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June 23, 2018

Ehime-Mbano: DMMM Sisters cry out …As gunmen invade mortuary, destroy fence

The destroyed fence of St Vincent De Paul mortuary Umunakanu

  There is no respite for the dead as St. Vincent De Paul Mortuary Umunakanu Owerre, Ehime-Mbano LGA came under attack as unidentified gunmen stormed the morgue at the early hours of Sunday 8” April, 2018 pulling down the perimeter fence housing the complex. Trouble started for the mortuary owned by Sisters of the Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy (DMMM) Congregation, after the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha visited Ehime Mbano Campus of Imo State Polytechnic. The Leader learnt that students of the Polytechnic complained against the mortuary within the precincts of the school. Following the complaint the Governor …

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Bank Manager, brother drown during picnic

Bank Manager and brother drown during picnic

  The Manager of Skye Bank, Abak Road Branch, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Ubong Ekpe and his brother have been reported drowned. It was gathered that Ubong, who was on a picnic with his wife and children, drowned along with his brother, Francis, at the Ibeno Beach, Iwuokpom community, in the Ibeno Local Government Area of the state. Ubong was said to have entered into the beach to swim. But after some minutes, he did not surface from the water . His brother,Francis, who attempted to save him by also diving into the beach, drowned as well. There was…

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Factory Brewing Fake Malt, Stout Uncovered

Factory Brewing Fake Malt Stout Uncovered

  The Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday uncovered an illegal brewery where malt drinks and fake stout are produced at Egbe-Afa, Igbobo area of Ikorodu in Lagos. Five of the suspects behind the factory were also arrested by a team led by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, who took newsmen to the scene of the crime. It was discovered that the illegal brewery produced malt drinks, stout and Ethanol which they pump into trucks to bottle at another location. According to Imohimi, the suspects would be further interrogated to know where the drinks were bottled and…

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Sunday Readings : Third Sunday of Easter

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 66:1 Cry out with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise, alleluia.   COLLECT May your people exult for ever, 0 God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of our adoption, we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son…   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 3:13-15.17-19ab “You killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the…

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A Fresh Start

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Today, we have an offer of a fresh start from the risen Lord as we are no longer bound by the consequences of our sin. He wants us to become a people of the resurrection.  In the First Reading, St Peter assures the people of Jerusalem that, despite their conspiracy against Jesus, God has turned the evil of the passion into a definitive victory over evil, suffering and death. Christ has broken the bonds of sin and death and opened the door to a new life. His resurrection makes holiness and lasting happiness possible for us. That is what…

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Prosecute IPOB members’ killers, Ohanaeze tells Army

  The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural body of the Igbo, has called for the prosecution of soldiers involved in an alleged extra-judicial killing of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra during the recent Operation Python Dance in the South-East. The President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Nnia Nwodo, said the organisation had raised the issue with the leadership of the Nigerian Army. Speaking during a ‘Night of Tributes’ for the late Biafran war commander and former Secretary General of Ohanaeze, Col. Joe Achuzia, at Enugu Sports Club, Nwodo said soldiers who flouted the army’s rules of engagement during the…

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Children should be baptized in the faith, Pope Francis says

  Pope Francis spoke about the Sacrament of Baptism on Wednesday, emphasizing the importance of the Catholic practice of baptizing infants, since the grace of the Holy Spirit helps them to grow in virtue. “Why baptize a child who does not understand?” the pope asked April 11. “When we baptize a child, the Holy Spirit enters that child, and the Holy Spirit makes… the Christian virtues grow in that child, who will then flourish.” Though we hope that when a child grows up he or she will understand and desire Baptism for themselves, to withhold the sacrament from a child…

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Msgr. Akagha blasts political class: You’re selfish, exploitative

  The parish priest of St Mark’s Church New Owerri, Very Rev.  Msgr. Kevin Akagha has taken a swipe at Nigeria’s political class, denouncing in strong terms their exploitative and selfish tendencies. In a message to Catholic women of his parish on the occasion of this year’s Mother’s Day, Msgr. Akagha reflected on the theme of their celebration: “Catholic women, carriers of living water to the world that thirsts for peace.” The priest said the theme was very appropriate at this time because, “indeed, Nigeria thirsts for peace.” “The yoke imposed on many Nigerians by a selfish and exploitative political…

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Disarming Vigilante  Groups – Bad Idea!

  We do not need a Nigeria where everyone must carry a gun to feel safe for sure. We also don’t want to live in a state where people are afraid to go to sleep at night for fear of being attacked. But it is a concern that we may be heading that way, if the excesses of gun-toting Fulani herdsmen are not checked. It is worrying that we now have herdsmen who carry guns and must feed their cattle on people’s farmland. What is more? Rather than arrest and discipline these killer herdsmen, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim…

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Legislator and the dying Imo Pensioners

Legislators all over the world are known to make laws for the benefit of the living. One may wonder whether our legislators really understand their functions.  I am not surprised that in their midst are some confirmed certificated illiterates who can only write their names and sign their signatures and  don’t understand what it means to be a legislator. Once they are addressed as Honourables, their life ambition is accomplished. It is clear to me that the Nigerian legislator is unaware or pretends that the plight of traumatized Imo pensioners don’t come within the purview of the assignment of Imo…

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Claretians bury priest, Fr Cyril Ibe

The remains of Fr. Cyril Ibe being conveyed to the burial ground by his classmates shortly after the funeral Mass

  Members of the Claretian Missionaries, East Nigeria Province who were couple of weeks ago thrown into mourning following the news of the demise of their priest brother, Rev. Fr. Cyril Ibe CMF, gathered at their Mother House, Claretian Institute of Philosophy Maryland Nekede Owerri for his final respect,  Tuesday March 27. The funeral rites which started the previous day with Evening Mass at the Congregation’s seat of power, St. Anthony Mary Claret Church, Area ‘A’ World Bank were concluded at the Claretians burial ground Maryland Nekede. Shortly after the Lying-in-state ritual at the Institute’s Martyrs of Barbastro Chapel, Very…

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Lassa fever kills doctor, another in Umuahia On April 3

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  A female doctor with the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia, Abia State has reportedly died from Lassa fever alongside a baby. The death of the doctor at Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State was confirmed by the Chief Medical Director of FMC, Umuahia, Dr Abali Chukwu, but he could not say if she contracted the fever at FMC or a private hospital. The deceased doctor, a female, was just less than two months old in the hospital, having been engaged last February. It was learned that her husband also works in the hospital. Chukwu said that all the persons, who…

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36 bag First Class in FUTO

  Out of the 2,325 graduands in the 2016/2017 class of Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), 36 made First Class, 914 – Second Class Upper, 1,170 – Second Class Lower while 49 scored Third Class. The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Francis Eze disclosed this on April 3 during a press briefing for the 30th convocation ceremony of the university held on Friday April 6. Prof. Eze also said that 438 would be conferred with Post Graduate degrees and diplomas. A breakdown of the higher degrees shows that 46 will be conferred with Ph.D, 250 – Masters Degree…

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Mothers, Husbands and Children

  Mothers in the house are the soul mate to their husbands, they are meant to be together more than bloodily related individuals. Once legally married, the bible says they become one instead of two. They are expected to be like Mary and Joseph the holy family, with more love and one understanding. Husbands are very important in the house and they are the prestige and pride of their wives. As mothers have Virgin Mary as their role model, they should always emulate her and her virtues. Mary was an embodiment of God’s Love. She was very obedient and accepted…

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MERCY OVERFLOWING

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  The feast of Divine Mercy was established on April 30, 2000 by Pope John Paul II, at the canonization of Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska, through whom the Lord requested that the Second Sunday of Easter be reserved to celebrate God’s mercy which is ever-flowing, notwithstanding our unfaithfulness. The Lord is perennially faithful and his mercy is always more than sufficient to cover our sins. As St Paul has it, “where sin increased, grace increased all the more” (Rom. 5:20).In one of her visions, Jesus said to Saint Faustina: “I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and…

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MOTHERHOOD: A Call to Sacrifice

  Today is Mothers’ Day. It is a day Catholics in Nigeria and indeed all over the world celebrate our heavenly Mother Mary and indeed all mothers. A day to remind mothers of the need to make Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary our role model. A day to also remember that we are the handmaids of the Lord and like our Mother Mary we ask for the will of the Lord to prevail in our lives as we emulate the virtues of humility, faith, purity, positive disposition and love. Motherhood is a mystery and a…

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Second Sunday of Easter – DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

    ENTRANCE ANTIPHON    1 Pt 2:2 Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk, that in him you may grow to salvation, alleluia.   COLLECT God of everlasting mercy, who, in the very recurrence of the paschal feast kindle the faith of the people you have made your own, increase, we pray, the grace you have bestowed, that all may grasp and rightly understand in what font they have been washed, by whose Spirit they have been reborn, by whose Blood they have been redeemed, Through our Lord.   FIRST READING  A reading from the Acts…

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Easter Sunday Reading 4/1/2018

Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 139:18.5-6 I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia. COLLECT O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. Through our Lord..   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles Acts l0:34a.37-43 “We ate…

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Christian conscience dying in Nigeria – Priest

The Ladies with their President, Hon. Lady Anne Dozie and Chaplain, Fr. Ekwebelem, after the retreat.

  … As Ladies of St. Mulumba, Emekuku Sub-Council ends Retreat Christianity today, rather than being a life that is lived in accordance with, and after the manner of Jesus Christ, appears to have become a mere name or title that is only tagged to a person’s name. Rev. Fr. Sanctus Okey Ekwebelem, expressed this view in a Retreat for Ladies of St. Mulumba, Emekuku Sub-council, March 24 “I have chosen to share with you today a reflection on the theme: ‘Knights and Ladies of the Church Ambassadors of Christ and light of the world.’ “The choice of this theme…

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Easter: Rising with Christ

  Christians all over the world, after 40 days of Lenten observance are today celebrating Easter Sunday, Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus is a mystery of great significance and the highest point God’s intervention in the story of man and the economy of salvation. It was an event that brings hope in all situations to individuals, families and society. Easter tells us that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and that even after death, there is life. The Resurrection marks the victory of Christ over sin, death and powers of darkness….

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