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May 28, 2018

KSJI Commandery 560 Izombe puts smiles on faces of needy

Knights of St. John International, Holy Family Commandery 560 Izombe, Saturday, November 12, 2016, paid a charity visit to St. Helen’s Catholic Church Irete, where they donated various items of foodstuff for distribution to the needy in the parish. The items include: rice, indomie, toilet soap, tomato, groundnut oil and clothing materials. The Knights and Ladies, who were led by their Worthy President, Major Edwin Irechukwu, were on arrival received by the Parish Priest, Rev. Msgr. Anthony Eke who was in the company of the Parish Pastoral Council Chairman, Sir Obeche Remegius (KSM) Welcoming his guests, on behalf of the…

Nigeria security forces ‘killed 150 peaceful pro-Biafra protesters’ -Amnesty Int’l

…We acted professionally Army replies, alleges blackmail Nigeria’s security forces have killed more than 150 peaceful protesters since August 2015, a human rights group has claimed. Amnesty International said the country’s military used live ammunition and deadly force against pro-Biafra protesters who were campaigning for independence from Nigeria. Nigeria’s police denies allegations that it used unnecessary force. The country’s army said Amnesty was trying to tarnish its reputation. Amnesty’s report is based on interviews with almost 200 people, alongside more than 100 photographs and 87 videos. Among the allegations contained in the report are what Amnesty called “extrajudicial executions”, when…

Femi Fani-Kayode: My encounter with Nnamdi Kanu

In my essay titled “Head Bloodied But Not Bowed And The Ascension Of President-Elect Donald J. Trump” (Part 1) I wrote the following: “When I went to visit the great and brilliant freedom fighter, Nnamdi Kanu, who is the leader of IPOB and easily the most courageous, powerful and credible Igbo leader in Nigeria today in his cell we had a very instructive and long discussion. I had never met Nnamdi before and I was amazed at his depth of knowledge, his immense courage and his deep convictions. There is no doubt in my mind that that man is going…

CELEBRATING ADVENT: The Joyful Mystery of Waiting (1)

INTRODUCTION: The Church opens the door of liturgical year with a four week season of great waiting of joy, hope, peace and love called “Advent.” Advent is a term derived from Latin usage “Adventus” meaning “coming.” In the Christian Church Calendar, it stands for the period of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas and also of preparation for the second coming of Christ. It begins on the Sunday following the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle. This mysterious season of waiting is associated with the ancient exclamation of “Maranatha” which is transliterated from the…

Pope extends Jubilee mandate on abortion – Grants all priests faculty to absolve sin of abortion

Acknowledging and sharing God’s mercy is a permanent part of the Christian life, so initiatives undertaken during the special Year of Mercy must continue, Pope Francis said. “Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the church,” the pope wrote in an apostolic letter, “Misericordia et Misera,” (“Mercy and Misery”), which he signed Nov. 20 at the end of the Year of Mercy. The Catholic Church’s focus on God’s mercy must continue with individual acts of kindness, assistance to the poor and, particularly, with encouraging Catholics to participate in the sacrament of reconciliation and making it easier for…

Time for Refreshing

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

It’s Advent again!  It’s that season of expectation when we prepare the way for the nativity of our Lord. It isa time for the renewal of faith and hope while watching and praying.But why do we have to go through the same rituals every year? Why Advent? It is certainly not for a lack of imagination or creativity on the part of the Church. Rather, it is a perennial reminder of the three comings of Christ our Lord. The first was in history (2000 years ago); the second is his ongoing coming in mystery through his grace, Word and sacraments;…

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Entrance Antiphon To you, I lift up my soul, O my God. In you, I have trusted; let me not be put to shame. Nor let my enemies exult over me; and let none who hope in you be put to shame.   Collect Grant your faithful, we pray, Almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly kingdom. Through our Lord …   FIRST READING                             Isaiah 2:1-5 The Lord will gather all nations in the eternal…

The War Against Corruption

The war against corruption in Nigeria is necessary and imminent. It will never be decisively won nor would it be sufficiently waged. This article is also an appeal for all hands to be on deck to enable the battle against corruption be fought from their multidimensional fronts. As the third most corrupt country on earth, the war against corruption is necessary and compelling on all Nigerians of goodwill, to weaken and wipe off the stigma of corruption we tend to portray in the comity of nations. The multidimensional fronts of corruption must be identified to facilitate a necessary and sufficient…

A Word to Our Youths: “Self Development” The Kpim of Financial Breakthrough

 (A Paper Delivered To The Catholic Youths Of St. Patrick’s Parish Umuezeala Owerre Ehime Mbano During Their 2016 Youth Week) By: Rev. Fr. Oliver N. C. Amaechi Ph.D The need for human capital development is well known to organisations and firms for optimum productivity. That usually calls for Seminars and Workshops to update the knowledge of the staff on their areas of concern to catch up with what is trending. It is also called personnel development. Human development is holistic and involves (1) Physical development which is the growth of a person from conception through birth to childhood; to the…

Knights, Ladies hold memorial Mass for departed members of KSJI District 8

Knights of St. John International (KSJI) and their Ladies Auxiliary (LAUX) from the seven local Commanderies of KSJI District 8 Owerri, on Saturday November 5, 2016 celebrated a memorial Mass for the repose of the souls of their dead members. The Commanderies are: Holy Cross Commandery 422 Owerri, St. Michael’s Commandery 539 Akabo and Holy Family Commandery 560 Izombe. The rest are: Assumpta Commandery 655 Aladinma, St. Patrick’s Commendery 777 Uratta, Commandery 778 Ngor Okpala and St. Michael’s Commandery 824 Atta. The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by the District Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Xavier Francis Ekwugha, who concelebrated with Rev….

Eucharistic Congress Anniversary: Missioning In the Year of Mercy

Eucharistic gathering had a greater toll when it was celebrated in London in 1908 with the emissaries of the Pope in attendance. It was an important gathering with the greatest number of the clergy outside Rome. It was attended by one papal legate, with him were  other cardinals, fourteen archbishops, seventy bishops and a host of Priests. Other countries queued up in this very important celebration of witnessing to the action of Jesus in history. However, the celebration of this congress was first done in Nigeria at Jos in the year 1982 and subsequently in Owerri after ten years 1992….

KSJI elevates 183 Sir Knights to Chavelir …4th Degree

A total of 183 members of the 2nd & 3rd Degree of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) also called Sir Knights, from across the country,  were recently exemplified into the Fourth Degree (Chavelir) of the Noble Order. The epoch-making event which had candidates from all the Grand Commanderies in Nigeria took place at KSJI complex behind the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, lasted from Thursday November 3 to Sunday November 5, 2016. Dignitaries present included: Rev. Fr. Prof. Kenneth Obasi, the Supreme Subordinate Spiritual Director, who presided at the exemplification Mass, concelebrated with the Chavelir Spiritual Director, Rev. Fr. Nwabude…

Father of abducted school boy survives assassination in Ehime Mbano …Remains of killed son exhumed

Police operatives in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State have arrested a prime suspect in the abduction and killing of Master Uzochukwu Ashionye, the Primary One Pupil of Community Primary School Ihitteaforukwu who was kidnapped in August 22nd from their residence in broad day light. The suspected villain, had approached the father of the school boy who is also his uncle, Mr. Mathias Ashionye, to produce the picture of the missing kidnap victim for him to glance. Unsuspectingly, the father of the boy went into his room in search of the said picture. He was piqued to discover…

Four cardinals ask pope to clarify teaching on Communion for divorced

Four cardinals said they formally asked Pope Francis to clarify his teaching on Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and, not receiving a response after two months, they released their letter to the press. “We have noted a grave disorientation and great confusion of many faithful regarding extremely important matters for the life of the church,” the cardinals said. “Even within the episcopal college, there are contrasting interpretations of Chapter 8 of ‘Amoris Laetitia,’” the chapter dealing with ministry to the divorced in his exhortation on the family. The four who signed the letter are: Cardinals Walter Brandmuller, a…

The Phenomenon of Pentecostalism in Nigeria today: Its effect on the Catholic faithful (1)

The aim of this paper is to examine the phenomenon of Pentecostalism in Nigeria today and its effects on the Catholic faithful. In doing this we shall adopt the following outline: We shall first define what we mean by Pentecostalism, and trace its modern origin and its inroad into the Roman Catholic Church, after which we shall examine why some Catholics drift to pentecostal churches, the effect of pentecostalism on the Catholic faithful and what should be done to stop their exodus to pentecostal churches.   What is Pentecostalism? The word ‘Pentecostalism’ can be understood in two ways. The first…

Catholic Pentecostal or Charismatic Movement

The Pentecostal or Charismatic Movement began among Catholics in 1966 with Ralph Keifer and Patrick Bourgeois, laymen and lectur­ers in Theology at Duquesne Catholic University in Pittsburgh. Both men attended a Congress of the Cursillo where they met Steve Clark and Ralph Martin who were student activists in St. John’s Parish, East Lansing, Michigan, U. S. A. By this time Steve was reading a book “The Cross and the Switch Blade” written by a Protestant Pastor, David Wilkerson. This book describes how the pastor (Wilkerson) out of his inner impulse abandoned his parish ministry with its salary to minister to…

Gov El-Rufai donates N100m to rebuild damaged churches, mosques in Kaduna

Kaduna State government has donated 100 million naira to support the rebuilding of churches and mosques destroyed during ethno-religious crisis in the Southern Kaduna communities. Announcing the donation during the historic unveiling of public apology billboards in Jama’a, Kachia, Kaura, Sanga and Zangon Kataf for the return of permanent peace in the area, governor Nasir El-Rufai said his government had drafted a bill to set up the Kaduna State Peace Commission in fulfillment of the promises he made in 2015. The governor added that the Commission would enable inclusion of all citizens on plans for peaceful co-existence of the people…

Bishop Ukwuoma tasks on spirit of mercy …As Year of Mercy closes

Wednesday November16, 2016 was a remarkable day in the Catholic Diocese of Orlu as mammoth crowd gathered at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Orlu to mark the closing of the Year of Mercy. It would be recalled that the Local Ordinary of the Diocese, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma opened the Door of Mercy as directed by the Holy Sea. The ceremony marking the closing of the Year of Mercy began with a rosary procession within the premises of the Cathedral. Delivering a homily during the Holy Mass, the Most Rev Ukwuoma noted that most religions do not believe in mercy as…

APGA not in merger with UPP …Chief Ejike Uche not an APGA member

The members of All Progressives Grand Alliance and her teeming supporters in Nigeria and Diaspora have frowned and expressed their dismay at the shocking, embarrassing, misleading, malicious and false publication in The Leader Newspaper edition of November 13, 2016 titled: Why APGA merged with UPP.   In that edition, one Chief Ejike Uche chose a shameful and disgraceful path in his politicking by the aforesaid caption and claim as the National Chairman and/or the acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.   To put the records straight, Chief Uche and his handful cohorts are not members of All…

Celebrating Christ, the Audacious King of Compassion and Love

On this Sunday, the 20th day of  November 2016, the Church all over the world celebrates the great feast of Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe. Conciously or unconsciously, Christians and non-Christians acknowledge the historic fact that Christ is King over all creatures. This King, Jesus, was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judea two thousand and sixteen years, ten months and twenty days ago. The universal celebration of this quintessential leader of ours points to the fact that Jesus Christ Our Lord is a King like no other. Today,  the entire human world, Christians and non…