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August 14, 2018

KSM Nsu Sub Council gives succor to widows, orphans, others

Nsu Sub-Council of KSM with the beneficiaries, Chief & Lady Longinus Onyenagubor, the host and the religious

  Nsu Sub Council of the Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba led by Bro. Bernard Ohakwe, Grand Knight, began 2018 with display of practical expression of the corporal works of mercy as enjoined in the scriptures Matt. 25vs 35-36 which says “I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty you gave me to drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your home, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me”; as they gave succor to the orphans, widows, the indigent members of the society,…

2019 General Elections: Catholics pray for less greedy politicians

2019 General Elections: Catholics pray for less greedy politicians

  Prayer for “credible, less-greedy political candidates for good governance and people-caring services in view of the 2019 general elections,” was among 10 special intentions, Catholics in Owerri Archdiocese put before God during a Rosary Procession and Holy Mass held at the Eucharistic Congress Podium, Maria Assumpta Cathedral Extension, January 19, 2018. Other intentions are: – Peaceful, non-violent politicking among politicians and the electorate in this 2018 transition year to the year 2019. – More honest worship of God in spirit, truth and justice, in Church, Government, business and society at large; with rejection and renunciation of idolatrous practices and…

Menace of Fulani herdsmen: Remain calm, vigilant – Catholic Bishops

  The Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province have condemned the nefarious activities of Fulani herdsmen who terrorize the people in many states across the nation and exhorted. In a Pastoral Statement issued at the end of their First Plenary meeting for the year 2018 held at Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri, Jan 22-23, the bishops drawn from Abia and Imo States, said, “Of special concern for our people is the menace of the so called Fulani herdsmen who flagrantly carry unauthorized assault weapons, employing them to rampage villages and to destroy farmlands and crops of other people; and who heartlessly…

St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary Ihitte: Bishop Amatu admits 110 Junior Seminarians

St Thomas Aquinas Seminary Ihitte - Bishop Amatu admits 110 Junior Seminarians

  No fewer than 110 (one hundred and ten) fresh seminarians were formally admitted into the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary Ihitte/Uboma for the 2017/18 academic year, as Bishop S.A. Amatu accepted their pledge and handed them their school uniforms during an impressive investiture ceremony held 15th December 2017 at the seminary compound. At the Holy Mass of their investiture, Most Rev. Amatu admonished the students in very clear terms that the truth is the only gateway to a successful vocation. The Bishop acknowledged the appreciable growth in the seminary as he declared, “This year is obviously better than last year.”…

Juliet Ewurum weds John Ihentuge

Juliet Ewurum weds John Ihentuge

The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has emphasized the importance of love and prayer in marriage. The Archbishop gave his injunction on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 while preaching the homily at the wedding Mass of Mr. John Kanayochukwu Ihentuge from Umuonyeali Mbieri and Miss Juliet Ijeoma Ewurum from Amauburu Ubomiri, at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. According to His Grace, Marriage demands prayer and love from each partner in order to create a peaceful home. This can only be possible if love is the bedrock of such a union just as Juliet Ijeoma proved it to John today….

Thousands bid Hon Vena Nzeoma farewell

The body of Hon. Chief Venatius Nzeoma KSJI was laid to rest in his compound after a concelebrated Requiem Mass at Chukwunyere Catholic Parish Mmahu Egbema, January 19. The Mass was presided over by Very Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha, parish priest, St. Mark’s Parish New Owerri. He was assisted by 17 priests including Frs. Mark Njoku, Jude Onyeakazi, Moses Anuna (parish priest), Paschal Onyeneke, Ben Onukwufor, Eze Obioma etc. Fr. Anuna in his homily commended the life of Nzeoma and called on Christians to be ready at all time as nobody knows the hour. The burial was attended by an unprecedented…

Cattle Colonies: List of 16 States that have volunteered land

cattle colony

  Sixteen Nigerian states have agreed to the establishment of cattle colonies proposed by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh as a solution to the incessant herdsmen crisis. It was gathered that some 16 states, all in the North, have volunteered land for the establishment of cattle colonies in their domain. The states include: Adamawa, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Nasarawa and Plateau. Others are Bauchi, Gombe, Borno, Jigawa, Yobe, Niger, Kogi and Kwara states. According to The Punch, all the 16 states have agreed to volunteer 5,000 hectares of land each. However, Benue and Taraba experiencing…

Eight Libya returnees die in auto crash on their way to see T.B. Joshua

  Eight Libya returnees have been reported dead, with seven others injured in an accident along Sagamu expressway. The accident, which occurred along Ore-Ijebu Ode-Sagamu expressway, Ogun State involved a white Toyota Hiace 18-seater commercial bus marked AYB 479 XA and a blue and white Volvo truck registered as KSF 79 XL. It was gathered that the victims were on their way to Lagos to see Pastor T.B. Joshua to seek spiritual and financial assistance, after being informed that the pastor gives out N50,000 each to Libya returnees, who arrived through Lagos. According to the Nation, the bus conveyed 15…

Catholic bishops raise alarm over fake news

  … Piracy of Religious books   The Catholic bishops of Ibadan Province rose from their first meeting for 2018 with strong condemnation of fake news and piracy of Religious texts in Nigeria. In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the bishops said: “Like elsewhere in the world, “fake news” has become a real concern in Nigeria. Due to the democratization of information and the instruments of media, all have almost unlimited access to the means and methods of dissemination. This has turned everyone, to informers of almost equal status, regardless of their intention and objective. As…

Herdsmen attacks: You’re not prepared for governance – Kukah tells Buhari

  Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Most Reverend Mathew Hassan Kukah, has blamed the incessant attacks allegedly carried out by Fulani herdsmen on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government’s unpreparedness to tackle the many challenges bedevilling the nation. Kukah spoke to newsmen in Sokoto during the inauguration and dedication of the new secretariat of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Sokoto State chapter. According to him, it was uncharitable on the part of government to blame citizens or any particular group for the incessant attacks instead of looking for a way to tackle the challenge. The clergy said, the primary responsibility…

KSJI Regiment one elects new executives

Col J M Alozie the new Regimental Commander holding the Gavel Symbol of authority addressing other newly elected officers

New officers to run the affairs of the First Regiment of the Owerri Grand Commandery of Knights of St. John International (KSJI) have been elected. The regiment, which comprises the 12 local commanderies in Owerri and Mbaise Districts, elected Noble bro Jude Alozie as its new Regimental Commander, with the rank of Colonnel. He was elected unopposed for the position by the 24-member Electoral College, following which a unanimous vote was cast on his behalf by Major Adolphus Ekwelem. The other elected officers are: First Vice Commander, Bro Peter Ahaotu, Second Vice Commander, Bro Clinton Oguh, Adjutant, Bro (Prof.) John…

Re: In total support – Call Okorocha to order now, Anglican Archbishop tells Buhari

Okorocha presents N190bn budget for 2018

I am strongly in support of the statements made by the Anglican Archbishop Enugu Ecclesiastical province, Most Revd. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, where he urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently call Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha to order (in the Leader, Sunday December 31, 2017; P.7) We are not foreigners in Imo State and Nigeria as a whole. Even those, who are strangers and foreigners, know the truth. Let us say the truth at all times. Let us stop telling lies. Let us remove sentiments and politics and call a spade a spade. The questions are: of what economic values and…

Rev. Sisters narrate experience in kidnappers’ den

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent

  One of the six freed Reverend Sisters kidnapped in Edo State has narrated how they were praying for their abductors while in their custody. Sister Veronica Ajayi described the experience as “horrible and painful.” She spoke at a thanksgiving Mass held at St. Joseph Catholic Church Benin on Sunday. It was held for the safe return of three Reverend Sisters and three aspiring ones from kidnappers den in Ovia South West Local Government Area. Gunmen had on November 3, 2017 at the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent in Iguoriakhi, Ovia South West Local Government Area abducted Sisters Veronica Ajayi,…

Devotion to Mary comes with sweet memories – Archbishop Obinna

Dr & Lady Don Anyanwa, the Archbishop with the mom and two brothers at the extremes

…As St Peterclaver Ihette Okwe gets new Grotto Catholic faithful have been reassured that committed devotion to the Mother of Christ as approved by the Church remains a practice that would always leave every sincere devotee with sweet memories. This was just as they were reminded that Mother Mary is a precious vessel which leads one to Christ, and whoever may not be able to make a conscientious acknowledgement of such fact should as well count him/herself enemy of Christ. The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna revealed these feelings at St. Peterclaver Catholic Parish Ihette Okwe,…

FG has spent N1 Billion on Ekwueme’s burial – Ngige

  Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, yesterday said the Federal Government has spent over N1 Billion on Ekwueme’s burial. This is even as all the roads leading to Oko community in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State have been given facelifts in readiness for the burial of the late Second Republic Vice President, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme on Friday. The roads are Amansea-Amawbia; Nise –Agulu; Umunze-Ajali; Nnewi-Igboukwu-Ekwulobia; and Akokwa (Imo State) –Uga Ekwueme died in a London hospital last year and programmes for his burial started on January 19, 2018. The Minister of Labour and…

Mt Carmel Parish Emekuku takes bold step in jobs creation – Floats cottage industries soon

  The fruits of the recent brainstorming by illustrious sons of Emekuku Community, under the auspices of Mt Carmel Catholic Church, on ways to alleviate poverty among rural dwellers- create jobs for unemployed youths and strengthen revenue base of the Church has started to yield fruits. The meeting which took place Sunday December 31, 2017, was preceded by a Thanksgiving Mass for the Emekuku clan Titled: “The Economic future of the Church”, the discussants favoured the immediate establishment of cottage industries such as: A large poultry farm, skills Acquisition Centre, a Printing Press and Business Centre. The newly elected Parish…

Ranching is the solution – Catholic bishop of Awka

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor has said that only ranching of cattle can avert bloodletting occasioned by feud between cattle rearers and their host communities. The bishop who expressed grave concern over the incessant attacks and killing of members of communities in states in Nigeria by cattle herders said Nigeria must join the rest of the world in embracing modern methods of rearing cattle. Ezeokafor who fielded questions from journalists at the Blessed Iwene Tansi’s Catholic Parish, Ebenebe, in Awka North Council area of Anambra State, called for a revolution in the system of rearing…

Commissioning of Bishop Unegbu Memorial Hospital and Water Project

Bishop Mark Unegbu

Ndiokonkwo Arondizuogu, 03 January 2018. Tribute by Rev Fr Prof. Dr. Anthony E. Onyeocha    (1) BIRTH He was born in 1917 at the wake of World War 1, the birth of Communism in Eastern Europe as well as the year that Our Lady appeared in Fatima to the three children namely, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco to plead for prayers for world peace.   (2) SEMINARY At the end of the primary school career, the young Mark Unegbu entered St. Paul’s Minor Seminary. From 1933-1936 he read and passed his Senior Cambridge with distinction and became the headmaster of St….

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Sunday readings

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Ps l06:47 Save us, O Lord our God! And gather us from the nations, to give thanks to your holy name, and make it our glory to praise you. COLLECT Grant us, Lord our God, that we may honour you with all our mind, and love everyone in truth of heart. Though our Lord… FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy 18:15-20 “I will raise up a prophet, and l will put my words in his mouth.” Moses spoke to the people, saying, “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like…

WHAT IS YOUR AUTHORITY?

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Today’s Gospel passage is emphatic that Jesus taught the people with authority, not like the Scribes!It might sound strange to suggest that the Scribes did not teach with authority, but the reality is that their teaching had too much of human power but very little of moral authority – it was bereft of compassion and was programmed for selfish gain. Moreover, they did not practice what they taught. Conversely, Jesus was forthright and used his teaching to edify rather than put people down; he challenged the people to repent but with empathy, and he lived what he taught. That…