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May 21, 2018

Looters’ Amnesty Bill – Incredible!!

Allowing those who looted public funds to keep some of the money and invest some in the country is not the best way to fight corruption or improve the economy.  It is true that Nigeria is riddled with corruption and seeks a way to recover some of its stolen wealth hidden in different countries. But the way to do that is not to divide the loot with the looters or even to grant them unsolicited pardon.  Considering our penchant to steal public funds, this so-called economic amnesty will be a green-card for more looting. It is unacceptable, ludicrous and simply…

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Kudos! Africa Magic Igbo channel

Nearly two years ago, Nigeria’s leading indigenous Film Actors Group, the Nollywood launched with a bang, the Igbo channel of their Africa Magic movies. Africa magic Igbo is designed to showcase the rich Igbo culture of Nigeria. The 24-hour general entertainment channel follows the success of the Africa Magic Hausa and Yoruba channels for indigenous audience. We recall that the first Africa channel was launched in 2003, which later expanded its brand to include contents dedicated to world class African entertainment programming, ranging from drama series, music, magazine and reality shows and movies. The launch of Africa Magic Igbo is…

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WHEAT OR WEED?

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Despite God’s perfect knowledge of all our sinfulness, he continues to give us not just a second chance but another chance. No matter the gravity or frequency of our transgressions, the Lord gives us another chance while patiently inviting us to turn from our sinful ways. The First Reading today is clear that the Lord, though not accountable to anyone, nevertheless remains mild in judgment while governing his people with great clemency. The Responsorial Psalm exults the Lord as good and forgiving, the “God of mercy and compassion, slow to anger”. Then, in the Gospel passage, Jesus uses the Parable…

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The folly of man: Fool, when will you learn?

Serving As Useful Idiots

…There is nothing that is hidden that will not be made known The synthesis of the philosophies of René Descartes and John Locke is that man has intellectual natural endowments called faculties which physical experiences enhance for ideas and knowledge. In other words, a mentally retarded person cannot handle ideas from physical things neither would any person excel having contacts with only physical things. i.e. without having natural dispositions and faculties.   It is God who predisposes man with natural abilities, and man cannot accomplish anything reasonably well without them. This helps us to understand the bible when it says…

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Fertile for the Kingdom

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today’s readings are all about fertility, planting, harvesting and fruitfulness. The sacred authors of Scripture make use of everyday material elements to convey the not-so-easy-to-understand truths of the Kingdom of God. In the First Reading, the Lord uses rainfall as a metaphor to underscore the certainty of his words coming to fulfillment. Every word spoken by the Lord must, without fail, come to pass! Therefore, it is in our best interest to listen so as not to be found wanting. The Responsorial Psalm is a reminder of the provisions that the Lord has made for us to enjoy the beauties…

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Privatization and Commercialization of Education in Nigeria: The role of Nigeria Union of Teachers in functional qualitative education (1)

TRODUCTION: Most recently the Education International organized a re-awakening workshop for the leaders (NEC members) of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, specifically the 10th-12th May, 2017. The team was, “A Global Response to the Commercialization and privatization of Education”. Education International strategies and there aim was to: i          Expose and reverse government policies/trends which facilitates and encourage growth in the commercialization and privatization of education. ii          Expose, halt and reverse the role of non-state actors in the sale and provision of for-profit education and education services where it; (a)        Undermines the right…

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Eucharistic Miracles – Proof of real presence

The National Catholic Register reported in its December 27 2015 issue “Bleeding Host” phenomenon in Dioceses Worldwide. With the headline, “Eucharistic Miracle,” The newspaper reported one such incident at St. Xavier Church Kearns, Utah, in the Diocese of Salt Lake City last month i.e., November 2015.   A committee headed by Msgr. M. Francis Mannion, is looking into the incident. Msgr. Francis explained, in answer to a question, that on December 1, the host was taken to a biologist for testing at an undisclosed university. “It is a matter of prudence: the attitude is to approach the whole thing with…

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World Communications Day: Appreciating the Author of Communications

Serving As Useful Idiots

The World Communications Day was marked with grandeur on Sunday May 28. It’s ovation was felt in every nook and cranny of the world, especially among the men of the press; the journalists and those who have to do with social media.   We are aware that “every year on the Sunday before Pentecost the Church celebrates the achievements of the communications media and focuses on how it can best use them to promote gospel values …. World Communications Day was established by Pope Paul VI in1967 as an annual celebration that encourages us to reflect on the opportunities and…

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WHEN IGNORANCE IS REAL BLISS

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Of all the monotheistic (one God) religions in the world, only Christianity believes in the Trinity. The Church teaches that, “In God there are three Divine Persons, really distinct and equal in all things, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” This is a unique mark of our faith and, no doubt, it is very hard to comprehend! How can God be both one and three? How can the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be fully God, and yet distinct persons? The ordinary human mind cannot grasp this completely, but that very fact makes the doctrine ring true. It…

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Blood Cholesterol: The confusing story

The recent health consciousness of people has made it possible for many to know about the relationship between blood cholesterol levels and cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension and heart diseases. This awareness has gotten to the level that some persons go on their own for laboratory services requesting to know their blood cholesterol levels. Some have even gone a step further to ask the Laboratory Scientist to prescribe medicines to lower the level when it is found to be raised. Others will take the supposedly high result to the Pharmacists requesting for cholesterol lowering medications. Amongst all those, including Medical…

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IT’S OUR CHURCH

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

“Pentecost” comes from the Greek word for “fiftieth.” Fifty days from the day after Passover, the Jews celebrated the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), commemorating the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai. Originally, the feast marked the conclusion of the grain harvest (Ex. 23:16). On that day, the first fruits of the spring grain harvest were offered to God at the Temple. While Passover signified the people’s freedom from bondage, Shavuot signified their becoming God’s people through the acceptance of the Law. Being a pilgrim festival, Pentecost was a most fitting time for the Holy Spirit to come and enkindle…

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What kind of Democracy?

Nigerians are hungry for a people – centred government but they do not have it yet, despite having maintained a semblance of democracy for 18 years. When they celebrate Democracy Day, they are not celebrating the democracy they have but the one they wish to have, in the hope that it will come to pass one day. Nigerians observed another Democracy Day, last week Monday and the second anniversary of the Buhari administration, with the majority counting their losses, rather than blessings and wondering where “this great nation” which inspired so much hope at independence is heading. Nigeria remains a…

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The need to protect our Environment through Afforestation

A national tree planting campaign should be embarked upon by the Federal, State and Local Government in Nigeria to save our environment from complete destruction by man, natural disasters and deforestation.   The environment is a system accommodating living and non living organisms.   Tree that make up the forests have continued to disappear from our environment through deforestation consequent upon mans indiscriminate harvesting, bush fires and other unregulated activities.   Aforestation is therefore a conscious but organized planting of trees to restor lost species to enhance the vegetation cover and to protect our environment. The aesthetic, beauty of trees…

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MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 51ST WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY

Access to the media – thanks to technological progress that makes it possible for countless people to share news instantly and spread it widely. That news may be good or bad, true or false. The early Christians compared the human mind to a constantly grinding millstone; it is up to the miller to determine what it will grind: good wheat or worthless weeds. Our minds are always “grinding”, but it is up to us to choose what to feed them (cf. SAINT JOHN CASSIAN, Epistle to Leontius).   I wish to address this message to all those who, whether in…

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The Meaning of Eternal Life

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today’s Gospel passage teaches us the meaning of eternal life – knowing the only true God and his messenger, Jesus Christ. (John 17:3). Eternal life isnot a matter of time and space but a relationship of intimate knowledge. It is not a matter of food and drink but of “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). Eternal life is not a matter of earthly wellbeing or material prosperity but rather comes from knowing God. This knowledge is more than intellectuallygrasping a concept but entails an intimate bond, a profound communion. Eternal life is a love affair with…

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The Life and Times of Sir SBC EKE, KSM, JP

Sir Samuel Boniface Chukwudi Ekenta, a committed Catholic and an exemplary civil servant, was committed to mother earth on Friday March 31, 2017, after a concelebrated Requiem Mass at St Columbus Catholic Church Amaimo, Ikeduru. The Mass was presided over by Very Rev. Fr. Benedict Agumanu, assisted by over 20 priests in Owerri Archdiocese. Among dignitaries at the occasion were the hierarchy of the Knights of St. Mulumba, Owerri Sub-council, renowned politician and businessman Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chairman Owerri Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, Sir P.O.J. Ihemedu. Sir SBC is survived by a wife, many children and brothers including Mr. Kennedy Eke,…

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The challenge of accessing primary healthcare in Nigeria 

Making healthcare accessible to people is a fundamental human right and social justice issue. It is a responsibility of the government to establish a health system where people in the country can get healthcare without unnecessary hardships. This was been made clear many decades ago by the World Health Organization and precisely in the declaration of Alma Ata in 1978. The foundation of any country’s health system rests on the efficiency of its Primary Health Care (PHC) delivery. PHC is the first level of care in the health system because it is aimed at disease prevention, health education and promotion,…

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When Suffering Makes Sense

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today we are invited to ponder the salvific meaning of suffering and to unite our sufferings with the passion of Christ, as a spiritual sacrifice for the remission of sin. This proposition may not go down well with today’s modern culture so much obsessed with pleasure, comfort, and appearance. There are many who believe that life is meaningful only when it is painless. But the reality is that a painless life is not possible in this present life, no matter how hard we try. Suffering is an inseparable accident of fallen humanity. Paradoxically, it is through suffering that we are…

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In union with the Church

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

In the First Reading today, we see the institution of the diaconate in the early Church. The Greek-speaking group were complaining of their widows being discriminated against by the Hebrew members in the distribution of food. The issue was beginning to threaten the Church’s pursuit of her divine mandate of proclaiming the Gospel to every nation. Appropriately, the Apostles stepped in and created the Order of Deacons (servers) to take care of the matter. As St Peter says: “It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.” Many might not know this, but…

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Abuja Airport Project – Light at the end of the Tunnel

Not many Nigerians believed the Federal Government would deliver on the Abuja Airport Project, and this is as a result of the past experiences: the ineptitude in Government and the number of failed projects lying around. Both the Federal and State Governments are good at initiating projects but not finishing it.  So the Abuja Airport project completed as scheduled has become a symbol of what is possible in Nigeria, with less selfishness and greed from those on the corridors of power. We are happy the runway was finished as promised but we do not want the surprise to end there….

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