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June 23, 2018

The evils of fake news

  His Holiness, Pope Francis, in his message for this year’s World Communications Day, taking place today, has drawn attention to the evils of fake news and called for shared commitment to stemming its spread. Titled: “The truth will set you free (Jn 8: 32) Fake news and journalism for peace,” the Holy Father maintained that when we are faithful to God, communication becomes an effective expression of our responsible search for truth and our pursuit for goodness. Fake news has to do with false information based on nonexistent or distorted data, meant to deceive and manipulate the reader or…

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Cottage Industries In Imo Communities: A Scam?

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  A few days ago I approached an outstanding, meritorious, respected and ebullient Royal father in Imo State, for insights into the mind set of the Imo State Government in its proposals to facilitate the establishment of Cottage industries in each autonomous community of the state. The number of autonomous communities in the state is about 700 and growing. A successful implementation of such an industrial design within the limits of law and propriety shall without doubt create ripples of economic growth throughout the state and help to alleviate youth restiveness and promote growth. Some say that the creation of…

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  Editor’s Note: Catholic Priests have a legitimate right to participate and get involved in Politics. Here are some of the reasons why they should take part in the politics of the land. We will elaborate on the different themes in due course.   Introduction We priests cannot afford to allow ourselves be coerced, intimidated or forced to shy or stay away from the “world” of politics; this is so because, by our vocation, mandate and mission, politics is one such “world” to which Christ commissions His Church and ministers to evangelize, to preach to, to spiritually and morally direct….

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Gunmen attack Catholic Church in Bangui during Mass, kill priest, 14 others

  At least 15 people including a priest were killed and scores wounded in Central African Republic’s capital Bangui on Tuesday when unidentified gunmen attacked a Catholic church, a morgue official and rights groups said. Witnesses said Notre Dame de Fatima church was attacked with gunfire and grenades during morning Mass, forcing trapped churchgoers to escape through a hole made in the church wall by police. “Filled with panic, some Christians began to flee until bullets and grenades began to fall in the parish grounds, trapping those who remained in the compound,” Fr. Moses Aliou, a priest at the church,…

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Ebonyi govt executes major projects for Anglican Cathedral

The Anglican Bishop with Government officials during the flag off ceremony

  …Flags off road construction, asphalting of compounds, mounting of streetlights Anglican faithful in the Diocese of Abakaliki, especially those worshipping at All Saints’ Cathedral, Abakaliki, were literally wrapped in an envelope of joy and excitement recently following the flag off for the reconstruction of the road that leads to the cathedral by the Ebonyi State Government. Also to be constructed is the compound of the cathedral, which, according to the government, would be asphalted and mounted with solar-powered streetlights starting from the beginning of the new road to the church compound. Before then, the about 135-metre road that leads…

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Anambra govt marks Iwene-Tansi’s tomb as religious site

Canonization of Blessed Tansi

  Anambra State government has marked the tomb of Blessed Father Cyprian Iwene-Tansi’s in Aguleri as a religious site that would be developed into a major tourist attraction in the state. Mrs Sally Mbanefo, Commissioner for Indigenous Art Works, Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism in Anambra has said the government was determined to make the tourism industry a revenue spinner for the state, and the tomb is one of the favoured sites. Mbanefo who has been on tour of the potential tourism sites said the Blessed Iwene Tansi tomb and Obu Gad, the historical origin of the Igbo people in Aguleri,…

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Displaying the systems at the ICT Centre

  History was made in the annals of Christ the King Secondary School, Obike, Ngor-Okpala on Thursday March 15, 2018 with the official opening of her ultra-modern I.C.T. centre. The E-Library was commissioned by Rev. Fr. Victor Eleba, Director of the Owerri Archdiocesan Education Commission on behalf of the Archbishop, His Grace, Most. Rev. Dr. Anthony J.V. Obinna and Chief. Mrs. Theresa Okonkwo, the Chairperson of the Education Commission. In his speech, Fr. Eleba lauded the dogged efforts of the Principal of the school, Rev. Fr. Dr. Chikwendu Paschal Kizito Anyanwu and his staff for establishing a befitting I.C.T. centre…

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Catholic media practitioners end conference in Minna

  Catholic Media Practitioners have been charged to distinguish themselves in their chosen profession and be the light that shines wherever they find themselves. The Catholic Bishop of Minna Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Martin I. Uzoukwu, gave the charge in his message to flag off the Eight Regional Conference of the Catholic Media Practitioners Association of Nigeria, CAMPAN, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State. The Bishop, who was represented by the Vicar General of Minna Diocese, Very Rev. Fr. Sylvester Luka Gopep, said: “The Catholic Church expects so much from you. You must uphold good moral values. Do…

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Now is time to pray!

  There is no better time than now for Nigerians to pray harder and more fervently. But when we say ‘pray more,’ we are not asking people to do nothing else than pray. Far from that! What we are saying is that there is an urgency to offer more prayers and petition God a lot more for the challenges we are facing; for there is a clear indication that evil is trying to overtake good in our land. We must work and pray! May Devotion is a powerful weapon we can use to push back the forces of evil. We…

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  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Is 48:20 Proclaim a joyful sound and let it be heard; proclaim to the ends of the earth the Lord has freed his people; alleluia. COLLECT Grant, almighty God that we may celebrate with heartfelt devotion these days of joy, which we keep in honour of the risen Lord and that what we relive in remembrance we may always hold to in what we do. Through our Lord… FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 10:25-26.34-35.44-48 “The gift of the Holy Spirit has been poured out even on the Gentiles.” When Peter entered,…

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2018 Father’s Day: Fathers, reason for the season

…Be a father as St. Joseph of the Holy family Holy Mother the Church makes out time to pay attention to the role of the family in the Church and by extension in the society. This she does through the celebration of every component of the family-father, mother and the youth. The church has set aside May 6th, 2018 as the Day for Catholic fathers, not just as a mere ceremonial programme but a day to reconscientise the fathers on their role in the family, church and society and also bring to the fore their main role, in case there…

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Don’t mind politicians, Nigeria still in a mess

Rev Fr Dr Francis Nwaiwu

  While millions of Nigerians are suffering untold hardship, going to bed hungry and working without pay, the government is busy congratulating itself, claiming that things are getting better, that recession is no more.   The truth is that Nigeria is still in a mess. Things are getting worse. The only people smiling in the country today are the political elite and their businessmen collaborators. Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Francis Nwaiwu, Supreme Chaplain, Knights of St. Mulumba, dropped this hint in his homily during Mass for the Owerri Metropolitan Council held at Mulumba Hall Owerri on Saturday. “As millions of Nigerians…

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The Salvation of the State lies in the trained intelligence

Roads in Owerri demolished by the Government

  Great thinkers of the world in the likes of Plato, Aristotle and Karl Max among others proffered almost the universally accepted ideas on which the society harmoniously live and most importantly , develop till today. For perpetual development and growth of the society, Aristotle (384-322 BC) posited that “the Salvation of the State Lies In the Trained intelligence” if this deposition is strictly analyzed, one would basically understand that virtually, everybody is intelligent but requires additional specific training for perfection especially for those who seek political power, to bring a harmonious society. A successful nation like America was shaped…

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That Assault on Nigeria via the Senate

The police have recovered the mace that was stolen from the Senate chambers in Abuja on Wednesday by some thugs.

  Thousands of Nigerians went to bed on Wednesday April 18, 2018 with the embarrassing news from Abuja that thugs invaded Nigeria’s Senate chamber while it was in plenary. The shocking news which spread across the country like a harmattan wild fire was viewed by well meaning Nigerians as the height of gangsterism. The invaders, as it was confirmed carted away the Senate symbol of authority-the mace, only for it to be recovered hours later by the police under a bridge in the federal capital city. By the time the day’s night had turned into another night the incident had…

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Looters list, a welcome idea but…

The police have recovered the mace that was stolen from the Senate chambers in Abuja on Wednesday by some thugs.

  Any plan to name and shame all those who have brought Nigerians to their current level of poverty is a welcome idea. But a better plan is one which not only names the thieves but reclaims the loot and punishes the looters, to serve as a deterrent to others. Nigerians have heard so much about “how” their money was looted and actually is being looted, and “who and who” are looting it, but it makes no sense just to publish the names of a few. What is needed is a comprehensive list of looters, without respect for party affiliation,…

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Coronation: Chief Christopher Amadi crowned Traditional Ruler of Okolochi

Archbishop Anthony Obinna, HRH Eze Christopher Amadi, his Ugoeze and members of the Eze's cabinet

– Use your reign to witness for Christ – Archbishop Obinna A mammoth crowd of friends, business associates, royal fathers, Knights and Ladies of the church (especially Knights of St John International – KSJI) Friday, April 13, witnessed the coronation of Chief (Sir) Christopher Chukwuemeka Amadi, as the Traditional Ruler and Ochi II of the Okolochi Autonomous  Community in the Owerri West LGA of Imo State. Venue was St. Joseph Catholic Church Okolochi. The spectacular and innovative feature of the ceremony was the role played by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace, the Most Rev Anthony J.V. Obinna in the…

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The Shepherd and the Herdsman

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  On this Good Shepherd Sunday, we acknowledge God as the universal shepherd of humanity, and ourselves as the sheep of his flock. Today is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations! In the Old Testament, the Patriarchs of Israel were shepherds just like their early kings, and there are countless descriptions of Israel as the flock of God. For example, Psalm 23 recounts what the Good Shepherd does for his sheep, that: “Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose. Near restful waters he leads me, to revive my drooping spirit” (Ps. 23:2-3a). Now, among…

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    ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 33:5-6 The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth; by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, alleluia.   COLLECT Almighty ever-living God, lead us to a share in the joys of heaven, so that the humble flock may reach where the brave Shepherd has gone before. Who lives and reigns with you.   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles  4:8-12 “There is no other name by which we must be saved.” In those days: Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said, “Rulers of the people and…

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Sex for Marks: OAU lecturers demand probe of professor

Sex for Marks - OAU lecturers demand probe of professor

  The Chairman, Congress of University Academics at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife, Dr Niyi Sumonu, has spoken on the case involving a  professor at the university, Richard Akindele, accused of requesting for sex from a female student in order to raise her scores. Professor Akindele was on Monday fingered in sex allegations after leaked conversation between him and the student emerged online. In the said phone conversation, the professor could be heard asking the student to have sex with him five times to upgrade her score from 33 to a pass mark. Reacting, Sumonu asked the university to…

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Overcome your passion for fashion Archbishop Obinna tells women

Archbishop Obinna blessing the kolanut during a reception organized by the parish CWO.

  As mothers compete with the younger generation in keeping in touch with ongoing trend in fashion, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Archbishop of Owerri has advised Catholic women to “overcome the passion for fashion.” Preaching during a concelebrated Mass at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri to mark this year’s Mother’s Day, April 8, Archbishop Obinna reminded women that fashion, money and power are vanity of vanities which will one day vanish. He said it was more important to take care of the soul than the body because when death comes it shatters the human body. He called on women to…

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