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July 20, 2018

Bishop Amatu warns religious to avoid distractions

Late Bro Augustine Ojukwu laid to rest

… As Bro Augustine joins Saint Triumphant  The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu, has advised the Religious to put up a cheerful face in all circumstances. The prelate gave this advice on Friday 15th June 2018 at the funeral of Rev. Bro. Augustine Ojukwu FMS. The chief shepherd observed that atimes, many religious behave as if they were forced into choosing that vocation. He extolled the late Religious, Bro. Augustine, as one who deserved to be emulated for showing no iota of regret in his choice of vocation. The Local ordinary used the story of a certain…

Imo Govt Declares War on Illicit Drugs

  …Task Force parleys with Assumpta Press The newly inaugurated Imo State Taskforce Committee on Illicit Drugs and Related Matters   visited Assumpta Press publisher of The Leader, Owerri, Monday February 11 with the intention of partnering with the Church, as well as making their mode of operation known to the general public. The team which came in their rank and file was officially received by the Management of the press. Addressing the ad hoc gathering, the team’s Commander General, Hon. Barr. (Mrs.) Ijeoma Igboanusi said the State Government vested her committee with the mandate to rid Imo society of illicit…

Keke driver murdered at Owerri Industrial Layout

A young and struggling Keke driver is the latest victim of armed robbery and brutal murder on the bad, lonely and neglected Owerri Industrial layout road. Okwo Monday Emmanuel, 24, was returning home at about 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19th, when he was attacked and killed on the “death trap,” a few metres away from his residence. His murderers shot and left him in a pool of blood, carting away his Keke, fleet number 33004. When contacted, neighbours expressed shock at gruesome murder of Emmanuel who hails from Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State. “At about 10:30…

The Leader wins National Awards – Presents prizes to Archbishop Obinna

The Leader Newspaper, owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, has won two national awards of excellence; first as the overall best Catholic Newspaper in the country and second as the tabloid with the best layout.   The Awards which were for 2016, came from the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria  which set up an independent panel of media and communication experts to assess the performance of  all the Catholic newspapers in the country.     The panel, after its evaluation, announced the results of its assessment during the meeting of the Association of Diocesan and Religious Directors of Social Communication…

Imo Information Commissioner visits The Leader

…Sues for better Understanding, Communication …The Leader promises to continue to say the truth For two hours Monday, Commissioner of Information, Tourism and Public Utilities Engr. Obinna Nshirim and The Leader rubbed minds with each other in a bid to find ways of improving their relationship. The Commissioner who paid a courtesy call on The Leader, said the newspaper must clap for Government sometimes to celebrate its achievements. But the editor, Fr. Ray Nzereogu informed the commissioner it does not work that way. “If in every edition we praise the governor, we won’t be doing him any good. If we…

Priests enjoined to be available to God’s people – As 2013 Owerri Archdiocesan Priests celebrate anniversary

Priests have been advised to organize their lives in a way that will make them always available to the people of God, for whom they were ordained. Rev. Fr. Eustace Nwanekwu, Assistant Parish Priest of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church Emekuku in Owerri-North LGA, gave the charge Wednesday, August 17, 2016 while delivering a homily at the Assumpta Press Chapel Owerri during a Eucharistic celebration to mark  the third  year  priestly anniversary of Owerri Archdiocesan priests, 2013 set. He described availability as an important quality of a good priest, pointing out that a priest who is always available to hear confessions,…

Another Reminder to the Governor of Imo State

A) To pay the remnant captured-down-trodden old retired Primary School Teachers of 1984/91 cadre, their Federal Pensions Arrears denied them, over 150 months, Arrears for no just cause   1st Reminder via The Guide newspaper December 1st—8th, 2013 Catholic   Secretariat Ahiara 2nd Reminder via The Leader newspaper 22/3/2015, Assumpta Press Owerri 3rd Reminder by personal letter via Governor’s Personal Secretary 28/9/2015 4th Reminder by personal letter via Governor’s Personal Secretary 28/9/2015   B) Deprivation of the labourers of their wages is one of the sins crying to Heaven for vengeance. Save your head and save ours too, before it is…

Priest decries state of Arochukwu road – As Mazi Francis Okoro goes home

  The Parish Priest of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Amankwu Arochukwu, Rev. Fr. Benjamin Ogbu has condemned in strong terms the deplorable state of Ohafia-Arochukwu road in Abia State. Speaking during the burial of Mazi Francis Okoro Onuoha, at St. Peter’s Catholic Station Agbagwu Arochukwu, Fr. Ogbu said anybody who had the misfortune of using the road would not believe it is in Nigeria. Sympathizing with hundreds of people who attended the burial through the deplorable road, the priest said, “I know what you went through; the road is terrible and was worsened by rainfall and a lorry which broke…

Draw courage from Christ’s prayer for His disciples – Priest reminds faithful

Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha blessing the Journalists  during their thanksgiving. Christians have been reminded of the need, in times of persecutions, challenges and difficulties to draw courage from the prayer for unity and perseverance which Christ said for His disciples before returning to His Father in heaven. Rev. Msgr. Kevin Akagha, Vocations Director for the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri, gave the reminder last Sunday while preaching the homily at the Eucharistic celebration to mark this year’s World Communications Day at Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri. The Monsignor, who represented the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna…

Archbishop Obinna appeals to Parishes to support Assumpta Press, The Leader

The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has appealed to parishes, Catholic Organizations and individuals to support Assumpta Press and The Leader newspaper. Reacting to issues raised at the Owerri Archdiocesan Pastoral Council meeting, Archbishop Obinna said even if the charges in those establishments were higher than elsewhere, the people of God need to patronize them because of the important roles they play in the Archdiocese. The Archbishop, who is the proprietor of the Press and publisher of The Leader newspaper, appealed to parishes and sodalities to do what is right in this regard. “Is this how we…

Imo NUJ exco visits Assumpta Press Chapel

– Cry out against deplorable condition of Industrial Layout roads The Imo State Council Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Chief Sir Innocent Igwe, has criticized the deplorable condition of the roads leading to the Onitsha Road Industrial Layout, Owerri, where the Assumpta Press, printers and publishers of THE LEADER newspaper, as well as many other important industries, are located. Sir Igwe did this when he led the Union’s Executives on a visit to the Assumpta Press Chapel of the NUJ, in continuation of the Council’s tour to Media Houses in the state.  He disclosed that the Council’s…

Assumpta Press sends off Fr. Arisukwu – As he leaves for further studies

It was an occasion of mixed feelings, of joy and sadness on Thursday, January 9, 2014, when staff and management of the Assumpta Press Owerri, as well as relatives and friends gathered at the company to send forth Rev. Fr. Vincent Arisukwu, the Deputy Director, who was proceeding to the United States for further studies. It was an occasion of mixed feelings in the sense that everyone present rejoiced with Fr. Arisukwu for the opportunity to go for further studies to improve himself but at the same time felt sad that they were going to miss his company for a…