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August 16, 2018

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday readings

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 27:1-2 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shell I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; whom should I dread? When those who do evil draw near, they stumble and fall. COLLECT O God, from whom all good things come, grant that we, who call on you in our need, may at your prompting discern what is right, and by your guidance do it. Through our Lord… FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Genesis 3:9-1 “I will put enmity between your seed and her seed.” [After Adam had…

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Okorocha’s family properties: UPP questions sources of sudden wealth

Rochas and Uche Nwosu

  The United Progressives Party (UPP) has reacted to a statement credited to Chief Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Imo State who in a recent statement revealed various properties owned by his family members. The governor in an interview published by the Daily Sun, May 30, 2018 had said: “My wife has built an estate here in Owerri and she has also established a furniture manufacturing company here, in Owerri; my daughter owns the House of Fredda here in Owerri, and the most maligned Uche Nwosu owns a hotel and a farm here, in Owerri. Now ask those fighting me to…

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Suspected herdsmen or hired killers for real?

cattle colony

  I vehemently disagree with and disapprove of the tagging of suspected hired killers (Terrorists) as herdsmen. In as much as our security has not been able to establish their culpability, shall we still trivialize a calculated attempt to wipe Christians out? It would be recalled that the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) in reaction to this barbarism said: “Since the president has refused to call the Nation’s Security Agencies to order, we are left with no choice than to conclude that THEY ARE ACTING A SCRIPT THAT HE APPROVES OF. He (the president) should no longer continue to…

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Pastor killed by crocodile during water baptism

Pastor killed by crocodile

  A water baptism ceremony held near a lake turned into a horrific tragedy when the pastor was reportedly grabbed by a crocodile Sunday. Pastor Docho Eshete was baptizing at least 80 members of his Protestant congregation at Lake Abaya, in southern Ethiopia, an area known to have a huge crocodile population, when one of the creatures leaped out of the water and grabbed him. “He baptized the first person and he passed on to another one,” a local resident told the BBC. “All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor.” Pastor Docho…

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THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (Corpus Christi)

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 81:17 He fed them with the finest wheat, and satisfied them with honey from the rock.   COLLECT O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption. Who live and reign with God…   FIRST READING  A reading from the Book of Exodus 24:3-8 “Behold the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you.” In those days: Moses came…

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Herdsmen Rampage: Matter of the truth

killings by Fulani Herdsmen Terrorists in Nigeria

  For several months now, Nigerians have watched with amazing docility, somnolence, and helplessness as Fulani “herdsmen” rampage several communities across the nation laying waste lives and property with impunity and reckless abandon. They have terrorized the middle belt, sacked several communities and decimated their population, in the manner of ethnic cleansing. They have equally touched parts of Kogi, Nasarawa and Southern Kaduna and have brazenly spilled over, unrestrained; into communities in the border area of Enugu State in the Eastern States and parts of the South West. These unmistakable jihadists are armed to the teeth and would brook no…

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Fulani herdsmen attack Catholic Priest, sack Seminary in Taraba

  Barely a week after the burial of priests and parishioners  killed by Fulani herdsmen in the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, Benue State, Rev. Fr. Cornelius Koba, Sunday night, narrowly escaped death with gunshot wounds, as Fulani gunmen attacked the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba State. The Taraba State spokesman, ASP David Misal, confirmed the attack in a phone interview with our correspondent. Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, Most Rev. (Dr.) Charles Hammawa, described the attack on the seminary and the targeting of priests as regrettable. He, therefore, urged government to be more serious in…

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Imo: Orlu should give other zones chance to produce next governor – Ejike Uche

  …Blasts Imo Government Chief Chris Ejike Uche, Deputy National Chairman of the United Progressive Party, UPP has thrown his weight behind zoning in Imo State. In an interview with journalists in Owerri at the weekend, Chief Uche said, “Anybody that does not believe in zoning should not clamour for Igbo presidency or talk of Igbo being marginalized in the country.” “In the spirit of fairness and equity, no Orlu person should be given the mandate to become the next governor of Imo State. That is my stand and that of the majority of people from Orlu zone. Owerri and…

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The Essence of Blood

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Blood is a most essential ingredient of life. Without blood we have no physical life, and without the blood of Jesus we die spiritually. His Precious Blood does more than just wash away our sin. It continues the flow of divine life in us as well, keeping us connected to our heavenly Father. Without the Blood of Christ, we have no spiritual vitality. Today, therefore, the Church draws our attention to what we receive really at Communion. The Feast of Corpus Christi is a celebration of our belief in the Body and Blood of Christ, and in his Real…

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Okada ban: Obiano floats loan scheme for affected operators

  Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has rolled out a loan scheme called-Anambra Small Business Agency (ASBA) to cushion effects of the proposed ban on Okada operators. This was disclosed by the National Coordinator of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Media Warriors Forum, Chinedu Obigwe. He advised Okada union members to heed to the governor’s directive of forming a cooperative society to access business loans, which would enable them start up their businesses and earn a living that would be more lucrative than Okada business. Obigwe, in a statement, commended Governor Obiano and said the gesture portrayed him as a…

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The Rise of Cultism

The rise of cultism

Cultism is rising among our youths and this is worrying.  The members live in our communities, attend our schools and colleges. Some are as young as 15 years or even less and are mostly boys. Sometimes, they are our sons who have finished school and have nothing to do. Some join these cults and gangs because of idleness, laziness or poverty, although it does them more harm than good in the end.   For some of them, it is a way of rebelling against authority or a society that has failed them. Sometimes it is also a way of feeling…

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Ohanaeze Ndigbo Seeks 6-Year Single Term for President, Governors

Ekwueme Square Declaration 2018

  Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a socio-cultural umbrella of Ndigbo, has called for the adoption of a six-year rotational single tenure for the president and governors of 36 states in the country. It also demanded creation of one additional state in the South-East geo-political zone, scrapping of local government system and resource control for states where natural resources were exploited These were some highlights of the resolutions tagged, “Ekwueme Square Declaration 2018”, which members of Ohanaeze Ndigbo reached during their one-day summit in Awka on Monday. Charles Soludo, the Chairman, Planning and Strategy Committee and Organising Committee, read out the resolutions. Prof….

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DOUBLE TRAGEDY: Herdsmen kill Mourners returning from Benue Mass Burial

cattle colony

  Herdsmen hit Benue State again on Tuesday killing people returning from mass Burial. Sources hinted that the deceased met their untimely death along the Makurdi-Naka road DAILY POST gathered that the attackers ambushed their victims and slaughtered them along Naka-Makurdi road. Among the victims were Ayange Tyoban, Ukeyima Azonngu and Ajuju Torgbende. A source told our reporter that the victims, who were on a motorcycle, were slaughtered while coming back from Makurdi, after the burial of the two Catholic priests and 17 others worshippers killed last month by the same herdsmen. It should be recalled that 72 Benue indigenes…

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Ndonu! Imo Pensioners Ndonu!!

Imo Pensioners with the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri

– Archbishop Obinna consoles retirees as they storm Assumpta Cathedral   After exhausting all avenues to draw the attention of Imo State Government to their plights, pensioners in Imo State on Sunday May 20, stormed Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri to seek spiritual solution.   Welcoming the pensioners to the Cathedral, the Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri consoled them saying, ndonu! Ndi pension ndonu!   The prelate also condoled with them on the death of many of their colleagues who passed on without receiving neither pension nor gratuity. The Archbishop however reminded those alive that “it is God…

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FUTO holds Int’l Conference on Gender, Health and Sustainable Development

A four-day international conference with the theme: “Gender, Health and Sustainable Development”, was recently organized by the Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (IWOGDs), Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO). The conference which was the seventh in the series, had the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Francis C. Eze as chief host and his wife, Dr. Mrs. Egejuru Eze, Director of FUTO Farms Ltd and also President of FUTOWA as the special guest of honour. The conference was held at IWOGDs building FUTO on Tuesday 22nd May 2018. The lead paper presenters were, Dr. (Mrs.) E.A. Nzeribe, Chief Consultant OB/GN Federal Medical…

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When Ignorance is Blessed

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  The notion of the Trinity only makes sense in the light of faith as it infinitely transcends the rational grasp of the human intellect. The Church solemnly teaches that: “In God there are three Divine Persons, really distinct and equal in all things, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” The Trinity and the Incarnation are two concepts that distinguish Christianity from other world religions. We can only explain what the doctrine is but not the mystery itself. As St Thomas Aquinas says, “we cannot know what God is, but rather what He is not, we have no means for…

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The Power of Protests

Lagos Archdiocese

  In the civilized world, protests work. Peaceful protests constitute a veritable and potent tool for expressing grievances, demonstrating strong dissent, disapproval of something or a readiness to resist an unacceptable status quo. Protests give very strong signal of the people’s frame of mind. They capture people’s mood about how disappointed or disgruntled they are with a prevailing or impending issues. How the government responds to protests sends clear message of its sense of responsibility and leadership. How seriously it takes protests shows how much it values those it governs. If those in government were truly elected through the people’s…

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Homosexual manifestation of the clash of Indo-European and African civilizations

  When people talk of the clash of civilizations, they tend to refer to the clash of factions of Abrahamic civilizations (Arabo-Islamism and Judeo-Christianity), anchored on shared worldview. Though real, this clash is not as pure as the clash of African and Indo-European civilizations, which are anchored on totally different worldviews. In recent years, nothing has manifested this African and Indo-European civilizational clash as homosexuality. The Africa Policy of President Barack Obama; first African-American President of the United States, ended in a fiasco because of clash over homosexuality. Both of his Secretaries of State; Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, somehow,…

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Makurdi killings: Owerri Archdiocese shifts Prayer-Protest to June 5

  The Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri has explained why its faithful did not join their counterparts nationwide to observe the Prayer-Protest on Tuesday, May 22 in solidarity with victims of Makurdi killings. The Director of Communications/Media of the Archdiocese, Rev. Fr. Dr. George Nwachukwu said the postponement was sequel to the advice of the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Dasuki Galadinchi. Police said the church rally coincided with the celebration of the anniversary of a faction of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) known as Biafran Independent Movement (BIM). Fr. Nwachukwu said in a…

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THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Blest be God the Father, and the Only Begotten Son of God, and also the Holy Spirit: for he has shown us his merciful love.   COLLECT God our Father, who by sending into the world the word of truth and the Spirit of sanctification made known to the human race your wondrous mystery; grant us, we pray, that in professing the true faith, we may acknowledge the Trinity of eternal glory, and adore your Unity, powerfu1 in majesty. Through our Lord..   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy 4:32-34.39.40 “The Lord is God in…

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