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June 21, 2018

Orlu Diocese: Learn to sacrifice for others – Fr. Idimogu tells Christians

  Christians have been urged to imbibe the spirit of applying whatever talents and riches given to them by God to the well-being of others, as well as the society. The Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Church Umuna in Orlu L.G.A, Very Rev Fr. Bede Idimogu gave the admonition while delivering a homily during the Easter Sunday Holy Mass in his parish. He told Christians to sacrifice whatever they can for the sake of evangelization, as it helps to build their relationship with God. He stated that in our society today, both the old and young have something to contribute…

Prepare to meet the Messiah

Prepare to meet the Messiah

    It is Advent and soon, it will be Christmas, the most popular Christian festivity and, undoubtedly, the most abused. We say so because the world of commerce tries yearly to reduce Christmas to an annual party with little or no spiritual significance. But whether or not they succeed, depends on what cooperation we Christians, the very owners of Christmas, give them. For Christmas to be meaningful we must heed the call to prepare for it and that is the message of Advent. Simply put, Advent is the season before Christmas. It is a period of expectation and waiting…

Pope Francis refuses bullet-proof car during Egypt trip

Pope Francis refused to use bulletproof vehicle during his trip to Egypt last weekend, despite recent terror attacks against Christians in the country, according to Reuters. The Pope rather used a closed car to move around, but not an armoured one,” Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed. “That’s how he wanted it.” This is not the first time Pope Francis has done so – he typically prefers to travel in more open vehicles, or ones that are not bulletproof, because he feels that allows him to better interact with the people on the streets. Pope Francis traveled to Cairo, Egypt, April…

The Joy of Easter

Today is Easter Sunday, the day Christians all over the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. The joy of Easter derives from the delightful surprise of Christ rising from the dead. There was a sort of sudden replacement of the sense of shock, trauma, disappointment and hopelessness as a result of the way Jesus was tortured and his excruciating death. With the disciples, the thought process wasn’t so fast, they struggled to remember, he promised he will be raised on the third day. The post resurrection experience was that of sorrow turning into joy. It was indeed a delightful surprise….

The Mysteries of Christ’s Resurrection

Today is Easter Sunday. For us Christians, Easter is the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Easter Sunday Mass holding in Churches across the world today is among the most attended Sunday services as it marks the end of Lent, a 40 – day period of fasting, prayer, almsgiving and spiritual discipline that is observed by every Christian faithful. While Easter is being marked with great pomp and revelry in certain quarters, we should not lose sight of its overall significance. Beyond the culinary pleasures associated with the feast let us not forget that, had the…

Prayer alone cannot save Nigeria – CBCN President Urges Christians to pray for Buhari

Address grievances, agitations now - Catholic Bishops tell FG

The President, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has debunked the frequent statement by some Nigerian leaders that, “Only prayer can solve the problems of Nigeria.” In his opening address at the first plenary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria held at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral Abuja, March 7, Bishop Kaigama said: “The statement may be true in one sense but in another it is not only a fallacy but a passing of the buck”. Insisting that prayer and good works must go together, the bishop cautioned Nigerian leaders not to abandon their…

Holy Family Izombe celebrates Youth Cultural Festival/Carnival

It was excitement galore at Holy Family Izombe in Oguta L.G.A, Imo State as parishioners, their friends and well-wishers were on Sunday January 8, 2017 entertained with a cultural festival/carnival by the Parish branch of the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON). The occasion which attracted dignitaries particularly parents and friends, started with a Holy Mass presided by Rev. Fr. C.K. Anyanwu and assisted by Rev. Fr. Fabian Ikewuba. In his sermon, Rev. Fr. Fabian started with heart lifting praise song. He thanked the Lord for the gift of the day, and described the youth as the pillars of the…

Osinbajo’s silence on Christians’ persecution worrisome

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Monday urged the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, to use his position to speak up against what it described as “a sustained persecution of Christians” in Nigeria. This was contained in a statement by the CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, in which he said Osinbajo’s silence was worrisome, warning that failure to act against the forces trying to silence Christians in the country could be disastrous. Ayokunle, in the statement signed by his Special Assistant (Media and Communication), Pastor Bayo Oladeji, listed the continuous killing of Christians, especially the recent Southern Kaduna massacres, failure…

Christianity under Siege: DSS tried to arrest pastor for Speaking out against Fulani herdsmen

Apparently, Christianity is under siege.  A pastor who got sick and tired of the assault on Christians by the so-called Fulani herdsmen and advised his congregation to prepare for self defense was to be arrested by the Department of State Services – DSS, if not for the prompt intervention of the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose. Rather than fishing out and arresting the blood-thirsty herdsmen responsible for the numerous killings in Southern Kaduna, Enugu and Benue States, the DSS wants, to lock up Christians who speak out. Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, in the early hours of Wednesday foiled…

Mass Slaughter: …Outrage over killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna

Hundreds of innocent Christians have been slaughtered in Southern Kaduna, as bloodthirsty Fulani Herdsmen spread their killings to that part of the country. Reports say over 800 people, most of them women and children have died and 57 injured, in recent attacks of 53 villages. No fewer than 16 churches were burnt alongside the destruction of 1,422 houses and farm produce worth N5.5 billion. In the last year, Nigeria has witnessed a harvest of killings by the same marauding herdsmen with several cases of massacre in Agatu, Benue state, Uzo Uwani, Enugu state with several attacks in Taraba, Delta and…

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…

Sharia Criminal Law Must Not See the Light of Day

Worrisome – I was shocked to watch the live proceedings of the House of Representatives as covered by NTA2 and saw that the bill calling for the criminal aspects of Islamic Sharia law to be implemented in our legal system in Nigeria at the Federal and states passed the second reading on 27th Oct! I was even more shocked because even though there were many Christians in the House no one raised an objection! The Speaker of the House, Hon Yakubu Dogara, who presided over the proceedings said that what this meant was that it would now move to committee…

“Christians commit more crimes than terrorists” – Sultan alleges

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III has said that though Christians were not believed to be terrorists but they commit wicked crimes against humanity. Sa’ad Abubakar III spoke in Benin City at the General Assembly and Executive National Council Meeting of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA). Abubakar, however, hailed the Pope for making a very strong statement defending Islam as a religion of peace. On the hijab controversy, he stated that putting on hijab is a right and not a privilege for Muslims across the nation. The Sultan said: “Hijab is our right not a privilege….

Tackle killing of Christians now or risk reprisal that will explode Nigeria – Rights group tells Buhari

A rights group based in Onitsha, the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, also known as Intersociety has warned of a possible reprisal attack on Muslims by Christians if the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government failed to tackle the continued killing of Christians by their Muslim brothers. In a press statement made available to reporters and signed by the Chairman Board of Trustees of the group, Comrade Emeka Umeaugbalasi, it said that from its investigations, the killing of Christians in the North may reach a stage where it may be hard for Christians to bear it…

Historic meeting: Pope Francis meets Egyptian grand Imam

Pope Francis held a historic meeting with the grand Imam of Egypt’s highest Islamic authority, signaling a significant step toward healing fractured interfaith relations. Ahmed al-Tayeb, of the Al-Azhar mosque and university centre in Cairo, met with the Pope in Rome. Francis is believed to be looking to heal Vatican relations with the influential centre of Sunni Muslim learning after dialogue was frozen five years ago. Al-Azhar cut contacts with the Vatican in 2011 over what it said were repeated insults toward Islam from Francis’ predecessor, Pope Benedict. The decision came just days after Benedict denounced what he called “a…

Archbishop Obinna takes Anti-Discrimination campaign to US …Calls for Reconfiliation

L -R: Bishop Edward Braxton, Bishop Robert Baker and Archbishop AJV Obinna at the conference The Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace, Anthony J. V Obinna, has put his foot down against all forms of hatred, enmity and discrimination toward other persons, as he took his campaign for justice and equality under God to the United States of America. Archbishop Obinna was invited recently to give a talk in a symposium on race relations. In his opening remarks at the conference with the theme: Black + White in America: how deep the divide? The chief convener Most Rev Robert Baker, Bishop…

Pope, Russian Orthodox Patriarch hold historic meeting …Sign call to end persecution of Christians

Pope Francis has met the head of the Russian Orthodox church, Patriarch Kirill, in Cuba Friday, Feb. 12. The meeting marked the first encounter in history between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch in the nearly 1,000 years since Eastern Orthodoxy split with Rome. “Finally!” the pope exclaimed as he embraced Patriarch Kirill in the small, wood-paneled VIP room of Havana’s airport, where the three-hour encounter was taking place. “We are brothers.” Pope Francis, dressed in white with a skullcap, and Patriarch Kirill, wearing a tall, domed hat that dangled a white stole over black robes, joined…

Islamic State murders 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya

  Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have released a video apparently showing the murder of Ethiopian Christians in Libya. The footage bears chilling echoes of an earlier mass murder by the group, in which at least 20 Egyptian Christians were beheaded on Libya’s northern shore. The new video shows two separate mass killings. In one, around 15 men are beheaded on a Libyan shoreline. In the other, a similar number are shot in the head in an area of scrubland. The video said the victims were Christians belonging to “the hostile Ethiopian Church”. Ethiopia…

Vote According To Your Conscience – priest tells Electorate

  The Vicar General of Orlu Diocese, Msgr. Emmanuel Nwosu has urged eligible voters to only vote for those candidates they know can lead with the fear of God, as well as those who have the interest of the masses at heart, both at the National and State levels, despite the political party he or she belongs to. Msgr. Nwosu stated this, while speaking with The Leader in Orlu. He observed that most Nigerians and some parts of the country have suffered hardship while the economy of the country was badly affected, which he said, was as a result of…

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…