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August 16, 2018

Valentine Day: Our youths celebrating the opposite

  On the 14th day of February last year, just like the 14th day of February the other years back, the world witnessed euphoria of love in all its quarters. The wind of love blew from the four poles of the world making love to fill the air. In fact, love was in the air. What made this to be empirically felt were the love messages that were flying across phones, love images and messages shared in the social media and other social interactive rooms, phone calls to loved ones were made like never before. Radio and TV stations held…

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Celebrating Valentine Day on Ash Wednesday … Christ’s love made manifest

lovers day

  In the gospel of St. John we read, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lays down his life for his friends (John 15:13). In verse 12 Jesus said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I loved you.Given this mandate, on Wednesday February 14, the entire human race joyfully celebrates what I may describe as Ash – Valentine day. On this day we venerate St. Valentine who reigns as the patron of true and happy marriage. It is a day popularly known as lovers’ day. Like the Harley’s comet which appears once or…

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2019 General Elections: Catholics pray for less greedy politicians

2019 General Elections: Catholics pray for less greedy politicians

  Prayer for “credible, less-greedy political candidates for good governance and people-caring services in view of the 2019 general elections,” was among 10 special intentions, Catholics in Owerri Archdiocese put before God during a Rosary Procession and Holy Mass held at the Eucharistic Congress Podium, Maria Assumpta Cathedral Extension, January 19, 2018. Other intentions are: – Peaceful, non-violent politicking among politicians and the electorate in this 2018 transition year to the year 2019. – More honest worship of God in spirit, truth and justice, in Church, Government, business and society at large; with rejection and renunciation of idolatrous practices and…

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Cattle Colonies: List of 16 States that have volunteered land

cattle colony

  Sixteen Nigerian states have agreed to the establishment of cattle colonies proposed by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh as a solution to the incessant herdsmen crisis. It was gathered that some 16 states, all in the North, have volunteered land for the establishment of cattle colonies in their domain. The states include: Adamawa, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Nasarawa and Plateau. Others are Bauchi, Gombe, Borno, Jigawa, Yobe, Niger, Kogi and Kwara states. According to The Punch, all the 16 states have agreed to volunteer 5,000 hectares of land each. However, Benue and Taraba experiencing…

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Eight Libya returnees die in auto crash on their way to see T.B. Joshua

  Eight Libya returnees have been reported dead, with seven others injured in an accident along Sagamu expressway. The accident, which occurred along Ore-Ijebu Ode-Sagamu expressway, Ogun State involved a white Toyota Hiace 18-seater commercial bus marked AYB 479 XA and a blue and white Volvo truck registered as KSF 79 XL. It was gathered that the victims were on their way to Lagos to see Pastor T.B. Joshua to seek spiritual and financial assistance, after being informed that the pastor gives out N50,000 each to Libya returnees, who arrived through Lagos. According to the Nation, the bus conveyed 15…

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Rev. Sisters narrate experience in kidnappers’ den

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent

  One of the six freed Reverend Sisters kidnapped in Edo State has narrated how they were praying for their abductors while in their custody. Sister Veronica Ajayi described the experience as “horrible and painful.” She spoke at a thanksgiving Mass held at St. Joseph Catholic Church Benin on Sunday. It was held for the safe return of three Reverend Sisters and three aspiring ones from kidnappers den in Ovia South West Local Government Area. Gunmen had on November 3, 2017 at the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent in Iguoriakhi, Ovia South West Local Government Area abducted Sisters Veronica Ajayi,…

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Mt Carmel Parish Emekuku takes bold step in jobs creation – Floats cottage industries soon

  The fruits of the recent brainstorming by illustrious sons of Emekuku Community, under the auspices of Mt Carmel Catholic Church, on ways to alleviate poverty among rural dwellers- create jobs for unemployed youths and strengthen revenue base of the Church has started to yield fruits. The meeting which took place Sunday December 31, 2017, was preceded by a Thanksgiving Mass for the Emekuku clan Titled: “The Economic future of the Church”, the discussants favoured the immediate establishment of cottage industries such as: A large poultry farm, skills Acquisition Centre, a Printing Press and Business Centre. The newly elected Parish…

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Commissioning of Bishop Unegbu Memorial Hospital and Water Project

Bishop Mark Unegbu

Ndiokonkwo Arondizuogu, 03 January 2018. Tribute by Rev Fr Prof. Dr. Anthony E. Onyeocha    (1) BIRTH He was born in 1917 at the wake of World War 1, the birth of Communism in Eastern Europe as well as the year that Our Lady appeared in Fatima to the three children namely, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco to plead for prayers for world peace.   (2) SEMINARY At the end of the primary school career, the young Mark Unegbu entered St. Paul’s Minor Seminary. From 1933-1936 he read and passed his Senior Cambridge with distinction and became the headmaster of St….

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Stop your draconian policies, group urges Okorocha

…As governor blasts economic team HUMAN Rights Writers Association (HURIWA), on January 13th, made an urgent appeal to Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to stop his administration’s “draconian laws?’ The group said the laws are “targeted at impoverishing the people of Imo?’ The association also accused the state government of discrimination against the poor, students and unemployed by phasing out the only means of movements without bringing into effect, good and enough replacements to provide affordable transportation services to millions of residents of the !mo State capital. An appeal letter, head of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko said: ‘May we appeal to…

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Paracetamol abuse damages liver, Kidney – PSN chairman

Abuse of pain relieving drugs

    Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has warned against indiscriminate or misuse of Paracetamol, saying such practice damages the liver and kidney. Mr Jelili Kilani, PSN Chairman, FCT Chapter, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday emphasised that Paracetamol, an analgesic, was not suppose to be misused. Kilani defined drug misuse as the use of drug for purposes for which it was not intended or using a drug in excessive quantities. He said drug abuse is an ill-wind which its effect might not manifest immediately but later in life….

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KSM buries Supreme Knight

Bro Myke-Mary Nwosu (KSM) is dead

  The body of the Supreme Knight, Order of the Knights of St. Mulumba, Nigeria, Sir Myke-Mary Nwosu was laid to rest in his Uruagu Nnewi home after a funeral Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish Nnewi Monday January 8, 2018. He died on Monday Nov. 13, 2017 at the age of 73. The Mass was concelebrated by the Catholic Archbishop of Onitsha, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke with the Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Rev. Matthew Ndagoso, the bishop of Nnewi, Most Rev. Hilary Okeke and numerous monsignori and other priests from various dioceses in Nigeria. In his…

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Senate gives IGP 14 days to arrest perpetrators of Benue killings

  The Senate Tuesday issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to apprehend the perpetrators of the recent killings in Logo and Guma Local Government Areas of Benue State and hand them over to the attorney general of the state for prosecution. The attacks led to the deaths of at least 73 persons. Resuming from its Yuletide recess Tuesday, the upper legislative chamber said the failure to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators, who it said include “well trained foreign mercenary elements”, will threaten Nigeria’s unity as the crisis was deepening the country’s ethno-religious…

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Claretian University kicks off October

Imo Claretian University Opening October 2018

  …Resource persons, stakeholders brainstorm on way forward Going by the realities on ground, orchestrated by the event of Monday January 15, when the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha affirmed his support for the takeoff of the proposed Imo Claretian University, stakeholders and resource persons all gathered at the Imo International Conference Centre Owerri with the intention of putting the dreams into fruition come October this year. The event started with a Press Conference at the    Government House Owerri where  Governor  Okorocha revealed that part of his philosophy of leadership was anchored on the belief that every Nigerian child would…

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Abducted Rev Sisters released – After nearly two months in kidnappers den

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent

  The six females, including three reverend sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Convent, who were kidnapped by gunmen in Edo State in November 2017, have regained their freedom. Superior-General of the Convent, Sister Agatha Osarekhoe, who confirmed the development on Sunday, said the sisters returned unhurt. According to her, “we are happy; to God be the glory! One (Ajayi) was released yesterday (Saturday) and the others were  released later, the next day. They are fine. They are receiving some medical check-up in a hospital.” Recall that armed men had, on November 13, 2017, invaded the convent of the…

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Royal family fetes children in Nkwume Ato at Christmas

Eze Engr B N Nwokeke with Ugoeze Sir Emman Chukwu and others at the event

  – Says promotes peace in community The Traditional Ruler of Nkwume Ato Autonomous Community in Ihitte-Uboma LGA of Imo State, HRH, Eze Engr. B.N. Nwokeke celebrated the birth of Christ with children drawn from various communities under his domain on 25th December 2017. Eze Nwokeke and the Ugoeze, Nneoma Joy Ego Nwokeke survived a gruesome assassination bid in the hands of dare-devil vandals who in 2013 attracked the royal family and shot the Royal Father severally on the legs, arm and lower abdomen, and abducted the Ugoeze who could not be found for days, living Eze Nwokeke lying critically…

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Umuonyeche kindred in Owerri ends year with Mass

Umuonyeche kindred in Owerri ends year with Mass

…Fr Asomugha preaches change of attitude The ever busy Oguamanam Street in Owerri Municipal Council was restricted with vehicular movement when women, sons and daughters of Umuonyeche kindred joined their wing of Catholic Men Organization, CMO in an End of the Year get together, Friday December 29. The thanksgiving event which began with a Eucharistic celebration was also used for special prayers, forgiveness and reconciliation. Their son priests, Rev. Frs. Eunan Asomugha and Valentine Egejuru were at the Mass. Whereas Fr. Asomugha was the chief celebrant, Frs. Egejuru and Anthony Emereonyekwe who represented their parish priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Cyril…

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Prof & Mrs Innocent Eleazu marks marriage golden jubilee

Prof & Mrs Innocent Eleazu marks marriage golden jubilee

…As Christ the King Church Obibiezena holds Harvest Activities marking this year’s Harvest/Bazaar ceremony of Christ the King Station Church Ogbeke in Obibiezena, Owerri North LGA were last Sunday of last year concluded in grand fashion as Chief Prof. & Mrs. Innocent Eleazu used the occasion in thanking God for keeping their marriage united for 50 years. The presence of their children, grandchildren as well as in-laws, friends and well-wishers in the ceremony staged at the Station Church of St. Mary’s Catholic Parish Obibiezena added colour to the anniversary Mass. Together they joined in celebrating a couple many described as…

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New Year, New Beginning

New year 2018

  Our life is like a book. The New Year stands before us like a fresh chapter in a book. What you will write for this next chapter of your life is entirely up to you. So, it is usually and rightly so a time for renewal; a time to brace up for a new beginning, and fresh starts. Stock taking presumably must have taken place in December, loopholes, shortfalls and mistakes identified. January then begins with a new sense of optimism, a sense and a desire to make the New Year better than last year. The New Year provides…

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Model for Community Development in the Nigerian Society of today: The Church and the people

Model for Community Development in the Nigerian Society of today

The Church The sorry state of life in Nigeria today is sad as well as scary. The poor are on the verge of losing their humanity, the rich are drowning, and the ignorant are turning to nonentities while the learned are getting confused. People are subjected to live like animals. The Mediterranean Sea has continued to swallow our youths. Our environment has become a rendezvous for the jobless. The jobless have become beggars, beggars have become lunatics. Lunatics have become kidnappers and kidnappers are ironically becoming the cream of the society. Insecurity is worsening. Probity has taken a leave of…

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Rivers massacre: Mastermind killed in Enugu – Army

THE 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt on Sunday confirmed the death of a notorious cultist and kidnap kingpin, Johnson Igwedibia, also known as Don Waney. General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Division, Major General. Enonbong Udoh, confirmed the killing when he displayed the corpses of Don Waney alongside two of his gang leaders to journalists at the division’s headquarters in Port Harcourt. He said the dreaded militant leader was tracked down at his new acquired residence in a suburb village in Enugu State. The GOC further said the deceased and his gang members were responsible for the…

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