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May 22, 2018

MOTHERHOOD: A Call to Sacrifice

  Today is Mothers’ Day. It is a day Catholics in Nigeria and indeed all over the world celebrate our heavenly Mother Mary and indeed all mothers. A day to remind mothers of the need to make Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary our role model. A day to also remember that we are the handmaids of the Lord and like our Mother Mary we ask for the will of the Lord to prevail in our lives as we emulate the virtues of humility, faith, purity, positive disposition and love. Motherhood is a mystery and a…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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“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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Palm Sunday in the lives of true Christians

  Palm Sunday is one of those major Christian festivals which have gradually become exceptionally important in the Church’s liturgical Calendar.  In line with the  Ash Wednesday ritual which introduced every Christian into the Lenten season, the Palm Sunday practice which used to be a purely Catholic Church ceremony has been appropriated and  given a universal prominence by the entire Christendom worldwide. Simply understood, it is always a spiritual and a physical parade commemorating the historical solemn but triumphant entry of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem about two thousand and eighteen years ago.   Here in Nigeria and in…

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THE HOUR IS NOW!

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  In today’s Gospel, Jesus’ response to the request by a group of Greek-speaking pilgrims to see him is: “Now the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified” (John 12:23). What hour has come? The hour to consummate his earthly mission of restoring communion between God and man. Let us bear in mind that at the wedding ceremony of Cana, when his mother told him the wine had run out, his response was: “My hour has not yet come” (John2:4). Also, once during the Feast of Tabernacles, when his brothers encouraged him to minister publicly in…

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Election Season Blues is here again

  The air is once again getting polluted with the stench of election rhetorics, somersaults, jingoism and dishonesty. It is not as though it is new; it has been our experience ever since elections are held in Nigeria. I recall about three years ago, when two politicians of opposing political parties had a shouting encounter in the presence of a large crowd. One pointed at the other and said “My friend, go home and rig I will go home and rig; whoever outrigs the other wins.” I stood there, pole-axed. I got to thinking, so this rigging affair has become…

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Archbishop Obinna Versus Uche Nwosu and Ugwumba Movement

– The untold part of the story My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, fellow priests, “Alter Christus”, what is this hullabaloo, this commotion, fuse, uproar over WHERE, WHAT and HOW the Archbishop performed just a little bit of his clerical function!! Where should the Archbishop have addressed his “sermon”, “homily” or “Statements”? At a political rally, in the market place or street corner? WHERE SHOULD IT BE? WHERE did Christ the Lord, the Master, the Teacher and our MENTOR make similar “speeches” those days? Not in their TEMPLES AND SYNAGOGUES? (our modern houses of prayer, nicely dedicated churches and mighty…

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DIVINE LOVE DEFINED

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (Jn.3:16). This is how Jesus describes the depth of his Father’s love for us! He is the perfect expression of that love as only through him can we fully share in it. Through Jesus, the New Israel has been expanded to include all of us who believe in him anywhere and everywhere. Jesus makes us the people of the God who never stops saving us from sin. God’s love is infinitely stronger…

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THE BIG BROTHER NAIJA SHOW: Immorality in Our Living Room

The Big Brother Naija Show

  There’s a notorious programme currently going on called THE BIG BROTHER NAIJA. The winner of this notorious show is expected to walk away with a whopping N25 million and a breathtaking car. All that is required to win this show is to be Live with a bunch of fellow crazy, irresponsible people, do all sorts of immoral things, and, viola, you’re the winner. Next thing, you’re called a celebrity, winning big advertisement contracts and becoming the face of multinational companies. If only there could be an educating version of this programme. If only they could house some intelligent people…

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When Anger is Good

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Anger is a very delicate human emotion which helps us to stand up against aggression and evil, but which must be handled carefully lest it snowballs into destructive behaviour with grave consequences. When put to good use, anger can bring about a positive change, but it could also have a damaging influence – domestic violence, adultery, marriage breakdown, road rage, murder, and even suicide. And even concealed anger can breed pride, resentment, envy, malice, gossip, high blood pressure, etc. So, there is a place for anger, but it must be within the bounds of reason. On the other hand,…

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Communique: “…That they might have  life and have it more Abundantly” (John 10:10)

  A Communique issued at the end of the first Plenary  Meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria,  Durumi, Abuja, 17-23 February 2018   1. PREAMBLE We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, have held our First Plenary Meeting of the year at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Durumi, Abuja, from 17 to 23 February 2018. Having prayerfully reflected on the ways in which we, as a Church and a Nation, can fully enjoy the fullness of life promised us by our Lord Jesus Christ, we now issue this Communiqué.   2. PROMOTING…

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Nigerians! Do We Need Another CHANGE in 2019?

  The phenomenon called change is highly paradoxical and equivocal as well as ironical. It resembles a double-edged sword, which should always be handled with utmost care, It is said to be the only thing that is permanent. The former United States President, Mr. Barrack Usman Obama rode on it to enter the Whitehouse in Washington D.C. when Americans wanted to remove the ruling party. It became a winning slogan for politicians all over the world. Little wonder, it was readily adopted by the Coalition in Nigeria to unseat the ruling party in 2015 and it served the purpose. Another…

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