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February 22, 2017

Jewish/Igbo relationship: Jewish scientists storm Nnewi to conduct DNA test

Ikedife Hospital located along Igwe Orizu Road, Otolo-Nnewi, Anambra State is playing host to Jewish scientists, who are in Nnewi to conduct Deoxyribonucleic Acid, DNA, test on interested citizens there to determine the Jewish relationship with Igbos. Hundreds of people trooped out in their numbers, yesterday, to participate in DNA test to ascertain the validity of the claims that the Igbo migrated from that part of the world. As early as 7.00 am people had started arriving from every part of Igboland to take part in the cell screening exercise, while a few policemen were seen in the hospital premises…

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Trump’s travel ban isn’t Islamophobic – UAE Foreign Minister

The United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister said President Donald Trump’s recent order barring citizens from seven countries to enter the country isn’t Islamophobic and doesn’t target a single religion. The order, which some media outlets have called a “Muslim ban,” isn’t actually that, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan told Al Jazeera TV. “The United States has taken a decision that is within the American sovereign decision,” he said in Abu Dhabi, the Muslim-majority country’s capital. “There are attempts to give the impression that this decision is directed against a particular religion, but what proves this talk to be incorrect…

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Nigeria is world’s most dangerous place for Christians – US lawmakers

United States House of Representatives says Nigeria has been cited as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world. The Chairman of its Sub-committee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights and International Organisation, Christopher Smith, made the assertion as former President Goodluck Jonathan made a presentation to the Sub-Committee on the challenges faced by Christians in Nigeria. Smith said: “My subcommittee has broadly investigated the crises facing Christians in Nigeria today”. “My staff director, Greg Simpkins and I have made several visits to Nigeria, speaking with Christians and Muslim religious leaders across the country and visiting fire-bombed churches, such…

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Execution of Christians no longer acceptable, says Trump

U.S President, Donald Trump has remained resolute in his hedge-hammer especially on the Islamist terrorists, saying the wanton execution of Christians in the world would no longer be tolerated. President Trump who took to his twitter handle to state this also said that countries need strong borders because the terrorism happening in the world has made it a total mess. His twitter reads “Christians in the Middle-East have been executed in large numbers. We cannot allow this horror to continue! Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world…

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On Trump presidency, Pope says we must ‘wait and see’

In a new interview published Saturday, Pope Francis said he will wait to see what U.S. President Donald J. Trump does before making any judgments, emphasizing God’s own patience with him and his faults. In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais Jan. 20, the same day as the U.S. presidential inauguration, Pope Francis said he doesn’t like to get ahead of himself “or judge people prematurely.” “We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will have an opinion. But being afraid or rejoicing beforehand because of something that might happen is, in my view, quite…

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Trump orders Removal of Islamic symbols & practices in White House

Obama was seen storming away from the West Wing after staffers from Donald Trump’s transition team began preparing the Executive offices for the new administration. On Trump’s orders, one of Obama’s most secretive rituals is being reversed and all signs of it removed from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. For the past 8 years, to appease any Muslims working at or visiting the White House, silence has been ordered during the 5 times of Islamic prayer each day. In addition, prayer rugs and crescent moon symbols are available in several areas of the executive mansion to make Muslims more comfortable. The administration…

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From this moment on, it’s going to be America First – Trump

Full text of PRESIDENT DONALD J TRUMP INAUGURATION SPEECH, Jan. 20, 2017 Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come. We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done. Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out…

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Pope warns parishioners on gossip – If you’re tempted to gossip, ‘bite your tongue’

Pope Francis Sunday traveled to a parish on the outskirts of Rome where he visited a priest suffering from a severe form of ALS and celebrated Mass, warning parishioners, as he often does, of the harm gossiping does to a community. When we read the Gospels, we see that “we have a lot of sins,” including betrayal and jealousy, “but there is one I don’t find: they weren’t gossipers, they didn’t talk bad about others, they didn’t speak badly about each other. No,” the Pope said Jan. 15. “In this, they were good. They didn’t pluck at each other,” he…

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Nigerians In Indian Prisons cry for justice

Prisoners of Nigerian nationality in Tihar jail New Delhi India, have cried out for justice to both the Indian and Federal Governments of Nigerian. They have accused the prison officals of high rate of human rights violation and the Nigeria High Commission in Indian of abandoning them without investigating  their cases. An SOS  to the public,   addressed to the mass media- TV, Radio and Newspapers, titled: Incarceration and denial of fair justice to Nigerian prisoners in New Delhi India read as follows: In India, a new Delhi Trial court judge, Mr Deepak Garg of Patiala House court, is currently fighting…

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Vatican lights Christmas tree – As Pope reflects on Nativity scenes

As Christmas approaches, the Nativity scenes found in churches and homes around the world bid us to make room for Jesus both in our lives and in society, Pope Francis said shortly before the lighting of the Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square Friday. The massive 82-foot tree from the Dolomites was lit in St. Peter’s Square, next to the nearly life-size Nativity scene, donated to the Vatican by the Archdiocese of Malta and designed by local artists. The Nativity scenes found “in churches, in homes and in many public places are an invitation to make room in our lives…

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Shocking! Open Letter from Sergey Mavrodi to the Nigerian Authorities

The Founder of MMM Sergey Mavrodi has release a message to the Nigerian authorities. Read the full text here below: “Honorable authorities, So far MMM has come under a constant attack from you. In this regard, I would like to ask you a few simple questions. Since you are concerned with the interests of millions of your fellow citizens, I hope that  you would be so kind to answer them. What are you trying to get? Do you want the MMM System to collapse and millions of people to suffer? Who will support them then if now MMM is their…

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Don’t whitewash your sins – Pope Francis

As Christmas approaches, don’t downplay your sins, Pope Francis said. Instead, name them honestly in the Sacrament of Confession, open your heart, and ask the Lord to heal you from within. If we merely say: “yes, yes, I have some sins; I go, I confess…and then I go on as before,” we don’t allow ourselves to be recreated by the Lord, the Pope said Dec. 5. It’s as if we’ve applied “two coats of paint” on our heart, believing that is good enough. “No!” he said. What we should do instead is name our sins carefully, saying: “I’ve done this,…

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Nigeria’s Super Falcons beat Cameroon to win 8th African title

The Nigerian Super Falcons have emerged champions of Africa again after beating Cameroon 1-0 in the finals of the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations on Saturday. Desire Oparanozie scored the only goal that saw the Falcons beat the Indomitable Lionesses in a nervy final match played at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Omnisports Stadium in Yaoundé. The win has seen Nigeria secure their eight African title even as Coach of the Nigeria team, Omagbemi became the second individual to win the AWCON as a player and a coach.    

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Vatican announces themes for upcoming World Youth Days

The Dicastery for Laity, the Family, and Life issued a communiqué on Tuesday listing the themes for the next three World Youth Days (WYD). The press release notes that the themes were chosen by Pope Francis “for the three-year World Youth Day journey that will culminate at the international celebration of the event to be held in Panama in 2019.”  World Youth Day is celebrated at the diocesan level each year on Palm Sunday, with an international gathering every two to three years. The most recent international Day was celebrated in August, 2016, in Krakow, Poland. The Blessed Virgin Mary…

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World AIDS Day: Pope calls for solidarity and treatment for all

Pope Francis has appealed to all persons to act in a responsible manner to prevent the spread of HIV-Aids. Speaking during the weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall,  to mark this year’s World AIDS Day, Thursday December 1, the  Pope said: “Millions of people live with this illness and only half of them have access to life-saving therapies.” The Pope invited all to pray for them and for their families and promote solidarity so that “also the poor can benefit from adequate diagnosis and treatment. “I appeal to all to act in a responsible way in order to…

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Advent: Don’t be dominated by material things – Pope Francis

The season of Advent is a reminder to us to open our horizons and have concern for more than just material things, the Pope said last Sunday during his Angelus address. Advent is an invitation “to sobriety, to not be dominated by the things of this world, to material reality, but rather to govern them,” Pope Francis said Nov. 27 in St. Peter’s Square. “If, on the contrary, we are conditioned and overpowered by them, it is not possible to perceive that which is much more important: our final encounter with the Lord: and this is important. He pointed to…

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Nigeria security forces ‘killed 150 peaceful pro-Biafra protesters’ -Amnesty Int’l

…We acted professionally Army replies, alleges blackmail Nigeria’s security forces have killed more than 150 peaceful protesters since August 2015, a human rights group has claimed. Amnesty International said the country’s military used live ammunition and deadly force against pro-Biafra protesters who were campaigning for independence from Nigeria. Nigeria’s police denies allegations that it used unnecessary force. The country’s army said Amnesty was trying to tarnish its reputation. Amnesty’s report is based on interviews with almost 200 people, alongside more than 100 photographs and 87 videos. Among the allegations contained in the report are what Amnesty called “extrajudicial executions”, when…

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Pope extends Jubilee mandate on abortion – Grants all priests faculty to absolve sin of abortion

Acknowledging and sharing God’s mercy is a permanent part of the Christian life, so initiatives undertaken during the special Year of Mercy must continue, Pope Francis said. “Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the church,” the pope wrote in an apostolic letter, “Misericordia et Misera,” (“Mercy and Misery”), which he signed Nov. 20 at the end of the Year of Mercy. The Catholic Church’s focus on God’s mercy must continue with individual acts of kindness, assistance to the poor and, particularly, with encouraging Catholics to participate in the sacrament of reconciliation and making it easier for…

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Four cardinals ask pope to clarify teaching on Communion for divorced

Four cardinals said they formally asked Pope Francis to clarify his teaching on Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and, not receiving a response after two months, they released their letter to the press. “We have noted a grave disorientation and great confusion of many faithful regarding extremely important matters for the life of the church,” the cardinals said. “Even within the episcopal college, there are contrasting interpretations of Chapter 8 of ‘Amoris Laetitia,’” the chapter dealing with ministry to the divorced in his exhortation on the family. The four who signed the letter are: Cardinals Walter Brandmuller, a…

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Nigerian Bishops host Int’l Conference on Pentecostalism

An International Conference on Pentecostalism, being hosted by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, begins in Abuja on Monday, November 14, 2016. Jointly organized by the Bishops’ Conference and the German Bishops Conference, the four-day programme is expected to be attended by experts and academicians from different parts of the world to discuss the theme: *The Catholic Church and Pentecostalism: Challenges in the Nigerian Context.* The programme is being sponsored by Missio Aachen of Germany. The programme, which is a follow-up to an earlier international programme on a related subject matter, held in Rome in 2013; will among other things …

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