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May 28, 2018

Before my Obituary: Now I Believe (3)

  By Sir Andrew I. Ajaero What an endless catena of woes that calls for repentance. Who can be saved except by the Grace of God through which obvious expectations are sine quanon before our orbituary. It behooves everyman to accomplish much of what God ordains through these myriad of questions. Do we realize that small acts of kindness is what God counts as greatness? Have we told the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth not minding its bitterness? Have we realized that the message that saves others applies to us? Have we fallen on our knees…

Owerri Girls 1994 Alumni present Skill Acquisition Centre to Alma Mater

Rev Fr Moses Chikwe cutting the tape to the Textile clothing section

  The 1994 set of the Owerri Girls Secondary School, on Saturday, November, 18, 2017, formally presented to the school management and the Owerri Catholic Archdiocesan Education/Commission, the skill acquisition centre, they equipped for their Alma Mater. It comprised two departments of three sections, namely: Foods and Nutrition Laboratory, Clothing Textile and Hair Dressing. The equipment included: Deep and standing freezers, electrical and gas cookers, micro wave ovens, sewing and hair dressing machines, chair, tables and cabinets. The capacity development project for the girl child in Imo State with Owerri Girls as the Pilot project, is sponsored by the Heal…

FMC Owerri boils again … As workers protest pay-cut, patients welfare

    Agitating workers of the Federal Medical Centre Owerri took to the streets Monday 20th November 2017, with placards, protesting  arbitrary pay cut, nonpayment of promotion arrears and unavailability of basic working materials at various units and departments of the hospital. Addressing the members of the Joint Health Sector Union of Federal Medical Centre Owerri, Comrade Clifford Ezeugwu, Chairman of National Union of Allied Health Professionals, observed with bitterness that the management of the centre under Dr. Kingsley Achigbu, the Acting Medical Director, has failed to address the teething problems militating against the centre, staff and patients. According to…

Imo Legal Year: Governors have no respect for court judgments – Archbishop Obinna

Imo Legal Year: Archbishop Anthony Obinna Bishop Lucius Ugorji with the Chief Judge of Imo State Hon Justice

It is one thing to say no one is above the law and another to see it happening. But the church is sick and tired of watching politicians crushing justice with money. The biggest culprits are Governors! The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri reflected on this ugly development in his homily during a concelebrated Mass to open the 2017/2018 Legal Year of the Imo State Judiciary held, at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, Friday, November 17. The Archbishop regretted that Nigeria is practicing anarchic democracy where governors neither respect the rule of law nor obey court judgments. “That…

Nigerian Army orders personnel to learn Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba before 2019

  The Nigerian Army has directed all its officers and men to immediately commence the learning of the three major Nigerian languages. A statement by army spokesperson, Sani Usman, on Wednesday morning said all personnel are expected to be proficient in Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba by December 2018. Mr. Usman, a brigadier general, said the directive is part of the new language policy by the army. Full text of the statement, signed by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director, Army Public Relations reads. Nigerian Army Introduces New Language Policy For Officers And Soldiers The Nigerian Army has introduced a new…

Pope Francis: The Poor are Our ‘Passport’ to Paradise

Pope Francis on World Day for the Poor

  On the first World Day for the Poor, Pope Francis said caring for the needy has a saving power, because in them we see the face of Christ, and urged Christians to overcome indifference and seek ways to actively love the poor that they meet. “In the poor, we find the presence of Jesus, who, though rich, became poor,” the Pope said Nov. 19. Because of this, “in their weakness, a saving power is present. And if in the eyes of the world they have little value, they are the ones who open to us the way to heaven.”…

Vicar Commends Zone 9  CMO Executive

Zonal Vicar Very Rev Fr Michael Chiagorom with the Zone 9 CMO President

  It was praises galore for the out-going executive of the Catholic Men Organization, Zone 9, Owerri Archdiocese, for the excellent manner the zone was piloted in the last six years. The Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish, Oguta and Vicar of Zone 9, Very Rev. Fr. Michael Chiagorom made the commendation in a Holy Mass when Prince Faith Uche Iwuorisha-led executive of the Zone gave thanks to God for protecting and directing their steps throughout their six years tenure in office. The priest made it clear that Iwuorisha-led executive of the Zone was successful in its administration because of…

CWO puts smiles on faces of motherless Babies

  Friday November 17, 2017 was a day of joy for the inmates of the motherless Babies Home Emekuku, run by the congregation of the Holy Child Jesus, as the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women organization (OACCWO) paid them a charity visit. The executive of the council, who were led on the visit by their president, Lady (Mrs.) Stella Acholonu, donated several utility items such as, bag of Rice, Beans and garri as well as tubers of yam, beverages, noodles, groundnut oil, pampers and toiletries for the babies. The women on arrival were received by the Director of the…

Archbishop Obinna inaugurates Holy Family Parish Amauburu

Archbishop Obinna priests and some of the newly confirmed candidate shortly after Mass

  … Confirms 185 candidates Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Parish, Amauburu Ubomiri in Mbaitoli LGA Imo State, has been inaugurated by His Grace Most Rev. AJV Obinna, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri. The event took place on Sunday November 19, 2017, amidst joy and jubilation. The two-day pastoral visit, which began a day before with the arrival of the Archbishop, witnessed a tumultuous crowed led the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Ferdinand  Ihekire and a priest in residence, Rev. Fr. Charles Okoro, which gathered at Akwakuma Junction to welcome the chief shepherd. On arrival to the parish, the…

King Jesus, The exemplary Kingly Leader of all ages

Solemnity of Christ the King

  On this Sunday, the 26th day of November 2017, the Church all over the world celebrates the great feast of Jesus Christ who is the King of the Universe. Consciously or unconsciously, all Christians and even non-Christians acknowledge the historic fact that Christ is King over all creatures. This King, Jesus, was unanimously believed by both Christians and Moslems to be born of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judea two thousand and seventeen years, ten months and twenty six days ago. The universal celebration of this quintessential leader of ours points to the fact that Jesus Christ…

Knights should speak out against injustice in Imo – Fr Uche

Catholic Knights should not keep quiet in the face of injustice in Imo State and Nigeria. A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Cletus Uche CMF gave the charge in his homily during Mass for knights of St. Mulumba, Sancta Maria Sub-Council, held at St. Mary Claret Parish Owerri, Nov. 18. He said that injustice was at the heart of various agitations in Nigeria, including the struggle for Biafran independence. Fr. Uche decried a situation where the commonwealth of a country was cornered by a section or group of individuals, living the rest in penury. “When things are going wrong, we expect…

The King with a difference

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Christ the King was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 with a call on humanity to submit once more to the authority of Christ. The Pope remarked that the multiple evils in the world were due to humanity’s rejection of the reign of Christ and that so long as this remained the case, there was no hope of a lasting peace on earth. The last time God was formally regarded as King by his people was about the year 1049 BC (over 3000 years ago), when Israel chose Saul as their king (1 Sam. 8:6). Choosing their own…

Sunday Readings: THE SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST KING OF THE UNIVERSE

Christ-the-King feast

    Entrance Antiphon      Rv 5:12; 1:6 How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honour. To him belong glory and authority for ever and ever.   COLLECT Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe; grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 34:11-12.15-17 “You, my flock, I judge between…

Imo NUJ Press Week kicks off Monday

  Activities marking the 2017 Press Week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Imo State start on Monday, Nov. 27, with lectures to be delivered by Carl Azudibia and Prof. Stella Okunna at 10am. The chairman of the Press Week Committee, Everest Ezihe said other activities for the week include interaction with members of Imo State House of Assembly, Road Walk, Free Medical services to NUJ members. The grand finale holds on Friday December 1 with award to distinguished personalities. Governor Rochas Okorocha is expected to be the special guest, while Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Governor Abia State is the…

Indiscipline costs us lives on our highways – Federal Road Safety boss

Archbishop Anthony JV Obinna with the Sector commander Federal Road Safety Corps Imo State

    Indiscipline and disorderliness that starts from the home and hits the road, is the cause of most accidents on our highways. This was the verdict of the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Imo State, Mr. JK Aremu when he paid Archbishop Obinna a courtesy call recently in Owerri. “What is happening in Nigeria today is as a result of lack of discipline and then indiscipline from homes that is taken to the roads and even beyond. We discovered that at least 80% of the crashes we report on our highways are caused as a result of…

Anambra Election: Congratulations INEC and Ndi Anambra

  The long-awaited and hipped Anambra State elections have come and gone, peacefully without even as much as a single gunshot being fired; without any loss of life. Thanks to God! We congratulate the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Governor Willie Obiano who won a second term, despite all odds. Congratulations are also due to all the contestants who fought bravely especially those of them who accepted defeat like good sportsmen and women. In every contest, there must be winners and losers. It is not necessarily the winning or losing that is important but,…

Church must be involved in politics

  …Governor  tells Christians Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said Christians across Nigeria must be involved in governance, just as they work on how the country can return to the path of development. The governor also said Christians should no longer keep quiet on the premise that they want to be religious. Wike said this at the weekend, during the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship International-Nigeria 2017, Port Harcourt Regional Convention, at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Elekahia, in the state capital. “Time has come for when the church must take its destiny in its hand. “The church must begin to…

We’ve come to thank God – Fr Nwobi

From L-R Fr Anselm Amandikwa Dr Mrs Raymonda Obioha Fr Simeon Nwobi

  … As Claret Sec Sch clocks 10 For the management, staff and students of the Claret Secondary School, Umualum Nekede, Owerri West LGA, Saturday November 11, 2017 was a day like no other. This is because her Old students, parents, friends, and well-wishers all rallied at the school playground to celebrate the tenth year existence of the academic centre. The anniversary commenced with a concelebrated Eucharistic celebration presided by Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Nwobi, Superior General, Claretian Missionary Fathers, East Nigeria. He was flanked at the Mass by the School Principal, Rev. Fr. Ernest Offor, and Rev. Fr. Anselm…

Coup in IPOB?

  Nnamdi Kanu dethroned He remains our leader – IPOB Radio Biafra, the international media arm of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), resumed operations last week. But instead of the fiery rhetoric with which it was associated with, the radio announced the sack of Nnamdi Kanu, as director and leader of IPOB. The Radio Biafra’s programme started between 6am -7am last Sunday with the lady announcer, who gave her name as Ifeoma Okorafor, stating that the radio was restructuring. Then the shocking announcement that “Mazi Nnamdi Nwanekaenyi Kanu, the former Director of Radio Biafra is hereby dismissed and…

Erecting Statues for Jacob Zuma And Elen Johnson: What a Nonsense!

Erecting Statues for Jacob Zuma And Elen Johnson

  Every society honours its heroes and chooses which of them to immortalize as public monuments. Such iconic personalities are historic figures who have made indelible footprints in various fields of human endeavor, such as , pioneering scientific discoveries, bringing about landmark changes or overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges, or making some political impact on the society. This explains the reason in every part of the world, including Africa, the United States and Europe, some public places are adorned with the statues of personalities such as: Albert Einstein, the great physicist, Wiston Churchill –  the great British  Leader, Queen Victoria, William…