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May 28, 2018

Mount Carmel Emekuku Gets First Marian Grotto

  The first Grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Mount Carmel Catholic Church Emekuku, in Owerri-North LGA is now open for public devotion. This followed the blessing of the – N2 million Grotto of Mary the Mother of Perpetual Help on Wednesday July 16, 2015 by Very Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha, who represented the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna. The occasion which started at 5 pm on the eventful day, attracted many Parishioners including dignitaries such as Sir Ambrose Ejiogu, Chief and Lolo Henry Megwa, whose son, Chiedozie built and donated the Grotto,…

2015 Christian Pilgrimage to Uganda: My Experience

  Bearing in mind the place of pilgrimage in the consolidation and solidification of religious faith, the members of the Order of Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba, Nigeria have for some years now been organizing annual Pilgrimages to Uganda, the homeland of their Patron Saint, St. Matthias Kalemba Mulumba. The order started in 1953, precisely at the Holy Ghost College Owerri, as a body to unify and strengthen the men and women of Nigeria in the public sector, with their appropriate understanding of the status of lay faithful with regard to the church, state and nation. The order which…

Armed robbers terrorise Ihitte-Uboma

Fighting crime as a collective responsibility

  A rampaging dare-devil gang of armed hoodlums stormed Isinweke, Ihitte-Uboma Local Government Area, Imo State on Monday July 13, 2015 dispossessing people of cash and valuables. The armed gang of four attacked a petrol station within the premises of now defunct “You too can travel” situated adjacent to the Umuezeala Nsu route along Ehime-Umuahia road. Available information confirmed that the criminal gang began their attack from Obowo Local Government Area and concluded their notorious activities at Isinweke where they stormed the filling station pretending to buy fuel. They ended up fuelling their car before robbing unsuspecting fuel attendants and…

WAEC boss threatens schools, parents with prosecution, …as examination malpractices rise by 8.39%

  National head of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Nigeria, Charles Eguridu, has issued a warning against parents and schools that engage in organised malpractice, saying they were liable to dire consequences, including persecution. Speaking Tuesday at a WAEC road show on examination malpractice sensitization, at Excellence Hotel, Ogba, Lagos, Eguridu said WAEC had employed greater measures in combating malpractice, some of which are biometric technology, which identifies each candidate by fingerprint, encrypted method of storing examination questions, such that they cannot be accessed by unauthorised personnel and impromptu inspection of examination centres while exams are ongoing. The WAEC…

Courage in Adversity (2)

  One of the most notable cases of fortitude in suffering is that of Lozano Garrido (1920-1971), a Spanish Journalist who spent 28 years in a wheelchair. He entered the Catholic Action group when he was 11 years old. During the Spanish civil war, he distributed Holy Communion to the imprisoned. His long illness began in 1942 and just one year afterward, he began to need a wheelchair. Twenty years later, nearly 10 years before his death he lost his sight. From his wheelchair, with progressive paralysis affecting more and more of his body, he became a recognized writer and…

Imo Guber: How late payment of N300 ruined Ihedioha’s ambition

  The Hon Justice David Wyon led election Petition Tribunal Panel sitting in Owerri on Wednesday at the Owerri High Court dismissed the election petition EPT/IM/GOV/3/20l5 filed by the Imo State Peoples Democratic Party PDP Guber candidate, Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha challenging the election of governor Rochas Okorochas of the All Progressives Congress APC in the 2015 Imo guber election. After postponing the ruling twice the panel finally gave the ruling in favour of Gov. Rochas Okorocha’s motion of application to dismiss the petition for filing pre-hearing notice outside stipulated time of seven (7) days which is one of the…

St. Maria Goretti Ikenegbu marks Feast Day

  The remarkable and memorable celebration accorded to martyrs whose blood is regarded as the seed of the church would continue to attract graces and blessings. This feeling was made known by Rev. Fr. Christian Eze Cmf, Parish Priest St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church Ikenegbu Owerri, while welcoming parishioners and guests at the Mass which concluded activities marking this year’s Feast of St. Maria Goretti, Sunday July 19, 2015. The priest who was speaking as the principal celebrant of the Mass appreciated the spirited efforts put up by his parishioners in ensuring that the feast became a success enjoined them…

Sunday Readings: SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Sunday readings

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON CF. PS 68: 6-7. 36 God is in his holy place, God who unites those who dwell in his house; he himself gives might and strength to his people.   COLLECT O God, protector of those who hope in you, without whom nothing has firm foundation, nothing is holy, bestow in abundance your mercy upon us and grant that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may use the good things that pass in such a way as to hold fast even now to those that ever endure. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading…

SHARING OUR LOAVES

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Today Jesus feeds a great crowd with five barley loaves and two fish.This is made possible by the generosity of a little boy who chose to share his food. This miracle has a parallel in the First Reading where Elisha multiplies 20 loaves to feed 100 people. In both cases the loaves are brought to a prophet, a large number is fed, there is an assistant who thinks it’s not possible, and yet there are leftovers in the end. Jesus takes the bread, offers thanks and then gives to the people. This gesture foreshadows the Eucharistic liturgy. The Eucharist…

Catholics and Pentecostals conclude dialogue on Charisms

  Catholics and Pentecostals have concluded a sixth phase of their International Dialogue which has been working to promote better relations between the two communities for over four decades. The theme of this sixth phase has been focused on “Charisms in the Church: Their Spiritual Significance, Discernment, and Pastoral Implications”, with sessions dedicated to Common Ground, Discernment, Healing and Prophesy. The topics discussed during the past four sessions were Charisms – Our Common Ground (2011), Discernment (2012), Healing (2013) and Prophecy (2014).  The 2015 session was devoted to writing the Final Report, which is expected to be published early in…

ISIS Kidnaps Nigerian Christian, others in Libya

  Three African Christians in eastern Libya have been kidnapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. According to Abouna.org, ISIS claimed responsibility for the act in a statement on social media, publishing the passport pictures of the men, who the terrorist group said, without elaborating, are from Nigeria, Egypt, and Ghana. A resident, asking to remain anonymous, said the kidnapping took place in Noufliyah, which is located in the southeast of the city of Sirte and is an ISIS stronghold. A military spokesman, loyal to the internationally recognized government based in the east, also said the abduction happened…

FG’s Bailout Fund Not Meant to Pay Workers’ Salaries – Governor

  Kwara state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed Thursday clarified the issue of the federal government’s bailout fund to the 36 states of the federation, saying that it was not meant to pay outstanding salaries and allowances being owed workers and pensioners. Rather, he said, it was to restructure the debts of the states of the federation in various banks and financial institutions in order to give them a new lease of life to run the day to day administrations of their affected states. It would be recalled that striking council workers in the state had begged stakeholders in Kwara state…

Odenigbo Lecture: How social media can be used to increase reach (2)

  ICT, internet, social media have all come to stay whether we like it or no. It’s now left for us to make maximum use of it in our different fields of endeavor. In this case, it is evangelism and promotion of Igbo language. The Pope preaches and practices this. His English twitter handle, @pontifex is currently followed by 4.4miilion people! It means that number of people get to benefit from His blessings, proclamations and knowledge each time he sends out a single tweet. They don’t have to wait for his Sunday Mass or Angelus to do this. His tweet…

KSM Joint Annual Retreat, 2nd Degree Investiture for Obowo and Immaculate Heart Sub-Councils end at CKC Obowo

  The joint annual retreat and 2nd degree investiture/thanksgiving mass for the Sub-Councils of Obowo and that of Immaculate Heart of Mary also in Obowo held Friday 17th and 19th July 2015 at the Christ the King Parish Obowo, Imo State. The retreat preceding the investiture proper, which had as its theme: “The Knights of St. Mulumba as sowers of Hope for spiritual growth of the church, family and society” had lectures delivered in two sub-themes. Prof Sir. P.O. Okunamiri of Abia State University, delt with the topic, “Stewardship and Discipleship of the Order of KSM- Catholic Knights, the salt…

Owerri Girls Sec. Schl: Excess freedom destroys – Chaplain warns graduating students

  A total of 180 final year students (SS3) recently (Saturday July 11, 2015) graduated from the Girls Secondary School Owerri, with a warning to shun excess freedom and idleness, which destroy, but instead engage themselves in worthwhile ventures in order to excel in the future. The Chaplain of the school, Rev. Fr. Henry Nwanguma gave the warning while delivering a homily at the Eucharistic celebration to mark the send-forth ceremony of the graduating class. He reminded them that they should not abandon their books since they were yet to receive the results of their WAEC and NECO examinations and…

Four Knights of Mulumba elevated to 2nd Degree …At St. Paul’s Sub-Council, Owerri

The Chaplain (Fr. Nwachukwu), the GK (Bro Njemanze) and the newly invested Knights and ladies. Four Knights were elevated to Second Degree in the Order of Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria, St. Paul’s Sub-Council Owerri. The investiture took place at CKC Chaplaincy, Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education, Owerri July 18, 2015. Preaching the homily, the Worthy Chaplain of the Sub-Council, Rev. Fr. Lawrence Nwachukwu said that the grace of God is in each and everyone of us and it is now left for us to co-operate with the Holy Spirit to use the grace effectively. “The best way to…

13-year-old student murdered in Mbaise

  Fear and anxiety gripped the entire village of Umuagaragu, Enyiogugu in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area on Monday following the discovery of the corpse of a 13- year- old student on bush path near his home. The deceased, identified as Uzoma Okerenkwo, whose throat was slashed by his unknown assailants was a JSS 2 student of Logara High School, Ngor Okpala L.G.A. He was said  to have been seen last  in company of two other boys, shortly before his remains were discovered in the bush. When White-Paper visited the family compound of the deceased, her mother, a widow was…

Buhari accuses U.S. of aiding Boko Haram …Rejects same-sex marriage

  Nigeria’s President, Muhhamadu Buhari, has accused the United States of indirectly aiding and abetting the atrocities of Boko Haram terrorists by refusing to let Nigeria have access to much needed military arsenal to fight to quell the six-year insurgency. Speaking on Wednesday in Washington DC where he addressed a section of people at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) as part of his four-day trip to America, Buhari frowned at the use of the ‘Leahy Law’ by the US government  to deny Nigeria weapons based on unsubstantiated human rights abuses by the Nigerian military. Expressing his belief that…

Politicians split Ezurezu Mbaise

  The apex socio-political and cultural organization in Mbaise Nation, Ezurezu Mbaise is currently facing internal crisis over the election of its leadership. Midweek Nigerian Horn  gathered that there is every indication that the Ezurezu Mbaise may have been splited by politicians ahead of the forthcoming New Yam festival and to some extent the 20l9 general elections. In a press release signed by Chief Lawrence Nwahiri, Secretary-General of the organization’s, he pointed out that Ezurezu Mbaise has not conducted her executive elections, adding that the election has been scheduled for August 2015 during the organization general assembly as stipulated in…

Using the Bailout Fund from FG

  Recently President Muhammadu Buhari announced a bailout fund of N713.7 billion in response to the distress call from state governors who are now broke and unable to pay salaries. Since then several well-meaning individuals and groups have continued to warn governors against the diversion of the money to personal use and ‘elephant’ projects. Those who have insisted that the money should be entirely spent on the payment of arrears of salaries and pensions include: the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP). The General Secretary of NLC, Dr. Peter Ozon-Eson,…