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June 18, 2018

The Pentecost of Positive Reversal

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  “Pentecost” comes from the Greek word for “fiftieth.” Fifty days from the day of Passover, the Jews celebrated the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), commemorating the giving of the Law (Torah) at Mount Sinai. While Passover signified the people’s freedom from bondage, Shavuot signified their becoming God’s covenant people by accepting the Law. Being a pilgrim festival, Pentecost was a most appropriate time for the Holy Spirit to come and kindle his fire of love in the hearts of the disciples assembled in the Upper Room, that they reach out to the multitudes who had come to the feast from…

Army bars Soldiers from attending Church, Mosque outside Barracks

  The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, has barred officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army from attending church and mosque services outside the barracks. Buratai also announced the setting up of a special standing court martial in preparation for the upcoming 2019 general election, to investigate and try army personnel found to be partisan and hobnobbing with politicians. This is coming just as he warned personnel, whom he said were “sympathetic,” to political, religious and ethnic groups, to voluntarily retire from service or have themselves to blame. Buratai gave the warning at the opening of the Chief…

Model for Community Development in the Nigerian Society of today: The Church and the people

Model for Community Development in the Nigerian Society of today

The Church The sorry state of life in Nigeria today is sad as well as scary. The poor are on the verge of losing their humanity, the rich are drowning, and the ignorant are turning to nonentities while the learned are getting confused. People are subjected to live like animals. The Mediterranean Sea has continued to swallow our youths. Our environment has become a rendezvous for the jobless. The jobless have become beggars, beggars have become lunatics. Lunatics have become kidnappers and kidnappers are ironically becoming the cream of the society. Insecurity is worsening. Probity has taken a leave of…

Church must be involved in politics

  …Governor  tells Christians Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said Christians across Nigeria must be involved in governance, just as they work on how the country can return to the path of development. The governor also said Christians should no longer keep quiet on the premise that they want to be religious. Wike said this at the weekend, during the Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship International-Nigeria 2017, Port Harcourt Regional Convention, at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Elekahia, in the state capital. “Time has come for when the church must take its destiny in its hand. “The church must begin to…

Christians Denied Land to build churches in the North – Mosques spring up in South, East

In what looks like a deliberate plan to stop the spread of Christianity up North, State Governments in the Arewa Zone have continued to turn down applications for the issuance of Certificate of Occupancy, popularly called C of O to the Church. A statement issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), expressed dismay that churches were being denied their right of expansion in the north, contrary to the provisions of the constitution of Nigeria. “In the area of religious freedom of worship and conscience, we are saddened by the fact that many state governments, universities and other institutions…

Okorocha to handover Imo General Hospitals to Mission, Military

Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha will handover some of the General Hospitals the government is building in the 27 Local Government Areas of the state to the church. Governor Okorocha disclosed this during interactive session with journalists in his residence on Tuesday. Governor Okorocha said that apart from the Church, the Armed Forces will also take over some of the hospitals. Unveiling modalities for the handover of the health institutions, he said the Aboh-Mbaise General Hospital or the Ahiazu Mbaise General  Hospital may be handed over to the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara Mbaise as a Catholic Hospital. Other denominations…

The Nigeria of Sub-Standards

Though the phenomenon of fake and adulterated products has always been there, the situation has worsened over the past 15years. There had never been such a growing culture of sub-standard products and services as is the case now but unfortunately, our people seem to be settling down to it. It is no exaggeration to state that Nigerian markets are flooded with sub-standard goods of every kind as there is hardly any original product anywhere. Whether one is talking about electronics; clothing/textiles or even food and beverages, the story is of the same, – fake products manufactured in China everywhere. It…

THE USE OF ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN THE CHURCH (ADR): THE NEED FOR ECCLESIASTICAL PARADIGM SHIFT(2)

The 1983 Code of Canon Law more than the previous Code has amply made provision for the use of alternative dispute resolution in contentious cases in the Church. That is why in all cases, even in matrimonial cases, at any level of litigation and adjudication, the Judge is empowered and exhorted to abandon the judicial process in favour of alternative dispute resolution if it is feasible. Thus: “In the early stages of litigation, and indeed at any other time as often as he discerns any hope of a successful outcome, the Judge is not to fail to exhort and assist…

Order of Virgins

HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT The order of virgin, a life of virginity for the sake of Christ and his Church, is an ancient form of Christian religious living already mentioned in the New Testament. Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians, noted the presence in that Church of the “unmarried woman” who, “like a young girl, can devote herself to the Lord’s affair; all she need worry about is being holy in body and spirit…” (7:34). Philip, one of the seven deacons, as narrated in the Acts of the Apostles, had four virgin daughters who were prophets (cf. 21: 9). These…

Obi regrets late collaboration with Church

The Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi has regretted his late collaboration with the church when he became the governor of the sate. He spoke at the weekend during the presentation of cheques of N100 million to the Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most Revd. Paulinus Ezeokafor, for ongoing projects at St. Joseph Hospital, Adazi-Nnukwu and N30 million to the Anglican Bishop of Ihiala, Most Revd. Raphael Okafor at St. Luke Diocesan Hospital, Isseke for the state-sponsored maternity complex in the town. Obi said the partnership with the church, informed by the need to support the church and other institutions that…

THE TEN ‘I’s THAT BREAK THE HOME (13)

As October 1 draws near

REMEDIES TO INTIMIDATION IN MARRIAGE: It must be acknowledged that many marriages are undergoing intimidation today. It is also ironical to imagine that women suffer more intimidation than men in marriage as a result of their gender. Many married men are also undergoing psychological trauma. But because a lot of them struggle to protect their ego, they pretend that all is normal while internally bearing the brunt of a terrible marriage partner in the home. Let us postulate some panacea to overcoming the evil of intimidation in marriage.   Recognize that marriage partners are equal: In the nuptial blessing given…

Upholding the Sacredness of Human life in Imo State

During the presidency of Andrew Jackson, he offered a pardon to a man who was completely rehabilitated after committing a serious crime. But the man refused the pardon and insisted on staying in prison.  He said that even if he was rehabilitated, he owed a great debt to society.  Nothing Jackson, or anyone else said could convince him to accept the pardon. Many people in our time and particularly our state are like this man who refused to accept pardon because of the very many obnoxious crimes he committed against the sacredness of human life. Our Lord Jesus gave us…

“Judging Gay People”: A Case For Pope Francis (1)

In a reportage entitled “Revisiting the same sex marriage debate”, Vol. LIV. No. 31 Edition of The Leader Newspaper, August 11, 2013, drew attention to the undue emphasis which the global media lay on the Press briefing of Pope Francis on board the papal plane en route to Rome after the WYD – World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It presented the highlight of the Papal message thus: “if a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge that person?…these persons must never be marginalized and they must be…

Same-sex Marriage As A Philosophy of Humanism (2)

THE IMPLICATIONS OF HUMANIST MANIFESTO For those who deny the existence of God, the Humanist Manifesto represents the best of human thought today.  We have to note, too,  that Manifesto has within it the origins of most contemporary movements, philosophies as well as theologies. The influence of humanism has been patently pervasive. The humanists have formed modern society. They cloak evil in the nebulous garb of scholarly discourse and good intentions. When they say that their Manifesto “transcends the narrow allegiances of church, state, party, class or race” they tend to parody the Pauline message to the Galatians: “For it…

CBSN ends annual seminar in Ngugo

Members of the Catholic Bible Society of Nigeria (CBSN) Owerri Archdiocese were on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Ngugo ended their 30-day annual seminar with the promise to continue carrying out the spiritual exercise for renewal of their love for the word of God and the church. The spiritual revival grand finale, which took place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Ngugo Ikeduru LGA, Imo State was well attended by members of the Bible Society from various parishes in Owerri Archdiocese. During his homily at the Mass, which commenced the event, Rev. Fr. Anthony Agugo (CMF) charged CBSN members to march…

St. Mulumba Parish marks feast day

It was an atmosphere of joy on July 7, 2013 as parishioners and friends of St. Mulumba Catholic Parish Owerri, gathered to celebrate the feast of their Patron Saint, St. Mulumba, who until martyrdom was known as Mathias Kalembe. During the Holy Mass, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Justin Okoro, assisted by Rev. Fr. Francis Metu in his introductory prayer, thanked God for the privilege to celebrate the feast day and prayed for God’s blessings and strong faith like St. Mulumba on Christians. In his sermon, Fr. Justin Okoro declared that the day was that of practical faith and divine…

KSM, Nsu Sub-Council invests 2nd Degree members

Six Knights and Ladies of Nsu Sub-Council, Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria were on Sunday, July 21, invested with Second Degree regalia. The Grand Knight of the Sub-Council, Bro. Virgilus Okechukwu presided over the investiture ceremony held at St. Columba’s Catholic Parish, Agbaghara Nsu. Very Rev. Fr. Dr. S. Okeke, Resident Priest, Very Rev. Fr. Jerry Ofoegbu and Very Rev. Fr. S. Anyanwu, the Chaplain celebrated the Mass. The day also featured the 29th year ordination anniversary of the Parish Priest, Very Rev. Fr. Jery Ofoegbu and the graduation of Fr. Howel Nursery/Primary School. In his homily at the Mass…

Church demands Subvention to Catholic Hospitals – As Imo State Council on Health meets

Catholic Health Services of Imo State has once again appealed to the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, to approve subvention to Catholic Hospitals in the state. This is contained in their submission to the 2nd Imo State Council on Health Meeting held July 9-12 at the Imo Concorde Hotel Owerri. The State Council on Health meeting is convened to bring together all stakeholders to assess the situation in the health sector, identify areas of priority and proffer solutions. The Catholic Church’s submission was read on behalf of the Catholic Bishops in Imo State by the Provincial Health Co-ordinator, Lady Stella…

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…

KSM: Mgbidi Sub-Council promotes six to 2nd Degree

The Knights of St. Mulumba Nigeria (KSM), Mater Ecclesiae Sub-Council Mgbidi, Orlu diocese has raised six brothers to the Second Degree.  The wives of the knights whom they call Sisters were similarly promoted. The investiture ceremony which took place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Mgbidi on June 30, 2013 started with a concelebrated Mass presided over by Rev. Fr. Ray Alaneme of Orlu diocese, assisted by the Parish Rector, Rev. Fr. Dr. Eugene Dike, his Assistant, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ilozurike and the Sub-Council Chaplain, Rev. Fr. Francis Amadi. In his sermon during the Mass, Fr. Alaneme reflected on the readings…