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August 14, 2018

Msgr Anyanwu lists factors militating against marriage

Msgr Anyanwu lists factors militating against marriage

…As Okigwe Diocesan CWO ends 2017 August Confab It was a joyful home-coming and happy re-union for Catholic women in Okigwe Diocese as those of them living in the Diaspora joined their home counterparts for the grand-finale of the 2017 edition of the CWO August home and abroad annual meeting. The theme of this year’s conference which drew representatives from parish and deanery levels is, “Catholic response to the social challenges of marriage and family life.” In his admonitions at the opening Mass of the event, the Diocesan Chaplain of the CWO, Msgr. (Prof.) Simon Anyanwu charged mothers to strive…

NIGERIA AND OCTOBER 1st INDEPENDENCE DAY; WHEN NOT TO CELEBRATE

NIGERIA AND OCTOBER 1st INDEPENDENCE DAY

By Charles Ogbu For Nigeria as a country, the clause “Independence Day Celebration” is an oxymoronic expression because the truth is, Nigeria IS NOT independent in any way. Not politically, not economically, not even spiritually and certainly not physically. Where is the independence? Colonialism, which is an euphemism for slavery, never really ended in Nigeria. It only got repackaged in such a way that the slaves now see their chains, not as an obstacle but a beautiful bracelet. They sing and dance in a deceitful sense of freedom even when they are anything but free. And this is why enthroning…

Bomadi elevated to Diocese

Bomadi elevated to Diocese

The Holy Father Pope Francis has elevated the Apostolic Vicariate of Bomadi to a diocese making it a suffragan of the Metropolitan See of Benin City. He has also appointed Most Rev. Hyacinth Egbebo MSP as the first bishop of Bomadi. A Press Release signed by Rev. Fr. Zachariah Samjumi, Deputy Secretary General, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, said date of erection and installation shall be announced in due course.    

All roads lead to IMSU chaplaincy …As National choir fiesta kicks-off tomorrow

St. Joseph Catholic Chaplaincy, Imo State University, Owerri is set for the national choir fiesta, surnamed FILM, an acronym for Forum For the Inculturation of Liturgical Music. IMSU Chaplaincy is hosting the week-long fiesta from Sunday October 1st (arrival). to Sunday October 8th, 2017 (departure) . Briefing journalists, the chaplain, St. Joseph Chaplaincy, Rev. Fr. Dr. Anthony Njoku said the Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri will declare the fiesta open tomorrow, Monday at 8:30am, with a Pontifical Mass. Over 1,600 student delegates and 100 officials, National Executive officers of FILM, Chaplains of Catholic Chaplaincies and Father Founders…

Pastoral Visit: Archbishop Obinna Scores St James Nnorie high for quality of confirmation candidates

Pastoral Visit: Archbishop Obinna Scores St James Nnorie high for quality of confirmation candidates

…Confirms 105 St. James Catholic Parish Nnorie, in the Ngor Okpala LGA, last Sunday (Sept 24) received kudos for the excellent performance of the candidates it presented for the Sacrament of confirmation. The commendation came from no less a personality, than the chief shepherd himself, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, who was on a two-day pastoral visit to the church. The occasion was the Holy Mass for the administration of the sacrament of confirmation celebrated during the second day of his pastoral visit (Saturday Sept 23 to Sunday Sept 24, 2017). The essence…

Protests and democracy

The International Community recognizes protests as a legitimate instrument for fostering democracy. Protests assumed a greater significance since the end of the Second World War in 1945, when colonized people and various other groups under one form of subjugation or another began to rise to the challenge .They became aware that the sole interest of those in power is to maintain the status quo and if not brought under serious pressure, would never work for the common good. The awareness so created informed the drafting of the highly revered International Charter on Human Rights to which every member country of…

The Militarized Government of Imo State (1)

Of all the different types of government, Nigeria has experimented on only two, namely: Democracy and Militocracy, which she has been practicing interchangeaby since independence in 1960. Democracy is from 1960-1966; 1979-1983; 1999 – till date while the other occupies the periods in-between. The Military Government Style This is unique, dynamic and full of regimentation. It goes with the highest degree of obedience or compliance to the command of the authority. Its motto is “Obey before Complain”. It rules by fiat and things are done or achieved without delay. The civilians are not consulted before policies are made. They are…

Praying for Peace

Praying for Peace

A 31- day special prayer and fasting to be observed by all Catholics throughout the Onitsha and Owerri Ecclesiastical Provinces (covering the five South Eastern States) kicks off today, October 1. This directive was given by the Catholic Bishops of the two provinces after their meeting at Onitsha on September 20. Their reason: “Given the current state of uneasiness and tension in our five Igbo states and in all Nigeria, we the Catholic Bishops of Onitsha and Owerri Ecclesiastical Provinces, have decided to seek God’s special intervention through a prolonged prayer for peace and fasting from evil, food and drinks”….

Murdered Catholic priest laid to rest in Orlu

Murdered Catholic priest laid to rest in Orlu

The body of late Rev Fr. Cyriacus Onunkwo of Orlu Diocese, who was kidnapped and murdered by unknown people recently has been committed to mother earth after a requiem Mass at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Orlu, September 25,2017. In a homily at the Mass, the Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma explained that death is painful in human eye, especially the circumstances behind Fr Onunkwo’s death. According to him, death remains a transformation to eternal life which is a different experience. Bishop Ukwuoma described the deceased as a young man who chose to be an instrument of God’s…

Enugu government to employ disabled graduates

Enugu State Executive Council has approved the automatic employment of 50 graduates living with disabilities in line with the United Nations Convention on non-discrimination against such persons. Commissioner for Information, Ogbuagu Anikwe, said this last week Saturday in Enugu while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the council meeting held on Friday evening. Anikwe said that the approval followed council’s deliberation on a letter of employment appeal from a league of visually impaired graduate applicants. “The council received a letter of appeal from unemployed visually impaired graduates, who are indigenes of the state. “They wrote to the governor and passionately…

OPERATION PYTHON DANCE; Catholic bishop of Umuahia blasts army

OPERATION PYTHON DANCE; Catholic bishop of Umuahia blasts army

….cautions agitators The Catholic Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji is disgusted with the recent invasion of Umuahia, capital of Abia State, by the military which left in its trail, “a devastating tale of terror, blood and tears.” Bishop Ugorji, in a Press Release issued in Umuahia on Tuesday September 26, said the Operation Python Dance II deployed to the State in the guise of fighting crime and agitations turned a section of Umuahia into a theatre of violence, subjecting hapless and armless IPOB members who fell into their net to unimaginable cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. “The…

OUR HOPE IN DESPAIR: TOWARDS NATIONAL RESTORATION

OUR HOPE IN DESPAIR: TOWARDS NATIONAL RESTORATION

Communiqué A Communiqué issued at the End of Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Centre, Jalingo, Taraba State, 7-15 September 2017. PREAMBLE We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, held our Second Plenary Meeting of the year at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Centre, Jalingo, Taraba State, from 7 to 15 September 2017. Having prayerfully reflected on the issues affecting the Church and our country, we now issue this Communiqué. URGENT NEED TO ADDRESS GRIEVANCES Our country is currently passing through a phase that is marked by tension, agitation and a general…

Varsity sacks 18 staff …Over sexual harassment, extortion

Varsity sacks 18 staff ...Over sexual harassment, extortion

The Governing Council of the Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, has sacked 10 lecturers and eight non-teaching junior staffs for extortion, sexual harassment and gross misconduct, among others. According to a statement signed by the university Registrar and Secretary to the University’s Senate, Daniel Urhibo, which was published on the school’s website, 17 other staff were warned for plagiarism. Most of the 17 teaching staffs, who were reprimanded for Plagiarism, according to the statistics, were Readers in their various departments between the ranks of Assistant Lecturers to Senior Lecturers. The decisions, the statement said, were taken based on recommendations made…

Sex scandal rock Ebonyi varsity

Sex scandal rock Ebonyi varsity

Lecturer sacked, another suspended over sex for grade, others Students of the Ebonyi State University; Abakaliki, have raised the alarm on the spate of sexual harassment and exploitation by some lecturers in the institution. They told Daily Sun that some lecturers in the school demanded sex and, in some cases, financial gratification before they could pass their courses. This is coming a few days after a male lecturer in the Department of History and International Relations (names withheld), was suspended by the management of the institution for alleged sexual misconduct with female students and other unethical practices. The suspended lecturer,…

Moin-moin cooked in nylon could cause cancer, expert warns

Moin-moin cooked in nylon could cause cancer, expert warns

John Tehinse, a dietician, has warned people against cooking moin-moin and other foods in nylons or cellophane bags as it produced dioxins, a toxic substance that causes cancer. Tehinse gave the warning  in Ilorin at an awareness campaign on food safety organised by the Food Safety Awareness Campaign Initiatives, funded by the European Union. Moin-moin is a Nigerian steamed bean pudding made from a mixture of washed and peeled black-eyed peas, onions and fresh ground peppers. It is a protein-rich, staple food in Nigeria and has its origin in West Africa. In his lecture, he explained that cooking moin-moin, a…

Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition, Miss Alexandra Nwigwe emerges overall winner

Miss Alexandra Nwigwe emerges overall winner

Miss Alexandra Nwigwe of Vivian Fowler Memorial College Lagos has emerged the overall best in  the 14th Mike Okonkwo National Essay competition, scoring 90 per cent in the first round of the competition and 80 per cent in the second round. Alexandra is the grandchild of Prof Lady Victoria Nwigwe. Miss Jesudunta Mercy Ipinmoye of Corona Secondary School Agbara, came second scoring 80 per cent in the first round and 72 per cent in the second round. The third position went to Master Akingbade Gbenga of Emerald High School Lagos who scored 80 per cent in the first round and…

Tension in Igboland Catholics begin 30-day prayer, fasting as Court proscribes IPOB

Tension in Igboland Catholics begin 30-day prayer, fasting as Court proscribes IPOB

Worried by the current state of tension in Nigeria, especially in the South-East region, the Catholic Bishops of Onitsha and Owerri Ecclesiastical provinces have directed Catholic faithful in the five states in Igboland to embark on prayer and fasting. A Press Release issued by the Metropolitans of Onitsha and Owerri Ecclesiastical provinces, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke and Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, said the directive begins on 1st October to 31st October 2017. The directive titled: “Praying and Fasting for Peace in the South-East and in all Nigeria,” was issued on Wednesday, Sept. 20. (Read full text on page 2) Meanwhile…

WHY ALL THE ENVY?

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today, we are challenged on the dangers of envy! We are called to always appreciate the gifts and talents of others, and to be content with what we have. How easily can we see ourselves as better and more deserving of God’s favours, while undermining others. Jesus is emphatic in today’s Gospel: “The last will be first, and the first will be last” (Matthew 20:16). Those of us already living a life of grace should not rejoice over those still struggling because we may be shocked in the end to discover that some of those we look down on today…

Sunday readings: TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord forever.   COLLECT O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred law upon love of you and of our neighbour, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Isaiah 55:6-9 “My thoughts are not your thoughts.” Seek’ the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near;…

NNPC new appointments in geo political zones

North Malami Shehu              –              MD PH Refining Company Muhammed Abah       –               MD Warri Refinery Umar Ajiya                  –               MD of NPMC Bala Wunti                  –               GGM Corporate Planning and Strategy Usman Yusuf             –                GMD STA (Tech) Ahmadu Katagum      –               GGM Shipping (Downstream) Kallamu Abdullahi      –              GGM Renewable Energy…