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May 28, 2018

THE POWER OF EASTER

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Easter Sunday is the greatest Sunday of all! Jesus is alive since “it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him” (Acts 2:24). Adam’s rebellion is reversed and our communion with God is restored. We have become partakers in the divine nature, assured of divinization. What a great paradox to be so immeasurably rewarded for our sinfulness – O Happy Fault! That is the amazing splendor of God’s ineffable love, the unfathomable, inexhaustible fountain of divine mercy. Christ’s resurrection means everything for us: It gives meaning to the blood-stained darkness of the cross and authenticates everything Jesus…

Easter Sunday Reading 4/1/2018

Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 139:18.5-6 I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia. COLLECT O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. Through our Lord..   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles Acts l0:34a.37-43 “We ate…

Christian conscience dying in Nigeria – Priest

The Ladies with their President, Hon. Lady Anne Dozie and Chaplain, Fr. Ekwebelem, after the retreat.

  … As Ladies of St. Mulumba, Emekuku Sub-Council ends Retreat Christianity today, rather than being a life that is lived in accordance with, and after the manner of Jesus Christ, appears to have become a mere name or title that is only tagged to a person’s name. Rev. Fr. Sanctus Okey Ekwebelem, expressed this view in a Retreat for Ladies of St. Mulumba, Emekuku Sub-council, March 24 “I have chosen to share with you today a reflection on the theme: ‘Knights and Ladies of the Church Ambassadors of Christ and light of the world.’ “The choice of this theme…

The lies against Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri by Engr. Obinna Nshirim

Engr Obinna Nshirim

  We understand that there are public officers who must become praise singers and sycophants of Governor Rochas Okorochas Government to keep their jobs. Engr. Obinna Nshirim is one of them. We are not really worried about his sycophancy; if that is the only trade he needs to feed his family. Our concern is telling lies and rubbishing the image of the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri and the Archdiocese just to retain his job. Engr Nshirim, Adviser to Governor Rochas on Public Affairs and Enlightenment was a guest at Hot. 99.5 FM Radio Owerri on Wednesday March 14, 2018 during…

Imo Guber: We’ll resist imposition of Okorocha’s Son-inlaw – Ex-Governor Udenwa

  Former governor of Imo State, Chief Achike Udenwa has called on the people of Imo State to resist the imposition of Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son in-law, Mr Uche Nwosu on the state. He made the call in an interview he granted Willy Eya of Saturday Sun newspaper (March 24, 2018)   Excerpts: You were governor of Imo for eight years and your state has been in the news for many controversial reasons. The most recent is the endorsement of the Imo government Chief of Staff, Uche Nwosu, by Governor Rochas Okorocha. As a son in-law to the governor, his…

Easter: Rising with Christ

  Christians all over the world, after 40 days of Lenten observance are today celebrating Easter Sunday, Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus is a mystery of great significance and the highest point God’s intervention in the story of man and the economy of salvation. It was an event that brings hope in all situations to individuals, families and society. Easter tells us that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and that even after death, there is life. The Resurrection marks the victory of Christ over sin, death and powers of darkness….

That Brazen Assault on Archbishop Obinna (2)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

  Read previous – That brazen assault on Archbishop Obinna (1) OKOROCHA’S OPINION OF UCHE NWOSU When APC members from Owerri visited Governor Okorocha on Tuesday, February13,2018, His Excellency told them:”Whatever he [Uche Nwosu] tells you in the morning is what he will tell you in the evening. Uche Nwosu is hardworking and never gets tired. He is a very humble young man. Not proud or arrogant. So, power won’t enter his head. Despite the position he occupies you can’t see him quarreling with anybody or maltreating anybody. I have checked him in and out. I have not found him…

Easter: Ndi Imo, time for your liberation is now – Archbishop Obinna

    The resurrection breakthrough of Jesus is a new opportunity for Imo citizens, like the rest of humanity, to reclaim their human dignity and freedom which are suffocated under political regimes, traditions and customs that terrorize and imprison them. The Most Rev Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri gave this verdict in his 2018 Easter message to Imo citizens. In the message : “Restoring Confidence And Courage to Imo Citizens,” Archbishop Obinna said “beyond political and economic hostage-holding, other forces, demonic and human, that hold us captive must also be confidently and courageously resisted and fought with the…

CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE (CKD) – QUESTION AND ANSWERS

CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

    What is Kidney? Ans:  The kidney is a major part of the Urinary System.  It is a reddish brown bean-shaped organ with a smooth surface.  It lies on either side & the vertebral column in a depression high on the posterior wall of the abdominal cavity (see fig. 1 and 2). What makes up the Kidney? Ans: The kidney has the following major parts:  An inner medulla  An outer renal cortex  A renal capsule- which is a tough fibrous membrane that surrounds the cortex. (see fig.3)   What are the functions of the Kidney? Ans: The kidney is…

Our Six Years Journey to National Senior Citizens Centre Act 2018

National Senior Citizens Centre Act 2018

On Friday, January 26, 2018 President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) assented to the bill on National Senior Citizens Centre Act 2018 in the country to cater for the needs of senior citizens. In this write up, C.E. Ukaegbu Chairman, Resourceful Ageing Organization of Retired Executives (RARE) recounts the role the organization played towards the realization of the Act.   Doing things we never thought we could do is our experience in RARE. For example: 1.   When in 2011 we wrote to the Senate President, Distinguished Senator David A.B. Mark, GCON, on reckless handling of senior citizens at pension verification venues we…

Sunday Readings – Palm Sunday

    ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf Ps 43:1-2 Six days before the Passover, when the Lord came into the city of Jerusalem, the children ran to meet him; in their hands they carried palm branches and with a loud voice cried out.   COLLECT Almighty everlasting God, who as an example of humility for the human race to follow caused our Saviour to take flesh and submit to the cross, graciously grant that we may heed his lesson of patient suffering and so merit a share in his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with you…   FIRST READING A reading from…

THE FEAST OF DIFFERENT COLOURS

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Palm Sunday is a day of contradictions – commemorating the triumphal entry of a king to his city, but who ends up being crucified only days later. Palm Sunday is also Passion Sunday: The day of “Hosanna in the highest” is also the day of “Crucify him! Crucify him!”  The day of “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” is also the day of “I do not know him!” And in the unfolding drama we see different characters at play: First is Jesus, the King who enters Jerusalem on the back of a colt. The…

“WHAT WILL YOU GIVE ME…?”

HOLY WEEK REFLECTION Beloved, as the holy season of Lent reaches its apex, culminating into Holy Week and gradually draws to a close, one is confronted with these soul-searching questions: “Have I really followed Jesus on His way to Calvary, carrying my cross?” ‘Did I feel the touch and aura of this season in any way at all as a believer who must identify with Christ in His temptations and sufferings? ‘Have I really suffered anything? What cross am I carrying? ‘What can I boast of as this holy season of lent comes to an end?’ ‘What do I glory…

Dapchi: Boko Haram withholds Christian girl for refusing to convert to Islam

Leah Sharibu

… “I’m happy my daughter did not deny Christ” – Father Nata Sharibu, father of the only student of Federal Government Science and Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe State who is yet to be freed, says Boko Haram insurgents decided not to release his daughter because she refused to denounce Christ. A total of 110 students were abducted when Boko Haram terrorists raided the school on February 19, 2018. In a dramatic manner, the insurgents returned the girls to Dapchi on Wednesday, March 20. The media had earlier reported that Leah Sharibu did not make it back to Dapchi, apart from…

This is Holy Week

Holy week

  Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, which commemorates the passion of Christ and his eventual crucifixion. On this day, we recall the triumphant entry of our Lord and Saviour to Jerusalem, amid pomp and pageantry fit for a King.   Scripture says Christ rode on a donkey, with a crowd following, laying palm leaves and olive branches along the way and crying: “Hossana Filiu David, Beneditus qui venit in nomine Domini – Hossanna to the son of David, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”   For nearly three years, Jesus’ ministry…

That Brazen Assault on Archbishop Obinna (1)

Nigeria on the edge of a precipice

  PREAMBLE The Internet has changed our world for good or for bad. Why not? Good and bad exist pari passu. And so must it be till the end of time. If you are in doubt, please refer to Genesis Chapter 3, verse 15: “I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.” Thus God sanctioned enmity between the devil and “the woman” [the Virgin Mary]; the devil’s ‘seed'[children] and the Virgin Mary’s ‘seed'[children] in perpetuity. One should not be…

Feast of St. Patrick comes alive at St. John’s Umunahu Uratta

Frs: Nnajiemere (R) Obinna (L) with the Archdiocesan Lay Readers Exco members and newly induced parish members

  For worshippers of the newly created St. John’s Catholic Parish Umunahu Uratta Owerri North LGA, this year’s feast of St. Patrick was like no other. This was visibly noticed as the Church premises became a bee-hive for parishioners who rallied to honour the legendry Irish missionary who has taken the Secondary Patron Saint of Nigeria as a testament to his missionary efforts in the country.   The day was Saturday March 17 and the event which began with a Eucharistic celebration presided by Rev. Fr. Kizito Obinna, Archdiocesan Chaplain of Lay Readers Association and assisted by the Parish Priest,…

Anambra Governor Dedicates Victory to Blessed Iwene Tansi   

  … As Bishop Warns Against Disarming Vigilante Groups in S’East Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has attributed his victory in the November 18, 2017 election to the miracle of the Blessed Father Iwene Tansi and called on Vatican to beatify the late Tansi as a Saint. Obiano said his winning in all the 21 LGAs in Anambra was Tansi’s miracle hence, Vatican should not wait for another miracle to beatify Blessed Tansi. He said no such record has taken place in the history of the state. He said this during a thanksgiving Mass for the inauguration of his…

St Mary’s Agbala marks St Patrick’s Day with joy

St Mary's Agbala marks St Patrick's Day

  Saturday March 17 was marked as the Feast Day of St. Patrick, Second Patron Saint of Nigeria and among the parishes in Owerri Archdiocese that added elaborate colour to the feast was St. Mary’s Catholic Parish Agbala, Owerri North LGA.   This was so as the event attracted lots of activities and priests, seminarians, pupils of St. Mary’s Nursery/Primary School, Central School Agbala, pupils of River Basin Primary School, parishioners as well as non parishioners  were in attendance.   Delivering the homily in a Eucharistic celebration that heralded the feast, Rev. Fr. Josephat Umeh harped on the significance of…

Anger in Marriage

Anger in Marriage

  Anger has rendered many marriages meaningless. Anger brings about the downfall of a marriage. To a layman, anger is the strong feeling that you have when something has happened that you think is bad and unfair.   This strong feeling however, pushes you to act irrationally which often results in regrets afterwards. This phenomenon is generally the bane of most marriages. There is need for spouses to develop and build anger resistance therapy.   A wedding once took place few years back and the young beautiful expectant couple embarked on their honeymoon. The duo arrived the choice hotel of…