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June 18, 2018

The Priest and The Chair

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

“And now, O priests, this commandment is for you: If you do not listen, if you do not lay it to heart, to give glory to my name, says the Lord of hosts, I will send a curse upon you and of your blessing I will make a curse.” (Mal. 2:1-2a) Every day, the people of God sit back and listen to the priest tell them how to conduct themselves, but today the priests that are at the receiving end as the Lord calls them out for bad behaviour. Many are being led astray by their false teachings and wrong…

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Understanding the essence of Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday is one of those major Christian festivals which has gradually become Paramount in the Church’s liturgical Calendar.  Like the ash Wednesday ritual which begins the Lenten season, the palm Sunday practice which used to be a purely Catholic Church ceremony has been appropriated by the entire Christendom worldwide. Simply understood, it is a spiritual carnival commemorating the historical solemn but triumphant entry of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem about two thousand and seventeen years ago.   Here in Nigeria and Owerri town in particular almost every Christian irrespective of his or her denomination participates in the open…

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Courage, Be Not Afraid!

Tension in Igboland Catholics begin 30-day prayer, fasting as Court proscribes IPOB

A Pastoral Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province Issued at the End of their First Plenary Meeting held at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri, from the 17th to 18th January, 2017   Preamble We the Catholic Bishops of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province held our First Plenary Meeting of the year at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri, from January 17th to 18th, 2017. Having deliberated on a number of pastoral and social issues affecting our people and nation, we issue the following Pastoral Statement to express our concern and solidarity with you our people.   Gratitude to God…

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OUR ROCK-SOLID CHURCH

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Many a time when we hear the phrase – “built to last”- our minds easily go towards concrete structures or automobiles. The reality, however, is that no matter how beautifully or solidly built a machine or device may be, time and technology would always combine to render it obsolete. That is the short-lived nature of man-made structures. The Church of Christ is the one true structure built to last, guaranteed to endure till the end of time. Despite all the attacks coming from innumerable fronts, the Catholic Church has remained most resilient – never ceasing to captivate minds and hearts…

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Homily: Msgr. Clement Chigbu: A man of great presence

Homily by Rev. Fr. Gilbert Alaribe at the Funeral of Monsignor Clement Chigbu, Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, Friday, Jan 15, 2016   Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today we come to mourn one of the pioneer priests of our Archdiocese: Monsignor Clement Chigbu. When I was asked by the Archbishop to prepare the homily for today, I wondered why. I never passed directly through Monsignor Chigbu as a student, neither at Okpala seminary nor at Holy Ghost College. I have never assisted him in any of his places of work. But I know I have been watching him and trying to…

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JOY IN THE MIDDLE OF SORROW

It’s “Gaudete Sunday” today. That’s why we are using rose candles and vestments.“Gaudete” is Latin for “rejoice”. The Church invites us to rejoice because Christmas is closer. The eclipse is nearly over and the sun is set to shine again. Christ is the sun that lights up the dark night sky. So we are called to rejoice. But why should we rejoice considering all the daily hardships that we face? Why should we rejoice given the moral decadence, political roguery and social apathy that pervade our land? Why should our students rejoice when the Government and the lecturers have conspired…

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HOMILY ON SUNDAY 21st JULY 2013 By John Cardinal Onaiyekan

HOMILY ON SUNDAY 21st JULY 2013 THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR AT MARIA MATER ECCLESIAE CATHEDRAL AHIARA MBAISE By John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara Diocese. Otito dili Jesu! As you are all aware, on the 3rd of July, the announcement was made in the Vatican that I have been appointed Apostolic Administrator of this diocese of Ahiara “ad nutum sanctae sedis” meaning in the name and on behalf of the Holy See, an appointment that was on the instruction of His Holiness Pope Francis. I was here in Ahiara on the day of the…

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Homily by +John Cardinal ONAIYEKAN, Saturday July 20th, 2013

Ahiara Diocese: Mass with The Priests Saturday July 20th, 2013. Homily by +John Cardinal ONAIYEKAN, Archbishop of Abuja, Apostolic Administrator of Ahiara. May the grace and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with us all. Amen. 1. First of all, I thank Mons. Nwalor and all of you, the presbyterium of Ahiara diocese for the warm welcome you have given to me since my appointment by the Holy See as the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese. Your enthusiastic and loyal acceptance of this last intervention of the Holy See is a sign of better days ahead. May the Spirit…

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