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May 28, 2018

Holy Cross Parish Uturu takes steps to battle paganism, boost faith

The Pro-Cathedral Parish of Holy Cross Uturu, Abia State, Okigwe Diocese has risen up in arms against unwholesome traditional and cultural practices and beliefs especially those which have pagan colouration. Rev. Fr. John Ifebigbo, Vicar Holy Cross Parish Uturu made this known in an interaction with newsmen at Okigwe recently.   The Catholic priest noted with disgust the persistence, even among practicing Catholics of such pagan practices and beliefs as fetishism, divination, resort to juju in sorting out contentions.  Others, according to the priest, include obnoxious widowhood practices such as forceful bathing of a woman newly bereaved of her husband in…

Tragedy: Keke operator sells five schoolchildren of same parents for N5m – Mother dies of shock

Tragedy struck a Warri community in Delta State as a tricycle operator sold off five school children to suspected ritualist.  When the sad news got to the mother of the children she allegedly slumped and died. It was gathered that the pupils whose ages range between two and eight were sold for N5 million by the Keke operator, who conveyed them to school. Investigation revealed that the tricyclist allegedly sold the children for one million naira each to a ritualist. The inhabitants of the sleepy town of Otokutu, where the incident occurred were said to have been shocked when the…

Owerri Archdiocesan CWO Exco visits Ancilla Home Emekuku – Promises to remain supportive

Lady Stella Acholonu (3rd from left), Srs. Cecile Nweze and Maria O. Achilonu (estreme right), and other mothers in joyful mood with the babies at the gifts’ presentation. As part of their efforts towards sustaining and promoting evangelization, the executive members of Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women Organization (OACCWO) put the entire staff and management of the Ancilla Motherless  Home Emekuku, Owerri North LGA to stun, when they visited and presented the home with gift items made up of food-stuffs and toiletries, Saturday, November 22, 2014. Presenting the gifts to the director of the home, Rev. Sr. Cecile M….

Cardinal Robert Sarah appointed head of Vatican congregation for the liturgy

Cardinal Robert Sarah has been named the new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. Pope Francis on Sunday, Nov 23 appointed Cardinal Sarah to the post, which has been vacant since August. He was most recently serving as president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Church’s charitable arm. Cardinal Robert Sarah succeeds Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, who held the post since December of 2008.  Pope Francis named Cardinal Cañizares as archbishop of Valencia. Born on June 15, 1945, in Ourous, Guinea, Cardinal Sarah was ordained a priest in the Guinean city of Conakry in 1969,…

A Thought for the O.G.S.S 5 As Owerri Catholic Archdiocese Launches N5Bn Education Trust Fund

This viewpoint is  written to coincide with the  launching  of  the “ 5BN Education  Trust  Fund  of  the  Owerri  Girls’  Secondary  School”  by  the  Owerri  Catholic  Archdiocese. It is   written to remember the five students of Owerri Girls secondary School (OGSS 5) who were crushed to death on Friday, March 4, 2005. This is about the third full viewpoint I am writing on this issue. On each occasion, appeals were made to the Governor –in –council to intervene in order to ensure that justice was not only done but seen to be done.  But these  appeals were never given the…

Sacred Heart Parish Akwakuma celebrates Christ the King

The faithful of Sacred Heart Parish Akwakuma during the Christ the King procession. Our leaders are oppressors – Fr. Ugoamadi The Catholic faithful of Sacred Heart Parish Akwakuma joined their counterparts worldwide to celebrate this year’s feast of Christ the King. The celebration began with a concelebrated Mass presided over by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr.  Dr. Kevin Ugoamadi, assisted by his Curate, Rev. Fr. Remigius Ebiziem. Introducing the Mass, Fr. Ugoamadi said it was a day of joy and celebration because Christ, the King of Kings, has come to free us from the oppressive leadership of earthly rulers.  He…

CKC Old Boys mark feast day

It was euphoria of joy and thanksgiving as the Old Boys Association of Christ the King College Onitsha, Owerri Branch, gathered at Assumpta Cathedral, to celebrate the solemnity of Christ the King on 23rd November 2014. Delivering homily at the Mass, the Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna acknowledged the presence of everyone on that day.  He established the fact that judgement proceeds after life on earth while noting that on judgement day all men will stand naked before God and no deed whatsoever will be hidden. He regrettably stated that many Christians today worship…

Employment Gimmick Again? – Imo Youths scramble for employment forms

For some strange reasons politicians love playing games with what they think people are desperate for. Again scores of Imo youths are now sweating it out at the Civil Service Commission on Port Harcourt Road trying to obtain scarce employment forms for jobs that may never exist, or worse still, jobs they may never get. Those spoke to newsman expressed disillusionment at the situation but hoped their efforts would this time not be in vain. “The situation is really frustrating but we hope something good will come out of this one,” a group said. Unemployment is undoubtedly one of Nigeria’s…

We are not thieves! Lawmakers reply Obasanjo

The Senate on Thursday said that the allegation by the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo that the National Assembly was using constituency projects to siphon the public funds was a total lie meant to denigrate the sanctity of the parliament. The Senate also claimed that it was the Obasanjo’s administration that approved the constituency projects to be built into the national budget which was implemented by the executive. Speaking through its chairman on Information, Media and Public Affairs, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate described the allegation of corruption against it by the former president as unfortunate and an attempt to…

Chief Tony Chukwu: God’s gift to our generation – Lady Blessing Nwaoba

High-Chief Tony Chukwu has been described as God’s special gift to Okigwe people in particular and Nigeria in general. This assertion was made by Lady Blessing Nwaoba (LSM) during the dedication of St. Michael’s Catholic Church Umueze I Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State by His Grace Archbishop Augustine Kasujja, Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria on Sunday, November 16, 2014. According to her, Chief Tony Chukwu’s philanthropy has touched many lives positively.  She elucidated that Chief Chukwu has used his personal resources to propagate Christianity at various levels. Lady Nwaoba also eulogized Lolo Rose Chukwu for her outstanding support…

PVC Collection: Onisa Ward I Cards Missing – No PVC No Election, Community Warns

HRH Eze Geoffrey Nnannah The collection of permanent voter card which lasted for three days as directed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has come and gone. Here in Imo State, there were lots of reports of missing cards, while some political wards and polling units complained that, there was no PVC distributed in their area at all. The case is not different at Onisa ward 1 in Nkwerre Local Government Area when The Leader visited some polling units in the area to monitor the exercise but those of Onisa Ward 1 were missing. In a chart with the…

St. Joseph’s Parish Umuna Marks Feast Of Christ The King

The priest, religious and the entire parishioners of St. Joseph’s parish Umuna Orlu L.G.A, on November 23rd 2014 joined their counterpart all over the world to celebrate the annual feast of Christ the King. The principal celebrant Rev Fr. Mark Iwueke, concelebrated with the parish priest  Fr. Bede Idimogu, and the S.A to the Governor on Religious Affairs Fr. Thaddeus Ihebunike among others. Delivering a homily during the Eucharistic celebration, Rev Fr. Mark Iwueke described the day as a very special one among all the Catholic faithful all over the world as they troop out in their numbers, gather at…

Bring back TTC …to save education from total collapse

– Fr. Louis Nwankwo tells govt, as he celebrates 40th anniversary A Catholic priest and renowned educationist, Rev. Fr. Dr. Louis C. Nwankwo has called on the Federal Government to re-introduce the Teachers Training Colleges (TTC), so as to restore fallen standard of education in the country. Speaking during a press briefing in Owerri on Tuesday, Nov. 25, to mark his 40th anniversary of priestly ordination, Fr. Nwankwo said that TTC is the only institution or college for training and grooming effective academic teachers at the grassroot. Fr. Nwankwo, a retired principal, (special class), said every profession or vocation world…

Owerri Archdiocese launches N5bn Education Trust Fund

The Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri has launched a whopping N5 billion Education Trust Fund to rescue Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. The historic occasion which took place at Owerri Girls Secondary School, on Saturday, Nov. 22, was attended by the Minister of State for Education, Prof. (Lady) Viola Onwuliri, the Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Dikko Suleiman, Dr. Johnbull Nwaiwu, who chaired the occasion, Senator Chris N.D. Anyanwu (represented by Mr. Everist Ezeihe), among others. In his remark at the occasion, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna appealed to guests, individuals, organizations…

Don’t Touch the Fuel Pump, Please!

The arguments seem to be tilting towards a familiar direction for our government now they are warning everybody to brace up. There are enough innuendos to suggest that the Federal Government is about to play the same old game again. They seem set to start meddling with the price of fuel, despite what happened in 2012, when fuel subsidy was removed and petrol price doubled overnight. When they warn us, we know the direction they are going. We know that oil price is falling in the world market. But we also know that oil price has been stable for quite…

The Nightmare of Boko Haram: My Story (2) – Rev. Fr. Lawrence Ike CMF

The Leader: In a more detailed way, what is your experience with Boko Haram? Fr. Law: Ok my experience with Boko Haram took place exactly one year of my arrival to the diocese. I arrived on the 7th day of September 2013, and on the 7th of September 2014, I was just having mass in on of my out stations and then during consecration,  a young man passed on his motor bike and shouted at the people in the church that Boko Haram people are near us. He shouted “what are you people still doing in the church”. Before I…

Pope adds African Cardinal to leadership of next synod on the family

Pope Francis named the leaders of the October 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family, adding Cardinal Wilfrid F. Napier of Durban, South Africa, to a roster otherwise unchanged from that of the October 2014 extraordinary synod on the same subject. The move means that Africa will be represented at the highest level of the 2015 gathering alongside Asia, Europe and the Americas. The appointment also gives a leading role to a bishop who openly criticized some workings of the 2014 synod. The Vatican announced Nov. 21 that Cardinal Napier will serve as one of four synod presidents, joining Cardinals…

Six New Saints Canonized by Pope Francis

  “We declare and define Blesseds Giovanni Antonio Farina; Kuriakose Elias Chavara of the Holy Family; Ludovico da Casoria; Nicola da Longobardi; Eufrasia Eluvathingal of the Sacred Heart and Amato Ronconi to be Saints and we enroll them among the Saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by the whole Church.” With these words, Pope Francis declared six new Saints of the Catholic Church. Despite the cold, damp weather in Rome, thousands packed St. Peter’s Square for the event. Prior to the Pope’s declaration, Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, briefly…

CYON St. Kevin’s Ogbaku ends Cultural Week

Frs  S.O. Igbokwe Parish Priest, and Bertrand Nnajiemere flanked by the celebrating youths shortly after the cultural Mass. A cultural week programme organized by the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON), St. Kevin’s Parish Ogbaku, Mbaitoli L.G.A., Imo State was on Sunday, November 16, 2014 concluded with a thanksgiving Mass The Mass, which was presided over by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. S.O. Igbokwe and assisted by Rev. Fr. Bertrand Nnajiemere, the Parish Youth Chaplain, attracted various members of the larger society in their numbers. Reflecting on the Gospel readings during the homily, the chief celebrant reminded the faithful the…

KSJI New Orlu Grand elects charter officers

The newly chartered Orlu Grand Commandery of Knights of St. John international, KSJI, has elected her officers. The Supreme Convention of the Order, Headquarters in the United States, approved the charter in July this year during its 2014 Biennial Convention in Ohio.  The Grand Officers-elect are: Noble Bro. Valentine Oboh, Grand President, Bro. Augustine Ugokwe, Grand First Vice-President, Bro. Damian Ojimba, Grand Second Vice-President and Bro. Jude Felix Otum, Grand Secretary. Others are: Bro. John Egeolu, Grand Financial Secretary, Bro. Raymond Ezeonye, Treasurer, Bro. Francis Eluma, 1st Trustee, Bro. Ignatius Ezeonyeasi, 2nd Trustee, Bro. Adolphus Chigere, 3rd Trustee and Bro….