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May 27, 2018

The Pentecost of Positive Reversal

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  “Pentecost” comes from the Greek word for “fiftieth.” Fifty days from the day of Passover, the Jews celebrated the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), commemorating the giving of the Law (Torah) at Mount Sinai. While Passover signified the people’s freedom from bondage, Shavuot signified their becoming God’s covenant people by accepting the Law. Being a pilgrim festival, Pentecost was a most appropriate time for the Holy Spirit to come and kindle his fire of love in the hearts of the disciples assembled in the Upper Room, that they reach out to the multitudes who had come to the feast from…

Candle dims as Lolo Loveth Ohajunwa goes home

Late Lolo Loveth Ohajunwa

  The earthly remains of Lolo Loveth Chioma Ohajunwa were laid to rest at her Umudimagu – Umuakagu Nsu abode, Ehime L.G A after a funeral Mass celebrated by Rev .Fr Anyanwu Oscar at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Parish, on Friday April 27th 2018. Fr. Anyanwu concelebrated the Eucharist with Rev. Frs. Charles Ikwuegbu, Parish Priest, Holy Trinity Parish, World-Bank Housing Estate, Owerri, Innocent Anyanwu, Emmanuel Nwosu and Maurice Jiwike. In his homily, Fr. Ikwuegbu remarked that it is a thing of joy in heaven when a godly man or woman passes on, answering the supreme call of God….

The Church cannot be silent about economic suffering – Pope Francis

  In the preface to a book on his economic thought, Pope Francis has written that the Gospel is not an unattainable ideal, but something that the whole Church should seek, especially where there is economic injustice. “The Church, in spreading the message of charity and justice of the Gospel, cannot remain silent in the face of injustice and suffering,” the pope wrote. “Many encounters have confirmed to me that the Gospel is not a utopia but a real hope, even for the economy: God does not abandon his creatures… he invites them to not grow tired of collaborating with…

Count me Out on Assumpta Avenue Rename, Am not Interested …President Buhari

Assumpta-Avenue

  Renaming the famous Assumpta Avenue as a political stunt and for political gain didn’t work after all.  The President Muhammadu Buhari has distanced himself from the whole fiasco, and says he is not interested. A couple of weeks ago, the Imo State government in a move that shocked Catholics and Imolites renamed the stretch of road from the Control post roundabout to the government house roundabout from its original name, Assumpta Avenue to Muhammadu Buhari Road.      This was a decision that outraged the public who have over the years known this road as synonymous with the Maria…

A Modern Horror: Global Persecution of Christians at Historic Peak, Report Says

Global Persecution of Christians at Historic Peak

Anti-Christian persecution is “worse than at any time in history” and in many cases genocide and other crimes against humanity “now mean that the Church in core countries and regions faces the possibility of imminent wipe-out,” says a new report from Aid to the Church in Need. The report, titled “Persecuted and Forgotten?”, covers the years 2015-2017. Its contents are bleak, describing Christianity as “the world’s most oppressed faith community.” Anti-Christian persecution in the worst regions has reached “a new peak” and its impact is “only now beginning to be felt in all its horror.” “In 12 of the 13…

Show interest in Igbo Language – Priest appeals to Ndigbo

– Commends Odenigbo lecture A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Nathaniel Uzoma Opara has made a passionate appeal to ndigbo to show interest in their language. Preaching a homily at the memorial Mass for late Ezinne Georgenia Onyekwere at St. Michael’s Catholic Church Awa, Oguta LGA, Fr. Opara noted that ndigbo are giants in various languages of the world and in various disciplines but dwarfs in their own language. The Orlu Diocesan priest said indigenous language is not only effective means of communication but also a medium for technological development. He cited China, Japan, Korea, India etc as countries that…

Archbishop advocates full autonomy for Local Governments

The Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Rev. Mathew Ndagoso has advocated full autonomy for Local Governments in the country noting that this will enhance development at grassroots level and ensure proper accountability of funds allocated for grassroots governance in the country. Archbishop Ndagoso made this call during a recent chat with pressmen in Kaduna.   According to the Archbishop, the present arrangement by which local government councils chairmen are under the control of state governors and the allocations for council channeled through the state governments has not been beneficial to the council areas in terms of development. He noted that,…

Eucharistic Miracles – Proof of real presence

The National Catholic Register reported in its December 27 2015 issue “Bleeding Host” phenomenon in Dioceses Worldwide. With the headline, “Eucharistic Miracle,” The newspaper reported one such incident at St. Xavier Church Kearns, Utah, in the Diocese of Salt Lake City last month i.e., November 2015.   A committee headed by Msgr. M. Francis Mannion, is looking into the incident. Msgr. Francis explained, in answer to a question, that on December 1, the host was taken to a biologist for testing at an undisclosed university. “It is a matter of prudence: the attitude is to approach the whole thing with…

Pope Francis makes historic visit to Anglican Church – Presides over service

Pope Francis on Sunday became the first Catholic pontiff to visit an Anglican parish in Rome. He made the visit to All Saints Anglican Church in the heart of Rome for the parish’s 200th anniversary, using the historic occasion in which he presided over an evensong service to press for greater closeness after centuries of mistrust, prejudices and hostility between the Catholics and Anglicans. During the visit, the pope also blessed an image of Christ the Savior which was commissioned for the anniversary. Francis and the Anglican bishop in Europe, Robert Innes, prayed side-by-side in the All Saints Church not…

St. Eunan’s Parish Owalla visits Spiritual Year Seminary …Donates Foodstuff

Representatives of St. Eunan’s Catholic Church Owalla Avuvu Mbaitoli, Saturday February 11, 2017 visited the Assumpta Spiritual Year Seminary Ogbaku, bringing with them various kinds of foodstuffs and cash for the upkeep of the seminarians. The items donated include; tubers of yam, bag of beans, bags of garri,  kan of red oil, paints of egusi, crayfish, vegetables,  live Ram, heads of plantain, creates of egg, carton of detergent,  roll of medium sized tissue, cartons of indomie noodle, jars of palmwine. The delegation which was led by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Joachim Amadi comprised; the CMO President Mr. Solomon Young…

Owerri Archdiocese: Mary League celebrates Immaculate Conception

Maria Assumpta Cathedral Owerri witnessed a large turnout of the faithful as Owerri Archdiocesan Mary League Girls celebrated their annual feast of Immaculate Conception on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The first phase of the occasion started with a pontifical Eucharistic Mass presided over by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna, assisted by the Cathedral Administrator, Rev. Fr. Gerard Onyekwere, the Archdiocesan Mary League Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Cosmas Amadi, and other priests. Delivering the homily, Archbishop Obinna, said that one of the reasons for the gathering was to thank God for the gift of the…

Celebrating Christ, the Audacious King of Compassion and Love

On this Sunday, the 20th day of  November 2016, the Church all over the world celebrates the great feast of Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe. Conciously or unconsciously, Christians and non-Christians acknowledge the historic fact that Christ is King over all creatures. This King, Jesus, was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judea two thousand and sixteen years, ten months and twenty days ago. The universal celebration of this quintessential leader of ours points to the fact that Jesus Christ Our Lord is a King like no other. Today,  the entire human world, Christians and non…

Why we killed kidnapped Catholic priest – Suspects

After collecting N1.5million as ransom, four suspected kidnappers and killers of Rev. Fr John Adeyi of the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo in Benue State have revealed that they killed the cleric out of fear. Deputy gang leader of the killers, Saidu Abdullahi disclosed while being paraded before journalists at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, on Wednesday , that on seeing members of the vigilante group chasing after them (suspects), he (Saidu) shot and killed the priest. He disclosed further that it was even after they killed the priest that they collected the ransom. While parading the suspects, Force Public Relations Officer,…

Okogie writes Buhari, says Nigerians are hungry

Nigerians are hungry and they urgently need succour from President Muhammadu Buhari. They want him to fulfill his campaign promises by providing good leadership that will check hunger and poverty in the land. This was the message contained in a letter that Emeritus Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Okogie, wrote to Buhari. Reminding the president that his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) promised to change the country for the better but has not done so, Okogie said: “Nigerians are still waiting for the promises to be fulfilled.” According to the cleric, “change is not real when old things…

SS Peter & Paul CMO Groups celebrate Feast Day …At Blessed Tansi Parish

Activities marking the celebration of this year’s Feast of SS Peter and Paul, at Blessed Tansi Catholic Parish Ugwu Orji in Owerri North LGA, were rounded off Sunday July 10, 2016. The St. Peter and St. Paul groups of the Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of the Parish, which jointly organized the feast, also featured prominently during the various activities. It would be recalled that there was a Eucharistic celebration on Wednesday evening June 29. (The Liturgical date of the feast) solemnity of SS Peter and Paul. A talk on the lives and times of SS Peter and Paul was delivered…

Buhari only fighting corrupt people, not corruption

Bishop Mathew Hassan-Kukah of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto has stated that the current government under the leadership of Muhammadu Buhari is only fighting the symptoms of corruption and not the disease. The cleric made the statement at a programme organised by the Book Readers’ Club of Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP) in Ibadan on Tuesday. He said Buhari was only fighting corrupt people and not corruption because corruption could only be fought if the nation’s institutions were strengthened. His words, “Government should begin the fight against corruption from the institution, so that we will not continue…

Dangling the Sharia Madness …Sharia to go nationwide

Nigeria’s Federal lawmakers instead of attending to nagging socio-economic problems threatening the foundation of this nation, they are busy stirring up the hornet’s nest to further divide and polarize an already balkanized  nation. The latest of such crazy bills, which tends to justify fears of Christians that this administration is secretly executing Islamic agenda, is the Sharia bill which has already scaled Second Reading in the House of Representatives. For strange reasons, non-Muslim lawmakers in the House allowed the legislation to go that far in the parliament without challenge. The bill which plans to increase the power and jurisdiction of…

Eight couples joined in Holy Matrimony at St. Mark’s New Owerri

The newly wedded couples with Msgr. Ibe and Rev. Frs. Jude Onyeakazi and Paschal Onyeneke. Eight couples were on Saturday 2 July, 2016, joined in Holy Matrimony at St. Mark’s Catholic Parish New Owerri. The wedding attracted many parishioners, family members, friends and well-wishers of the couples. The Mass was presided over by the Assistant Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Paschal Onyeneke, assisted by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Jude Onyeakazi and Resident Priest, Monsignor Marcilinus Ibe. Delivering the homily, Fr. Jude noted that the mass wedding was organized in response to the universal call of the Holy Father Pope…

Christian, Muslim leaders vow to ‘walk hand in hand’ to promote peace

As the dramatic situation in the Middle East continues, an interreligious meeting of Christians and Muslims in Rome not only brought together world faith leaders, senior Vatican officials, and royalty, but also “was characterized by mutual respect, opening and listening to each other.” This was the observation made in a statement by the Vatican Dec 5th on the Christian-Muslim Summit of Religious Leaders and Scholars which began on 2nd  and concluded 4th, intended to explore the theme “Christians and Muslims: Believers in Society.” This summit, the statement noted, “constitutes a message of reconciliation, peace and fraternity of which our world…

Enough of Hotels, Please! – Catholic Bishop tells Imo millionaires

The plethora of hotels that are literally springing up in every corner of our streets, especially in the main cities of Imo State – Owerri in particular have become disconcerting for many in the State. Worried by the increasing number of unemployed in Imo State, the Catholic Bishop of Orlu Diocese, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma has appealed to Imo millionaires to have mercy on this army of unemployed youths and invest in manufacturing industry instead of hotels. Speaking during the funeral of an industrialist, Sir Godwin Okwara at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Amaifeke Orlu recently, Bishop Ukwuoma observed that hotels…