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June 23, 2018

You won’t stop killer- Herdsmen

– Catholic Bishops, Ohanaeze, Afenifere, tell Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari is not at all serious about ending the killings in the country or punishing those involved.  Killer-Fulani – herdsmen are taking many lives across the country, particularly in Benue, and the Federal Government is dilly-dallying about it. That is why Catholic Bishops, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere Yoruba and former Vice President Abubakar Atiku do not believe what President Buhari said on Democracy Day, concerning the killer-herdsmen. Buhari had said the Federal Government would deal with the killer- herdsmen and their sponsors but the groups said it is lip service. The Catholic…

Catholics Organize Prayer-Protest

  A weeping Catholic Church is petitioning God for the many killings of innocent people in Benue, particularly the brutal murder of its Priests and laity during a Holy Mass.   Catholic Bishops have therefore, called out the faithful to a prayer-protest, on Tuesday, in solidarity with the victims of the recent Makurdi killings.   “Following the directive, of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, (CBCN), Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna,  Archbishop of Owerri invites the faithful, other Christians and people of goodwill in the State to a special Day of Prayer in Solidarity with the victims of the recent…

Bishop Bagobiri the charismatic shepherd, Monk returns to his maker @ 60

Bishop Joseph Danlami Bagobiri

  The world stood still on the ides of March when the Chief Shepherd of Kafanchan Diocese, Most Reverend Dr  Joseph Danlami Bagobiri, MFR, was committed to mother earth having transited to heaven on  Tuesday the 27th day of February 2018. Over 100,000 mourners including about 3,000 Priests and Bishops thronged the Kafanchan Stadium on the 15th of March  to bid farewell to this Courageous and highly charismatic man of God of Southern Kaduna extraction, who also was the voice of hope, voice of the voiceless and the  voice against  the killings and persecution of northern Christians. Bishop Bagobiri, the…

Voter’s Card: Catholic Bishops go tough

  In a bid to tackle voter’s apathy so endemic especially among the faithful, the Catholic Church has hit the ground running ahead of next year’s General Election. Speaking at the end of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), held at the Catholic Secretariat, Abuja, the bishops gave strict instructions to the faithful to register to enable them to obtain the permanent voters card, (PVC), without which they would not be eligible to vote. The Bishops seem to have taken to heart the criticism that many people in the church do not vote or…

Gov. Bello apologises to Catholic bishops

  The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has apologised to the Catholic bishops and Christians over his alleged comment that those who opposed President Muhammadu Buhari were corrupt Christian leaders who were unhappy because looters were no longer able to pay tithes to them. Bello said he could never insult men of God as he had “tremendous respect for the Catholic Community.” He said he would not do anything to disparage any religious organisation. The governor was reacting to the criticism that greeted his comment in which he was quoted as carpeting the Catholic bishops who paid a visit to…

Address of the Catholic Bishops to Buhari

Catholic Bishops with President Buhari on Thursday

  AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF NIGERIA (CBCN) ON THE OCCASION OF A COURTESY CALL ON  HIS EXCELLENCY MOHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE  FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, THURSDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2018   Your Excellency,   Preamble We, the representatives of the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, bring you our cordial greetings and blessings. We desired this meeting, in order to continue the dialogue we initiated with you even before your election as President. We therefore thank you for granting us this audience, which affords us the opportunity to share with you, once again, our thoughts and concerns…

Nigerians are suffering – Catholic bishops tell Buhari

Catholic Bishops with President Buhari on Thursday

  I’m doing my best – Buhari The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria on Thursday told President Muhammadu Buhari that the enormous goodwill with which he assumed office in 2015 was being fast depleted by some glaring failures of his government. The bishops said this when they paid a courtesy visit to Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Their address at the visit, a copy of which was made available to The Leader, was jointly signed by the CBCN President and Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama; and the Secretary who is also the Bishop of Gboko, Most Rev….

COURAGE, DO NOT BE AFRAID

  A Pastoral Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province Issued at the End of their First Plenary Meeting for the Year 2018 Held at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Wetheral Road, Owerri — Imo State from January 22 – 23, 2018 Preamble 1. Our dear brothers and sisters in Christ, fellow citizens: in the past years we addressed you on certain critical ecclesiastical and socio-political tensions seriously affecting us as a people. Today, our people and nation are still saddled with rising religious, socio-political and ethnic agitations. While acknowledging some visible improvement in infrastructure by government, our people…

Menace of Fulani herdsmen: Remain calm, vigilant – Catholic Bishops

  The Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province have condemned the nefarious activities of Fulani herdsmen who terrorize the people in many states across the nation and exhorted. In a Pastoral Statement issued at the end of their First Plenary meeting for the year 2018 held at Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri, Jan 22-23, the bishops drawn from Abia and Imo States, said, “Of special concern for our people is the menace of the so called Fulani herdsmen who flagrantly carry unauthorized assault weapons, employing them to rampage villages and to destroy farmlands and crops of other people; and who heartlessly…

Catholic bishops raise alarm over fake news

  … Piracy of Religious books   The Catholic bishops of Ibadan Province rose from their first meeting for 2018 with strong condemnation of fake news and piracy of Religious texts in Nigeria. In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the bishops said: “Like elsewhere in the world, “fake news” has become a real concern in Nigeria. Due to the democratization of information and the instruments of media, all have almost unlimited access to the means and methods of dissemination. This has turned everyone, to informers of almost equal status, regardless of their intention and objective. As…

Please, Stop the Circle of Killings – Archbishop Appeals

Address grievances, agitations now - Catholic Bishops tell FG

The Most Rev. Ignatius A. Kaigama Catholic Archbishop of Jos and President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, has appealed to the Fukani and Irigwe people of Bassa Local government in Plateau State to stop the circle of killings going on in the area. In a Press Release issued last week, Archbishop Kaigama said: “For over two years now, Plateau State has enjoyed happy and peaceful coexistence, giving birth to greater confidence and trust to its citizens and visitors alike that only the best will henceforth happen in the State. This peace has unfortunately been rudely interrupted by the outburst of…

Nigeria Reconsecrated to Our Lady

 Be proud to proclaim Mary as our Mother Nigeria has been reconsecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The reconsecration which took place in the Archdiocese of Benin City, Edo State October 13, 2017 was a follow up to the consecration done in 1954. The event was part of the activities marking the Grand Finale of National Marian Year and the Centenary of the Marian Apparitions in Fatima, Portugal (1917). In his homily during the opening Mass, Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze, Archbishop of Benin City, called on Catholics to be proud to proclaim Mary as our Mother. He observed that…

Praying for Peace

Praying for Peace

A 31- day special prayer and fasting to be observed by all Catholics throughout the Onitsha and Owerri Ecclesiastical Provinces (covering the five South Eastern States) kicks off today, October 1. This directive was given by the Catholic Bishops of the two provinces after their meeting at Onitsha on September 20. Their reason: “Given the current state of uneasiness and tension in our five Igbo states and in all Nigeria, we the Catholic Bishops of Onitsha and Owerri Ecclesiastical Provinces, have decided to seek God’s special intervention through a prolonged prayer for peace and fasting from evil, food and drinks”….

Tension in Igboland Catholics begin 30-day prayer, fasting as Court proscribes IPOB

Tension in Igboland Catholics begin 30-day prayer, fasting as Court proscribes IPOB

Worried by the current state of tension in Nigeria, especially in the South-East region, the Catholic Bishops of Onitsha and Owerri Ecclesiastical provinces have directed Catholic faithful in the five states in Igboland to embark on prayer and fasting. A Press Release issued by the Metropolitans of Onitsha and Owerri Ecclesiastical provinces, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke and Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, said the directive begins on 1st October to 31st October 2017. The directive titled: “Praying and Fasting for Peace in the South-East and in all Nigeria,” was issued on Wednesday, Sept. 20. (Read full text on page 2) Meanwhile…

Address grievances, agitations now – Catholic Bishops tell FG

Address grievances, agitations now - Catholic Bishops tell FG

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) rose from their Second Plenary Meeting in Jalingo, Taraba State (Sept. 7-15) with an appeal to the Federal Government to address various grievances in the country. In a strongly worded communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the bishops noted that: “Our country is currently passing through a phase that is marked by tension, agitation and a general sense of hopelessness and dissatisfaction. This we believe is as a result of years of injustice, inequity, corruption, and impunity. There are agitations in many sectors of the country against the one-sidedness in appointments…

Release Nnamdi Kanu, others now …Catholic Bishops

Address grievances, agitations now - Catholic Bishops tell FG

Nigerian Catholic Bishops have expressed displeasure and are frowning over the continued detention of Biafra agitator Nnamdi Kanu and others when the courts have said they should be released. A communiqué issued at the end of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), and signed by Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, President and Most Rev. William A. Avenya, Secretary, the bishops rebuked the Federal Government for holding people captive when the law has set them free or granted them bail. “While urging the government to uphold the rule of law by obeying court orders especially in…

Economic woes: Stop blaming Jonathan, other past leaders – Catholic bishops tell Buhari

Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Province have affirmed that there are no signs that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is truly working. The clerics noted that the hardship in the country was one of the reasons some persons were calling for the nation to break up. The bishops raised these concerns in a communiqué signed by its President, Most Reverend Gabriel Abegunrin and Secretary, Bishop John Oyejola at the end of its February meeting held at Oke Ado, Ibadan. The bishops in the communique enjoined the federal government to stop blaming the past administration for the current economic crisis in the country….

Fr. Mbaka’s transfer, a non-issue – Catholic Secretariat

Catholics Bishops of Nigeria have no issues with Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka and would not be dragged into any by mischief makers or even the media. A release issued from the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria and signed by Rev. Fr. Chris N. Anyanwu, Director of Social Communications, demanded an apology from The Punch Newspaper, following a misleading article it published on page 13 of its Monday, Feb 15th 2016 edition, regarding Fr. Mbaka’s transfer. The release said the Bishops conference appreciated the cordial relationship between the church and the media but was opposed to over dramatization of a local diocesan…

Our God is God of mercy/not god of back to sender, holy ghost fire – Catholic Bishops

At a time when our people are confused by the fake teachings of the self-styled “men of God”, and intimidated by the neo-pagan image of a vindictive and merciless god, Christians have been reminded that our God is the God of mercy, not the false god of “do me I do you god no go vex”, “back to sender”, holy ghost fire”. The Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province gave this explanation in a pastoral statement issued at the end of their First Plenary Meeting held at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri, January 19. The Bishops explained that this Year…

Catholic Bishops Honour Prof. Ogunu, Peter Obi

Professor Michael Ogunu, one of Nigeria’s foremost Catholic writers and a great defender of the Catholic faith has been given an Award by the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria for his “outstanding and significant contribution to Catholic Education in Nigeria”. Professor Ogunu was given the Award on Thursday 30th October 2014 during the 2nd National Catholic Education Summit held at the National Centre for Women Development in Abuja. Presenting the Award on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and in the presence of many bishops including the Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Dr. Anthony V. Obinna and the Archbishop…