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May 21, 2018

Royal family fetes children in Nkwume Ato at Christmas

Eze Engr B N Nwokeke with Ugoeze Sir Emman Chukwu and others at the event

  – Says promotes peace in community The Traditional Ruler of Nkwume Ato Autonomous Community in Ihitte-Uboma LGA of Imo State, HRH, Eze Engr. B.N. Nwokeke celebrated the birth of Christ with children drawn from various communities under his domain on 25th December 2017. Eze Nwokeke and the Ugoeze, Nneoma Joy Ego Nwokeke survived a gruesome assassination bid in the hands of dare-devil vandals who in 2013 attracked the royal family and shot the Royal Father severally on the legs, arm and lower abdomen, and abducted the Ugoeze who could not be found for days, living Eze Nwokeke lying critically…

Let nothing spoil your Christmas … Not even Govt – Archbishop Obinna

  Light up the candles; sing carols and jump for joy. Let nothing spoil your Christmas; not even the government induced poverty. This is the clear message the Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, is sending to everyone this Christmas. “Fill your lungs with the carols and songs of Christmas. Let the children construct mangers or cribs with left-over tins, pans, sticks, straw and clay with paper or wood or whatever. “They can make Christmas joy come alive in your home or neighbourhood. Share whatever little food, drink and clothing you have at Christmas with family, friends and…

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…

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

  ENTRANCE ANTIPHON CF. IS 30:19.30 O people of Sion, behold, the Lord will come to save the nations, and the Lord will make the glory of his voice heard in the joy of your heart.   COLLECT Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company. Who lives and reigns with you.   FIRST READING A reading from the Book of Isaiah 40:1-5.9-11 “Prepare the way of the Lord.” Comfort, comfort my people, says your God….

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…

They came home, met their death … How two foreign based Imolites were murdered in Imo during Christmas

Insecurity is rearing its ugly head strongly again in Imo State, kidnappers and cold-blooded murderers are back, with at least two families mourning the brutal killings of their sons, in strange circumstances, last Christmas. Friday Nduka from Egbuoma in Oguta, returned home from Indonesia to celebrate Christmas and also get married. He was unbelievably gunned down at the NNPC filling station at the Control Post in Owerri, by a policeman, over a minor incident. Nduka’s shocking death occurred on December 22, while he, his bride-to -be and her mother stopped at the petrol station to fuel their car.  An eyewitness…

St Vincent De Paul Society feeds inmates at Christmas

It was jubilation galore at the Federal Prisons Owerri during the Christmas season as members of St Vincent de Paul in Owerri Archdiocese from Zone 1 Emekuku and Zone 6 Owerri made up of fifteen conferences came out in their numbers to celebrate Christmas with the inmates. The Prison chapel band was on hand to supply to melodious Christian songs while the drama group in a show of appreciation entertained the Vincentians with a drama titled: “There is power in the words of the Lord”, in which they thanked the society of St Vincent de Paul in Owérri Archdiocese for…

Our people need food not Christmas fanfare – Archbishop Obinna

Tension in Igboland Catholics begin 30-day prayer, fasting as Court proscribes IPOB

Workers and pensioners in Imo State went home this Christmas with empty stomach despite promises and announcement of paid salaries over the media.  This obviously has made harder the already prevailing hard times. Against this backdrop, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, His Grace Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna has called on the government to respond to the more pressing basic needs of the people rather than lavish resources on fanfare during the period. He made the call while interacting with journalists in his office after delivering his 2016 Christmas message, December 13. The prelate spoke ahead of the Owerri Christmas…

Christmas: Don’t succumb to recession -Bishop Amatu tells Nigerians

The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe, Most Rev. Solomon Amatu has enjoined Nigerians to fasten their belts and take the difficult times as they come instead of succumbing to its pressure; assuring them that they could still make good achievements in the face of recession. Bishop Amatu made the call at the Cathedral of Immaculate Cenception Okigwe in a Christmas message to the faithful, during an exclusive session with our Okigwe Correspondent, PeterClaver Ubochi, shortly after Celebrating the 2016 Special Christmas with members of Okigwe Diocesan Council of  Catholic Women Organization (OCCWO). He argued that in human history, there has not…

Christmas: Doing something different

Today is Christmas Day. It is the climax of the annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, Saviour of mankind (a feast which is second, only to Easter for Christians). This time around we invite everyone to do something different to put some smiles on every face you come across. Ours today, is a call to celebrate this year’s Christmas and New Year festivities by doing something different, so as to make a change. We are not talking of political change as is preached by our politicians, but change in attitude, a change of heart to make others happy,…

What is Christmas to you?

Christmas as its name implies is the period or season for merriments and joy. It is celebrated all over the world especially by the Christians, because it is the remembrance of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ as the Church of Christ teaches. It is associated with a lot of good things and deeds. To some part of the International communities like USA, Britain, Rome, and many others, it is associated with Carol songs called Christmas Carol which are traditionally songs of Christmas itself and full of funny consequences aimed at producing funny stories to make people happy and…

CHRISTMAS: Ebonyi Governor announces payment of one month salary …As bonus for workers

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has said he would pay one month salary bonus  as part of his Christmas package to workers. Umahi, who was on a visit to the Ebonyi State University  permanent site in  Ezzamgbo,  said in spite of the recession in the country and the fact that the state is one of the lowest  recepients of federal allocations, his administration was determined to improve the lot of its workers. Explaining that   junior workers would receive 100 per cent bonus  and  senior  workers   50 percent , he challenged the university authorities to emulate his administration by paying…

SERIOUS AND PERSONAL

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

Christian discipleship is a serious and personal enterprise! It is much more than a cultural heritage, or social convention. Rather, it is special, fundamental, all-encompassing, and all-important. Following Christ is more than just what our parents or ancestors handed down to us; it transcends the realm of peer influence, and it goes beyond what we learn at school or on social media. Christianity is a sublime experience and a personal encounter with the eternal Word of God. It is a personal invitation to “what no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no human mind conceived” (I Cor. 2:9)….

CELEBRATING ADVENT: The Joyful Mystery of Waiting (1)

INTRODUCTION: The Church opens the door of liturgical year with a four week season of great waiting of joy, hope, peace and love called “Advent.” Advent is a term derived from Latin usage “Adventus” meaning “coming.” In the Christian Church Calendar, it stands for the period of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas and also of preparation for the second coming of Christ. It begins on the Sunday following the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle. This mysterious season of waiting is associated with the ancient exclamation of “Maranatha” which is transliterated from the…

Ember Months and road users

Experience has shown that ember months are characterized by heavy vehicular movements on Nigerian roads, with a corresponding rise in number of road accidents. Road crashes with their attendant losses in lives and property reach a climax at Christmas and the New Year, as more people travel home to participate in the festivities around this season. According to recent World Health Organization (WHO) report: tagged “Road safety in WHO African Region”, not less than 11 people are killed daily on Nigerian roads, especially at this period. Consequently, Nigeria accounts for the highest fatalities with 33.7% per 100,000 population every year…

CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS AMIDST HARDSHIP AND CONFUSION

Christmas is principally a Christian celebration. It is the commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Etymologically the name “Christmas” came from two ancient English words; Cristes and Maesse, which may be literally translated as the mass of Christ meaning Christ’s Mass or the Mass celebrating the feast Christ’s birthday. Historically, there has not been any generally accepted position regarding the exact date of Christmas. While Christians of the Latin rite celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December, their counterparts in the East do same on the 6th day of January. According to the latter, this date marks the manifestation…

Assumpta Station celebrates Christmas with motherless babies

As part of their Christmas celebration and end-of-year get-together, the Assumpta Station of Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri, visited the Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood Orphanage, Ngugo and the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus, Ancilla Motherless Babies Home Emekuku, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, where they donated various food items, beverages and toiletries. In a short speech at the occasion, the Chairman of Maria Assumpta Station, Mr. Emma Uzoka told the management of the two orphanages that they came to celebrate the Christmas with them and commended them for taking good care of the inmates. “Since we…

REJOICE AND BE GLAD!

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

On this Third Sunday of Advent we celebrate the Gaudete Sunday. It’s the reason for the rose vestments and candles used in many churches around the world today. The word “gaudete” is Latin for “rejoice,” and it comes from the first word of the introit (Entrance Antiphon) for today’s Mass: “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice” (Gaudete in Domino semper: iterumdico, gaudete). We rejoice because our commemoration of the Lord’s coming in history draws closer, and so does his final coming in glory. So let us rejoice and be glad!This is the message of the First Reading…

SUNDAY READINGS: THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD YR. (A) 5/1/2014

Entrance Antiphon Behold, the Lord, the Mighty One, has come; and kingship is in his grasp, and power and dominion.   Opening Prayer O God, who on this day revealed your Only Begotten Son to the nations by the guidance of a star, grant in your mercy, that we, who know you already by faith, may be brought to behold the beauty of your sublime glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.   First Reading A reading from the Prophet…

Christmas Day Bombings Kill 37 in Baghdad – As Christians flee Iraq

As Militants in Iraq targeted Christians in three separate Christmas Day bombings in Baghdad, killing at least 37 people, officials said Wednesday.   In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church in the capital’s southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26 people and wounding 38, a police officer said.   Earlier, two bombs ripped through a nearby outdoor market simultaneously in the Christian section of Athorien, killing 11 people and wounding 21, the officer said.   The Iraq-based leader of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Louis Sako, said the parked car bomb exploded after Christmas Mass and that…