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August 14, 2018

Blessed Tansi Parish celebrates Patron Saint

All roads last Sunday (February 22, 2015) led to the Blessed Tansi Catholic Church, Mechanic Village Ugwu Orji, Owerri, where the parishioners celebrated this year’s Feast of their Patron Saint, Blessed Cyprian Michael Iwene Tansi. The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Benedict Oparaugo who preached the homily, concelebrated with Rev. Fr. Dr. Patrick Amadi of the Seat of Wisdom Seminary Owerri (principal celebrant) and the Assistant Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Bartholomew Uchegbu. Preaching the homily, Fr. Oparaugo drawing his lesson from the readings and gospel of that Sunday, advised Christ’s faithful to be obedient to the word of God, remain…

Bishop Amatu wants Christians to imbibe simple faith – As Sir Elisius Ezechukwu Iwuagwu goes home

Umuneke Village in Anara Autonomous Community Isiala Mbano, Imo State hosted an unusual large number of guests, Friday, February 6, 2015, when the community bade farewell to her departed illustrious son, Chief Sir Elisius Ezechukwu Iwuagwu (KSM) (a.k.a. Anyagharaigwe) as his mortal remains were committed to mother earth in his Umuduruokweraku family compound. Bishop Solomon Amatu of Okigwe Diocese presided at the Requiem Mass held at St. Paul’s Mother Parish Osu Mbano.  About twenty priests concelebrated, including the host Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Chukwuma C.C., Msgrs. Celestine Nwokocha and Eugene Onuoha, Very Rev. Frs. John Enyinnaya and Clement Uche (Ph.D)…

Probe those seeking your Votes …Catholic Bishops

Address grievances, agitations now - Catholic Bishops tell FG

Catholic Bishops have taken a critical look at the state of the nation and appealed to all Nigerian voters to look back before casting their votes, in the upcoming general elections. According to the bishops, looking back in reflection would enable the voters do a better assessment and evaluation of those seeking their votes for election and re-election into public offices. In a Communiqué issued at the End of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) held at the Daughters of Divine Love Retreat and Conference Centre, Abuja, the bishops said “Nigerians should assume the…

We are ready to defend Pope from ISIS: Swiss Guard

The commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard says the group of soldiers charged with protecting the Pope is on high alert and ready to act if any threat from ISIS materializes. “We are ready to intervene. Our job is security. and as gendarmes we are well organized. We are ready if anything happens,” said Cristoph Graf. At age 54, Graf is married with two children. Yet he and the other members of the Swiss Guard are willing to lay down their lives to protect the Holy Father. In an interview with the Italian daily Il Giornale, published on Feb. 18,…

Generosity toward the church, but unjust toward others is a serious sin- Pope Francis

Faith without concrete acts of charity is not only hypocritical, “it is dead; what good is it?” Pope Francis said, criticizing those who hide behind a veil of piety while unjustly treating others, such as denying workers fair wages, pension and health care. Being generous toward the church, but selfish and unjust toward others “is a very serious sin: It is using God to cover up injustice,” he said Feb. 20 during his homily in a morning Mass celebrated in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives. Pope Francis said Lent is about fulfilling all commandments both…

Buhari’s supporters warn against removing Jega

Buhari Support Organization (BSO), the umbrella body of all voluntary groups working for the election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, has warned against any attempt to change the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Such alteration, it said, would amount to tampering with the credibility of the elections and the independence of the commission. The group also alerted to plots by President Goodluck Jonathan and his supporters to bring back the inglorious days of the Association for Better Nigeria (ABN) by using the courts to scuttle the elections. Addressing a news conference…

St. Michael’s Amakohia inaugurates New Parish Council Executive

Very Rev.  Fr. Patrick Ibole with members of the newly inaugurated Pastoral Council February 22, 2015 was a new beginning in the pastoral activities of St. Michael’s Catholic Church Amakohia Uratta as the faithful witnessed the inauguration of the newly elected members of the Parish Pastoral Council. The occasion began with an inaugural Mass presided over by the Parish Priest, Very Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole. Delivering the homily, Fr. Ibole reflected on the Sunday readings, saying, we need to be like Noah who was the only righteous person in a time when the earth was filled with corruption and abomination,…

SUNDAY READINGS: FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON CF. PS 91: 15-16 When he calls on me, I will answer him, I will deliver him and give him glory, I will grant him length of days.   COLLECT Grant, almighty God, through the yearly observances of holy Lent, that we may grow in understanding of the riches hidden in Christ and by worthy conduct pursue their effects. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Genesis 9:8-15 Theme: God’s covenant with Noah, delivered from the waters of the flood. God said to Noah and to his sons with him, “Behold, I establish…

Nigeria polishes pebbles and darkens diamonds

A Tribute To Chief Chukwuma Anueyiagu   Today, as political hawks of Nigeria hover about and around in their bid to grab power to, perhaps, enable them as usual, to  loot the nation’s wealth rather than serve the interest of the people, anyone who grew up during the struggle for independence, is bound to lament over what has been happening in the country for a long time now. In particular, such a person is bound to be deeply touched by the news of the death of Chief Chukwuma Anueyiagu, a unique nationalist, who contributed selflessly and  immensely to the struggle…

FUTO “mystery water” turns out to be water from broken pipe

The “mystery” tree water that turned the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) to a pilgrimage centre for two days last week has turned out to be “fake” as it is now confirmed that the “mystery water” is from a broken water pipe. Our correspondent said “the struggle for the water by miracle-seeking students and staff came to a disappointing end at about 3 pm the second day when the Estate and Works Department of the University deliberately turned off water supply on campus, thus forcing the “holy water” to dry off within a short time. When it was put…

Pope offers Mass for murdered Coptic

– Christians, hails them as ‘martyrs’ Pope Francis offered his Tuesday morning Mass for the repose of the souls of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by IS militants in Libya praying that man learn to reject his evil temptations, and choose what is good. The Pope Feb. 17 prayed for “our brother Copts, whose throats were slit for the sole reason of being Christian, that the Lord welcome them as martyrs, for their families, (and) for my brother Tawadros, who is suffering greatly.” Pope Francis’ Tuesday morning liturgy was a sign of union with the Coptic Church, which held funeral…

Pope to New Cardinals: ‘Love without Limits’

Pope Francis has reminded new cardinals that the cardinalate is certainly an honor, but it is not honorific, and rather requires that all cardinals put charity at the forefront of all they do. During the Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of 20 new cardinals Feb. 14th morning in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pope said, “In the Church, all presiding flows from charity, must be exercised in charity, and is ordered towards charity.” The origin of the word cardinal, the Pope explained, comes from the word “cardo,” a hinge. “As such it is not a kind of accessory, a decoration,…

Boko Haram vows to disrupt Nigeria election

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau vowed to disrupt Nigeria’s general election in a new video released Tuesday, after two suicide attacks in the northeast blamed on the Islamists killed 38 people. “This election will not be held even if we are dead. Even if we are not alive Allah will never allow you to do it,” Shekau said in the Hausa language, presumably referring to the polls scheduled for March 28. The video appeared to be the first message released by the group on Twitter, a sign of its changing media tactics after previous messages were distributed to journalists on…

Assumpta Parish visits Ogbaku Spiritual Year Seminary

The Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri visited the Assumpta Spiritual Year Seminary Ogbaku, Mbaitoli LGA on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. The visiting team was led by the new Cathedral Administrator Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere and Chairman, Parish Pastoral Council, Chief Sylvester Obasi. Receiving the Parishioners and their gift items, the Rector of the Seminary, Monsignor Kevin C. Akagha welcomed them on behalf of the seminary and also commended them for their kind gesture and care for the seminarians. He informed the visiting team that the seminarians don’t pay school fees explaining that it is donations that people make that argument…

“Prophet” Arrested With Hard Drugs

Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have apprehended the resident pastor of the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim at Agodo-Egbe, Ikotun Lagos, over unlawful attempt to export of 174 kilogrammes of narcotic drugs to South Africa, the agency said on Monday. NDLEA said the suspect, Prophet Michael Raji was arrested following the interception of the drug at the cargo section of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) during pre-shipment examination. “Preliminary investigation has indicated that the 60 year old suspect Michael Raji is a suspected top member of a drug syndicate operating in Nigeria, Ghana…

The Dangers of the National Health Act 2014 (1)

Many People hear about the law called the National Health Bill 2014 now called the National Health Act 2014. They are told it is a legal framework to improve medical services in Nigeria. However, what they are not told are what exactly the improvements are. Some people say that there is free maternal and child care, as if it has not been free in most parts of Nigeria for years. Others say, that it is to stop medical tourism out of Nigeria, but they will not mention how? For others they say, new better health facilities by foreign investors will…

Owerri Archdiocese commissions instructors on Natural Family Planning

Most Rev. Anthony Obinna with priests and the newly commissioned Instructors. About 20 men and women who were recently trained in the Billings Method of Natural Family Planning were commissioned on Sunday February 15 at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. The pro-lifers were trained by Dr. Leonie Mcsweeny, author of the famous, “Love and Life Billings method of Family Planning”. The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri who presided over the ceremony warned on the danger of artificial family planning methods including use of  condoms, IUD, Vasectomy, Diaphram, etc. He advised couples to imbibe self-control, because, according to him,…

A message to His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha

“Please, recall and pay those employed under the local government council in 2007/2008 their 38 months salary”. A shepherd is one who is ready to lay down his life for his sheep.  He is one, who is ever ready to fight for his flocks against wild animals, thieves, rain, hunger etc.  Jesus is a good example because he demonstrated it, when he fed the four/five thousand men, healed the deaf, blind, lepers, the paralyzed etc.  He capped it all when he died for those he came to save. His Excellency, you told Imolites to vote you in 2011 that you…

Periscoping 2015 elections

The next round of general elections to usher in a new set of democratically elected leaders of the country is around the corner.  Election fever has gripped all segments of the society with the changing political landscape. Going by INEC’s rescheduled guidelines, elections will hold on March 28 and April 11, 2015 for all elective positions at the national and state levels respectively. The die is cast! President Goodluck Jonathan of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is seeking to retain power at the centre through self-succession.  The only rival he has to beat to clinch the Presidency for a…

Bishop Ukwuoma Advocates Peaceful Election, Wants The Public To Obtain Their PVC

The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma has called on Nigerians, to engage in prayers during this election period in order that the exercise might be peaceful and successful. Bishop Ukwuoma stated this during the Pastoral Council meeting held on Saturday, February 7 2015, at the Diocesan Secretariat Orlu. In a release made available to The Leader, the Bishop described election periods as the tense moments for any nation undertaking the exercise. He noted that the outcome of national elections determine the future of the country, and therefore the public should exercise their civic duty and elect persons…