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August 16, 2018

Nguru 83/Okpala 88 class donates Hilux vehicle to St. Peter Claver Seminary

Nguru 83/Okpala 88 class donates Hilux vehicle to St. Peter Claver Seminary

  Students of St. Peter Claver Seminary Okpala have reasons to rejoice, following the donation of a beautiful Hilux utility vehicle to them by some Old Boys of their institution. The donors are members of the class which was admitted in 1983 into the Mater Ecclesiae Seminary Nguru Mbaise and later proceeded to St. Peter Claver Seminary Okpala where they graduated in 1988. They presented the hilux to the proprietor of the school, the Most Rev. Anthony JV Obinna the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri during a short but impressive ceremony at the Assumpta Villa last Tuesday.   Receiving the hilux,…

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Pope’s Lamborghini Auctioned for nearly $1 Million

Pope donates N76m car gift to charity ... Africa benefits

  A custom Lamborghini Huracan that had been donated to Pope Francis last year was auctioned for nearly $1 million on Saturday, with proceeds going to charity.   The car was auctioned at Sotheby’s in London, and went to an unidentified buyer for $950,000, Fox News reports.   The sports car had been donated to Pope Francis by the Italian automaker last year. It was presented to Francis in front of his residence at the Vatican’s Saint Martha Guesthouse Nov. 15. He blessed and autographed it in the presence of top executives from the auto company.   All proceeds will…

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Pope Francis decries ‘spiral of violence’ in Middle East

  Expressing his sorrow for those who have lost their lives, Pope Francis Wednesday called for peace and dialogue in the Middle East, which has faced increased violence during the transfer of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.   “I am very worried and distressed by the escalation of tensions in the Holy Land and in the Middle East, and by the spiral of violence that is increasingly moving away from the path of peace, dialogue and negotiations,” the pope said May 16.   Speaking at the end of the general audience, Francis expressed his sorrow for the…

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Enugu Catholic Church explosion not bomb – Police

  Police in Enugu State Monday dismissed reports of a “bomb explosion” at Holy Cross Catholic Church Iji Nike, Enugu  on Sunday.   In a statement, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, urged members of the public to go about their normal and lawful businesses, noting that analysis carried out by the command’s Explosive Ordinance Department showed that the minor explosion had nothing to do with Improvised Explosive Device (IED).   He said: “The Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force wishes to make it categorically clear to the members of the public that there was…

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APC Primaries: A Taste of the Pudding

  If a taste of the pudding is in the eating, in actuality, then we can say Nigerians have just tasted what is on the menu for the 2019, with the party primaries held by the ALL Progressive Congress (APC).  What the people now have to ask is who planned the menu? Is it all there is or more should be expected?   A better outing was expected from the ruling APC party, but what took place in the name of party primaries in the majority of states, is to say the least, disappointing.   Looking at what transpired, it…

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Okorocha’s bizarre gift

  I am still trying to figure out the moral lesson behind Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha’s gift of N2 million to the winner of the just-concluded reality television programme Big Brother Nigeria (BBN). Okorocha also pledged that the BBN winner would receive a plot of land in any part of the state to facilitate construction of his own house. When people say we have lost our values in Nigeria, Okorocha has given us one reason to agree with that statement. By honouring the BBN winner and another contestant, Okorocha has devalued hard work and rewarded laziness. What he has…

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Chibuzo Njoku bows out at 31

Late Mr Chibuzo Njoku (Fix borne by younger sister) with wife in the background

  It was a matter of “weep all you can and console yourself” as the requiem Mass for Late Mr. Innocent Chibuzo Njoku a.k.a Dominion was held at Maria Assumpta Church Umuelemai Isiala Mbano recently. In his homily, a guest preacher and parish priest of St. Bridget’s Okwuohia Obowo, Fr. Joseph Okafor, said the demise of Chibuzo at a tender age of 31 underscores the mystery of death as no age could be said to be ripe for death. He commiserated with the bereaved family and all affected by the untimely death, and urged them to ignore the circumstances of…

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Age Grade builds residence for indigent member

1st from left: Monsignor Jerry Ofoegbu Flanked by leaders of Ndubuisi Progress Age Grade with Barr. Mike Onyekachi, Chairman 3rd from right. In front of the new House

  Very Rev. Monsignor Jerry Ofoegbu, Parish Priest, St. CoIumba’s Catholic Church, on Sunday 6th May 2018 dedicated a residential building built by members of Ndubuisi Progressive Age Grade, Agbaghara-Nsu, Ehime Mbano L.G.A. for an indigent member, Mr. Anthony Kelechi Chukwunyere. Dedicating the building, Msgr. Ofoegbu extolled members and leadership of the Age Grade, for their magnanimity and charitable disposition by tasking themselves towards putting smiles on the face of their handicapped colleague. He eulogized them for being good Samaritans; practical Christians who endure pains to give salutary palliative support of providing shelter to an indigent colleague in the community….

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Agriculture, panacea to unemployment, food sufficiency – Nze Acho Nwokorie

Feeding fishes in one of the ponds: Nze Acho Nwokorie in dispensing food to fishes in company of his son and farm hands

  An agriculturist and business mogul, Nze Acho Valentine Nwokorie has advocated for proactive involvement of Nigerian youths and graduates in agriculture as a veritable platform for self enhancement, food security and solution to rising graduate unemployment. Nze Nwokorie harped on the exigency of equipping graduates and youths with skills in the modern trends in fish farming, use of high-yielding seedlings and technical know-how in snail breeding, piggery, poultry, animal husbandry and farming generally. According to him, people in regular employment could also avail themselves with opportunities which abound not only in farming but also in food processing like feed…

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Confusion in Imo Assembly …As Speaker removes Majority leader

lugard osuji

  The Imo State House of Assembly witnessed a rowdy session on Thursday during its plenary when Speaker Acho Ihim announced, after the motion for adjournment, the removal of the House Majority leader, Hon. Uche Oguwuike, representing Ikeduru constituency, and promptly replaced him with former majority leader, Lugard Osuji of Owerri Municipal. The Speaker had announced the change while members of the House were about leaving the legislative Chamber. The new majority leader was sacked last year by the House over alleged inefficiency in the discharge of his duties. The removal of Ogwuike did not go down well with some…

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Prof. Okorie raises the alarm over environmental degradation in Nigeria

Prof. Peter U. Okorie

…Our forests, rivers under serious threat Nigeria is typical of countries that have done relatively little to stem the tide of environmental degradation and consequent biodiversity loss, a university don has revealed. Biodiversity loss or species loss is said to occur when living members of a species are no longer found anywhere on earth, whether in captivity or in the wild. Professor Peter U. Okorie raised the alarm while delivering the 19th Inaugural Lecture of the Imo State University Owerri recently. In the lecture titled: “Behind the Urbanising Fringe: Stress and Struggle of Biodiversity,” Okorie said, “paradoxically, Nigeria is one…

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Owerri Peoples Assembly

  PREAMBLE Sequel to the successful Owerri Summit organized by the Coalition for Owerri Re-awakening on Nov 11, 2017 and the consequent EGBU DECLARATION, the Owerri Peoples Assembly (OPA) of Imo State organized the first ever Comprehensive Convention of Owerri Zone with the theme “Oke Zuo, Iwe Alaa” on April 2nd and 3rd. The convention comprised a colloquium chaired by Dr. Leo Stan Ekeh of Zinox Computers and a Convention rally chaired by Dr. Paschal Dozie, Chairman MTN and Co-chaired by Dr. Mike Okiro, Chairman Police Service Commission with Chief Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu as Grand Patron. Other prominent sons and…

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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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