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August 16, 2018

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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SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

  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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FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    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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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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