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August 14, 2018

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…

CWO puts smiles on faces of motherless Babies

  Friday November 17, 2017 was a day of joy for the inmates of the motherless Babies Home Emekuku, run by the congregation of the Holy Child Jesus, as the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women organization (OACCWO) paid them a charity visit. The executive of the council, who were led on the visit by their president, Lady (Mrs.) Stella Acholonu, donated several utility items such as, bag of Rice, Beans and garri as well as tubers of yam, beverages, noodles, groundnut oil, pampers and toiletries for the babies. The women on arrival were received by the Director of the…

Pope donates N76m car gift to charity … Africa benefits

Pope donates N76m car gift to charity ... Africa benefits

On Wednesday, Pope Francis became the new owner of a papal-themed Lamborghini Huracán, which was given to him by company executives at the Vatican and will be auctioned off for charity. The sleek white Huracán with gold lines running along the hood and angles of the car’s body was presented to Francis in front of his residence at the Vatican’s Saint Martha Guesthouse Nov. 15. He blessed and autographed it in the presence of top executives from the luxury Italian sports car brand. The car will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in London, and the Pope has decided to give the…

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…

You can’t change politics watching from a balcony

You can't change politics watching from a balcony

Pope Francis said that we can’t improve our political landscape by observing and judging from afar, but that it involves personal involvement, which should always be done in a spirit of charity and helpfulness. “Try to act personally instead of just looking and criticizing the work of others from the balcony,” the Pope said Oct. 1. But make your advice constructive, he continued. “If the politician is wrong, go tell him, there are so many ways to say it, through the press, the radio… But say it constructively.” “And do not look out from the balcony, look at her from…

A reflection on the power/blessings of Charity Presented to the CMO, Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri

One cardinal policy of the Owerri Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Men Organization (OACCMO) over the past years by current executive of this great organization is our determined and bold step towards matters concerning the less privileged and seeing life through their eyes. It is a sine qua non for us that every year we take it upon ourselves to visit as many Charity homes and the needy in our midst and attend to their needs as capable as we could. This aspect of our OACCMO life cannot be overemphasised. At the end of 2016, I looked into how we fulfilled…

Pope to New Cardinals: ‘Love without Limits’

Pope Francis has reminded new cardinals that the cardinalate is certainly an honor, but it is not honorific, and rather requires that all cardinals put charity at the forefront of all they do. During the Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of 20 new cardinals Feb. 14th morning in St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pope said, “In the Church, all presiding flows from charity, must be exercised in charity, and is ordered towards charity.” The origin of the word cardinal, the Pope explained, comes from the word “cardo,” a hinge. “As such it is not a kind of accessory, a decoration,…

Lent: A time for Penance, charity – Pope

In his general audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of Lent as a time for each of us “to promote change and conversion” in our lives. Lent, the Pope said should help us to get out of “the tired habits and lazy addictions to evil that deceive us. During this season, we are invited to be more keenly aware of the redemptive work of Christ, “and to live out our Baptism with greater commitment. “This journey of spiritual renewal in the footsteps of Christ also calls us to acknowledge and respond to the growing spiritual and material…

Christian Home, Hospitable Home

In all ancient civilizations, especially among nomadic people, hospitality is sacred, it is a religious act.   THE GUEST: A MYSTERIOUS PRESENCE Israel on the other hand does not make a religious reading of hospitality, but a reading of faith.  The stranger is a living memorial, a reminder that they were strangers and slaves in Egypt, that they were pilgrims in the desert and are transiting on earth. In the account of Abraham (1R) the stranger is the “other” which goes back to that “Other” per excellence which is God.  The God of faith and the “Stranger”, the “Absolutely Other”…

Understanding the Year of Faith

Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, last year announced the period October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013 as “The Year of Faith” to be observed by Catholics throughout the world. Official Vatican documents, particularly “The Door of Faith”, issued by the Pope Emeritus explained that the period will enable Christ’s faithful re-discover and share with others the precious gift of faith entrusted to the Church. This re-discovery and sharing of Catholic faith is expected to be facilitated by living out the teachings of the catechism of the Catholic Church, which is rich in the systematic presentation of our faith.  It is…

KSJI St. Charles Borromeo Commandery ends retreat – As Rev. Fr. Dieme harps on love

Knights and Ladies of St. John’s International Borromeo Commandery (565), Ehime Mbano concluded a two-day retreat on Saturday June 16, 2013 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. In his homily at the concelebrated Mass to round-off the two-day retreat, Rev. Fr. Tony Dieme, the Spiritual Director of the commandery, harped on the virtue of love, forgiveness and charity. He went biblical citing the Apostle John, one of the disciples of Jesus Christ, who in all his preaching and writings emphasized on love of man, love of God, charity and forgiveness. Rev. Fr. Tony Dieme who was assisted by Rev. Fr. Jude…

Pope Francis urges Relief Organizations to Contemplate Jesus’ suffering in the People of Syria

Pope Francis, on Wednesday, June 5,  met with humanitarian and relief organizations that are dealing with the ongoing crisis in Syria. The meeting was organized by the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”, which coordinates the Church’s charity work. Among the participants were representatives of the following Catholic charity organizations: Aid to the Church in Need International, the AVSI foundation, CAFOD, Caritas Internationalis as well as the local Caritas organizations in Austria, France, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, the Middle East and North Africa, Syria, and Turkey. Also present was the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, Catholic Relief Services, the International Catholic Migration…

KSJI: Borromeo Commandery, Ehime Fetes the poor

Members of Knights of St. John’s International (565), Borromeo Commandery, Ehime Mbano, Imo state gave succor to the poor and seminarians on Saturday 18th May, 2013. Prelude to the event, Rev. Fr. Anthony Dieme celebrated a Mass. In his homily, Fr. Dieme postulated that Christ urged Peter to feed his lamb if he loves him. It was thereafter that Christ told Peter the type of horrible death that will befall him. According to the priest, when Peter saw John passing by, he enquired from Christ what will be the fate of John and Jesus responded that he should leaveJohn alone….

Come, Let Us Imitate The Faith Of Mary – (2)

See the previous article on this topic Then the massacre of the Holy Innocents. Does that incident hit us? Think of it! : The first effect of the Saviour’s birth was that almost every family in the area with a male child was plunged into mourning. Every babe under two years was murdered, butchered. And as a mother, Mary knew the impact on the mothers whose children were massacred. What excruciating agony and desolate darkness her faith must have gone through! What a superhuman effort it must have taken for her to remain loyal, to continue to believe, respect and…