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August 14, 2018

Let nothing spoil your Christmas … Not even Govt – Archbishop Obinna

  Light up the candles; sing carols and jump for joy. Let nothing spoil your Christmas; not even the government induced poverty. This is the clear message the Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, is sending to everyone this Christmas. “Fill your lungs with the carols and songs of Christmas. Let the children construct mangers or cribs with left-over tins, pans, sticks, straw and clay with paper or wood or whatever. “They can make Christmas joy come alive in your home or neighbourhood. Share whatever little food, drink and clothing you have at Christmas with family, friends and…

Adapalm Catholic community rolls out the drums

Adapalm Catholic community rolls out the drums

  … As 5 Couples were joined in Holy Matrimony Couples have been advised to remain faithful to their marriage vows and avoid indulging in any extra marital affairs or living polygamous life. The warning was given on Saturday December 9 at St. Joseph Catholic Special Jurisdiction, Imo Palm Ohaji when members of the parish rolled the red carpet for five couples who exchanged marital vows. The occasion started with a Holy Mass   presided over by Rev. Fr. Basil Opurum, the parish priest of St. Michael’s Ihagwa, assisted by Rev. Fr. Kirian Agogbuo, the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Lawrence Ogazi,…

Whistle blowing: Pass information to only trusted security operatives – PCRC State Chairman

Whistle blowing Pass information to only trusted

  …As Ehime Mbano police community relations committee honours Dr. Fidelis Akakwam The Imo State Chairman of Police Community Relations Committee, Sir Chima Chukwunyere, on Saturday November 25th 2017, advised the general public and members of Ehime Mbano chapter of the organization not to divulge sensitive information to security operatives they do not trust because of the likely boomerang and grievous consequences. Speaking at the conferment of honour and recognition to distinguished personalities with ‘Ambassador of Peace and Security Awards’ to select individuals, who included, Dr. Fidelis Akakwam, Chief Medical Director, Rosita Memorial Clinic, Orieagu-Nsu, the State PCRC Chairman observed…

St. Monica CWO Celebrates Feast of Patron Saint. Honours Elderly members, Abroadians

St Monica CWO Celebrates

  Catholic Women of Ezeogba Emekuku, in the Owerri North L.G.A, have celebrated this year’s feast of their patron saint. They are one of the five groups of Catholic Women Organization (CWO) in our Lady of Mt Carmel parish Emekuku. This year’s celebration, which was attended by many highly placed women among them, including those in Diaspora, witnessed some remarkable innovations compared with previous years. These include: Presentation of souvenirs to elderly ones, for their steadfastness to the group and to those abroad for their commitment, support and past leadership roles. The women took the opportunity to host their husbands…

Imo journalists brainstorm on restructuring Nigeria

Imo journalists brainstorm

  … As curtain draws on 2017 Press Week It was an exhilating and thrilling intellectual harvest as two intellectual giants: Prof. Mrs. Stella Chinyere Okunna and Hon. Carl Azudibia enriched Imo journalists with quality appraisal from their tink-tank, as they brainstorm on the raging clamour for restructuring Nigeria at NUJ Press Centre Owerri Saturday, November 27, 2017. Serving the first salvo after inaugurated protocols chaired by Chief Chidi Ibe, former Commissioner, Prof. Stella Okunna of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka observed that the gentle request for restructing has turned to a vocifurious clamour. According to her, those benefiting from the…

KSJI: Owerri Grand elects, installs new officers

KSJ Owerri Grand elects

Invests 42 Knights in Full Dress, Marching Uniforms Holds Award ceremony The Owerri Grand Commandery of the Noble Order of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) and its Ladies Auxiliary (LAUX) have elected new officers to run their affairs. This followed the successful end of the 12th & 11th Biennial Convention of the Order, held from Wednesday, December 6, to Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the KSJI, complex behind the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. The theme of the Convention was: “The Fatima Apparitions: Lessons for Nigeria” those who voted at the election were accredited delegates from the 26 Local Commanderies…

CWO Okigwe Diocese ends 2017 Annual Seminar

Seeks more Christian women involvement in governance Fetes Bishop S.A. Amatu The 2017 annual seminar of the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) Okigwe Diocese held between 24th to 26th November 2017 at the CWO Conference Centre, Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe has ended with a clarion call on Christian women to seek more involvement in political governance in order to effect desired change in the polity. Delegates came from all parishes in the Diocese.     In a keynote address the CWO Diocesan President, Nneoma Amb. Clara Ugha welcomed all delegates, their spiritual directors, and also unveiled the guest lecturers as…

Imo NMA ends Physicians’ Week …Honours Dr. Chineme Anyaeze

  The Nigerian Medical Association, Imo State Chapter, during the grand-finale of its 2017 Physicians Week among other events conferred the prestigious Award of Distinguished Medical Practitioner (DMP) on Dr. (Chief) Chineme Michael Anyaeze, a dexterous Urology Surgeon. The event took place at the Villa Garden Hotel, New Owerri, Imo State, recently. In his address on the occasion, Dr. Darlington Akukwu, Imo State Chapter chairman of NMA said the award was a reward for good work done by the recipient whom he said has consistently contributed to the sustained growth of the medical profession in particular and humanity in general,…

St. Helen’s Parish Irete celebrates with disabled persons …Presents gift items

St. Helen's Parish Irete celebrates

  It was celebration galore recently at St. Helen’s Catholic Parish Irete in the Owerri West LGA of Imo State, where the Parish Priest, Monsignor Anthony Eke and the members of St. Vincent De Paul organized a Christmas party for disabled persons. The ceremony which commenced immediately after 9.30 mass experienced tremendous turn out of those with disabilities across the 27 LGA’s of the state numbering over 300. Speaking at the ceremony, Msgr. Eke  enjoined them to always be happy and put their trust in God in every circumstances. He explained that the church decided to organize the get together…

THE REASON FOR OUR JOY

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  The third Sunday of Advent is usually celebrated as Gaudete Sunday with rose vestments and candles used in many churches across the globe. The word “gaudete” is Latin for “rejoice,” and it comes from today’s Entrance Antiphon: “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice.” We rejoice because Christmas draws nearer, and so does our Lord’s glorious return. Our First Reading expresses humanity’s joy at the declaration of the Lord’s year of favour: “I exult for joy in the Lord, my soul rejoices in my God, for he has clothed me in the garments of salvation, he has…

CKC Old Boys hold thanksgiving Mass … Visit Motherless Babies

CKC Onitsha Old Boys

  As Catholics worldwide celebrated the Feast of Christ the King on Sunday 26th November, 2017, members of Christ the King College (Onitsha) Old Boys Association, Imo State branch together with their wives, held a thanksgiving Mass to thank God for his blessings upon their members during a mass to celebrate the feast. In his homily during the thanksgiving mass held at St Thomas More Catholic Parish, Area E New Owerri, Rev Monsignor (Dr) Anthony Njoku said they are using the feast to declare to the world that Christ is the King. Monsignor Njoku went down memory lane to recount…

UPP chieftain decries policy summersault in Imo” – Calls for e-voting in 2019

  After reflecting on the way and manner Governor Rochas Okorocha is running Imo State, especially the recent appointment of a whopping 29 commissioners, a chieftain of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chris Ejike Uche has described the governor’s action as “flight of reason and policy summersault.” In a Press Release issued in Owerri, Chief Ejike Uche (Dimkpasaa) recalled that earlier in the administration of Governor Okorocha, he reduced the number of ministries from 16 to 13. “The argument then was that there was need to embark on maximum fund reservation. That sounded reasonable then even though recession had…

Ararume – A Political Style So Alluring

Ararume - A Political Style So Alluring

  Distinguished Senator Ifeanyi Ararume is the Chief and arrowhead of Destiny Organization. His fascinating leadership style is so attractive, enticing and magnetic that it is difficult to resist being part of his moving train. His followers over the years have seen in him a sober, almost self- deprecating attitude on his part as undeniable humility. He does not live in a world of make-believe and unrealistic expectation. As a celebrated realist, he does not intend to abandon Nigeria and seek out a more comfortable corner of the globe which someone else’s intelligence and labour have tidied up. He wants…

CWO St Michael’s Amakohia visits Sacred Heart Home …Fraternizes with inmates

CWO St Michael's Amakohia visits Sacred Heart Home

  The quiet and serene premises of the newly inaugurated Sacred Heart Home of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri situated within the neighborhood of St. Mulumba Catholic Church Wetheral Road was literally electrified with the presence of five principal official members of the Catholic Women Organization, Friday December 8. The women who came from St. Michael’s Parish Amakohia Uratta Owerri North LGA are: Lady Justina Emeana, Mrs. Benedict Amaechi, Mrs. Linda Sam-Madugba, Mrs. Rita Oforji and Lady Margret Nonyerem. Through the Parish CWO President, Lady Emeana, the women disclosed that they were at the Home to fraternize with the inmates….

When amputees in Imo gathered at Assumpta Cathedral

When amputees in Imo gathered at Assumpta Cathedral

  …Tolaram Foundation sets to work Men and women living with amputated hands and legs in Imo State had a cause to smile when they gathered at the Obiri-Odenigbo in Assumpta Catheral premises, Wednesday November 6. The amputees who were over 100 in number came to the venue because personnel of Tolaram Foundation, a non-governmental organization with a prosthetic centre in Lagos and Port-Harcourt visited Owerri. The charity foundation was in the state capital to provide the disables with cosmetic hands and legs. Fielding questions from this reporter, a member of the visiting team who simply identified himself as Richard…

Our Lady of Mount Carmel College Emekuku celebrates 75th anniversary

  Our Lady of Mount Carmel Girls College Emekuku rolled out the drums in celebration of its Super Diamond Jubilee (75 years) on November 18, 2017. The historic event took place in the school premises. The occasion began with a Holy Mass officiated by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace, Most Rev Dr. Anthony J V. Obinna, assisted by the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Emekuku; Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Alex Okoro, the Chaplain of the School, Rev Fr Eustace Nwanekwu and the Director of Education Commission, Owerri Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Victor Eleba. The celebration…

Royal Fathers urged to pray for wisdom …As Eze Innocent Onuoha clocks five on the throne

Royal Fathers urged to pray for wisdom

  It was with pomp and pageantry that His Royal Highness, Eze Innocent Ukachukwu Onuoha, Ikpe I of Ikpenwafor Autonomous Community, Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State marked his five years on the throne as the first traditional Ruler of the Community on Saturday 18th November, 2017. A church service presided by Ven. Charles Akaniro preceding the celebration was held at St. Simon’s Anglican Church, Ikperejere. He was assisted in the service by Rev. Herbert Nwosu, Rev. Ohakanma Philip and others. In his sermon, Venerable Charles Akaniro prayed God to grant peace to the community, good health to…

Defiant Trump confirms US will recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel …Pope calls for caution

Pope Francis warns Donald Trump

  US President Donald Trump has defied overwhelming global opposition by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but insisted that the highly controversial move would not derail his own administration’s bid to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a short speech delivered at the White House, Trump directed the state department to start making arrangements to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a process that officials say will take at least three years. “I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said. “While previous presidents have made…

Imo New Health Commissioner Addresses Workers … Warns on Indiscipline

Imo new Health Commissioner

    Dr. Angela Uwakwem, the new Commissioner for Health Imo State had her inaugural interaction with members of staff and management of the ministry on Wednesday December 6, 2017. During the interaction she harped on the exigency of discipline, timeliness to duties and business approach to health issues because health-care delivery is at the front burner and epicentre of the current administration in the state. According to her, “since health is wealth, it becomes imperative that all workers in the ministry under her leadership must be alive to their responsibilities, be proactive and ensure great zeal in providing data,…

Nemesis will catch up with you – Bishop Nwokolo warns politicians

Bishop Nwokolo

  The Anglican Bishop on the Niger, Rev. (Dr.) Owen Nwokolo, has warned Nigerian public office holders to stop exploiting the people. Speaking in an interview with newsmen on yesterday in Onitsha, the Anambra State commercial nerve centre, the Bishop wondered why an individual or a small group of people could hold the people to a ransom by having the heart to embezzle public funds in billions of Naira, entrusted into their care. Bishop Nwokolo attributed the current high rate of poverty, deprivation, hunger and the near starvation in the country to what he described as “very high degree of…