ the King Catholic Parish Umuoba Uratta in the Owerri North Local Government Area on Sunday, December 8, 2013, dedicated their newly born twin baby boys to God. The Eucharistic celebration at which the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Jude Ihejieto was the principal celebrant, attracted dignitaries from far and near including Knights of St. John International (KSJI) of Assumpta Commandery 655 Aladinma, to which the couple belongs. The highlights of the occasion were the blessing of the twin boys, Brian Chimebuka and Bruno Chimdiebube and generous donations to the parish by the couple and…

Lady Philo Ekezie celebrates retirement, birthday

The family of Prof. Dan Dan and Lady Philo Ekezie thronged the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, December 8, 2013 to celebrate the meritorious retirement of Lady Philo Ekezie (LSM) from the service of Imo State Government. Madam Philo’s retirement coincided with her 60th birthday.  It was therefore not surprising that the entire family, comprising her husband, children, grand children, in-laws, friends and well-wishers joined her in thanking God for His mercies and protection within the period of active civil service. In his sermon at the Mass, the Administrator of the Cathedral, Rev. Fr. Andrew Nkwocha advised Christians to improve on…