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August 14, 2018

Photo Report on the Biafra Protest, May 30 Sit-Home exercise

The weekday, May 30, sit-home exercise as projected by the autochthonal individuals of Biafra (IPOB), has come into being within the southeast. Photos creating the rounds everywhere social media show that a lot of individuals inside the region have complied with the order to remain home. only a few individuals are seen on the streets and businesses are latched down for the day. Below square measure photos of sure areas in Anambra state wherever the protest exercise is in progress. The streets inside the southeastern region are deserted. Many individuals inside the region have complied with the order to remain…

Massive Sack looms in Imo as Okorocha resigns Commissioners and TC Chairmen

Imo State commissioners and the Local Government Transition Committee Chairmen were on Tuesday 30th May resigned by the State Governor Rochas Okorocha. Meanwhile, no reasons were given as the governor commends on their numerous supports to his government. This sack takes immediate effect as a statement issued by the Principal Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Pascal Obi directed that the affected portfolios hand over to their most senior officers or their permanent secretaries as the case may be. Meanwhile, in his statement, the chairmen and members of statutory commissions such as ISEC, Civil Service Commission, local government service commission, the…

KSM Holds Anti-Abortion Rally in Owerri

Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM) and their Ladies on Friday, May 12, 2017 carried out a peaceful rally on the streets of Owerri, to register their opposition to the continued loss of human lives through abortion, euthanasia (or mercy killing) and alcohol consumption.   Participants of the rally, numbering over 100 who came from two KSM Sub-Councils, The Seat of Wisdom and Assumpta Sub-councils of the Order, took off from the Mulumba Hall along the Wetheral Road Owerri, carrying placards and singing, “We are soldiers of the cross…. Soldiers of Christ”.   Some of the placards read: “Abortion causes the…

The need to protect our Environment through Afforestation

A national tree planting campaign should be embarked upon by the Federal, State and Local Government in Nigeria to save our environment from complete destruction by man, natural disasters and deforestation.   The environment is a system accommodating living and non living organisms.   Tree that make up the forests have continued to disappear from our environment through deforestation consequent upon mans indiscriminate harvesting, bush fires and other unregulated activities.   Aforestation is therefore a conscious but organized planting of trees to restor lost species to enhance the vegetation cover and to protect our environment. The aesthetic, beauty of trees…

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 51ST WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY

Access to the media – thanks to technological progress that makes it possible for countless people to share news instantly and spread it widely. That news may be good or bad, true or false. The early Christians compared the human mind to a constantly grinding millstone; it is up to the miller to determine what it will grind: good wheat or worthless weeds. Our minds are always “grinding”, but it is up to us to choose what to feed them (cf. SAINT JOHN CASSIAN, Epistle to Leontius).   I wish to address this message to all those who, whether in…

Awaiting trial inmate regains freedom after 8 years in prison custody – Thanks St. Vincent de Paul Society

It was jubilation galore and tears of joy at Mgbidi High Court Imo State on Monday 22nd May 2017 after Hon. Justice Nnodum read his judgement discharging Mr. Chigozie Atusiaka, a native of Oru East LGA, who has been in prison, awaiting trial for eight years and three months.   Mr. Chigozie has been awaiting trial for an alleged case of armed robbery since January 2009.   In 2016 during the regular prison visitation at the Federal Prisons Owerri, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Owerri Archdiocese through its Prison Unit Committee and their legal team, Mr. Chigozie was…

South East exclusion from Railway modernization scheme

Since the discovery that the Eastern Corridor Rail Line was excluded from the Federal Government’s proposal for $5.851 billion external loan to finance rail projects across the country, the feeling of marginalization among Ndigbo has grown from bad to worse. This is because the approach of the Buhari Administration to it is in sharp contrast with the country’s original Railway Master Plan designed and bequeathed to Nigeria by the British colonial masters, which covered the entire country.   Several groups and individuals have continued to cry out against this outright inexplicable omission of the Eastern corridor Rail line. The loan…

The Meaning of Eternal Life

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today’s Gospel passage teaches us the meaning of eternal life – knowing the only true God and his messenger, Jesus Christ. (John 17:3). Eternal life isnot a matter of time and space but a relationship of intimate knowledge. It is not a matter of food and drink but of “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). Eternal life is not a matter of earthly wellbeing or material prosperity but rather comes from knowing God. This knowledge is more than intellectuallygrasping a concept but entails an intimate bond, a profound communion. Eternal life is a love affair with…

SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 27.7 O Lord, hear my voice, for I have called to you; of you my heart has spoken: Seek his face; hide not your face from me. Alleluia.   Collect Graciously hear our supplications, O Lord, so that we, believe that the Saviour of the human race is with you in your glory, may experience, as he promised, until the end of world, his abiding presence among us. Who lives and reign with you.   FIRST READING     Acts 1:121 “All with one accord devoted themselves to prayer.” A reading from the Acts of the Apostles…

The Life and Times of Sir SBC EKE, KSM, JP

Sir Samuel Boniface Chukwudi Ekenta, a committed Catholic and an exemplary civil servant, was committed to mother earth on Friday March 31, 2017, after a concelebrated Requiem Mass at St Columbus Catholic Church Amaimo, Ikeduru. The Mass was presided over by Very Rev. Fr. Benedict Agumanu, assisted by over 20 priests in Owerri Archdiocese. Among dignitaries at the occasion were the hierarchy of the Knights of St. Mulumba, Owerri Sub-council, renowned politician and businessman Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chairman Owerri Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, Sir P.O.J. Ihemedu. Sir SBC is survived by a wife, many children and brothers including Mr. Kennedy Eke,…

I warned Jonathan about Northern conspiracy – David Mark

…Real reason why Jonathan conceded defeat The last has certainly not been heard on the behind the scene forces, intrigues, conspiracy and betrayals that characterised  the 2015 presidential election and cost then incumbent president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan his second term bid. Former Senate president David Mark alleged that a northern conspiracy worked against Jonathan. Mark, a retired army general was quoted in a book, “Against the Run of Play: How an incumbent president was defeated in Nigeria” by chairman of ThisDay Board of Editors, that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) intentionally provided the president with unrealistic voting projections in…

Ahead of May 30, MASSOB declares Uwazuruike an Outcast

– The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB) has disowned Chief Ralph Uwazurike (Former MASSOB leader) – MASSOB disclosed point blank that the group is never in support of the Biafra Independent Movement anchored by Chief Ralph Uwazuruike – The pro-Biafra group (MASSOB) maintained that there is no form of celebration scheduled to today Monday May 22, 2017 The leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB) Comrade Uchenna Madu, has distanced itself from all activities anchored by Chief Ralph Uwuazrurike. MASSOB leadership disclosed it is not linked to any…

Holy Ghost Parish Uboma dedicated …Bishop Amatu reiterates recourse to the Eucharist

As in the days of King Solomon, the glory of the Lord filled the temple when Bishop Solomon Amatu prayed for the dedication of the Holy Ghost Parish Uboma, Okigwe Diocese, Sunday 30th April 2017. In his admonitions, Bishop Amatu reaffirmed the sanctity of a dedicated church as the abode of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, reserved exclusively for the worship of God in truth and in spirit where no desecration or frivolity are entertained. He reiterated that the body of believers are living stones integral to the mystical body of Christ. The Bishop urged the faithful to always resort…

Ezinna Columba & Ezinne Mabel Korie mark wedding Golden Jubilee: My parents planted prayer in our family – Fr. Kennedy Okafor (son)

It was celebration galore, Saturday 29th April, 2017 as friends and relatives converged on St. Francis Xavier Parish Umuezegwu Ihitte in Ihitte/Uboma LGA Imo State in a thanksgiving Mass to mark 50 years of marriage between Ezinna Columba C. Korie & Ezinne Mabel E. Korie (nee Emedom). The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe Most Rev. Solomon Amatu presided at the Holy Mass, flanked by Rev. Fr. Dr. Kennedy Okafor (Cp), Delegate Superior Passionist Fathers Nigeria (Son of the golden couple) and Msgr. Jerry Ofoegbu (Dean Ehime Mbano). Other priests present were Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Blaize E. Igwegbe (Host Parish Priest),…

Pope urges Macron to strengthen France’s Christian roots

Pope Francis sent a telegram to the new President of France, Emmanuel Macron, offering his prayers and wishes that in his new role, he will support the rich moral and spiritual traditions of the country, including that of Christianity. “I pray that God support you so that your country, faithful to the rich diversity of its moral traditions and its spiritual heritage marked also by the Christian tradition, may always endeavor to build a more just and fraternal society,” Pope Francis said in the May 16 message. “With respect for difference and attention to those in situations of vulnerability and…

COUP: UK warns on alleged plan to overthrow Buhari …PDP, Ohanaeze react

The British government has warned against the planning or execution of a coup in Nigeria by soldiers as a way of changing government insisting it will not support such undemocratic process. There was concern that some soldiers were being approached by politicians on how to carry out a coup and this concern was strengthened by Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai’s warning to soldiers not to mix with politicians. The army chief warned all officers and soldiers interested in politics to resign their commission or apply for voluntary discharge forthwith. “Any officer or soldier of Nigerian Army found…

Chibok Girls: Exchange for more blood

There is no doubt  that Nigerians wants the 217 schoolgirls forcefully taken away from their school by Boko Haram, nearly three years ago, back home.  What they do not want is to exchange the girls for more kidnapping and more blood, which is what Boko Haram represents and promises Nigeria. It is sad that kidnapping, even of school children, is no longer a strange thing in Nigeria.  Since the Chibok girls were whisked away from their school on May 14, 2014, other cases of kidnapping of students have occurred. Nevertheless, none was on the same scale as the Chibok kidnap…

CWO St Mark’s Parish New Owerri visits Don Guanella Charity Centre Nnebukwu

On  May, 2017, the good spirited mothers of St Mark’s Catholic Parish, New Owerri, took a giant step in the spread of the good news by visiting Don Guanella, Servants of Charity Centre, Nnebukwu in Oguta LGA, a centre for the mentally challenged. They presented various food items, fruits and cash in response to the charge that ‘faith must go with good works’. The Superior in-charge of the Centre, Rev. Fr Emeka Owuamalam heartily welcomed and commended the mothers for their magnanimity and prayed God to bless them abundantly. He added that the Home which was established 25years ago by…

Orlu Diocese buries 2 priests same day

Monday, May 15, 2017 was a mourning day for the Catholic Diocese of Orlu, as priests, religious both within and outside the diocese, families, friends and relatives came to pay their last respects to Very Rev Msgr. Lazarus Esomonu and Rev Fr. Gerald Francis Ekpedo who were committed to mother earth after a requiem Mass at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Orlu. Their remains arrived at the Cathedral at about 7:45am and was received by the Cathedral Administrator, Rev Fr. Sylvester Nnaekezie. Delivering a homily during the Mass, Msgr. Joseph Okorie described the demise of the two priests as a great…

FATIMA: Francisco, Jacinta canonized

Standing before the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis canonized two shepherd children who saw Mary at Fatima, but more importantly, he said, they heeded the call to pray for sinners and trust in the Lord. “We declare and define Blessed Francisco Marto and Blessed Jacinta Marto as saints,” the pope said May 13 as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims broke out in applause before he finished speaking. The relics of the young shepherd children, encased in two thin golden crosses, were placed in front of the famed statue of Our Lady of Fatima, the “lady dressed…