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May 27, 2018

Reformist Pope Paul VI, murdered Archbishop to be made Saints�

Reformist Pope Paul VI and murdered Archbishop to be made Saints

  Pope Paul VI, who oversaw sweeping reforms of the Catholic Church in the l960s, will be made a saint along with a Salvadoran archbishop who was shot dead while celebrating Mass, the Vatican said on Wednesday. Pope Francis signed decrees giving the go-ahead for the honours on the basis of miracles attributed to each candidate, the Holy See said in a statement. The pope put Paul VI on the path to sainthood by beatifying him in October 2014, while Oscar Romero was likewise elevated to the status of “blessed” in May 2015. Paul VI completed the reforms of the…

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KSM: Bishop Unegbu Sub-Council Owerri comes on board

Bro JohnBosco Uhie the Worthy GK presenting the address before the Archbishop

  …Members pay maiden visit to Archbishop Obinna Executive members of Bishop Mark Unegbu Sub-Council of the Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM) Owerri were on a courtesy call at the Maria Assumpta Villa Owerri where they presented their newly carved out Sub-Council to the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Wednesday March 7. The Exco members who were also in the company of their newly assigned Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Charles Ikwuegbu said they were on the visit to show their allegiance and solidarity to the Archbishop. Their address which was presented by their Worthy Grand Knight, Bro….

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Thousands throng St. Paul’s Owerri as Ejike Uche buries mother in-law

  St. Paul’s Catholic Church Owerri was filled to as the remains of Ezinne Francisca Onyemuwa Njoku, mother in-law of the National Deputy Chairman (South) of the United Progressives Party, UPP, Chief Chris Ejike Uche, were laid to rest, March 2. In a sermon during the funeral Mass, the assistant parish priest, Rev. Fr. Henry, reminded people that they will all die some day and urged them to love God and worship Him in truth and in spirit. The priest noted that there are testimonies that Ezinne Njoku lived a good life while alive and urged people not to take…

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Barr. Nwoga joins Imo Guber Race

Barr Nwoga joins the guber race

  The number of candidates wishing to occupy Douglas House Owerri is swelling day by day. The latest entrant is Barr. Stephen Nwoga who said he is very much interested to restore hope to Imo State. Barr Nwoga, who will be contesting under the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) made his intention public at Kanu Nwankwo Events Centre, Owerri Feb. 24. He revealed that one of the major reasons he is running for the highest political office in the state is to repair the damages that have been inflicted on the good people of Imo State. Speaking…

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No need for data capturing to renew driving licence – FRSC

  The Federal Road Safety Corps has said that there is no need for data capturing while applying for renewal of driver’s licence. Mr Hyginus Omeje, the FRSC Lagos State Sector Commander said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday, adding that the agency departed from the old system long time ago. “I want to use this opportunity to tell motorists that they can renew their licence without going through capture.   “The choice of coming to capture is yours, as long as we have your data base at the initial stage and its already…

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RECAP: 2018 PRESTIGIOUS EDUCATION WEEK AWARDS

AWARD RECIPIENTS / CATEGORIES The list of award recipients for the 2018 Prestigious Education Week Awards is by no means exhaustive. These people are those who in one form or another have contributed or impacted in some special ways to our society, our mission schools and education in general. This is only a token of our appreciation for all the support we have received from many of our benefactors and benefactresses. The presentation of the awards is not ranked, all are outstanding and distinct in their own unique support and contribution to education. MTN FOUNDATION 2018 Award for Outstanding Contribution to…

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Education Week: Archbishop Obinna proffers solutions to corruption in education

  Anything, behaviour or intervention that degrades education by compromising laid down principles and standards, by misleading or exploiting learners or abusing one’s teacher-master position belongs to the sphere of corruption. Such acts constitute unhealthy and unworthy criminal and sinful associate . This view was contained in the Presidential Address delivered by His Grace, the Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri,  Tuesday February 13, during the Open Forum of the 2018 Owerri Archdiocesan Education Week, held at the Obiri Odenigbo Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. The theme for this year is: Promoting Excellence in Education and fighting corruption…

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Hon. Igbokwe builds, equips Health Centre at Mbaise

Raphael Nnanna Igbokwe Project

  Hon. Chief Nnanna Igbokwe, member representing Ahiazu-Ezinihitte Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, has put smiles on the faces of natives and residents of Ezeagbogu Ezinihitte Mbaise by facilitating the construction of an ultra-modern Health Centre and equipping it with modern equipment. Handing over the facility through the Head Matron/Sister in-charge of Ezeagbogu Health Centre, Mrs. Uwazie Caroline and the Traditional Ruler of the community, HRH Eze Dr. S.O. Uwaegbu, Hon. Nnanna Igbokwe canvassed for judicious use of the facilities and adequate security for the centre. Hon Igbokwe cautioned against abuse of the N14m project which constitutes part…

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Shun touting, acquire skills, Oweaya advises Owerri youths

Hon Francis Onyewuchi flanked by Chief Christian Oweaya Anukam

  … Inaugurates Umuororonjo Youth Exco Chief Sir Christian Oweaya Anukam has advised youths in Owerri zone to refrain from touting and collecting tolls from motorists and shop owners. They should rather acquire skills and engage themselves in meaningful activities that will help change their lives for good. Addressing the youths prior to the inauguration of the Umuororonjo Youth Executive on Sunday February 18 2018, the community leader enjoined them to seek alternative means of generating income for the youth organization. The event was attended by top politicians including Hon. Ezenwa Onyewuchi of the Federal House of Representatives, Ugwumba Uche…

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It’s roll call of who is who . . . As CJ’s family celebrates wife’s promotion

Justice Paschal Nnadi and wife Prof Mrs Ine Nnadi bringing their offertory gifts.

  All roads,  Sunday, February 11, 2018, led to the ancient city of Awaka, in the Owerri North LGA of Imo State, where the family of the Imo State Chief Judge, Hon Justice Paschal Nnadi and their friends turned out in their numbers to celebrate the promotion of their wife, Ine Nnadi (Ph.D) to the prestigious rank of Professor of Law. The promotion of the erudite scholar, who teaches law at the Imo State University, took effect from 2015. The thanksgiving Mass presided over by Rev. Fr. Dr. George Nwachukwu, who represented His Grace, the Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna,…

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Archbishop Obinna confirms 327 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Umuagwo

  A total of 327 parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Umuagwo, Ohaji Egbema LGA, on Sunday 11th February 2018, received the sacrament of Confirmation, administered by His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri. The prelate who arrived the fast-growing parish the previous day  was received by the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Raymond Onyekwere, his Assistant Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Nnanabu, the Parish Pastoral Council, many jubilant faithful and friends of the parish. On arrival to the parish, he started with a Benediction, followed by an interactive session with the faithful. The grand finale of the…

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St Paul’s Umalum Nekede Holds Lenten Prayer Match

Cross section of parishioners at the rally

  …Remembers Fr. Dennis, others As the question of “Who killed Fr. Dennis Osuagwu” remains a puzzle yet to be unraveled after over two and half years, the Catholic Community of Umaulum Nekede, Owerri North LGA said they would not get tired in raising their voice up to God in prayers. This they carried out by organizing a prayer rally which took off from their St. Paul’s Church center through the community, Sunday evening February 18. With mobile band and public address system well positioned, the worshipping faithful who were fully clad on black matched along the Nekede main road,…

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Ezinne Matilda Nnakwe laid to rest

Ezinne Matilda Nnakwe laid to rest

  Rev. Fr. Henry Obi curate, St. Joseph Parish Umualumaku Ehime Mbano Local Government Area celebrated the Eucharist at the requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of late Ezinne Matilda  Chinagorom Nnakwe on 2′ February, 2018. He concelebrated with very Rev. Frs. Maurice Jiwike, Chibuike Okeagu, Joseph Aladejanah and Fr. Stephen Omokoba (both Priests came from Ondo Diocese). In his homily, Rev. Fr. Chibuike Okeagu postulated that death is a bitter pill for all mortals. According to him, death is no respecter of persons, age, sex, tribe, creed or religion. He made reference to the scriptures quoting Wisdom…

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Archbishop Obinna inaugurates 2018 Odenigbo Committee

…Appoints new Pastoral Council Chairman The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has inaugurated the Committee for this year’s Owerri Archdiocesan Day Celebration/Odenigbo Lecture. Speaking at the ceremony held at Obiri-Odenigbo (Odenigbo Pavilion), February 9, Archbishop Obinna expressed satisfaction with the progress Odenigbo lecture has made so far, especially with regards to speaking Igbo Language proudly in public gatherings. He reiterated that he conceived the idea of Odenigbo, when he was studying overseas, before he became bishop, adding that the main trust of Odenigbo was to use Igbo Language to preach the word of God to enable it…

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60 Hearty Cheers for Pa Cyril & Regina Udeh

  …As couple marks diamond marriage anniversary A thing of beauty, they say is a thing of joy forever. This is true and it’s why we’ve come to thank God for the gift of this couple. Their faith in marriage for these sixty years remains a mystery, and we have every reason to see them as living examples of marriage vow. This eulogizing phrase by Rev. Fr. Remigius Ihim, Parish Priest, St. Jude’s Catholic Church Naze, Owerri North LGA formed part of introductory words at a Eucharistic ceremony held in honor of the 60th Marriage Anniversary of Ugwunna Cyril &…

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Hon. Ibezim decries impunity, godfatherism in politics

  Former Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Frank Ibezim addressed political stalwarts of the All Progressives Congress (APC) drawn from the three local Governments of Obowo, Ihitte Uboma and Ehime Mbano that constitute Okigwe South Federal Constituency on Wednesday 7th April 2017 declaring his burning passion and ambition to represent them at the green chambers of the National Assembly come 2019. The event which took place at his Ezeoke Nsu country home, Ehime Mbano L.G.A. was graced by party leaders, stake holders, and all the Ward and LGA Chairmen. Addressing the august assembly, Hon. Ibezim posited that in 2011 when he…

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Christians should persevere like job – Fr. Dieme

    …As Dr. Nwoke gives thanks to God Rev. Fr. Tony Dieme, Parish Priest St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Umualumaku, Ehime Mbano L.G.A. celebrated the Eucharist at the thanksgiving anniversary Mass for the repose of deceased Sir Longinus Nwoke (land-cruiser) on Sunday 4th February, 2018. In his homily, Rev. Fr. Anthony Dieme dwelt on the Lamentation of Job. How he acquired wealth and raised up a good family but lost all his investments and family one after the other. He gave thanks to God for the gift of Job whose life and peculiarities calls for understanding that all that glitters…

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Archbishop Obinna ordains 11 Deacons

Newly ordained deacons

  The city of Owerri, the state capital of Imo and its environs felt the shout of joy and jubilation that resonated from Assumpta Cathedral on February 10, 2018 as Archbishop Anthony J.V. Obinna raised 11 seminarians to the order of deacons. The shout of joy reached its climax at 11.50am when the Archbishop concluded the prayer of consecration into the Order of Deacons over the ordinands. The ordination Mass which was presided over by His Grace Anthony J.V. Obinna was attended by a great number of priests, religious and lay faithful who used the occasion to congratulate their brothers…

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Valentine’s Day at Annunciation Parish Umuguma

Annunciation Celebrate St. Valentine's Day

…Parishioners told to make friend with Christ This year’s Feast of St. Valentine which coincided with the Liturgical Day of Ash Wednesday has come and gone but the Catholic faithful of Annunciation Parish Umuguma Housing Estate New Owerri have continued to relish the spiritual benefits their parish attracted on the day.This however was no surprise as this reporter witnessed part of the event. Turning out for the evening program in their huge numbers after participating at the Ash-ritual Eucharistic celebration earlier in the day, the parishioners who were all decked in red outfit ensured that the Stations of the Cross…

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Anwukah, Dozie to participate Owerri Education Week

Anwukah hospitalized in US

  Activities marking this year’s Education Week in Owerri Archdiocese kick off today, Sunday February 11, with Mass in all parishes in the Archdiocese. The theme for this year is: “Promoting Excellence in Education and Fighting Corruption in Imo Schools (Mission, Private, State).” A Press Release issued by the Archdiocesan Education Commission said Mr. Paschal Dozie will be the chairman of the occasion, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, Minister of State for Education will give the keynote address while Archbishop Anthony Obinna will deliver presidential address. The major highpoints of the Week include, Open Forum on Feb. 13 at Obiri-Odenigbo @ 10am…

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