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August 14, 2018

Pope Francis goes to confession

At the end of his annual Lenten penitential service on Friday, Pope Francis was the first to go to the sacrament of confession, afterward hearing the confessions of seven laypeople, three men and four women, in attendance. Instead of giving a homily during the service, which he has done in years past, Pope Francis led people in a lengthy silence following the readings in order to reflect and pray prior to receiving the sacrament of confession. Earlier on March 17, Francis spoke with participants of the Apostolic Penitentiary’s annual course on the internal forum about the importance of confessors being…

Mother’s Day: Cathedral Administrator berates fashion-crazy mothers

The way some Christian mothers of nowadays dress is giving concern to a Catholic priest, who strongly feel that they are throwing decency to the winds in attempt to meet up with modern-day fashion. The Administrator, Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere raised the issue of indecent dressing by “modern” Christian mothers in his homily during this year’s Mother’s Day celebration, March 26. The priest recalled that Christian mothers were formerly known for their decent and modest dressing but not anymore as “modern” Christian mothers want to out-do university students in indecent dressing. “It is shameful that a…

Archbishop Obinna declares open Marian Year

Each time the name Fatima comes to the lips of Catholics, the consequential message that follows it is always the apparition experience of 1917 when our mother Mary appeared to the three toddlers named Francesco, Jacinta, and Lucy. That historic visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to those three kids who were attending their father’s sheep in the remote village of Fatima, Portugal is 100 years this year.  And the Church in Nigeria has marked this year out as a Marian Year with programs outlined to enable the centenary event reflect in the spiritual cum socio-political life of the faithful….

Sacred Heart Parish Akwakuma celebrates Mother’s Day …Parish Priest lists qualities of good mothers

The Sacred Heart Parish Akwakuma in Owerri North LGA joined their counterparts all over the country to celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day. The theme of their celebration was “Mary’s role in the mission of the Church”. The event began with a concelebrated Mass presided over by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Kevin C. Ugoamadi, assisted by his curate, Rev. Fr. Chinedu Opara. In his homily, Fr. Ugoamadi reflected on the Reading – how God chose David, stressing that the way of man is obviously different from the way of the Lord, and that we humans look at things physically…

A reflection on the power/blessings of Charity Presented to the CMO, Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri

One cardinal policy of the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO) over the past years by current executive of this great organization is our determined and bold step towards matters concerning the less privileged and seeing life through their eyes. It is a sine qua non for us that every year we take it upon ourselves to visit as many Charity homes and the needy in our midst and attend to their needs as capable as we could. This aspect of our OACCMO life cannot be overemphasised. At the end of 2016, I looked into how we fulfilled…

Paris Club refund: Mixed reactions trail Imo’s share of fund

Mixed reactions have started trailing the expected unleash of $185,451,792.92, the second portion of the Paris Club refund to United Nations agency State, recently ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari. The figures creating the rounds in Owerri showed that whereas Abia State can smile home with $151,410,816.39 and Anambra State $162,163,091.98, Ebonyi and Enugu States can receive $119,419,427.28 and $142,034,156.54 severally. associate appointee of Governor Rochas Okorocha, United Nations agency wanted obscurity said: “If the figures being bandied regarding is correct, then it means United Nations agency can have the best unleash from the Paris Club refund, within the South-East geo-political…

Blessed Tansi Parish celebrates 2017 Mother’s Day, Virgin Mary brought glory to motherhood – Fr. Eziamuche

Christ’s faithful at Blessed Tansi Catholic Parish Ugwu Orji in the Owerri North LGA, last Sunday joined their counterparts throughout the country to celebrate this year’s Mothers Day. It was organized by the Central Executive of the Parish Catholic Women Organization (CWO). Last Sunday’s event was the climax of a three-day activity-packed celebration which started on Wednesday March 22, 2017 with a retreat preached by the Assistant Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Eziamuche Onuoha with the theme: “The role of Virgin Mary in the Mission of the church”. The various groups on of CWO Saturday March 25 competed among themselves in…

Help before blame

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

This week, the Lord challenges us to always lend a helping hand first before pointing the finger of blame. Also, we are called to always acknowledge the good deeds of others even when we do not exactly like them. In those days, it was believed that health and prosperity were signs of God’s approval and favour, while sickness and destitution were the result of sin and God’s disapproval. This mindset flows from the book of Exodus, which talks about God “punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation” (Ex. 20:5). Nonetheless, Jesus makes…

SUNDAY READING: FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT 26/3/2017

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON CF. IS 66:10-11 Rejoice, Jerusalem, and all who love her. Be joyful, all who were in mourning; exult and be, satisfied at her consoling breast.   COLLECT O God, who through your Word reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way, grant, we pray, that with prompt devotion and eager faith the Christian people may hasten towards the solemn celebrations to come. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the first Book of Samuel l6:lb, 6-7, l0-l3a David is anointed king of Israel. In those days: The Lord said to Samuel, “Fill your horn…

Suicide on the increase

It is just not our culture for people to take their own lives, whatever the reason. In the olden days, anyone who commits suicide is taken to the so-called and dreaded evil forest, where no one wants to end up or have their loved ones buried. This is because suicide is seen as a shameful and cowardly act, and this is not peculiar to Ndigbo. The rest of Nigeria has similar views on suicide and frowns terribly at it. Unlike in Europe and Asia, even in the Americas where the suicide rate is high, Africa, except in a few places,…

Pope Francis apologizes for Church failure during genocide, meets Rwandan president

Amid a concise meeting with Rwandan president Paul Kagame Monday, Pope Francis voiced his misery for individuals from the Church who took an interest in the 1994 genocide, requesting pardoning and guaranteeing the individuals who still endure of his supplication. As indicated by a March 20 Vatican dispatch, amid the meeting, the Pope “passed on his significant bitterness, and that of the Holy See and of the Church, for the genocide against the Tutsi.” “He communicated his solidarity with the casualties and with the individuals who keep on suffering the results of those shocking occasion,” it read. In impersonation of…

Mothers’ Day Celebration in a habitual degenerating society

The Catholic Church in Nigeria and some in certain parts of Europe and America have set aside this day to celebrate motherhood. Involved in this celebration are every mother, every father and every child. It is a special day for every human being born of a woman.  In essence, it is a day when we meditatively fathom the unquantifiable prominence of our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, daughters, Reverend sisters, Nuns in the Monasteries and other significant mother-figures in our lives. Mothers’ Day celebration recognizes and brings to the fore that inherent motherhood and intrinsic maternal bond in every woman. It…

Imo gets $185 Million of Paris Club Money

Unpaid workers and pensioners may soon breathe a sigh of relief, as Imo State Government gets its own share of the Paris Club refund being disbursed, by the Federal Government. Imo will receive a whopping $185 Million, the highest amount in the South East. Enugu State got $119 Million, Abia $151 Million,  Ebonyi $145 Million and Anambra $162 Million.  This is the second part of Paris Club refunds. The first tranche was released to all the 36 states last December. Much like the bailout fund and the first refund, this second disbursement is also being trailed by controversy. Just as…

I HAVE CALLED YOU FRIENDS JOHN 15:15 (2)

If we may ask him who his brothers are; he says ‘my brothers are those who hear the word of God and keep it.’ Those who give heed to the commandment of love by seeing the face of Christ in the most vulnerable and defenseless in our society. Walter Burghardt, S.J. in his book Preaching the Just Word, evangelizes that in trying to live Jesus’ declared mission, we should not only struggle to preach good news to the poor, proclaim release to prisoners and sight to the blind, but we should actually strive to ‘send the downtrodden away relieved.’ [Luke…

Sunday Reading: THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON                                     Cf. Ps 25:15-16 My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues my feet from the snare. Turn to me and have mercy on me, for I am alone and poor. COLLECT O God, author of every mercy and of all goodness, who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving have shown us a remedy for sin, look graciously on this confession of our lowliness, that we, who are bowed down by our conscience, may always be lifted up by your mercy. Through our Lord… FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Exodus 17:3-7 “Give us water…

Rainstorm wreaks havoc in four mission schools in Owerri – Education Director appeals for help

Properties worth millions of naira were damaged in two separate rainstorms which swept across Imo State last week. At least four schools owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri were affected by the storms which occurred on Thursday, March 9 and Monday, March 13. The schools with dilapidated infrastructure due to age, were among those returned to the mission by Imo State Government. The first rainstorm affected Presentation Secondary School Ogbaku, Mbaitoli LGA and St. Columba’s Secondary School Amaimo, Ikeduru LGA. The second hit Owerri Girls Secondary School and Holy Ghost College Owerri. Our reporter who visited the affected schools…

No future for Biafra – France … It’s not true – MASSOB

The French Government has stated that there is no future for Biafra. It said there is no support for those agitating for the secession of any part of Nigeria. France Ambassador to Nigeria, Denys Gauer told the Guardian, that his home country would not in anyway work with any group agitating for the division of the nation. He said France was working with Nigeria and supporting it as a country. “We are working with Nigeria and we are supporting it as the only country. This is absolutely clear and I don’t think there is any kind of future for Biafra….

Okorocha to handover Imo General Hospitals to Mission, Military

Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha will handover some of the General Hospitals the government is building in the 27 Local Government Areas of the state to the church. Governor Okorocha disclosed this during interactive session with journalists in his residence on Tuesday. Governor Okorocha said that apart from the Church, the Armed Forces will also take over some of the hospitals. Unveiling modalities for the handover of the health institutions, he said the Aboh-Mbaise General Hospital or the Ahiazu Mbaise General  Hospital may be handed over to the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara Mbaise as a Catholic Hospital. Other denominations…

The numerous agencies on our roads

The idea of prompt and regular checks on the road worthiness of the vehicles and competence of drivers that ply our roads is good. Moreover, on the part of government, regular checks on vehicles provide opportunities for collecting the various fees and fines stipulated for contravening traffic regulations. What worries most road users however, is the multiplicity of the agencies that carry out this function as too many of them often cluster at a check point, obstructing rather than facilitating free flow of traffic. By constituting a nuisance, these operatives: the police, Federal Road Safety Corps, ENTRACO, Civil Defence Corps,…

NMA: Crisis looms in Imo as doctors threaten to down tools if… …As 21 day ultimatum to Govt expires

The State Executive Council of the Nigeria Medical Association – NMA has threatened to shut down medical services in Imo State if the state Government fails to address the debilitating conditions militating against Imolites in assessing qualitative medicare in state-owned medical facilities. Addressing journalists at the NMA State Secretariat, on Tuesday  March  14, Dr Darlington Akukwu, State Chairman, hinged the reason for their agitation to include: the under-funding of Imo State Teaching Hospital Orlu which has led to the loss of accreditation of vital clinical departments and the College of Medicine where students no longer graduate after spending more than…