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August 14, 2018

Pope Francis to set up child sex abuse committee

Pope Francis is to set up a special committee to help protect children against sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, the archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, said on Thursday. The move is Francis’ first major step to address the crisis that has discredited the church, in the face of charges that the Vatican has not done enough to protect children or make amends. “The Holy Father has decided to establish a specific commission for the protection of children,” O’Malley told reporters. “The commission will be able to advise the Holy Father about the protection of children and pastoral…

2013 World Breast Feeding Week kicks off in Imo

This year’s World Breast feeding Week with the theme, “Breast feeding support: Close to Mothers”, started in Owerri, on Thursday (August 1, 2013). Briefing journalists in his office on the objectives of the week-long global event, the permanent  secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Johnny Ihebereme said it draw attention to the importance of peer support in helping mothers to establish and sustain breast feeding. It is also to inform people of the highly effective benefits of peer counseling, unite efforts and expand peer counseling programme. The 2013 World Breast Feeding Week will encourage breast feeding supports irrespective of their educational…

30 guests hospitalized after eating “Ugba” – At child dedication ceremony

No fewer than thirty persons were reportedly rushed to various hospitals in Owerri and its environs after taking oil bean delicacy, known as ugba at a child dedication reception. The incident which took place on Sunday, June 23, came after eight members of a family died of suspected food poison (ugba delicacy) in Ngor Okpala not long ago. The June 23 incident, which was a child dedication ceremony (name withheld), took place at Grace Land Estate, Egbeada, Owerri, the residence of the host, after the dedication in a church at a highbrow area of Owerri. The said oil bean was…

Lady Ruth Duruiheoma: A woman must do her duty

If you think days are gone for the traditional woman, who cooks, cleans and looks after her husband and children, then you should have a word with Lady Ruth Duruiheoma.   A career woman, leader, wife and mother of five children, Lady Ruth is the Maria Assumpta Parish CWO President and head of her town Union, Umuma Isiaku in LGA.  She’s a busy woman with many meetings to attend, even on weekends and public holidays.  Yet the would-be grandmother joggles her responsibilities wisely to ensure they don’t clash with her primary duties as a wife.  According to her, the family…

How widow, six children Died after meal in Ngor-Okpala

– Please help me bury them: Only son appeals to Govt, Individuals When Mr. Masky Nwosu, 29, entered THE LEADER office in Owerri on Wednesday, there was a haunted look in his eyes.  He looked harassed, worried and extremely terrified.  He was accompanied by his brother-in-law, Mr. Eugene Emeana and his cousin, Ikechukwu Emeana. Masky lost his mother and six sisters in mysterious circumstances within two days, May 30–31, 2013.  He probably would have been a victim if he was at home.  He escaped the tragedy because he was at Onitsha, where he was looking for a job. Narrating the…

Teachers asked to reciprocate Rochas’ good gesture

-As Ehime Mbano Council marks Children’s Day Lady Chioma Ogoke, Sole Administrator of Ehime Mbano LGA, has enjoined teachers, pupils and students in the area to reciprocate Governor Okorocha’s gesture of forfeiting his security vote worth over N4 billion annually to enhance education. Hon. Lady Ogoke stated this at the Children’s Day celebration held on Monday, May 27, 2013 at Ehime Mbano Stadium, Umuezeala Owerre.  According to her, education is the best legacy you can bequeath on any child which this present government is offering via the free education at all levels presently in place. She surged the teachers that…

Knights in Nsukka rise in defence of the unborn child

The Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba, St. Peter’s Sub-Council based at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, took this year’s battle in defence of the unborn child outside Nsukka urban on Sunday, April 21, 2013. In groups of 10 each, their members attended Masses in five different parishes in Orba, Obukpa, Ovoko and Ibagwa-Aka to deliver Pro-life sensitization talks and interact with members of the congregation in the fight against abortion. For all Knights and Ladies of St. Mulumba, this is a yearly exercise nationwide to mark the Day of the Unborn Child.  It is expected that through this means,…

Sunday Reading: TENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C (9/6/2013)

Sunday readings

FIRST READING A reading from the first book of Kings 17:17 – 24 Theme: Look your son is alive. The son of the mistress of the house fell sick; his illness was so severe that in the end he had no breath left in him.  And the woman said to Elijah, “What quarrel have you with me, man of God? Have you come here to bring my sins home to me and to kill my son?” “Give me your son,” he said, and taking him from her lap, carried him to the upper room where he was staying and laid…

Mary Did Not Have Other Children (2)

See the previous part of this article Again crowning the above truth, the episode of John 19:25-27 makes us to understand that Mary had no other children.  If all these men were the sons of Mary, the natural thing Christ could do was to entrust her to other children for them to take care of their mother.  But He gave her to john the beloved, whom we know as the son of Zebedee.  John (19:26-27) captures it thus: “Jesus saw his mother and the disciple she loved standing there; so he said to his mother, “He is your son”.  Then…

Janet Dozie Foundation for Empowerment of Indigent widows

June 23, 2013 is international day of the widows. Janet Dozie Foundation is kick – starting the month with empowerment of widows in Imo State. From the 2006 population census, 49.7% of the total population of Imo State was women and 18% of total households in Imo State were headed by females and most of them widows.  In Imo State, widows are confronted with problems which include obnoxious practices and poverty.  The incidence of poverty due to female headed households was 56.5%.  Poverty lays a particularly heavy burden on widows since they are the sole means of survival of their…

The morality of sharing money to Pupils in Imo (3)

As October 1 draws near

Opportunism: Another factor has to do with those whose responsibility it is to share this money. God knows that many Nigerians are opportunists at different levels. When I went to enquire on the modalities for sharing this money, I reliably gathered that agents from the ministry or from the government come to do the jobs themselves. The money is not collected by proxy; it is given only to students present at the time of distribution. When compared with election periods and delivery of ballot boxes to polling centres for voting in Nigeria and the artificial delay that always followed, I…

Archbishop Obinna visits St. Francis Chaplaincy, Dan Anyiam Staduim

-Dedicates church, confirms 125 The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna paid a pastoral visit to St. Francis of Assisi Dan Anyiam on Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Holy Mass was presided over by His Grace, Most Rev. A.J.V. Obinna, assisted by Rev. Fr. Jude Zimoha, the Chaplain, Fr. Alphonsus Oha, Fr. Longinus Chinagorom, Fr. George Nwachukwu, Fr. Kingsley Nze and Fr. George Ike. In his homily, the Archbishop said that St. Stephen was one of the seven deacons that spread the good news of Christ until his brothers, the Jews stoned him to death and…

The morality of sharing money to Pupils in Imo (2)

As October 1 draws near

Wrong Formation: St. Paul’s foremost warning to Timothy is, “The love of money is the root of all evils” (1Tim. 6: 10). The worst offense any parent could commit against his child will be to introduce him to money as a standard for either consolation or love. Using money to attract a child is like using bone to attract dogs. When the bone is not available, the dog refuses to listen to the voice of the owner and could go wild. And scripture says, “Teach a child how he should live, and he will remember it all his life” (Prov….

QUEST FOR THE IDEOLOGY OF TERRORISTS

My grandfather Ekhaisomhi, the father of my mother, was a true and good Muslim, the best grandfather every child prays to have. My mother, Awawu Veronica, is simply the best mother any child could have. She gave me the love and peace she inherited from her Muslim parents. My grandfather, Omonokhua, the father of my father, was an African traditional priest who was known for love, peace and generosity. Another grandfather every child would pray to have. My father, Okhifo, gave me the love, peace and generous values he inherited from his parents. My grandparents and parents personified the scriptures…

The morality of sharing money to pupils in Imo (1)

Two parents called my line on Monday, April 29 at about 7.30 – 8.00pm to launch a complaint. They said they were calling in from one of the towns in Owerri North LGA. Their complaint was that their children (pupils) in the primary schools were coming back from schools at that time of the day. Reason, they were waiting to receive the 300naira stipend from the governor before going back to their homes. I couldn’t understand that myself but went into some investigations to gather from authoritative sources that the allegations were founded. It was alleged that those who came…

Holy Trinity Church World Bank celebrates Mother’s Day

The pride of women is what we celebrate today and as we celebrate the mothers, we remember our Mother Mary.   This was postulated by the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Nicholas Ijemaru of Holy Trinity Parish, World Bank during the Mother’s Day celebration, April 14.   In his homily, the priest reminded mothers that through Mother Mary we succeed.  This is because where Mother (Mary) is, there her Son, (Jesus) would always be.  He further stated that the first Eve created on earth brought shame and disgrace to mankind but the second Eve, Virgin Mary is our pride.   He…