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August 17, 2018

THE COMMUNIQUE AND RESOLUTIONS OF THE CONVENTION OF THE OWERRI PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY HELD FROM 2ND TO 3RD APRIL, 2018 IN OWERRI, IMO STATE

Owerri Peoples Assembly

  PREAMBLE Sequel to the successful Owerri Summit organized by the Coalition for Owerri Re-awakening on Nov 11, 2017 and the consequent EGBU DECLARATION, the Owerri Peoples Assembly (OPA) of Imo State organized the first ever Comprehensive Convention of Owerri Zone with the theme “Oke Zuo, Iwe Alaa” on April 2nd and 3rd. The convention comprised a colloquium chaired by Dr. Leo Stan Ekeh of Zinox Computers and a Convention rally chaired by Dr. Paschal Dozie, Chairman MTN and Co-chaired by Dr. Mike Okiro, Chairman Police Service Commission with Chief Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu as Grand Patron. Other prominent sons and…

Communique: “…That they might have  life and have it more Abundantly” (John 10:10)

  A Communique issued at the end of the first Plenary  Meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria,  Durumi, Abuja, 17-23 February 2018   1. PREAMBLE We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, have held our First Plenary Meeting of the year at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Durumi, Abuja, from 17 to 23 February 2018. Having prayerfully reflected on the ways in which we, as a Church and a Nation, can fully enjoy the fullness of life promised us by our Lord Jesus Christ, we now issue this Communiqué.   2. PROMOTING…

OUR HOPE IN DESPAIR: TOWARDS NATIONAL RESTORATION

OUR HOPE IN DESPAIR: TOWARDS NATIONAL RESTORATION

Communiqué A Communiqué issued at the End of Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Centre, Jalingo, Taraba State, 7-15 September 2017. PREAMBLE We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, held our Second Plenary Meeting of the year at St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Centre, Jalingo, Taraba State, from 7 to 15 September 2017. Having prayerfully reflected on the issues affecting the Church and our country, we now issue this Communiqué. URGENT NEED TO ADDRESS GRIEVANCES Our country is currently passing through a phase that is marked by tension, agitation and a general…

Address grievances, agitations now – Catholic Bishops tell FG

Address grievances, agitations now - Catholic Bishops tell FG

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) rose from their Second Plenary Meeting in Jalingo, Taraba State (Sept. 7-15) with an appeal to the Federal Government to address various grievances in the country. In a strongly worded communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the bishops noted that: “Our country is currently passing through a phase that is marked by tension, agitation and a general sense of hopelessness and dissatisfaction. This we believe is as a result of years of injustice, inequity, corruption, and impunity. There are agitations in many sectors of the country against the one-sidedness in appointments…

2016 SEMINAR: Owerri Laity Council issues communiqué

The Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, Owerri Archdiocese, rounded off its 2016 Seminar/Retreat at Villa Maria Guest House Owerri Nov 12, with a five-point resolution. The theme of the seminar was: “The Laity and the Jubilee Year of Mercy”. In a communiqué issued at the end of the programme, the delegates noted that the seminar/retreat was most appropriate at this time as it ex-rayed the level of participation and duties of the lay faithful and expectations of the mother Church on all, in this extra-ordinary Jubilee Year of mercy and beyond.   The delegates adopted the following resolutions:   That…

Religion As Instrument For Peace And Integral Human Development

A Communiqué at the End of the Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at Domus Pacis Pastoral Centre, Igoba, Akure, Ondo State, 8-16 September, 2016. 1. PREAMBLE We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, held our Second Plenary Meeting of the year at Domus Pacis Pastoral Centre, Igoba, Akure, from 8 to 16 September, 2016. Having prayerfully reflected on the issues affecting the Church and our country, we now present our Communiqué. 2. EVENTS IN THE CHURCH In this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, we express our heartfelt gratitude to God for his love and abundant…

Anglican Church tells Buhari to urgently disarm Fulani herdsmen

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has asked the Federal Government to urgently “disarm all Fulani herdsmen ravaging the country.” The church said the call became imperative following wave of attacks and killings of harmless farmers in the country recently. It also enjoined the Christian Association of Nigeria to map out strategies on how to curb the killings of Christians in the country. The remark was contained in a communiqué issued on Sunday by Bishop Rev. Duke Akamisoko after the second session of the third synod held at St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, Kubwa in Abuja. The church expressed displeasure with the…

Southern Governor’s Wives Forum Inaugural Summit ends in Owerri

The two-day inaugural meeting of the Southern Governors’ wives forum held in Owerri, Imo State ended on a good note and has issued a communiqué read by the wife of ogun state governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun after their discussions at the meeting. Earlier before the meeting, the Southern governors’ wives paid a courtesy visit on Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha at the Government House with the governor recommending them to ensure peace among their governor-husbands regardless of their political connections since it has nothing to do with fostering quality leadership and providing the dividends of democracy to the people. Governor…

Communiqué – BUILDING UPON GODLY AND MORAL VALUES IN NIGERIA

A Goodwill Message of the Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province issued at the end of their First Plenary Meeting held at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri, Imo State, Monday, January 20 – Tuesday, January 21, 2014.   Preamble We, the Catholic Bishops of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, gathered as usual to pray and to deliberate on our pastoral ministry, issue the following goodwill message to our people and nation:   Gratitude to God 1.   As Nigeria marks one hundred years of its existence as a nation, we give heartfelt thanks to Almighty God for all his blessings and mercies.  For…

Well done Mr. President for Anti-gay Law – Catholic Bishops

Catholic Bishops of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province have commended President Goodluck Jonathan for signing into law the Bill prohibiting same-sex union in Nigeria. The commendation was contained in a 10-point communiqué they issued after their First Plenary meeting for 2014 held at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre Owerri from January 20 to 21, 2014. In the statement, the Church leaders praised Nigerians and other Africans for the bold step of categorically rejecting the advances and pressures of certain foreign governments and agencies to legalize what all people of all ages consider grave aberrations – moral evils. “These Europeans and North American…

REMOVE ANTI-LIFE SECTIONS IN THE LAW

A Declaration of the Catholic Bishops of Imo State on the IMO STATE OF NIGERIA 2012, Law no. 12 and IMO STATE OF NIGERIA 2007 Law no. 7 which habour liberalist-abortion provisions. 1.         As Catholic Bishops in Imo State we have a divinely guaranteed obligation to society at large to promote its spiritual, moral and civic welfare. That is why we pray, preach, speak and work in favour of those virtues and values which elevate and protect the quality and dignity of personal, family and public life.   2.         The Right to life and to Human Dignity belongs to human…

Pope Francis Chooses Theme for World Day of Peace

“…..Annual Celebration will Focus on Fraternity as a Pathway to Peace” – Pope Francis. The Holy See Press Office last Wednesday (31st July)  announced the theme for the 47th World Day of Peace which was chosen by Pope Francis. The theme, “Fraternity, the foundation and pathway to peace” will be the focus of the celebration, which will be on January 1st, 2014. The event was an initiative of Pope Paul VI and usually includes a message from the Holy Father that calls attention to the value of peace in the world. In a communiqué released by the Holy See, Pope…

Archbishop of Canterbury to Meet with Pope Francis on Friday

……His Grace Justin Welby Makes Special Request to Pray Before Tomb of Blessed John Paul II His Grace Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury will be visiting Pope Francis Friday June 21 at Vatican City. Archbishop Welby was enthroned shortly after the Holy Father’s election to the papacy. This will be their first meeting since beginning their respective ministries. In a communique released by the Holy See Press Office, the Archbishop of Canterbury will not only visit the tomb of St. Peter, but upon a special request, will also pray in front of the tomb of Blessed Pope John Paul II….