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May 21, 2018

Celebrating the 2018 World Communications Day – The Pope Speaks

  On this Sunday,(May 13), all roads will lead to the popular Maria Assumpta Cathedral where all the media workers from across the State and beyond with their friends and well-wishers will join their counter parts all over the world to celebrate their annual World Communications Day. This annual intellectual harvest which is open to all starts by 9: am with a concelebrated high Mass at the Cathedral, followed by a lecture on this year’s theme by an eminent scholar carefully chosen by His Grace Most Reverend Anthony J.V. Obinna. It is expected that he will do justice to this…

THE REASON FOR OUR JOY

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  The third Sunday of Advent is usually celebrated as Gaudete Sunday with rose vestments and candles used in many churches across the globe. The word “gaudete” is Latin for “rejoice,” and it comes from today’s Entrance Antiphon: “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice.” We rejoice because Christmas draws nearer, and so does our Lord’s glorious return. Our First Reading expresses humanity’s joy at the declaration of the Lord’s year of favour: “I exult for joy in the Lord, my soul rejoices in my God, for he has clothed me in the garments of salvation, he has…

ADVENT: An Opportune Moment for Healing Meditation

  Etymologically the term Advent comes from the Latin word Adentus, meaning A COMING.This coming actually translates the Greek word’ parousia. Considering ad­vent as a season in the Church’s ritualistic history implies that someone or something is coming or will come. It is a period that commemorates the great expectation and longing of mankind over years for the coming of the Saviour. The liturgical time of Advent is a period of waiting for divine action or divine intervention in human history. It is a waiting for God’s gesture culminating in the liberation of mankind from bondage. Sincere Christians wait with…

Northerners plotting to Islamize Nigeria – Christian elders

The Nigerian Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) has accused Northerners of plotting to turn Nigerian into a “caliphate.” NCEF disclosed that some Buhari government’s policies are “directly or indirectly promoting the “theocratic agenda North has for Nigeria.” Solomon Asemota, the chairman of NCEF made this known while delivering a speech titled: “A Quest for peaceful resolution of conflict of ideology, democracy and Islamism in today’s Nigeria.” Asemota presented the speech at the just concluded Africa Peace, Security and Synergy Summit Washington D.C, the United States. He called on Nigerians in the Diaspora to put hands on deck and set free “their…

Plans to Islamise Nigeria Real – T.Y. Danjuma

…Allocate Sambisa Forest to Fulani Herdsmen For sometime, there has been an Islamic handwriting on Nigeria’s wall. But now, some retired army generals and Christian elders, among them Gen. Theophilus Danjuma rtd, have woken up and warned the Jihadists to stop interfering with governance. Speaking under the name: National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) after a meeting in Abuja, Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro (rtd), Gen. Zamani Lekwot (rtd), Gen. T. Y. Danjuma (rtd), and a group of eminent Christian elders, including Elder Solomon Asemota, Elder Shyngle Wigwe, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife and Elder Moses Ihonde said they are alarmed at the audacity and…

Turning the other cheek

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Today, we have one of the most radical religious teachings ever – to turn the other cheek when we are smacked. Last week, we were challenged to exceed the righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees. This time, Jesus invites us to imitate the perfect love of God the father when responding to personal insults and injuries – with grace, patience, forgiveness, and generosity. Our Lord wants us to overturn the culture of vengeance and violence by not always insisting on getting our own way, but rather going out of our way to do good to others, especially when they…

Katsina varsity bans all Christian associations, okays Muslim society

The management of the Umar Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina, Katsina State, has banned every religious or tribal associations operating within the campus, except the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, MSN. The school’s acting Dean of Students’ Affairs, Dr. Sulaiman Kankara passed this notice through a circular, to students’ clubs and associations that were operating on its campus in an internal memorandum dated January 17, 2017. Sulaiman said the new order was part of the resolutions of the institution’s management at its 59th meeting, which held on January 10, 2017. The memo reads in part, “The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria…

Fr. Obilor explains why Christian must be like Jesus

Christ’s faithful have been reminded that to follow Jesus is to be like him, because he is the way that leads to God the father. Rev. Fr. (Prof) John Obilor gave the reminder recently while delivering a four-page spiritual talk titled: “The Way” at the 2016 Initiation ceremony of Owerri Grand Commandery of Knights of St. John International in Owerri. He said: “The Way is the way of Jesus Christ. This way leads to the father. Jesus is the way to God. He invites us in many ways to follow him. To follow Jesus is to be like him. He…

The butchers from the North (2)

By Femi Fani-Kayode We must help the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to stand firm and strengthen their collective resolve but we must not leave it at that. We must also organise ourselves as well, not only in the political arena, but also by setting up strong Christian militias and defence squads to protect our churches and our people from the terrorists and butchers. We must aspire to emulate the Christian Phalange militia in Lebanon which was formed just before the Lebanese civil war broke out in the ’70’s and 80’s. They were disciplined, well organised, gallant and courageous and…

Muslims fanatics kill eight in Zamfara over alleged blasphemy

No fewer than eight persons were killed on Monday in Talata-Mafara community in Zamfara State following violence that erupted over alleged blasphemy by a student of the Abdu Gusau Polytechnic, Talata-Mafara. The state Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, joined hundreds of people to bury the deceased, who were said to have all been killed when an angry mob set fire on the house of a man who tried to rescue the student. The student was alleged to have made a blasphemous statement against Islam and Prophet Muhammad and was consequently attacked by a mob. The News Agency of Nigeria reported that…

The Futility of Vainglory

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Aesop was one of the greatest story tellers in ancient Greece and in one his fables, a fox once saw a crow perching on a tree branch with a piece of cheese in her beak and thought to himself: “That’s for me, as I am a Fox”. He moved to the foot of the tree and cried out:”Good day, Mistress Crow, how beautiful you are looking today: how glossy your feathers; how bright your eyes. I feel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, just as your figure does; let me hear but one song from you that…

‘Sultan defends Buhari’s appointments: There is nothing like northernization in Nigeria

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has regretted the attitude of some Nigerians who politicize every action of government, adding that Nigerians should stop associating religion with anything negative in the country. Speaking during a dinner organised for religious leaders, security agencies and media practitioners in his palace in Sokoto at the weekend, he lamented that anything negative was being attributed to Muslims, Fulani (herdsmen) and Hausa, even as there were other people committing heinous crimes elsewhere but were not linked to religion and ethnicity. His words, “When there is a vacant position and a Hausa man is…

Nigerian boy joins ISIS terror group -Warns “non-believers”

A London-based cab driver, Sunday Dare, has said a young boy nicknamed Jihadi Junior, who appears in an Islamic State video is his grandson. Nigerian-born Dare made the claim in an interview with Channel 4 News on Monday January 4. The boy, Isa Dare, was featured in a shocking new ISIS execution video wearing military uniform and declaring, “We are going to kill the kaffir (non-believers) over there.” “In the IS video, the boy, who looks four or five, issues threats against “the unbelievers” in English. The video, which shows five people being murdered, is now being examined by the…

The Assassination of Rev. Fr. Denis Osuagwu CMF … Caused by lack of faith in God

  I got a call last night (16th August) informing me about the death of Rev. Fr. Denis Osuagwu CMF, and it really saddened me. The caller told me to goggle his facebook and get some more details of the incident. As I did I actually saw his body lying full length on the ground soaked with blood. According  to reports, he was dragged out from his car on a part road to his school, and shot dead. The killers left without taking anything from his car. He was wearing a white shirt and a black pair of trousers when…

Confab divides Christian, Muslim leaders

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the umbrella body of Islamic organizations in Nigeria, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) have drawn a battle line over the composition of the delegates at the ongoing National Conference in Abuja. CAN is infuriated by the claim of JNL, led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III that the process of selecting delegates to the conference was not done with fair representation, saying it would affect the credibility of its outcome. The Christian body has, therefore, threatened to boycott the 2016 population census and subsequent exercises if there is no provision for…

A Narrow Gate In Order To Enter The Kingdom

When someone truly loves us and calls us by name, we discover ourselves and we are no longer alone.  Victory over solitude generates joy: therefore, to live is a feast.  The Kingdom of God is communion, because of this its advent inaugurates a time of joy.  It is a feast without decline because it is definitive.  It is a feast to which all men are invited.   KINGDOM OF GOD, A FEAST TO WHICH ALL ARE INVITED The truth of communion wants us gathered together around a table, in the cheerfulness of a meal, in the abundance of a banquet. …

Bishop Amatu visits St. Ita’s Parish Ibeme-Mbano -Confirms 164

Christians have been cautioned to refrain from those tendencies capable of destroying them and the larger Christian community.  The Bishop of Okigwe diocese, Most Rev. S.A. Amatu gave the warning, Sunday, June 30, 2013 at St. Ita’s Parish Ibeme-Mbano, during pastoral visit there. The remarks were contained in the bishop’s homily during the Holy Mass of the visit which featured the confirmation of 164 faithful of the parish.  His Lordship decried the spate of bitter criticism, self-indulgence, vindication, impatience and intolerance among Christians and observed that these negative traits were capable of weakening the body of Christ as they expunge…

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”…

Our Blessed Mother Mary and Our Christian Witnessing

Introduction The person and role of Mary in the church is a very significant feature of Catholic life. The tradition of asking for her intercession and honouring her in countless ways are part of our tradition that goes back to the first centuries of the Church. We have to acknowledge that in the recent times the place of Mary in theology and in the Church and devotion to her has become somewhat ambiguous. Older people nostalgically remember colourful processions, May crowing of statues of the Madonna, novenas and sodalities in her honour and the daily recitation of the family rosary…

Holy See Mourns Death of Syrian Monk

Fr. Francois Mourad Murdered by Extremists in Predominantly Christian Village Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches mourned the murder of Fr. Francois Mourad, a monk who lived in Syria. According to Fides News Agency, Fr. Mourad was killed in the convent of the Custody of the Holy Land where he had taken refuge. While the circumstances of his death are not confirmed, local sources believe that the monastery of St. Anthony of Padua where he was residing was attacked by militants linked to an Islamic extremist group known as Jabhat al-Nusra. The monastery is located in…