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August 14, 2018

LOVE AS A TOUGH BUSINESS

Today Jesus encapsulates the entire Old Testament into two main commandments – love of God (Deut.6:5), and love of neighbour (Lev.19:18).In the Gospel passage, he had just silenced the Sadducees, and the Pharisees decided to make their own effort to ensnare him. So one of them (who, like all Pharisees, was an expert in “the law and the prophets”) asks the Lord to identify the greatest among the 613 commandments of the Old Testament, but Jesus cites two. By so doing he makes the point that loving God is inseparable from loving our neighbour. St Paul teaches us that love…

St. John Fisher’s Parish Ogwa celebrates Feast Day

Rev. Fr. Raymond Kojo Madu and other dignitaries at the occasion St. John Fisher’s Catholic Parish Umueze Ogwa in Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State has celebrated the feast Day of her Patron Saint for 2014. Preaching the homily at the Eucharistic celebration recently to mark the occasion, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Raymond Kojo Madu expatiated on Pope Francis message for this year’s World Mission Sunday. Its focus was an injunction for Christ’s faithful to use their God-given talents to help the poor and those who have lost their faith in God. Fr. Madu welcomed their invitees, including: the religious,…

St. Michael’s Parish Atta celebrates Golden Jubilee – As Archbishop Obinna confirms 231

St. Michael’s Catholic Church Atta in Ikeduru L.G.A. Imo State, last Sunday, October 19, 2014 celebrated with pomp and pageantry her 52 years existence as a parish. The activity-packed celebration also marked the first pastoral visit to the parish by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna since the past nine years. Among other things, the chief shepherd administered the Sacrament of Confirmation on a total of 231 candidates, comprising 97 boys, 126 girls, five women and three men. Newly constructed Church infrastructures blessed and opened for use during the occasion were: the new Fathers’…

RegCharles Management empowers Imo Keke operators – Distributes 22 pieces of Keke

Some members of RegCharles Management Board The RegCharles Management Services Ltd., a newly established financial institute located in Owerri has added a feather to the cap of the keke operators in Imo State when it presented 22 pieces of brand new Keke-Napep to the Imo Pilot, the umbrella of keke opeators as part of its empowerment programme in the state. Speaking in his office with The Leader on Thursday, October 16, 2014 shortly after the empowerment programme at No. 14 MCC Road Owerri, the Group Managing Director, Mr. Damian Mbama explained that RegCharles is a fund-management expert that has the…

Nze Nwokeafor Foundation Offers Free Health Care to Okigwe People – Presents Mobile Clinic

A free Comprehensive Medical exercise provided by Nze Ikechukwu Worthy Man Foundation is currently going on across the six Local Government Areas that constitute Okigwe Senatorial Zone. Nze Nwokeafor Ikechukwu, the facilitator of the Free Medical Programme has procured a high profile mobile medical clinic facility which has started dispensing health services freely at Ehime Mbano, Isiala Mbano, Ihitte Uboma, Obowo, Onuimo and Okigwe Local Government Areas. According to him, the absence of quality health care programme in the zone has militated against the good health of Okigwe people. In his effort to ameliorate the ugly situation, he has procured…

Supreme Court will decide APGA’s governorship candidate – Ejike Uche

Following the split of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) into two factions, with each presenting its own governorship candidates in the forthcoming 2015 elections, a factional chieftain of the party, Chief Ejike Uche has said the authentic governorship candidate will emerge after the Supreme Court ruling. Interacting with journalists after receiving the award of Patron, Catholic Men Organization (CMO) Owerri Archdiocese, October 18, Chief Uche regretted the problems APGA is facing at the moment, noting that all overtures made to Chief Victor Umeh to allow peace reign in the party had not been successful. Uche, who is the National…

CWO, St. Jude’s Parish Naze gets new 30-seater Coaster bus

Chief Engineer Ronnis Eronini & Wife (Centre) Rev. Fr. Remigius Ihim, P.P., Mrs. Bernadette Ihebor President CWO,  and the host of other Parishioners. It was jubilation galore on Sunday, October 12, 2014 when the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) of St. Jude’s Catholic Parish Naze, presented her brand new 30-Seater Toyota Coaster bus with Registration no. Lagos Mus 122 CW to the parish. The celebration began with a thanksgiving Mass presided over by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Remigius Ihim, assisted by Rev. Fr. P.C. Maduike, who preached the sermon. “Without Me, you can do nothing, our Lord has told us,…

Nurses, Midwives mark International Week in Owerri

Nurses and Midwives in Imo State have celebrated the 2014 International Week. The week-long event which was organized by the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Imo State Branch (Saturday, October 11 – Thursday, October 16, 2014) took place at the Owerri Plaza Hotels. The theme for this year’s celebration was: “Nurses – A Force for Change, a Vital Resources for Health”. The occasion which featured the ground-breaking/unveiling of Nurses Estate Logo, had a keynote address delivered by Chief Dr. Meg Okpara, Board Member Imo State University Teaching Hospital and Federal University Teaching Hospital Abakaliki. While Dr. Edward…

THE ROSARY PRAYER

In response to the request of the late Pontiff, St. John Paul II who called for the scriptural research on the Rosary when he stated in these words; “I also place my trust in you, theologians: by your sage and rigorous reflection, rooted in the word of God and sensitive to the lived experience of the Christian people, may you help them to discover the Biblical foundations, the spiritual riches and the pastoral value of this traditional prayer”. (John Paul II, Apostolic Letter RosariumVirginisMariae no.43) Again owing to the indifferent and neglect in praying the rosary among the present day…

Kukah Gets 2014 Outstanding African Leadership Award

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah has bagged the 2014 Outstanding African Leadership award by Voice Magazine in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The organisation in the award letter to Bishop Kukah, disclosed that the event will take place on October 17, 2014 in Netherlands. Kukah who accepted the award in return said he will continue to do his best to the glory of God and humanity. The selection committee in the letter signed by Pastor Elvis Iruh, who chaired the committee said “On behalf of The Voice Magazine and The Voice Achievers Award Committee, we have the honour…

Archdiocesan choir honours Patrons, Matrons

Archbishop Anthony Obinna and Rev. Fr. Andrew Nkwocha (L) Msgr. Theophilus Okere (R), Dr. Louis Okezie and some of the Awardees. Sunday, October 12, 2014, will ever remain a memorable day when the Owerri Archdiocesan Choir, stormed the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri with different musical instruments for the presentation and recognition of their patrons and matrons by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace Most Rev. A.J.V. Obinna. Delivering the homily, Most Rev. A.J.V. Obinna thanked God for the new things he has done in the midst of his children, which has brought them together in the house of God….

Encomium at Bishop Victor Chikwe’s Memorial “—Best thing that happened to Mbaise” – Msgr. Emma Ogu

Very Rev. Msgr Emma Ogu, Spiritual Director of Mater Ecclesia Seminary Nguru Aboh Mbaise, has described the appointment of the pioneer Bishop of Ahiara Diocese, Late Most Rev. Dr. Victor Adibe Chikwe, as the best thing that happened to Mbaise land, expressing that his reign (1987-2010), tore to pieces, the stereotyped stigma of prejudice initiated by colonial propaganda against the people. The Spiritual Director made this observation in his homily during a fourth year memorial Mass of late Bishop V.A. Chikwe at the Mater Ecclesiae Cathedral Ahiara diocese, Tuesday September 16,2014, in the presence of a large congregation of the…

Owerri Marks 22nd anniversary of National Eucharistic Congress

Procession at the 2nd National Eucharistic Congress held in Owerri Oct. 1992. Activities marking the 22nd anniversary of the National Eucharistic Congress have ended at the Eucharistic Podium, Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, October 17. Preaching at the solemn Eucharistic celebration, the Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, said Eucharistic congress was an invitation for Catholics to come and hear the word of God, eat the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and draw strength from Him. With this renewed strength, the prelate said, Catholics could then go home and begin to break all forms of bondage, especially superstitions, idolatrous…

Knights of St. Mulumba visit Umuowa Parish – As priest warns on syncretism

Fr. Ojimanu flanked by Bro. Ohiri, Bro. Onuh and Grand Knights after the Mass. The Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba, Owerri Archdiocese worshipped at St. Thomas Catholic Parish Umuowa, Ngor-Okpala, October 19, as part of their periodic visits to parishes in the Archdiocese for evangelization and support. This month’s visit was historic as they were led by the Supreme Knight of the Order, Chief Anthony C. Onuh who was accompanied by wife. Also at the event were the Grand Knights of the 10 Sub-Councils in Owerri Archdiocese, the presidents of the Ladies and the executive of the Chapter, led…

Court throws out suit challenging same-sex marriage law

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja struck out a suit challenging the constitutionality of the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2013. The applicant had gone to court to challenge the law on the grounds that it violated the fundamental rights of Nigerians as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution and the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights. But Justice Abdul Kafarati, who threw out the suit, upheld the preliminary objection by the Federal Government that the applicant lacked the requisite locus standi (legal right) to sue on behalf of other Nigerians. Besides, the court held that the applicant did not…

Synod final document reaffirms Church teaching: Vetos gay-friendly statements. Three contentious paragraphs remain

The final document of the Extraordinary Synod was released Saturday October 18, as the Synod Fathers voted to approve all 62 paragraphs, but with three paragraphs not receiving the normally required two-thirds majority vote. The three paragraphs, which in the past would not have been included in a final synod report, speak of: 1) permitting certain remarried divorced Catholics to receive communion after a period of penitence, 2) invoking a deeper call to understanding of the issue of spiritual communion for the divorced and remarried and 3) receiving homosexuals “with respect and gentleness.” However, the document has removed the much-criticized…

Boko Haram Ceasefire Shaky: As Sect abducts 60 more Women

–   Still no News of seized Chibok Girls Days after Nigeria’s military raised hopes with the announcement that Islamic extremists had agreed to a cease-fire, Boko Haram is still fighting and there is no word on the fate of the 219 schoolgirls held hostage for six months. Officials had said talks would resume in neighboring Chad this week, but there was no confirmation as at Thursday that those negotiations had resumed. The official silence raises many questions, especially since Boko Haram’s leaders have not confirmed that a truce has been agreed. Relatives of the girls abducted from a boarding school…

Owerri Archdiocese Celebrates 2014 CMO Day; “—Go and Christianize your villages” – Archbishop tells Christian Fathers

Activities marking the CMO Day Celebration by the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO) were rounded off on Saturday October 18, with special awards to deserving Catholic faithful. The event held at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, attracted an unprecedented number of Christian Fathers, beautifully dressed in their CMO Uniform. The occasion began with a Pontifical Concelebrated Mass presided over by the Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, assisted by Msgr. Kevin Akagha, Rector Assumpta Spiritual Year Ogbaku, the OACCMO Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Sebastine Igbokwe, the Chancellor of the Archdiocese, Rev, Fr. Alphonsus Oha, the…

Terrorists Cannot Be Trusted

YET AGAIN, another bashed hope and broken promise. It does not seem that the purported negotiation or truce between Boko Haram and the Federal Government is credible enough. One begins to wonder who actually the Federal Government is talking or listening to. However, we remain cautiously optimistic that whatever agreement is reached with whichever faction of Boko Haram will stand. News that the Federal Government and Boko Haram were negotiating a ceasefire was received with a mixture of hope and suspicion, from the word go: hope that the Islamist militants, at least, now have a face and are talking but…

WHO Declares Nigeria Ebola Free

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday October 20 declared Nigeria free of the deadly Ebola Virus. Nigeria has not recorded a new case of Ebola for 42 days or two incubation period of 21 days. WHO representative, Rui Gama Vaz, who said it was a “spectacular success story”, added that “Nigeria is now free of Ebola. “This is a spectacular success story. It shows that Ebola can be contained but we must be clear that we have only won a battle, the war will only end when West Africa is also declared free of Ebola”, he said. While the…