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August 14, 2018

Chukwunyere Parish Egbema celebrates August meeting in style

The Asst. Parish Priest  Rev. Fr. Eustace Nwanekwu, the CWO Home and Abroad Chukwunyere Catholic Church, the Mother Church among the five Catholic parishes in Egbema clan was a beehive of activities on Sunday, August 17, 2014.  The occasion was the grand-finale of the activities marking the 2014 August Meeting, the home and abroad CWO of the parish. The ceremony started with a concelebrated High Mass presided over by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Kingsley Ogala. In his homily, the curate, Rev. Fr. Eustace Nwanekwu admonished the women to rely on God in all circumstances stressing that there is no…

Senior seminarians end annual reunion with Archbishop Obinna

Tension in Igboland Catholics begin 30-day prayer, fasting as Court proscribes IPOB

The 2014 Annual Reunion of Senior Seminarians of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri with His Grace, Most Rev. A.J.V. Obinna, the Local Ordinary, has ended in Owerri. The reunion which lasted from August 19th to 22nd, took place at the Assumpta Minor Seminary, Naze. It was a home-coming, a long expected meeting of a father with his sons.  It was a period of spiritual juvenation and moral fortification which consisted of conferences, Eucharistic adoration and sharing of apostolic works experiences as Christ did with his apostles in the gospels. During the opening Mass, the Archbishop called on seminarians to emulate…

Nursing/Midwifery Council Holds 5-day workshop in Owerri

A 5-day workshop by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria to improve the skills of its examiners has taken place in Owerri, the Imo State Capital from August 18 to 22, 2014. The venue of the workshop was the Owerri Plaza.   It was organized to ensure that the examiners improved on their skills to effectively assess candidates during Schools/Councils Professional Examinations in order to produce competent nurses/midwife practitioners. Briefing newsmen before the commencement of the workshop, Alhaji Mustapha Jumare, Chairman of the Board (FWACN) listed the specific objectives of the workshop as: To acquire knowledge about  online Portal of…

St. Michel’s Parish Atta ends Youth Week

The parish priest of St. Michaels Parish Atta, Rev. Fr. Jonathan Ezenwoke (m), his Assistant, Fr. Ononiwu with seminarians  and the youths The 2014 Youth week activities of the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria, CYON, St. Michael’s Parish Atta, Ikeduru have been rounded off. The activities which started on Sunday, August 17 with a Holy Mass, was filled with educative and entertaining events including lectures on different topics such as: “Secrets of Self-employment and Moral Issues”. “Seeing God as the Alpha and Omega of my life as a youth”, “Living a Godly and focused life as a youth” as well…

Provincial Laity Council ends seminar in Ahiara

Fr. Augustine Onuoha, Chief celebrant at the opening Mass, flanked by Mr. Okoro, (L) Chairman of the Council, Bro.G. Anyanwu, (R.) Host President  and other delegates shortly after Mass A three day seminar organized by the Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria (CLCN), Owerri Ecclesiastical Province has ended in Nguru Mbaise, Ahiara Diocese with the Theme: “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in Nigeria.” The event which started from Friday August 22, 2014 with arrival of delegates witnessed good turnout of representatives from the six dioceses of the province, namely: Owerri, Umuahia, Okigwe, Orlu, Ahiara, and Aba. In their separate welcome…

DID GOVERNOR OKOROCHA ABOLISH THE TOWN UNIONS?

The Town union in Igbo land is a legacy of our historical evolution and the dynamic leadership of our people who put community development above personal interests. It arose from the relative isolation of the rural communities from the socio economic grid of regional government of Eastern Nigeria and the apparent neglect of the grass roots by successive administrations which concentrated on the development of the regional capital and sub regional provinces to the detriment of the rural communities. The Igbo in their various migrations contributed to the development of their towns through the development of self help infrastructures competitively….

Odenigbo: Promoting Igbo Language

All is now set for this year’s Owerri Archdiocesan Day celebration and Odenigbo lecture (Nkuzi Ohaneze), taking place at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri on Saturday, September 6, 2014. The present lecture is the 19th in the series since it was founded in 1996 by His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, the Metropolitan of the Owerri Catholic Ecclesiastical Province and Archbishop of Owerri.  This time around, an erudite scholar, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba will discuss the theme: Ochichi Oma: Olile anya Ohaneze. It is worthy of note that even though the thanksgiving Mass to recall the elevation of Owerri from…

Boko Haram takes over Parish House in Adamawa

The Catholic Church on Thursday complained that the Boko Haram insurgents have taken over the parish rectory of its church and other houses of Christians in last week’s attack on Madagali in Adamawa State. The church laid this complaint in an electronic press statement by the Director Catholic Social Communications in-charge of the Maiduguri Diocese, Rev. Fr. Gideon Obasogie, who said that though the members of the outlawed sect have been known not to draw a line of demarcation on whom to or not to visit with mayhem but in recent times it seems that Christians and Christian institutions have…

DORA AKUNYILI LAID TO REST

The remains of late Professor Dora Nkem Akunyili were laid to rest, Thursday after a funeral Mass at Madonna  Catholic Church Agulu, Anaocha LGA, Anambra State. The Mass was presided over by His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze assisted by several Archbishops, bishops and priests from various dioceses in Nigeria. Among the concelebrants were John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja and Archbishop Anthony Obinna of Owerri (who hosted Prof. Dora Akunyili in 2007 when she delivered the Odenigbo Lecture) In his homily, the Very Rev. Fr. Damian  Peter Akpunonu of the Blessed Iwene Tansi Seminary Onitsha extolled the late Minister’s virtues,…

Owerri grounded as lawyers hold confab

– Residents blame Imo Govt over gridlock Life was brought to a screeching halt on Monday August 25, 2014 in Owerri, the Imo State Capital, as the Nigeria Barr Association (NBA) began her week-long Conference in the state. The Conference held at the Imo International Conference Centre, (IICC), built newly by Governor Rochas Okorocha, at the former Imo Hotel premises, along Assumpta Avenue, Owerri, created untold hardship for Owerri residents.  The ugly situation paralyzed business and commercial activities in the city with Markets, Banks and other business ventures experiencing a lull. Traffic gridlock caused by the conference will remain the…

Our Children Rape Us, We have no Security – Mgbuishii Ohaji Women

Mgbuishii Women during their demonstration at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, Monday, August 25. Scores of distraught and angry women from Mgbuishii, a neglected community, bordering Imo and Rivers States, in the Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area of Imo-State, have cried out in pain and frustration, as rape, robbery and other forms of criminality take over their home. The women came to Archbishop Anthony Obinna to air their grievances in the hope that he will speak on their behalf to the Governor whom they said abandoned them. According to the middle-aged women and mothers, Mgbuishii is under siege from many years…

Enugu deputy governor impeached

– Accuses panel of bias, heads for court The Enugu State House of Assembly on Tuesday impeached the State Deputy Governor, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi “over allegations that he raised  chickens behind his official quarters and failed to represent Governor Sullivan Chime at some events. The Chairman of the seven- member panel instituted by the state Chief Judge, Franklyn Oraekeiyi, to investigate allegations against the deputy governor had early this week submitted the panel’s report to the House, indicting him. Consequently, when the House of Assembly reconvened Tuesday, the House Leader, S.K.E. Udeh-Okoye, who sponsored the impeachment with 21 other members,…

Rochas Okorocha commences monthly donation of N1m to APC state chapters

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has commenced monthly donation of N1 million to every state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the country to give the party supporters a sense of belonging where the APC is in opposition. Speaking with newsmen in Katsina shortly after presenting N1 million to Katsina State chapter on Tuesday, Okorocha, represented by his Liaising Officer in Katsina and Zamfara States, Prince Bashir Uwakwue, promised to ensure they receive the donation regularly. “He (Okorocha) sent us to familiarise with them and discuss how best our party will move forward in 2015 election,” the governor’s…

Ebola: FG directs schools to remain close till Oct 13

Abuja – The Federal Government on Tuesday directed that all public and private primary and secondary schools should remain closed till Oct. 13. The Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, gave the directive when he briefed newsmen after a meeting with Commissioners for Education in Abuja. “The minister and all commissioners met Tuesday, Aug. 26, to discuss issues related to the reopening of schools for the new academic year vis-à-vis the Ebola epidemic issue. “At the end of the meeting, the following decisions were arrived at as preventive measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students in our…

Ebola: Only one case left in Nigeria –FG

Thirty-eight days after the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) recorded its first victim with the death of visiting Liberian/American Patrick Sawyer, the Federal Government announced Tuesday it has contained EVD. The authorities said the last patient’s condition was stable. A statement signed by Mr Dan Nwomeh, Special Assistant to the Health Minister, said, “as of today, (August 26, 2014,) Nigeria has 13 cases of EVD including the index case. “Of these 13, five including the index case unfortunately did not survive the disease and are now late. However, seven of the infected persons were successfully managed at the isolation ward…

Vatican spokesman: ISIS threat to Pope Francis unfounded

In response to rumors that the Islamic State may be targeting Pope Francis, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. said there is no reason for concern. “There is nothing serious to this. There is no particular concern in the Vatican. This news has no foundation,” the spokesman told EWTN News on Aug. 26. The rumors spread following an Aug. 25 article published in Italian newspaper “Il Tempo,” which said the number of jihadists in Italy is on the rise due to the influx of unidentified immigrants in the country. According to the article, Islamic fundamentalists led by Al-Baghdadi plan to “raise the…

Pope’s Soccer Match for Peace

A soccer match proposed by Pope Francis and made up of players representing different cultures and religions is to take place in Rome’s Olympic stadium on Monday, September 1st, by 8:45 p.m. local time. The Inter religious friendly Match for Peace will feature current and past players representing different cultures and religions: Buddhist, Christian (Catholic and Protestant), Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Shinto.

Pope: division is the greatest sin of Christian communities

During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke on the unity and holiness of the Church, stating that despite the fact we are sinners, we are called to live as a community centered on Christ. “In a Christian community division is one of the most serious sins, because it does not allow God to act,” the Pope said in his Aug. 27 general audience address. “What God wants is that we be welcoming, that we forgive and love each other so as to become more and more like Him, who is communion and love.” Addressing the thousands of pilgrims gathered…

NIPR LECTURE: Use PR to change Political Culture

– Resource person tasks practitioners Public Relations Practitioners have been charged to engage stakeholders in discussions, aimed at achieving a political culture in which politicians are seen as working, not for selfish interest but for public good. This will help Nigerians to practice a political culture geared towards the development of the right attitude and role for loyalty and patriotism. This challenge was given by Mr. Ken Ojiri, a Chartered Financial Controller and Tax expert, in a lecture he delivered at the Quarterly Professional Lecture of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Imo State Chapter at the Nigeria Union…

KSM: St. Paul’s Sub-Council Owerri ends retreat

The 2014 retreat organized by the Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria, St. Paul’s Sub-Council Owerri took place from August 22-24, 2014 at the Claretian Renewal Center Maryland Nekede.  The Knights were received on arrival by the Retreat Director, Rev. Fr. Raphael Nnaemeka Uzoekwe, CMF. Who is also a lecturer at the Claretian Institute of Philosophy Maryland Nekede. The theme of the retreat was, “Temptation and the Test of Christian Faith in the modern time”. Introducing the first conference, the retreat moderator, Fr. Uzoekwe highlighted the positive and negative characteristics of modern time and their challenges on the Christian faith.  They…