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May 28, 2018

St. Philip CMO Prayer Group celebrates feast of Patron

-As priest calls on Catholics to prepare for Pentecost Members of the St. Philip CMO Prayer Group 1 of Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri celebrated feast of St. Philip Neri, their patron saint, Sunday, May 25. Preaching during the thanksgiving Mass, the Administrator of the Cathedral, Rev. Fr. Andrew Nkwocha cautioned against indiscriminate laying of hands by pastors and even lay people, noting that laying of hands was the responsibility of the apostles represented now by the bishops. Reflecting on the Readings, the Administrator explained that though the disciples baptized the Samaritans who converted to Christianity, they did not lay…

Boko Haram, world’s deadliest terror group – US security expert

The Islamist sect, Boko Haram, has been described as the deadliest terrorist group in the world followed by the Afghanistan Taliban militant group. Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, a United State of America security expert, made the statement while delivering a lecture at the second International Conference on Democracy and Good Governance, with the theme: “Nigeria’s Democracy: Issues and Challenges, held in Port Harcourt Rivers State. Benjamin, a former head of Counter Terrorism Bureau of the State Department, said Boko Haram became the deadliest, overtaking the Taliban group in Afghanistan, by recording at least seen casualties in each attack.  Delivering his lecture…

15 year old Boko Haram Survivor Deborah Peter testifies before US Congress

Fifteen year old Boko Haram survivor Deborah Peter has testified before the US Congress telling legislators how the terrorist group murdered her father and brother in a gruesome attack in 2011. Ms Peter, told US congressmen and women how on the evening of December 22, 2011, she saw her father, a Christian pastor, shot three times in the chest by three members of Boko Haram. She added that while her father lay on the floor, the men debated whether or not they should kill her brother Caleb and as her father breathed his last, they killed Caleb too. According to…

Pope Francis meets Mugabe

Pope Francis and Robert Mugabemet on Sunday during a ceremony in Rome to make saints of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II The ageing Zimbabwean president, who was with his wife Grace, was among a number of heads of state to attend the ceremony. He is barred from entering the European Union because of alleged human rights abuses and vote rigging at home, but the ban does not apply to Vatican City, which is not a member of the EU. President Mugabe, who describes himself as a committed Catholic, also attended Pope Francis’s inaugural Mass last year, following his…

Democracy Day: Why I shun Due Process – Rochas

-Lists achievements The Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has explained why his administration ignores the Due Process whenever it finds it expedient to do so. The State Chief Executive made the explanation while briefing journalists at Government House Owerri on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 as part of this year’s Democracy Day celebration.  He said that he was in a hurry to take the state to the next level because the poor state of development he inherited in 2011 was unacceptable to him and that he would not allow bureaucratic bottlenecks to stall or slow down speed of development. He…

Ukraine separatists gun down army helicopter, 14 killed

Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian army helicopter on Thursday, killing 14 soldiers including a general, as government forces pressed ahead with an offensive to crush rebellions in the east swiftly following the election of a new president. After weeks of accusations from Kiev of Russian involvement in the uprising, a rebel leader in the eastern city of Donetsk acknowledged that some of his fighters who died in the government offensive had been “volunteers” from Russia, saying their bodies were being returned across the border. In Kiev, acting president Oleksander Turchinov said the helicopter, which had been carrying supplies in…

Obi visits Akunyili in India, calls on Nigerians to pray for her

Former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has called on Nigerians to remember Prof. Dora Akunyili, former Minister of Information in their prayers. He made the call in India, when he had gone to visit the former minister who is undergoing treatment. Obi thanked God for tremendous improvement of Akunyli and said the reality he saw was direct opposite of the grim picture some people painted about her condition.  He prayed to God to grant her total healing.  He also thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for directing the Nigerian High Commissioner to India to visit her in hospital and monitor…

Stop abusing my husband – Mrs. Jonathan

Wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan, has urged Nigerians to obey biblical injunction of praying for leaders and pray for her husband as the head of the country. Reminding one and all that President Goodluck Jonathan was ordained by God, she described those abusing him as ungodly. Quoting from the Holy Bible while addressing children at an event she organized to mark the 2014 Children’s Day at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa Abuja, the First Lady said God’s instruction to mankind to honour their parents was not limited to biological parents alone. Her words: “It is bad…

Osmond Foundation builds N5.5m bungalow for homeless widow

It was incredible, unbelievable but true and all tears of joy from a homeless widow, and mother of three, Mrs. Glory Adanna Nwosu, as she received the keys to a self-contained three-bedroom bungalow built for her by the Osmond Foundation at Avu in Owerri West L.G.A. Prince Nnamdi Ugwuezuonu, who represented the Chairman of the Foundation, Dr. Sir Osmond Imo Ukanacho, said that the gesture was in reponse to the pathetic story of how, lack of a house in their village Avu to live,had forced Mrs. Nwosu and her children to stay back at Sapele for some years now after…

Papal Knights, Medalists meet in Owerri – Visit Archbishop Obinna, condole with Oputa family

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Association of Papal Knights and Medalists last Friday, May 23, 2014, held their regular meeting in Owerri, the Imo State capital. During the visit, they paid a courtesy call on the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna and also visited the country home of their member, late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa who passed on to the great beyond recently, to condole with the bereaved family. Briefing Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Oha, Chancellor of the Archdiocese, who represented the Archbishop, Sir Patrick Ikemefuna, National President of the Association said that they…

Pope Reflects on Holy Land Visit at General Audience

– Journey Meant to Renew Commitment to Christian Unity, Encourage Peace Efforts Dear Brothers and Sisters: My apostolic journey to the Holy Land in these days was a great grace for me and for the whole Church.  It commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the meeting of Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, which marked a milestone along the path to Christian unity.  Patriarch Bartholomaios and I prayed together as brothers before the tomb of the Risen Lord and we renewed our commitment to work for full communion between the Churches.  My journey was also meant to encourage the efforts of…

IMSU Chaplaincy makes history as Archbishop Obinna dedicates Chapel

The Catholic Community of St Joseph Catholic Chaplaincy Imo State University, Owerri, turned out en mass and in a special uniform to mark the dedication of their chapel. The dedication on Sunday, May 25, 2014 was performed by His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri assisted by the current Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Dr. Anthony P.C. Njoku and the pioneer chaplain Rev. Fr. Prof. Izu Marcel Onyeocha (CMF) and so many other priests including past chaplain Msgr. A.I. Aghaizu, Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Oha Archdiocesan Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof Jerome Okonkwo, Rev. Fr. Dr. Longinus Chinagorom, Rev. Fr….

Investiture: KSM Assumpta Sub-Council elevates 8 members to 2nd Degree

A total of eight members comprising, four brother knights and their ladies, who were initiated into the Order of Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria (KSM) Assumpta Sub-Council Owerri two years ago have been admitted into the Second Degree of the Order. They are: Bros. Linus Uche Nwaiwu, Christian Orji Kanu, Lawrence Okobo Ndifon and Ambrose Ahamefula Opara.  The Ladies are: Sisters Esther Nwaiwu, Lucy Opara, Kate Chris Kanu and Helen Okobo. The investiture ceremony that marked the elevation to their new status in the Order took place on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Bishops’ Conference Hall, Pastoral Centre Owerri. …

KSJI Owerri Grand Executive visits Bishop Ezeonyia

-Says we are ready to work for the church   Officers of the Owerri Grand Commandery of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) have paid a courtesy visit on the Catholic Bishop of Aba Diocese, His Lordship, Most Rev. Vincent V. Ezeonyia (C.S.Sp.) to assure him of the support of the Order to the local church in all its ramifications. The visit which took place on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, led by the Grand President, Brig-Gen. E.A. Ihionu, is part of the ongoing repositioning of the  Grand Commandery, especially in terms of creating of wider awareness of the activities of…

After Baby Factory Saga: Imo Govt Approves Three Charity Homes Including MaryFranca Foundation (MFF) Home

-Warns on illegal child adoption   The Imo State Government has issued Certificates of Re-validation to three orphanages, including MaryFranca Foundation (MFF) Home, Shell Camp, Owerri. The re-certification of orphanages in the state followed the abuse of the best practices in child welfare in the state, which resulted in the “baby factory saga” in 2013 and government withdrawal of certificates of operation from all registered homes.  Within the period most homes, including MFF have remained closed. Speaking during the re-certification of MFF Home, Shell Camp Owerri, May 24, Hon. Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Imo State, Lady Love…

MESSAGE OF POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 48TH WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY

Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today we are living in a world which is growing ever “smaller” and where, as a result, it would seem to be easier for all of us to be neighbours.  Developments in travel and communications technology are bringing us closer together and making us more connected, even as globalization makes us increasingly interdependent.  Nonetheless, divisions, which are sometimes quite deep, continue to exist within our human family.  On the global level we see a scandalous gap between the opulence of the wealthy and the utter destitution…

The Christian Faith and Mission in Africa: Prospects and Challenges (3)

Amost embarrassing dimension of this ugly development in our country is the gradual incursion into the Catholic Church of the contemporary Nigerian pop Christianity – a noisy, shallow, hollow and opaque enterprise characterized by all-pervading fear of demons and evil spirit on the one hand, and on the other hand by a multiplicity of preaching crusades, prayer vigils, and healing and deliverance services, whereby government offices, corporate boardrooms and motor parks as well ass long distant passenger buses have been turned into places of worship.  Such multiplication of prayers and rituals however have no bearing with, nor impact on the…

DEATH AND TAXES (2)

Solution The government and the leadership of the various autonomous communities should rise above their customary myopia and be each others keeper. The church should understand that  without the people, the goal of salvation turns awry. The idea of doubling dues must be discontinued forthwith by appropriate government intervention and resolution of religious and community institutions concerned. The primary purpose of the churches in their ecclesiastical and eschatological dispositions is directed towards the salvation of souls and if because of the dead poor you force the living out of the Church, how can the Church be justified? The church should…

The Practice of Prayer (2)

– Rev. Fr. Dr. Anthony Njoku The journey of prayer begins with this experience at some level and ends in it. Ultimately, prayer is homecoming, a return to our source, a waiting on God and a communion and union with God. In it is fulfilled the hunger in our hearts  as experienced by St. Augustine: “O God…you have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they rest in you” (Confessions, Bk 1, #1).  Adoration, praise, thanksgiving, supplication, intercession, etc, are prayer to the extent that they are a hunger and a preparation for acknowledgement, a consequence, manifestation…

The Osu Caste System in Igboland – A challenge to the Igbo Christian Intellectual (2)

We repeatedly claim that Igbos are hated by their neighbours and like the Israelis ought to be bonded together in a fraternal union, but their selfishness, avarice and of course, the Osu-Diala divide cause frictions in all their endeavours, hence their inability to make any collective progress.  We are at the national conference today fighting marginalization by other Nigerian tribes yet we perpetuate the worst type of marginalization against ourselves. The Igbo intellectual must take up the crusade of liberating Igboland from the slavery of the Osu Caste System which has humiliated our people.  I know one brilliant professor when…