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August 14, 2018

Zidane reacts to Ronaldo’s FIFA Best Player award

Zidane reacts to Ronaldo FIFA Award

Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, has reacted to Cristiano Ronaldo’s win of 2017 FIFA Best Player award. According to him, Ronaldo deserves the recognition despite his faltering La Liga form so far this season. “He is the best by a long way,” said Zidane when asked if Ronaldo was the best player of his generation. “He has shown it many times, he is always there in the big games. “All the awards are deserved because he always wants to be the best and he is,” added Zidane. Ronaldo missed Real’s first four La Liga games through suspension, but has managed…

Pope calls for ‘constructive dialogue’ in Kenya

Pope Francis last Sunday called for constructive dialogue in Kenya where he said he was following the situation with “close attention” over disputed elections. “I am paying close attention in these days to Kenya, which I visited in 2015,” Francis told pilgrims and tourists gathered for the Angelus prayer. Francis said he was praying “that the whole country might be able to face the current difficulties in a climate of constructive dialogue, having at heart the search for the common good.” In a shock decision, Kenya’s Supreme Court overturned the August election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta over his opposition…

Ikeduru celebrates 2017 Iwa-ji Cultural Festival

The quiet Abazu Autonomous Community in the Ikeduru LGA of Imo State, was last weekend thrown into an orgy of cultural excitement as dignitaries from within and outside Ikeduru gathered at the Central School field Abazu to celebrate the 2017 Ikeduru New Yam Festival, also known as “Iri-Ji” or “Iwa-ji Cultural Festival.” The event, which had been described as grand in all ramifications featured a wide range of activities which included, cultural dances, wrestling, proverbs competition, selected speeches, various addresses and others. In a welcome address on behalf of the entire people of Ikeduru, the chairman of Ndi Eze Ikeduru,…

OACCMO Day: 32 receive Ezinna award

OACCMO Day 32 receive Ezinna award2

…Archbishop commends growth of CMO About 32 distinguished Christian fathers bagged the prestigious “Ezinna Award” during the 2017 CMO Day organized by the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO). The investiture which took place at Obiri-Odenigbo, Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, October 21, was preceded by a concelebrated Pontifical Mass presided over by Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri. He was assisted by the Vicar-General, Rev. Fr. Patrick Ibole, the Chancellor/Secretary, Rev. Fr. Alphonsus Oha, the Cathedral Administrator,  the CMO Chaplain, Rev. Fr. S. O. Igbokwe, Rev. Fr. Gererd Onyekwere, the Director of Communications, Rev. Fr. George…

Anambra Election: Archbishop Okeke cautions politicians

Archbishop Valerian Okeke on Anambra elections

…We don’t want blood shed Ahead of Nov. 18 gubernatorial election in Anambra State, the Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke has urged politicians in the state to conduct themselves peacefully and make Anambra an example to other states of the federation. The Archbishop admonished them not to shed blood or throw the state into chaos adding that politics is not a do or die affair. The Archbishop gave the advice at the Onitsha Prisons where he celebrated his 64th birthday at the weekend. Most Rev Okeke said he will commission the new skill acquisition centre he is…

Nigerian Navy begins recruitment of graduates

The Nigerian Navy is currently recruiting “suitably qualified” graduates. Suleman Dahun, navy’s acting director of information, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday. Dahun advised interested persons to visit www.joinnigeriannavy.com to apply. He said applicants must be Nigerians by birth, should possess a minimum of second class upper division for first degree holders and upper credit for HND holders. “Male applicants must not be less than 1.68 metres tall while female applicants must not be less than 1.65 metres in height. “Applicants should be between 22 and 28 years by 31 January 2018, except for imams and chaplains who should…

Corps member shot dead in Owerri

A serving member of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Ekene Uwaoma Martins was on Monday killed by some unknown gunmen in Owerri, the Imo State capital. The 23-year-old was shot dead around 8.30pm at Ama-wire Junction, while he was returning to his residence, alongside a friend, MacDonald. Ekene a 2016 graduate of History and International Studies from the Imo State University, Owerri, was serving at Ogun state for his one year National Youths Service Corps programme. It was learnt that four men bearing arms waylaid Ekene and his friend MacDonald, demanding for mobile phones. On his refusal to release…

Owerri Archdiocesan 2017 Pilgrimage to Fatima Rome; A huge success

Owerri Archdiocesan 2017 Pilgrimage to Fatima Rome; a huge success

The pilgrimage to Holy sites in Fatima and Rome became a reality by God’s grace via the instrumentality of His Grace Anthony J.V. Obinna and Archdiocesan Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Dr. Alphonsus Oha. Delegates were selected to represent the people of God in Owerri Archdiocese. The participants were drawn from the Clergy, Religious and Laity. The delegates included Rev. Frs. Nicholas Ijemaru, Innocent Nzewuji and Prosper Chisom Maduike. Sr Mmegwa Jacinta, Lolo Rita Uwaforo (LSM) and Brother Saviour Esemonu were part of the group. The motif was to stand in representation of God’s flock in Owerri Catholic Archdiocese at the event…

True love is not about feelings

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today Jesus encapsulates the entire Old Testament into two main commandments – love of God (Deut.6:5), and love of neighbour (Lev.19:18). In the Gospel passage, he has just silenced the Sadducees, and the Pharisees come up with their own plot to ensnare him. So, one of them, a legal expert, asks the Lord about the greatest among all the commandments, but Jesus mentions two. By so doing he makes the point that loving God is inseparable from loving our neighbour. St Paul teaches us that love is the greatest theological virtue (1 Cor. 13:13); and love is the “fulfilment of…

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday readings

Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 105:3-4 Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; Turn to the LORD and his strength; constantly seek his face.   Collect Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Exodus 22:20-26 “If you afflict any widow or orphan, my wrath will burn against you.” Thus says the Lord: “You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. You…

Primary lessons of the great Feast of All Souls

Unlike ALL SAINTS DAY, ALL SOULS DAY is a holy day set aside by the Church for honoring our departed brothers and sisters. This day is predominantly celebrated in the Catholic Church. Gradually the celebration spilled into few other Christian denominations. The Anglican Church which appears the largest protestant Church was the first to appreciate and adopt this annual Christian festival which comes up on every 2nd day of November. According the original Catholic belief, the soul of a person who dies can go to one of these three places; the first is heaven, where a person who dies in…

Reflecting on the Feast of All Saints

On the 1st day of November every year, the Church all over the world celebrates the feast of all the saints in heaven. On this day, we honour these spiritual heroes both the ones known and those of them who could not receive public recognition in the liturgical set up of the Church like mine and your grand and great grandfather. But those of them unclaimed by men owing to human limitations have been sainted by God in heaven. This great Christian feast was introduced by Pope Gregory the fourth who reigned from December 827 to January 844. On this…

LSM Ugiri unveils 3rd Pet Project: Donates 2-bedroom flat to widow

LSM Ugiri unveils 3rd Pet Project 3

– National President rates Sub-Council Nigerian best Ladies of the Knights of St. Mulumba (LSM) Nigeria, Ugiri Sub-Council led by President Dr. Lady Rose-Colette Ngozi Ewurum, Sunday 8th October 2017, unveiled their 3rd Pet Project tagged, “Lending to the Lord (Prov. 19:17).” The beneficiary was a widow, Mrs. Rose Anunobi, native of Umunwagba village, Umuozu Ugiri Isiala Mbano LGA Imo State, who was on the occasion ushered into a 2-bedroom flat with kitchen and conveniences. Two beneficiaries of the preceding 1st and 2nd Pet Projects of equally 2-bedroom flat each were Mrs. Christiana Dike, native of Amaraku Isiala Mbano in…

Blessed Tansi Parish: Archbishop Obinna Visits St. Peter Station Works Layout

Blessed Tansi Parish Archbishop Obinna visits St. Peter Station Works Layout

…Lauds for giant strides It was praises galore Sunday, October 8, 2017 for the young vibrant St. Peter Station (Works Layout) of the Blessed Tansi Catholic Parish Ugwu Orji Owerri, as Christ’s faithful there celebrated the Fifth Anniversary of the inauguration of the Station. Among those who patted the young station on the back was, the Chief Shepherd of the Catholic Archdiocese himself, His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, who was there in person to preside over the Eucharistic celebration. The occasion was also used to raise funds for the purchase of some structures at that place of worship….

Laity are pillars of Catholic Church – Bishop Amatu

Laity are pillars of Catholic Church - Bishop Amatu

– As Okigwe Diocesan Laity Council honors faithful Most Rev. Dr. Solomon Amamchukwu Amatu, Bishop of Okigwe Diocese celebrated the Eucharist at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Okigwe, Imo State on Saturday 14th October 2017 heralding the investiture and elevation of select faithful by the Diocesan Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria led by Barr. B.E.A Ebearo (KSM). The prelate of Okigwe Diocese concelebrated the Eucharist with Very Rev. Monsignor Vitus Ohagwa, Chaplain of the Diocesan Laity Council and Monsignor Prof. Simon Anyanwu, the Chancellor of Okigwe Diocese with a retinue of priests. In his homily, Bishop Amatu expressed profound salutary…

Immunization: National Security, Challenges and Way Forward

Immunization: National Security, Challenges and Way Forward

IMMUNIZATION refers to the process of conferring protection to a person against a disease or medical condition, by exposing the person to the causative organism in whole or in part, killed or attenuated or genetically engineered. Immunization can also result from actual exposure to the disease. The aim is to stimulate the body defence system against the particular disease, in the event the person gets subsequent exposure. Immunization is a major breakthrough in the field of medicine, and has inestimable benefits to humankind. It has resulted in individual and National growth and security by prevention of unnecessary deaths and promotion…

Before my Obituary: Now I Believe

“It is appointed unto man to die and after death judgment”. Let us therefore remember that “the disobedience of Adam and Eve at the garden of Eden led to their banishment and death which has affected all their descendants forever”. Applying the historical and genetic principle to all that exists, we shall feel free to examine any mortal object or phenomenon at all stages of its rise, growth, heyday, maturity, decline and finally demise. This is an exercise in futility as this is the way of all flesh and everyman all through the ages. There is no known and identifiable…

MONKEY POX

monkey pox spread

Monkey pox is one disease that is being surrounded with so much superstition and controversy. Precisely on the 11th day of October 2017, schools, including nursery, primary and secondary, were forced to close down in the southeastern part of the country, when rumors spread like wild fire that some group of persons were moving about from school to school, in company of soldiers armed with AK 47, forcing children to take an immunization which would later cause them to breakout with a dreaded disease called the monkey pox. So how did this rumor start? Few days earlier, some group of…

Dedication of St. Dominic’s Church Afara

…Organizers express gratitude Friday 29th September, 2017 a day that every true Catholic of St. Dominic’s Parish and indeed all inhabitants of Afara, Mbaitoli L.G.A Imo State, will never forget in a hurry. A day with glamour, pomp and pageantry allowed the realization of a long sought and thought dream of every well-meaning Catholic faithful of Afara – the dedication of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church. Little wonder the glistening environs of the Church premises were added more colour, as members of the Church as well as their guests appeared in dazzling colours, spotting locally — made fabrics, with St. Dominic’s…

Hurray to St. Joseph Catholic Chaplaincy IMSU Owerri

This year’s National Choir Fiesta, fondly called FILM i.e (Forum for the Inculturation of Liturgical Music) was hosted by St. Joseph Catholic Chaplaincy Imo State University Owerri, recently. The one week power packed event which started from Sunday, October 1st 2017 (arrival) to Sunday October 8th 2017 (departure) was declared open on Monday 2nd October, 2017 by His Grace Most Rev. Dr. A.J.V. Obinna, Metropolitan Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Archdiocese with a pontifical Mass. In his homily at the occasion His Grace (who is a Composer himself) appreciated FILM’s participants whom he referred to as ‘The New Generation Evangelizers’ and…