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May 28, 2018

PRAYER FOR UPRIGHT VOTING, ACCURATE COUNTING AND IMPARTIAL ANNOUNCEMENT OF ELECTION RESULTS IN NIGERIA

God our Father, All ruling powers lie within your hands To you belong just judgements, Mercy and peace as well But to us and the rulers of our land Belong defilement and disgrace.   When you freed us from the stranglehold of military rule Our hearts were so full of joy But alas, fighting with guns for rulership And stealing votes with violence Continue to plague us Causing bloodshed and confusion in our land. Feeding the poor with misery and sadness.   Gracious Father, Forgive us, cleanse and cleanse us Truly without you and left to ourselves We are just…

Igbo Governors at War: Anambra, problem of Ndigbo – Okorocha

-You’re a rabble rouser – Obi‘ The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, slammed political leaders from Anambra State, accusing them of playing cash and carry politics, which had sabotaged the efforts of Ndigbo in achieving the age-long ambition of producing the President of the nation. Okorocha stated this at the inauguration of the South-East interim executive committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the Ahiajioku centre in Owerri, Imo State capital recently. He lamented that some politicians from Anambra State were prepared to collect money and contract to sabotage the efforts of the zone, adding that such mentality must…

Sanctions against Iran are illegal – President Hassan Rouhani

Sanctions against Iran are illegal and are undermining international law, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told journalists on Wednesday. “When it comes to sanctions, have they been successful so far? Sanctions first and foremost are illegal,” he told journalists on the sidelines of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “And a Congress which claims to be making laws should not contravene international laws.” “These sanctions translate into the weakening of the NPT (Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons), the weakening of international laws and regulations. No other country can decide for another country.” Rouhani’s comments follow the announcement…

Davos World Economic Forum: Pope challenges business leaders to serve Humanity with Wealth

Pope Francis has challenged business leaders assembled in Davos Switzerland to put their wealth at the service of humanity instead of leaving most of the world’s population in poverty and insecurity. In a message to more than 2,500 participants at the annual World Economic Forum, the pontiff urged industrialists and bankers to promote inclusive prosperity, but stopped short of chiding them for excesses laid bare by the global financial crisis. “I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruled by it,” Pope Francis said in the message read at the opening ceremony by Cardinal Peter…

Jonathan nominates 12 ministers

President Jonathan has sent names of 12 ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation. The nominees include Mohammed Wakil (Borno), Jamila Salik and  Aminu Wali (both Kano State) and  Akon Eyakenyi (Akwa Ibom). Others are  Musiliu Obanikoro (Lagos State), Dr T.W. Danagogo (Rivers), Asabe Ahmed (Niger) and Abduljelili Adesiyan (Osun). The rest are Lawrencia Mallam (Kaduna State),  Aliu Gusau (Zamfara),  Boni Haruna (Adamawa) and Dr Khaliru Alhassan (Sokoto State). Jonathan also sent for confirmation the names of the newly-appointed Chief of Defence Staff and other service chiefs to the upper legislative chamber. The Senate President, David Mark, read out to…

Praises as Nwigwes’ celebrate Golden Jubilee of marriage – Jonathan, Okorocha commend couple

It was praises, commendations and encomiums for exemplary Christian marriage as Dr. Clement Nwigwe and Prof. (Mrs.) Victoria Nwigwe celebrated the Golden Jubilee of their wedding, January 19, 2014. The personalities at the St. Patrick’s Parish, Ekwereazu, Ahiara Mbaise, venue of the celebration were unprecedented in recent time, thus stretching the organizers to their limit. The Pontifical thanksgiving Mass was presided over by John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara Diocese and Archbishop of Abuja.  He was assisted by Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri and over 50 priests drawn from various dioceses, including Msgr. Alphonsus Aghaizu,…

Imo State Polytechnic: My story, my journey (1)

Interview with Rev. Fr.  Dr. Wencenslaus Madu – Rector, Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo There have been visible changes and eloquent innovations at the Imo State Polytechnic  Umuagwo. The Editor of The Leader newspaper was granted an exclusive interview recently by the Rector of the institution Rev. Fr. Dr. Wence Madu . where  he spoke extensively  about his vision, challenges and dreams for the polytechnic. Q.      How did you feel when you were appointed as rector of Imo State Polytechnic? A.      It was in November 2011. So it was at the instance of His Excellency, Governor Rochas Okoro to appoint me,…

The Anti-gay Law As kudos for Nigeria

A couple of weeks ago, President Goodluck Jonathan, after several months of procrastination finally signed into law the new Anti-gay Bill submitted to him by the National Assembly in May last year. Before now, what was in existence in Nigeria was a colonial law that prescribed punishments ranging from fines to jail terms for those convicted of sodomy. But the new law prohibiting gay marriage and same-sex partnership stipulates 14-year prison term for anyone who enters into same-sex union and a 10-year prison term for anyone who “administers, witnesses or aids” a same sex marriage or civil union ceremony.  This…

Communiqué – BUILDING UPON GODLY AND MORAL VALUES IN NIGERIA

A Goodwill Message of the Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province issued at the end of their First Plenary Meeting held at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri, Imo State, Monday, January 20 – Tuesday, January 21, 2014.   Preamble We, the Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, gathered as usual to pray and to deliberate on our pastoral ministry, issue the following goodwill message to our people and nation:   Gratitude to God 1.   As Nigeria marks one hundred years of its existence as a nation, we give heartfelt thanks to Almighty God for all his blessings and mercies.  For…

Fajuyi deserves more honours, says Fayemi

– For choosing to die with his guest, Aguiyi Ironsi Ekiti State Governor, Fayemi, has urged the Federal Government to accord posthumous recognition to the slain Governor of the old Western Region col. Adekunle Fajuyi. The governor said the late military governor paid the price that held the country together till date. Dr. Fayemi  spoke in Ado-Ekiti at this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the Fajuyi Memorial Park. The governor noted that if Fajuyi had not scarified herself during the muting in his domain, there could have been ethnic distrust, which might have torn the nation apart. The late…

Assumpta Press sends off Fr. Arisukwu – As he leaves for further studies

It was an occasion of mixed feelings, of joy and sadness on Thursday, January 9, 2014, when staff and management of the Assumpta Press Owerri, as well as relatives and friends gathered at the company to send forth Rev. Fr. Vincent Arisukwu, the Deputy Director, who was proceeding to the United States for further studies. It was an occasion of mixed feelings in the sense that everyone present rejoiced with Fr. Arisukwu for the opportunity to go for further studies to improve himself but at the same time felt sad that they were going to miss his company for a…

Okafor family builds Chapel in memory of parents at Odenkume Obowo

A family chapel built in memory of Ichie Francis and Lolo Paullina Okafor. was dedicated  on Sunday 22nd  December 2013. The chapel was built by Comrade John Obinna Okafor, Deputy Registrar, Public Relations, Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri. A thanksgiving cum memorial Mass was celebrated at Holy Ghost Catholic Church Odenkume, Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State, by Rev Fr. Steve Onuoha and Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okoro, Vice Principal, Sacred Heart Secondary School, Amuzi, Obowo L.G.A. In his homily, Rev. Fr. Steve Onuoha spoke on the need for Christians to live a righteous life. He urged the congregation to be…

Our Lady Queen of Peace, Egbeada inaugurates Year 2014 – Launches Parish Directory, Liturgical Calendar

It was a day of joy for the parishioners, friends and well-wishers of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Egbeada, Owerri Archdiocese as the parish inaugurated the year 2014. The inauguration is an annual event organized in the parish to welcome parishioners back from the Christmas break and during which the year is declared open officially for the activities in the parish.  The occasion is also used to launch the Parish Directory Liturgical Calendar and also appreciate parishioners for the support they rendered the previous year. The year was tagged “year of witnessing’, derived from the parish motto. The ceremony commenced…

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Jesus initiates His public ministry and announces the programme.  The work of God’s salvation foretold by Isaiah is fulfilled.  Already the first fruits are maturing.  The “good news” announced by Jesus continues to resound today and summons us.  Evangelized, we are invited to evangelize.  “Galilee of the nations”: Galilee was a region despised by those who matter”.  As it was said to Nichodemus: “Check and see, prophets do not come from Galilee” (Jn 7:52; cf Jn1:46).  But this is the place chosen by Jesus to begin His ministry.  It should not surprise us: it is characteristic of the divine style…

Guide to A Successful Marriage (1)

Marriage is God’s brain child.  He laid its foundation with our first parents, Adam and Eve.  He established the marriage relationship and gave the first couple his blessings which every couple inherited today.  God himself did everything and joined the couple together as one body, instead of two, this he did for us to follow suit (Gen 2). Jesus Christ in his intelligent answers to his peoples’ questions on the issues of marriage confirmed the marriage at the Garden of Eden by God his Father,  “In the beginning God made them male and female for this, shall a man leave…

Who Pays Tenement Rates? (2)

Conclusion The South Eastern governments need to review the regulations of tenement rates and ensure that vacant houses, pensioner  occupied houses and family houses and rural dwellers are exempted from tenement rates There should be a drastic reduction of tenement rates in Areas outside of the capital cities to improve housing development in  these areas and arrest rural urban drift. The arbitrariness in the fixing of tenement rates can be checked by regular and physical inspection of the premises to be rated by appropriate valuations. At the same time, we cannot but affirm the illegality the action of the Lagos…

Sunday Readings: THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (26/1/2014)

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Sing a new song to the Lord; sing to the Lord, all the earth. In his presence are majesty and splendour, strength and honour in his holy place.   OPENING PRAYER Almighty ever-living God, direct our actions according to your good pleasure, that in the name of your beloved Son we may abound in good works. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the  unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.   FIRST READING A reading from the Prophet Isaiah 8:23, 9:3 In Galilee of the nations…

Super Eagles qualify for Semi-Final; defeat Morrocco by 4 Goals to 3

Many Nigerians also believe in miracle. We have seen miracles many times before in our football. God suddenly shows up when we have lost all hopes in our national team. The game started in frantic fashion as a shot from Mouhssine forced Agbim to make a fine save inside the opening minute, after the Moroccan broke in from the right flank. But Nigeria responded later, when Ugonna Uzochukwu headed a free-kick from Ejike Uzoenyi wide. Morocco goals were scored by a Mohsine Moutaouali brace and one by Iajour Mouhssine while the Nigeria’s goals were scored by Ugonna Uzochukwu, Rabiu Ali,…

Well done Mr. President for Anti-gay Law – Catholic Bishops

Catholic Bishops of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province have commended President Goodluck Jonathan for signing into law the Bill prohibiting same-sex union in Nigeria. The commendation was contained in a 10-point communiqué they issued after their First Plenary meeting for 2014 held at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre Owerri from January 20 to 21, 2014. In the statement, the Church leaders praised Nigerians and other Africans for the bold step of categorically rejecting the advances and pressures of certain foreign governments and agencies to legalize what all people of all ages consider grave aberrations – moral evils. “These Europeans and North American…

Fr. Ralph Madu advises Christians on how to make heaven – As Emma Bukar Builds Grotto for St. Jude’s Parish Umueze 11

St. Jude’s Catholic Church Umueze 11, Ehime-Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State went agog on Sunday December 29th 2013 as Bishop Solomon Amatu, Local Ordinary of Okigwe Diocese dedicated a grotto built by Chief Emma Bukar Iwuanyanwu (KSM). Bishop Amatu was represented by very Rev. Fr. Dr. Cajetan Ehiem and the concelebrants in the Mass include Rev. Fr. Dr. Raphael Madu, Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria. Rev. Fr. Zachaira Samjumi, Rev. Fr. J.J Okpara, Parish Priest and Rev. Fr. Pius Nwagwu.                         In his homily …