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June 23, 2018

The King with a difference

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Christ the King was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 with a call on humanity to submit once more to the authority of Christ. The Pope remarked that the multiple evils in the world were due to humanity’s rejection of the reign of Christ and that so long as this remained the case, there was no hope of a lasting peace on earth. The last time God was formally regarded as King by his people was about the year 1049 BC (over 3000 years ago), when Israel chose Saul as their king (1 Sam. 8:6). Choosing their own…

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Sunday Readings: THE SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST KING OF THE UNIVERSE

Christ-the-King feast

    Entrance Antiphon      Rv 5:12; 1:6 How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity, and wisdom and strength and honour. To him belong glory and authority for ever and ever.   COLLECT Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe; grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise. Through our Lord.   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 34:11-12.15-17 “You, my flock, I judge between…

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Imo NUJ Press Week kicks off Monday

  Activities marking the 2017 Press Week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Imo State start on Monday, Nov. 27, with lectures to be delivered by Carl Azudibia and Prof. Stella Okunna at 10am. The chairman of the Press Week Committee, Everest Ezihe said other activities for the week include interaction with members of Imo State House of Assembly, Road Walk, Free Medical services to NUJ members. The grand finale holds on Friday December 1 with award to distinguished personalities. Governor Rochas Okorocha is expected to be the special guest, while Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Governor Abia State is the…

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Anambra Election: Congratulations INEC and Ndi Anambra

  The long-awaited and hipped Anambra State elections have come and gone, peacefully without even as much as a single gunshot being fired; without any loss of life. Thanks to God! We congratulate the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Governor Willie Obiano who won a second term, despite all odds. Congratulations are also due to all the contestants who fought bravely especially those of them who accepted defeat like good sportsmen and women. In every contest, there must be winners and losers. It is not necessarily the winning or losing that is important but,…

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We’ve come to thank God – Fr Nwobi

From L-R Fr Anselm Amandikwa Dr Mrs Raymonda Obioha Fr Simeon Nwobi

  … As Claret Sec Sch clocks 10 For the management, staff and students of the Claret Secondary School, Umualum Nekede, Owerri West LGA, Saturday November 11, 2017 was a day like no other. This is because her Old students, parents, friends, and well-wishers all rallied at the school playground to celebrate the tenth year existence of the academic centre. The anniversary commenced with a concelebrated Eucharistic celebration presided by Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Nwobi, Superior General, Claretian Missionary Fathers, East Nigeria. He was flanked at the Mass by the School Principal, Rev. Fr. Ernest Offor, and Rev. Fr. Anselm…

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Erecting Statues for Jacob Zuma And Elen Johnson: What a Nonsense!

Erecting Statues for Jacob Zuma And Elen Johnson

  Every society honours its heroes and chooses which of them to immortalize as public monuments. Such iconic personalities are historic figures who have made indelible footprints in various fields of human endeavor, such as , pioneering scientific discoveries, bringing about landmark changes or overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges, or making some political impact on the society. This explains the reason in every part of the world, including Africa, the United States and Europe, some public places are adorned with the statues of personalities such as: Albert Einstein, the great physicist, Wiston Churchill –  the great British  Leader, Queen Victoria, William…

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IPOB reacts to Anambra election

  The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has hailed the people of Anambra State for “boycotting” the governorship election in the state. Speaking on the alleged low turnout that greeted the elections, spokesperson of the group, Emma Powerful, in a statement attributed the development to their directive. “IPOB wants to use this opportunity to congratulate Biafrans particularly the people of Anambra State for obeying the order of IPOB and our leader Mazi Nnamdi who has been abducted since 14th September 2017 in today’s election. “The people of Anambra State have shown the whole world that they are the first sons…

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Nigerians sold for $400 as slaves in Libya

  Going, Going, Gone! There goes a young Nigerian being sold publicly in an auction in Libya. He is one of those looking for greener pastures overseas and got stranded. Yes, it is true! The Trans Atlantic Slave Trade may have ended but a new brand of slavery is going on. Hidden cameras have been used to uncover such barbarism in Libya, a neighbouring and warring African country. CNN reports that Nigerians desperate to travel abroad and who eventually become stranded in Libya are among those being currently auctioned as slaves in the war-torn country. The special report said, “one…

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CWO Day: Archbishop urges  mothers to emulate Mary, not Nollywood stars

The Owerri CWO executive with their Chaplain Rev Fr Cyril Akalonu and their sister Adviser Rev Sr Petrus Ezeonye cut the 2017 OACCWO cake

Christian mothers have been called upon to emulate Virgin Mary by being models of holiness and uprightness. The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri made the call in his sermon during the CWO Day held at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, Saturday, Nov. 11. He regretted that women instead of looking up to Mary as their model, they rather copy nollywood stars, television models and beauty pageants, many of who use their beauty to lead men to sin. “Let your beauty be a way of leading men to Christ instead of leading them into sin,” he advised. Archbishop Obinna…

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Chevalier Exemplification: KSJI Nigeria promotes 160 Knights to 4th Degree

4th Degree candidates writing their examination

  …Creates 6 Chavelier Chapters A total of 160 2nd and 3rd Degree members of the Noble Order of Knights of John International (KSJI) also called Sir Knights from across Nigeria, were on Friday, November 3, 2017, exemplified into the 4th Degree of the Order. The newly promoted Knights, who are now to be addressed as Chavelirs, were those successful in the written Examination, organized for them during their three day retreat (Nov.2 to 4) in Owerri in addition to being in a good standing in their respective local commanderies. The exemplification took place at the KSJI complex behind the…

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Nneoma Ugha extols Bishop Amatu for realizing Diocesan dream

Nneoma Clara Ugha DCCWOP with Ichie Zaccheus Ugha husband receiving award from Bishop S A Amatu

Reacts to her recent “Ambassador” Award The President Okigwe Diocesan Catholic Women Organization (ODCWO) Nneoma Clara O. Ugha strongly believes that the incumbent Local Ordinary of the Diocese, Most Rev Solomon Amatu, is on the verge of arriving the dreamland of the founding fathers of Okigwe Diocese. The women apex leader expressed her conviction while interacting with reporters shortly after being conferred with an award of Worthy Ambassador of the Diocese, recently at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe. She cited the completion of the ultra-modern Diocesan Secretariat, the Pastoral/Retreat Centre and the Cathedral building projects which according to the…

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Single Four-Year Tenure Kicks-off

The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has thrown more light on the single non-renewable tenure of four years for lay organizations in the Catholic Church, Nigeria. Addressing members of Owerri Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, November 4, 2017, Archbishop Obinna said Nigerian Catholic Bishops took the decision “in order to avoid the sit-tight attitude and unchristian behaviour of officers seeking second term in national and diocesan lay organizations.” He explained that the single four-year tenure applies only to those who will be newly appointed. “Those officers appointed or elected on the basis of the three-year tenure will singly complete…

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Utomi, Agbakoba, Okpanachi Headline Emerging African Leaders Conference

Leading minds in Nigeria’s civil liberties community are set to address an international conference for emerging African leaders scheduled to take place at the Domus Fidei Hotel, Ikeja,Lagos, November 25, 2017. Senior Advocate of Nigeria and NBA nominee for the Nigerian Supreme Court, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba will speak on the State of the Nation to expose future leaders to problems and prospects facing them, while Professor Pat Utomi, former presidential candidate in Nigeria and founder of Centre for Value Leadership will speak on Ethical Leadership to immerse the future leaders  in the virtues needed for effective leadership in Africa. Others…

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KSM Supreme Knight is dead

Bro Myke-Mary Nwosu (KSM) is dead

  The Supreme Knight of the Order of Knights of St. Mulumba, Nigeria, Engr. (Barr.) Myke-Mary Nwosu is dead. He died on Monday, November 13, after a brief illness. He was aged 73. The Owerri Metropolitan Grand Knight (MGK) Prince Eugene Emeakaroha announced the death during the Owerri Metropolitan Council meeting held at Mulumba Hall on Tuesday. A minute silence was held in his honour by the council members. It should be recalled that the late Supreme Knight, attended the 2017 Odenigbo Lecture in Owerri on September 3, 2017. He also presided over the investiture ceremony of 4th Degree Knights…

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Charity identified as gateway to God

  –  As Sir Raph Nwachukwu bags Diocesan Award Giving to the needy and less-privileged has been described as the shortest route to God, which guarantees multiple blessings in due season. A member of the Order of St. Benedict Oblate and member of Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM), Chief Sir Raphael Emelalom Nwachukwu made the assertion during an interaction with The Leader at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception Okigwe, shortly after he was conferred with the prestigious Worthy Ambassador of Christ Award by the Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria (CLCN) Okigwe Diocese recently. The 4th Degree Knight and philanthropist averred…

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Owerri leaders resolve to produce governor in 2019

Paschal Dozie

  … Bemoan excision of Ohaji Egbema to Orlu zone It was a spectacular day of reckon on Saturday 11th November, 2017 as apex leaders of Owerri Senatorial Zone, comprising nine LGAs converged at Egbu Owerri  North LGA under the auspices of “Coalition for Owerri Re-awakening,” took their destiny in their own hands resolving to ensure that for equity and justice to prevail in Imo State, the zone should produce the next governor of Imo State come 2019. The summit which was attended by top politicians, captains of industry, Leaders of thought, Academics, legal luminaries and de crème de Ia…

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Police nab 21 in Ohaji for murder, cultism

Murder of Orlu Catholic Priest: – Imo CP rewards officers who nabbed suspects

Ohaji community, Imo State, is once again in the news for crime. The Imo State police command has apprehended about 24 persons from different communities in the area for cases relating to murder and cultism. The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Ezike disclosed this recently during a Press Conference . The Commissioner said, Ihuoma Chidinma, 14 years from Mgbirichi, Lekwuwa Ogbuji 32 years of Awara, Amaechi Ikechukwu of Umunne Awara and Clement Onyema 30 years of Umuezugu Awara, all members of the dreaded Dee-Gbam cult group in Ohaji/Egbema LGA were arrested on September 26, by the police in…

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Celebrating World Day of the Poor, November 19

World Day of the Poor

Today poverty is a growing epidemic. Worse still, this scandalous growth is followed by an ostentatious wealth accumulation in the hands of a privileged few. This is worrying. Although Jesus said the poor would always be with us, he did not say the gap between rich and poor would be so outrageously wide and growing by the day.  The Pope is concerned. After celebrating the Jubilee of Mercy, last year, Pope Francis thought it wise to inaugurate the first World Day of the Poor to draw attention to the burgeoning poverty surrounding us. “I wanted to offer the Church a…

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Man jailed for hiding Indian hemp in sandals to give brother in prison

A Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced a 24-year-old man, Patrick Amadi, to 24 months imprisonment for smuggling marijuana to Kirikiri prison. The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) had arraigned him before the court on a-one-count charge of dealing in narcotic and he pleaded guilty to the charge. The convict who was arrested on June 18, 2017, at Kirikiri Maximum Prisons, was caught with 200 grammes of Cannabis Sativa, also known as marijuana. The NDLEA prosecutor, Mr. Jeremiah Aernan, told the court that the suspect hid the marijuana in his sandal and gave to his brother who is…

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Before my Obituary: Now I Believe (2)

CHART OF HELL Mans life on earth is full of sin which heavily inclines him to Hell fire. In Dante: The divine comedy, Hell is charted according to offences: In the Divine Comedy, Dante the poet has given a forewarning in respect of everymans transgression within the nine circles of Hell In his divine comedy, Hell, a Christian allegory, Dante has succinctly illustrated mans arduous journey towards God as demonstrated in his vision of Hell, purgatory and paradise as rewards which mortal man has to choose from in his earthly existence enroute to eternity. His chart on the circles of…

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