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May 28, 2018

Time for 25% Compound Interest on Pension and Gratuity Arrears

  An honest investigation of the plight of Imo State pensioners will unfailingly reveal that the negative instinct of survival of the strongest is a trade mark of political leadership in Imo State.  Those elected to protect both the strong and the weak manipulate pliable civil servants to exploit the weak, especially the vulnerable pensioners.  They never lose sleep over non-payment of pension and gratuity benefits.  They dismiss with a wave of hand the provisions of Sections 173 (for federal civil servants) and 210 (for state civil servants) of the Nigerian Constitution on pension.  When the pensioners protest over delay…

‘No Court, No Law, No Rule’ Will Change Definition Of Marriage – Texas AG

  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday declared that nothing will change the definition of marriage, despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex couples in the U.S. have the right to marry. “Today’s ruling by five Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court marks a radical departure from countless generations of societal law and tradition. The impact of this opinion on our society and the familial fabric of our nation will be profound. Far from a victory for anyone, this is instead a dilution of marriage as a societal institution,” Paxton said in a statement. “But no court, no law,…

SUNDAY READING: THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Sunday readings

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON      PS 47:2 All peoples, clap your hands. Cry to God with shouts of joy!   COLLECT O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth. Through our Lord.     FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Wisdom 1: 13-15; 2: 23-24 Theme: “Through the devil’s envy death entered the world.” God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death…

HE FEELS OUR PAIN

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Today’s readings deal with life and death, faith and mercy, healing and restoration. The First Reading traces the origins of suffering and death in the world; they were not part of God’s original creative design but were caused by the Devil’s envy and facilitated by the disobedience of our first parents in the Original Sin episode. As result, the original justice was lost, and all manner of pain, suffering and death became the lot of humanity.In the Second Reading, St Paul makes the point that our faith should bear fruit in works of mercy. We are called to be…

St. Paul’s reconstruction: Fr. Akalonu commends parishioners

  Rev. Fr. Dr. Cyril Akalonu, Parish Priest, St. Paul’s Owerri, has commended his parishioners for their contribution towards the ongoing church building reconstruction. Speaking with our reporter shortly after a fund-raising to complete the roofing of the parish church, Fr. Akalonu said the carving out of some parishes from St. Paul’s, though a sign of growth and development, has affected the financial fortunes of the Mother Parish. He therefore commended the remaining few parishioners for making extra effort to sustain the parish and contribute towards the reconstruction of the church building. Fr. Akalonu, a former Chancellor/Secretary of Owerri Archdiocese,…

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE NIGERIA CATHOLIC DIOCESAN PRIESTS’ ASSOCIATION:- 1ST-5TH JUNE, 2015

A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE NIGERIA CATHOLIC DIOCESAN PRIESTS’ ASSOCIATION (NCDPA) AT THE END OF THE 28TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) HELD AT DAUGHTERS OF DIVINE LOVE RETREAT AND CONFERENCE CENTRE (DRACC) SABON LUGBE, ABUJA FROM 1ST – 5TH JUNE, 2015. PREAMBLE We are deeply grateful to God for another opportunity to learn and fraternize as we came together from all the dioceses of Nigeria in our 28th Annual General Meeting.  Recent challenges to our priestly life and ministry in a fast changing world have informed our theme: THE ABUSE OF THE WORD OF GOD AND EVANGELIZATION Having prayerfully deliberated…

THE IMPERATIVES OF CHANGE IN THE NIGERIAN SOCIETY (2)

  In a changed Nigeria, the “innumerable pre-requisite which accrue to people at the top such as subsidized housing, free access to a fleet of official cars, uncontrolled acquisition of state lands, procurement of market stalls, under fictitious names for rental to genuine traders and other invisible emoluments to the salary of people in government should be drastically curtailed. It is difficult to describe the institutionalized robbery of the common people of Nigeria by their public servants” Chinua Achebe. Our traditional institution which is fast becoming a parastatal should urge traditional rulers to live in their domains as some rule…

Of the Igbo, Nigeria and the 2015 Presidential Polls (1)

  One of the amazing fall outs of the 2015 presidential polls in Nigeria has been the reaction of Igbo-phobics regarding the voting pattern displayed by the Igbo. To many of these traducers, the Igbo have finally dug their own graves by voting the way they did in the presidential election.  To others the Igbo have demonstrated little or no political sense or even direction.  A famed newspaper columnist of Yoruba stock declared those who supported and voted for Gen. Buhari, “heroes of change”.  In fact to crown it all, one of the governors of the South-East zone, the only…

PASSIONATE APPEAL FOR DONATIONS

The Catholic Charity Services – the Eucharistic Care of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri writes to solicit for donations for Master Favour Chinwe Onuegbu.   The 13-year-old boy who suffered from a soft tissue swelling in the right nose associated with epitasis and had a nasal surgery six months earlier at the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri.  Further examinations at Abuja revealed hemorrhagic soft tissue mass filling and distending the right nasal cavity.  He had nasal clearance and right intra nasal antrostomy.  At surgery, the mass originated from the nasopharyx and the posterior part of the Lateral wall of the right…

FMC CRISIS: THE TRUE POSITION

  The lingering crisis of the Federal Medical Centre Owerri has entered its eight straight weeks. For the stated period, the workers of the institution have engaged the management on an endless battle insisting that the medical director of the hospital Dr. Mrs. Angela Uwakwem must be suspended and probed for the hospital to function again. The unredeemable breakdown of industrial harmony resulted from the startling discoveries made by staff bordering on financial misappropriation of an alarming rate. The original intention of the house unions was to ascertain the appropriateness or otherwise of the public private partnership embarked upon by…

Why The Imo State Government Must Reform The Igbo Customary Law As Applicable In Imo State

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  The need to reform the Igbo customary law has become obligatory by assent of our people who are crying out for the abolition of some archaic and pagan practices in Igbo land. It is however heart warming that some of our widowhood practices are dying out but the discrimination against the girl child in respect of inheritance rights in the absence of a male issue remains in practice all over Igbo land. Thus where a man has three girls as children without any male issue, it is often the practice to ignore their existence as if they amount to…

Ezinne Victoria Onyeagam laid to rest

  All roads (Thursday, June 11, 2015) led to Ihitte-Okwe in Ngor Okpala LGA for the burial ceremony of late Ezinne Victoria Onyeagam.  The funeral Mass was presided over by the Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony Obinna at St. Peter Claver Parish, Ihitte Okwe, assisted by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Callistus Nwosu and Fr. Joachim Onyeagam, son of the deceased. Preaching the homily, the Archbishop reminded Christians that the coming of Christ into the world, especially to Igbo land changed the initial understanding of death from darkness or annihilation to transition into eternal glory.  Through the…

Igbo voted wisely (1)

  The more some of us try to stay away from commenting on the outcome of the 2015 presidential election, the more we are drawn into it by armchair analysts, who do not recognise the role of contraries in hu­man progression. Since March 31 when President Goodluck Jonathan decided to cede power to General MuhammaduBuhari, I have read a number of jejune commentaries, which tended to give the impression that the decision of the Igbo to vote for President Jonathan was wrong. Such commentators have argued that the Igbo should have gone the way of the North and the Yoruba,…

Prof. Remy Uche holds thanksgiving Mass to celebrate promotion

 Prof  (Sir) Remy Uche and wife, Prisca lead the  offertory Procession All roads last Sunday, June 21, 2015, led to St. Michael’s Catholic Church Umuezeala Ogwara in Ehime Mbano LGA, Imo State, where Prof. (Sir) Remy Uche of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) held a thanksgiving Mass to mark his promotion to the rank of a Professor. The chief celebrant was Rev. Fr. Onyeche Nwachukwu while Rev. Frs. Onyedikachi Agowike, Precious Osuji, Paul Nwagwu, Camillus Ekedebe, Obi Donald, Obasi Marcel, Jude Okonkwo, who preached the homily concelebrated with him.  The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr….

Ezinne Fidelia Ahanonu goes home

  The funeral Mass for the repose of late Ezinne Fidelia Ahanonu was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Umuezeala Owerri, Ehime-Mbano Local Government Area, Imo State on Friday, June 19, 2015. Rev. Fr. Nwachukwu Charles officiated at the Mass with Rev. Fr. Ekemgba Felix, who gave the sermon.  In his sermon, Fr. Ekemgba prayed for the repose of the deceased Ezinne.  He also pleaded that God should in his infinite mercy forgive all her transgressions and sins committed as a mortal while she lived. He admonished the congregation to prepare themselves for eternity as no one knows the time…

Your good voice alone cannot take you to heaven – Archbishop warns choristers

  Choristers have been cautioned not to rely on their good voices as that alone will not take them to heaven. The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri sounded the warning during a pastoral visit to one of the parishes in the Archdiocese recently. Archbishop Obinna observed that many choristers do not receive Communion during Mass, adding that it is sin that makes a Catholic not to be in a state of grace and thus unworthy to receive Communion. The Archbishop said he arrived at the conclusion (that many choristers do not receive Communion) from his observations during…

Emekuku Sub-Council holds 2nd Degree Investiture

The Second Degree Knights and Ladies with the Chaplain, Fr. Ekwebelem, Four Knights were elevated to Second Degree in the Order of Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria, Emekuku Sub-Council at Mount Carmel Catholic Church Emekuku, Owerri on June 20, 2015. Preaching the homily, the Worthy Chaplain of the Sub-Council, Rev. Fr. Santus Ekwebelem said that being a knight is a privilege and noble call from God.  He added however, that people who belong to this Order are expected to be noble in character. “We need the grace of God in our vocations to operate effectively without it we cannot excel”,…

Archbishop Obinna inaugurates 2015 Odenigbo Committee

  The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri and founder, Odenigbo lecture series, has inaugurated the Committee for this year’s Owerri Archdiocesan Day/Odenigbo lecture. Inaugurating the Committee, June 11, at Assumpta Secretariat Owerri, Archbishop Obinna expressed satisfaction with the progress the lecture has made since its foundation in 1996. Some of the dividends of the lecture, according to Archbishop Obinna include, progress in the fight against Osu/Diala/Umeh segregation in Igboland and the interest Ndigbo now show in their language. He noted that Osu/Diala/Umeh is no longer a serious issue in some human relationship in Igboland except during marriage,…

FMC Owerri House Unions disagree with Medical Director

  Striking workers of the Federal Medical Centre Owerri have reacted to the interview with the Medical Director, Dr. Mrs. Angela Uwakwem, as published in The Leader of Sunday June 21, 2015. The three unions of the Federal Medical Centre which include, Nigeria Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAP), Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) and National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNW), were critical about her views concerning every aspect of her story which tried to portray her innocence and gain public sympathy. The Unions claimed that the Public Private Partnership she re-invokes as the major…

Nantes basilica fire: Flames destroy roof of Saint Donatien church in France

  A large part of the 19th century basilica of Saint Donatien in the city of Nantes has been destroyed A beautiful and much-loved church in France has been engulfed by fire. A large part of the 19th century basilica of Saint Donatien in the city of Nantes has been destroyed in the blaze, which broke out on Monday after morning Mass. Worshippers were evacuated from the church and 40 firefighters tackled the fire, which is believed to have started on the roof where building works were being carried out. Two workers on the roof managed to escape without injury….