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May 21, 2018

How we saved Alvan, Umuagwo Poly from being fused with IMSU – Archbishop Obinna

  After delivering his 2018 Easter Message at Assumpta Secretariat Owerri, the Most Rev. Anthony Obinna Catholic Archbishop of Owerri interacted with journalists, answering questions outside the Easter message.   Has the Church any role in politics? Yes, the church has a role in politics. In fact, the Catholic Church has played key role in the politics of Nigeria and Imo State. After the cancellation of the June 12 elections, which were considered free & fair, the Catholic bishops of Nigeria issued a Prayer for Nigeria in distress and when Pope John Paul II visited the country in 1998, he…

Stop Pitting Catholic Church against APC 

  APC Chieftain warns Okorocha   THE Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu has pleaded with Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha to stop pitting the Catholic Church against the All Progressives Congress (APC) and, by extension, President Muhammadu Buhari. Okechukwu said he was pained to read a report credited to the governor where he allegedly ‘dared, Archbishop Anthony Obinna, saying that the Catholic prelate cannot install an All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as governor in Imo State in 2019. The APC chieftain urged the people of Imo State and Ndigbo worldwide not to take Okorocha as…

Gov Okorocha threatens Archbishop Obinna

  ….We’ll not handle him with Kid gloves – Okorocha The Catholic Church will not bury its head in the sand like an Ostrich while things go wrong in Imo State, no matter the volume of threat and intimidation. But the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri has vowed to hold Governor Rochas Anayo Okorocha responsible, if anything happens to His Grace Archbishop Anthony Obinna, or any of those working with him. This follows an inciting press conference held last week, in Abuja, at the Imo State Liaison Office, where two representatives of Governor Okorocha declared war on the Archbishop and the…

Reformist Pope Paul VI, murdered Archbishop to be made Saints�

Reformist Pope Paul VI and murdered Archbishop to be made Saints

  Pope Paul VI, who oversaw sweeping reforms of the Catholic Church in the l960s, will be made a saint along with a Salvadoran archbishop who was shot dead while celebrating Mass, the Vatican said on Wednesday. Pope Francis signed decrees giving the go-ahead for the honours on the basis of miracles attributed to each candidate, the Holy See said in a statement. The pope put Paul VI on the path to sainthood by beatifying him in October 2014, while Oscar Romero was likewise elevated to the status of “blessed” in May 2015. Paul VI completed the reforms of the…

Abomination in Anambra: Man marries blood sister

Abomination in Anambra: Man marries blood sister

  Cornelius Chiadi Ezeibekwe, 25, recently caused a stir in Ekwulobia in Aguata local government area of Anambra State when he wedded his younger sister, aged 17. In Igbo land, such a marriage is a taboo and it was on the basis of this that youths of the community burnt down the Sabbath Church where Chiadi and his sister were thought to have been joined as husband and wife. Chiadi, the sixth of 10 children (eight boys and two girls) by Mr. Louis Ezeibekwe, is a Mathematics teacher at Community Secondary School, Isuofia, also in Aguata local government area. At…

Ohakim honoured for returning Mission Schools

Ohakim honoured for returning Mission Schools

  Activities marking the 2018 Education Week of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri have ended with the conferment of various categories of awards to some distinguished members of the public for outstanding contribution to education in Imo State. The awards which took place at Protea Hotel Owerri on February 13, 2018 were of 11 categories, all related to education and learning. The former Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim received the 2018 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education through the Return of Mission Schools. The awards were given by the Owerri Archdiocesan Education Commission. The theme of…

Why I resigned – Bishop Okpaleke

Bishop Okpaleke

  Most Rev. Peter Ebere Okpaleke said he threw in the towel as the Bishop of Ahiara Diocese for his own good and that of the church. In his resignation letter to His Holiness Pope Francis dated February 14, 2018, which was Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day, Bishop Okpalaeke said the problem at Ahiara was eating him up, spiritually and he can’t hold any longer. “Unfortunately the situation in Ahiara Diocese to the best of my knowledge has not improved. Most importantly, this has been threatening my spiritual life. Taking the above into consideration, I am convinced, in conscience that…

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…

THE (ROMAN CATHOLIC) SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION-PENANCE-CONFESSION:  PAST AND THE PRESENT

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION-PENANCE-CONFESSION

  A REFLECTION (IN PREPARATION FOR THE LENTEN SEASON)   BY MSGR NATHANIEL I NDIOKWERE     PREAMBLE    “A picture, an image speaks one thousand words”,  is a popular ancient adage. In the  two pictures posted with the present reflection (see the bottom page), we see the pope confessing his sins to a priest presumably  in Saint Peter’s basilica, the Vatican, Rome. Most of us are familiar with such images or scenarios posted on the social media. Surely they are not for ‘show’ . The Pope has never posed at the confessional asking the Vatican photographers  and passers-by to…

My elevation as Monsignor a divine intervention – Msgr. Jerry Ofoegbu

The Dean, Ehime Deanery, Very Rev. Msgr. Jerry Ofoegbu celebrated a thanksgiving Mass at St. Columba Catholic Church Aghaghara for his appointment as Monsignor by the Holy Father, Pope Francis.   Monsignor Ofoegbu celebrated the Mass with Rev. Fr. Vitalis Ekemmiri, Rev. Dr. Simon Okeke, Rev. Fr. Charles Anyanwu and Fr. Chima Irechukwu.   In his homily, Msgr. Ofoegbu gave thanks to God for the elevation. He prayed God to grant eternal repose to the souls of his parents – Ezinna Felix and Lolo Anna Louisa Ofoegbu of blessed memory. He recalled that in the bible, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Isaiah…

Catholic Church is fountain of all Christians – Fr. Joe Nwoha …As St. Patrick’s Parish honours women with Ezinne award

Rev. Fr. Cosmas Onuegbu celebrated the Eucharist at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Umuzeala Owerri, Ehime-Mbano LGA on Sunday 21st May 2017 heralding the elevation of 13 parishioners to Ezinne (Good Mother).   Fr. Onuegbu (the curate) celebrated the Mass with Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Nwoha, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Maximilian Chilaka, Principal St. Patrick’s Secondary School Umuezeala and Rev. Adolphus Amaechi.   In his homily, Fr. Chilaka spoke on the theme: “Love without obedience and obedience without love”. He harped on the need to practically display love, so that it can be seen and felt.   According to him,…

IT’S OUR CHURCH

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

“Pentecost” comes from the Greek word for “fiftieth.” Fifty days from the day after Passover, the Jews celebrated the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), commemorating the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai. Originally, the feast marked the conclusion of the grain harvest (Ex. 23:16). On that day, the first fruits of the spring grain harvest were offered to God at the Temple. While Passover signified the people’s freedom from bondage, Shavuot signified their becoming God’s people through the acceptance of the Law. Being a pilgrim festival, Pentecost was a most fitting time for the Holy Spirit to come and enkindle…

The Life and Times of Sir SBC EKE, KSM, JP

Sir Samuel Boniface Chukwudi Ekenta, a committed Catholic and an exemplary civil servant, was committed to mother earth on Friday March 31, 2017, after a concelebrated Requiem Mass at St Columbus Catholic Church Amaimo, Ikeduru. The Mass was presided over by Very Rev. Fr. Benedict Agumanu, assisted by over 20 priests in Owerri Archdiocese. Among dignitaries at the occasion were the hierarchy of the Knights of St. Mulumba, Owerri Sub-council, renowned politician and businessman Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chairman Owerri Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, Sir P.O.J. Ihemedu. Sir SBC is survived by a wife, many children and brothers including Mr. Kennedy Eke,…

Pope Francis confirms ban on ordaining women priests

The Catholic Church insistence that it cannot ordain women to the priesthood and episcopacy is a teaching likely to last forever, Pope Francis said. After being hosted by the Lutheran Church of Sweden, which is led by Archbishop Antje Jackelen of Uppsala, the nation’s first woman primate, Pope Francis was asked Nov. 1 if the Catholic Church might one day have women priests and bishops. As he has done in the past, the pope responded that the question was settled in 1994 by St. John Paul II, who taught that because Jesus chose only men as his apostles, the ordination…

CANONIZATION OF CYPRAIN IWENE TANSI: WHY THE DELAY? (3)

Read from the previous CANONIZATION OF CYPRAIN IWENE TANSI: WHY THE DELAY? (2) 2) TESTIMONIES & CONTRIBUTIONS Popular evidence as well as undeniable testimonies from historical facts can influence canonization of saints. We have such examples in stories of persecutions of Christians and death of Christians which  the church call martyrs. Such testimonies in the past and present times about wicked kings like HEROD, NERO or KING OF UGANDA, surely played major role in the canonizations JOHN THE BAPTIST and some of the apostles, the MARTYRS OF ROME AND UGANDA. Popular stories gave strong and emotional descriptions of the deaths…

CANONIZATION OF CYPRAIN IWENE TANSI: WHY THE DELAY? (2)

Read from the beginning CANONIZATION OF CYPRAIN IWENE TANSI: WHY THE DELAY? (1) So we are not in any way meddling in matters that are none of our businesses or not within our competence; No!!  We are only showing our concern and perhaps sounding a note of warning against ugly situation that might ensure as a result of inaction from parties or those expected to take decisions.   CANONIZATION OF TANSI: NEED  FOR ACTION AND PRAYERS   Let us specifically return to our main topic of interest and great concern, namely the canonization of TANSI. IGBO PEOPLE OF NIGERIA, in…

CANONIZATION OF CYPRAIN IWENE TANSI: WHY THE DELAY? (1)

WHY THE TUMULT! Why should one raise an alarm that may cause chaos and  violent agitation of mind and feelings, and possible misunderstanding of motivations !! Why is this priest (present writer) raising questions about the ‘so-called canonization of CYRIAN IWENE TANSI?’  Is it his business? Is he bishop or pope? Why even does he worry about the situation of the church in AHIARA/MBAISE or the APPOINTMENT OF NEW BISHOP OF ABA DIOCESE? Is this man (present writer) crazy or is he looking for cheap popularity? What does he gain by delving into contentious matters that do not concern him??…

Murder of Catholic priest The world is at War, says Pope Francis

…Condemns murder of priest France Pope Francis has decried the “absurd violence” which has left an elderly priest dead after his church in northern France was taken hostage during Mass. In a statement released Tuesday by the Vatican, the Pope, having been informed of the situation, “participates in the pain and horror of this absurd violence,” while radically condemning “every form of hatred.” The statement said the pontiff is praying for those affected by the tragedy, which took place in the Normandy region, adding that the Vatican is following the situation. Fr. Jacques Hamel, 84, was killed Tuesday after two…

How Catholic priest was killed by ‘IS soldiers’

Last Tuesday July 26, was another gloomy day in France, an 84-year-old Catholic priest was killed and four other people taken hostage by two armed men who stormed his church in a suburb of Rouen in northern France The two attackers, who said they were from the so-called Islamic State (IS), slit Fr Jacques Hamel’s throat during a morning Mass, officials say. Police responded very quickly, surrounded the church and shot dead both hostage-takers. French media named one of them as Adel K. One of the hostages was taken to hospital and is in a critical condition. President Francois Hollande,…

The Leader not against Imo Govt – Management

The Management of The Leader Newspaper has refuted allegations by Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha that the Owerri Catholic Archdiocesan tabloid does not see anything good in his administration. In a statement released on Thursday, the management insists that the 60-year-old newspaper, as a faith-based publication will always support issues of public interest and at all times publishes unbiased reports in the interest of all. The Leader management was reacting to the Governor’s address to journalists last Monday (July 11), at the NUJ Press Centre Owerri during which he cautioned the publishers of the newspaper to thread on the…