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April 21, 2018

Bank Manager, brother drown during picnic

Bank Manager and brother drown during picnic

  The Manager of Skye Bank, Abak Road Branch, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Ubong Ekpe and his brother have been reported drowned. It was gathered that Ubong, who was on a picnic with his wife and children, drowned along with his brother, Francis, at the Ibeno Beach, Iwuokpom community, in the Ibeno Local Government Area of the state. Ubong was said to have entered into the beach to swim. But after some minutes, he did not surface from the water . His brother,Francis, who attempted to save him by also diving into the beach, drowned as well. There was…

Meeting With Pope an ‘Unforgettable Day’ -Lionel Messi

Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi, Wednesday, August 14,  said “today is an unforgettable day” because he was able to meet the Holy Father in the lead up to the friendly soccer match between Italy and Argentina. The game was been organized in honor of Pope Francis, who has commented many times on his love for the sport. Messi and the captain of Italy’s team, Gianluigi Buffon, spoke at a press conference following their audience with the Pope. The Italian goalkeeper said that “it is an honor to be able to participate in the event. He also assured it was a…

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…

Be careful on selection of bishops – Pope warns Nuncios

“Be careful that the candidates you recommend for episcopal appointments are not ambitious, that they do not seek the episcopate-volentes nolumus.” These were the words of Pope Francis to the hundreds of Papal Representatives, also known as Apostolic Nuncios, convoked to the Vatican from their diplomatic postings across the globe for two days of reflection and prayer in the context of the Year of Faith. The Holy Father spoke with them Friday, in a lengthy address which he said came “from the heart”, and was not just one of “perfunctory words”. His Holiness listed qualities of Episcopal candidates, saying that…

Pope Francis Sends Letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron

– Pontiff Responds to Letter Sent by British PM Regarding G8 Summit Priorities On Sunday, the Holy See made public a letter sent by Pope Francis to the British Prime Minister David Cameron prior to the G8 summit that was held 18-19th June in Northern Ireland. The letter was sent in response to a message sent by Prime Minister Cameron to the Holy Father in June 5th. In his letter to Pope Francis, the British Prime Minister said that he would use his presidency of the G8 summit to help developing countries achieve sustainable development. “Your Holiness has spoken eloquently…

Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit to Pope Francis: ”Pope is an extraordinary humanity, on fire with the Spirit of Christ”

Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, met for the first time in the Vatican since they both took over leadership positions in their respective Churches mid-March. They got on very well together, according to persons accompanying them. They sat and talked together in private for over thirty minutes in the Pope’s library on June 14, with the aid of an interpreter. Afterwards they prayed together and had lunch together with their respective delegations, in the Domus Sancta Marta, the Vatican guesthouse where Pope Francis now lives. “It was a personal visit. And the private conversation with Pope…

Egbu remembers Parishioner beheaded in her farm … Appeals to IG to arrest killers

It is now one year since Mrs. Evelyn Uzodinma was murdered in her farm at Egbu on June1, 2012 and later buried without her head in her husband’s compound. Despite the fact that both the motor cyclist (okada man) that carried the murderers and the person that made the call, informing the murderers about the woman’s presence in the farm are all in the police net, the police still claim that they have not gotten any clue on the murderers and that the two in their custody have not provided any clue to the whereabouts of the murderers nor are…

Pope Francis urges Relief Organizations to Contemplate Jesus’ suffering in the People of Syria

Pope Francis, on Wednesday, June 5,  met with humanitarian and relief organizations that are dealing with the ongoing crisis in Syria. The meeting was organized by the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”, which coordinates the Church’s charity work. Among the participants were representatives of the following Catholic charity organizations: Aid to the Church in Need International, the AVSI foundation, CAFOD, Caritas Internationalis as well as the local Caritas organizations in Austria, France, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, the Middle East and North Africa, Syria, and Turkey. Also present was the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, Catholic Relief Services, the International Catholic Migration…

Pope Francis Warns Against Temptation to Worldliness

During his daily mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis reminded those present that following Jesus is not a calling to power, but a calling to follow the way of the Cross. The Mass was concelebrated by Archbishop Rino Fisichella and Msgr. José Octavio Ruiz Arenas, president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, respectively. Also in attendance were a group of priests from the Council and staff from the Vatican Power Station and Technical Laboratory of the Governorate of Vatican carpentry, accompanied by Engineer Pier Carlo Cuscianna, Director of Technical Services of the Governorate. Placing emphasis…

Pope Francis Names 800 New Saints

Pope Francis’s first canonization ceremony was a record-breaking one. The new pontiff named over 800 new saints on Sunday. That’s already almost double the number of saints declared by Pope John Paul II, whose 480-odd canonizations were, at the time, more than those of all of his predecessors since 1588, combined. But the latest canonization bonanza is notable for another reason: most of the 800 new saints are 15th-century martyrs, who were approved as a group for sainthood by Francis’s predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI. Given Pope Francis’s previous public commitment to improving the Catholic church’s relationship with Muslim communities worldwide,…

Archbishop Obinna visits St. Francis Chaplaincy, Dan Anyiam Staduim

-Dedicates church, confirms 125 The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna paid a pastoral visit to St. Francis of Assisi Dan Anyiam on Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Holy Mass was presided over by His Grace, Most Rev. A.J.V. Obinna, assisted by Rev. Fr. Jude Zimoha, the Chaplain, Fr. Alphonsus Oha, Fr. Longinus Chinagorom, Fr. George Nwachukwu, Fr. Kingsley Nze and Fr. George Ike. In his homily, the Archbishop said that St. Stephen was one of the seven deacons that spread the good news of Christ until his brothers, the Jews stoned him to death and…

Pope Francis: “Do Not Be Content with A Mediocre Christian Life”

A downpour of rain on Sunday morning didn’t stop thousands of pilgrims from gathering in St. Peter’s Square for the Day of Confraternities Mass. The Year of Faith celebration was presided by Pope Francis, who greeted pilgrims while circling the square in his Popemobile. The Holy Father expressed his admiration to the faithful present, citing their bravery in attending despite the weather. During his homily, Pope Francis greeted the confraternities, saying that they are “a traditional reality in the Church” that has “experienced a renewal and rediscovery” in recent times. “I greet all of you with affection, particularly the confraternities…

Vatican to house two Popes for first time as Benedict returns

The Vatican became home to two Popes on Thursday, May 2 for the first time in the history of the Roman Catholic Church when Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI moved back to the city state in the wake of his resignation. Benedict has been living in Castel Gandolfo, the summer papal residence outside Rome since his shock resignation at the end of February. But it was always a temporary arrangement and on Thursday the German-born former pontiff moved into new retirement home within the Vatican gardens. The 86-year-old ex-Pope was picked up by helicopter from the ground of Castel Gandolfo, which…