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May 23, 2018

Celebrating Ash Wednesday And Lent In A Troubled Nigeria

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This coming Wednesday, the Church allover the world, Catholics and non-Catholics alike celebrates the peculiar feast of Ashes. This day has popularly been labeled“Ash Wednesday” on account of the ritual Ash in which almost all the Christians willingly participate. The ritual celebration of Ashes on this Wednesday marks the solemn beginning of the Lenten season. The rite of blessing and distribu­tion of burnt ashes on the forehead of every participating Christian is the major liturgy of the day. It lasts from morning to night and ashes are sent to those in the hospitals, those incapacitated, bedridden and those inprisons. To…

Pope Francis receives prestigious German European unity prize

Pope Francis has been named as the winner of the International Charlemagne Prize, awarded annually by the German city of Aachen for contributions to European unity. The prize committee said Wednesday that the pontiff has sent “a message of hope and encouragement” at a time in which “many citizens in Europe are seeking orientation,” news agency dpa reported. The prize is usually awarded in Aachen but the 2016 prize will be handed over in Rome. There was no immediate word on the date. Previous winners include former U.S. President Bill Clinton and St. John Paul II, who received a special…

Pope Francis to families: Forgive each other, journey together towards God

Pope Francis on the Feast of the Holy Family reflected on the power of forgiveness in families and compared everyday family life to an ongoing pilgrimage of prayer and love. “How important it is for our families to journey together towards a single goal! We know that we have a road to travel together; a road along which we encounter difficulties but also enjoy moments of joy and consolation,” the Pope said Dec. 27 in his morning homily at St. Peter’s Basilica. “A pilgrimage does not end when we arrive at our destination, but when we return home and resume…

Divorce: Causes And Effects

By Dr Mrs Nma Olebara (FCAI)   Divorce simply means the formal dissolution of a marriage in a court of law. Marriage is a very important and sacred institution designed by God that must not be taken for granted. It is not God’s design that people marry today and tomorrow they divorce. The accepted norm has been till death parts, but it is fast eroding due to some mistakes which if taken into cognizance, ensure that marriage will be a bed of roses. Some of these mistakes are in two dimensions, ‘before and after’ marriage. They are: Desperation to get…

It’s a Covenant, Not a Contract!

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Archimedes was the greatest mathematician of antiquity and one of the greatest of all time. Once, as he stepped into a bath, he noticed that the water level was rising, and it struck him that the volume of water displaced must be equal to the volume of the part of his body that was submerged. He had discovered how to calculate the volume of an object with an irregular shape – and that was a cutting edge discovery! Archimedes got so excited that he dashed straight from the bath into the street, forgetting to put his clothes back on,…

THE TEN ‘I’s THAT THE HOME

As October 1 draws near

Most couples have problems today as a result of the way they handle their marriage issues. Some couples devise wrong approaches towards their erring partners and rather than pull them out of their mistakes they end up making them plunge deeper into muddy waters. Such marriages unfortunately hit the bricks for reasons of foolhardiness. Having x rayed the issue of infidelity, its causes and effects in many marriages, I wish to proffer some solutions. This is both in the case that a couple already established strong evidences that the partner is living unfaithful life as well as seeking appropriate measures…

KSJI St. Charles Borromeo Commandery ends retreat – As Rev. Fr. Dieme harps on love

Knights and Ladies of St. John’s International Borromeo Commandery (565), Ehime Mbano concluded a two-day retreat on Saturday June 16, 2013 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. In his homily at the concelebrated Mass to round-off the two-day retreat, Rev. Fr. Tony Dieme, the Spiritual Director of the commandery, harped on the virtue of love, forgiveness and charity. He went biblical citing the Apostle John, one of the disciples of Jesus Christ, who in all his preaching and writings emphasized on love of man, love of God, charity and forgiveness. Rev. Fr. Tony Dieme who was assisted by Rev. Fr. Jude…