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August 14, 2018

Nigerian bishops begin Ad Limina visit to Rome

The first group of Catholic bishops of Nigeria shortly after arriving Rome last week

  The first group of the Catholic bishops of Nigeria arrived Rome last week on Ad Limina Visit to the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The bishops who arrived Rome April 14 will meet with the pope on Thursday, April 26 when the second group of bishops must have arrived. According to Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu, Secretary General, Catholic Secretariate of Nigeria (CSN), the first group will round-off on April 28 while the second group will finish on May 5. Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri belongs to the second group. The bishops will meet with Cardinal Filoni, Prefect…

Jubilee Year Of Mercy: A Call To Every Nigeria Christian

Today the Jubilee Year of Mercy announced by His Holiness Pope Francis begins in our Archdiocese and other Catholic Dioceses in Nigeria. The solemn entry through the Holy Door of the popular St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome which took place on the 8th of December 2015, the feast of Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother is replicating at the Maria Assumpta Cathedral in Owerri. The solemn entry into Assumpta Cathedral through the central door signals the inauguration of this year long spiritual journey. The following were present at the inauguration of the jubilee: All Episcopal Zonal Vicars, the Religious, the…

Vatican confirms Pope’s meeting with anti-gay activist

  The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis has met with Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, but did not elaborate. In a statement released by the Holy See Press Office Thursday, its director, Father Federico Lombardi, addressed the media reports about the Pope meeting Davis in Washington, stating: “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no comments to add.” Davis was put in jail for six days for disobeying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples, stressing she couldn’t go against her conscience and citing biblical opposition to same-sex marriage. Davis’…

Pope to Youth: Do not conform to a mediocre life

  In a letter to young people participating at the 2015 European Meeting of Youth (EEJ2015), Pope Francis encouraged them “not to conform themselves to a mediocre life without aspirations.” The Holy Father’s message was read at the closing Mass of the EEJ2015, which gathered an estimated 6,000 youth from Europe this week in Ávila, the birthplace of St. Teresa of Jesus. The letter was sent on the Pope’s behalf by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, and read at the end of the celebration by Fr. José María Gil Tamayo, Secretary General of the Spanish Bishops Conference. In…

Pope establishes new Secretariat for communications

  Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter published on Saturday, called a motu proprio (Latin for “on one’s own initiative”), that establishes a new Secretariat for Communications. The Motu Proprio placed all communications offices under the new Secretariat. Those offices include the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the Holy See Press Office, Vatican Internet Service, Vatican Radio, the Vatican Television Center (CTV), the LO’servatore Romano, Vatican Typography, Photograph Service, and the Vatican Publishing House (Libreria Editrice Vaticana). “The current communication context, characterized by the presence and the development of digital media, by the factors of convergence and interactivity, requires a…

Pope’s latest encyclical “Laudato si”: A Clarion Call

  Recently, His Holiness, Pope Francis issued an Encyclical, titled: “Laudato Si” or “Praise be to you”, which squarely condemned all forms of environmental degradations.  It was a clarion call on every one to stop being indifferent but to care for creation and be mindful of the consequences of their actions and inactions to Mother Nature.  His emphasis was on human – nature relationship. The Holy Father equated the relationship between man and the earth/nature with the relationship between humans and one another and that between humans and God.  According to him, how one relates to the earth is as…

Pope Francis honours 28 in Nnewi Diocese – Monsignor, Papal Knights and Dames

  Twenty-eight recipient honours and awards from His Holiness, Pope Francis were at Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral, Nnewi, Anambra State presented with various official titles according to the Catholic tradition. The papal honours and awards were on the recommendation of His Lordship, Most Rev. Hilary Odili Okeke, Catholic Bishop of Nnewi diocese. Four priests were honoured as  Chaplains of His holiness, with the title of Monsignor.  They are Michael Onyekachukwu, Christopher Ejizu, Pius Ilechukwu and Patrick Ezeobata. Five lay faithful were honoured as Knights of the Order of St. Gregory the Great.  They are Dr. Obinna Uzor, Mr. Nicholas…

Claretian Priest appointed Co-adjutor Bishop of Makurdi

His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Fr. Anagbe Wilfred Chikpa (CMF) of the Eastern Province of the Claretian Congregation of Nigeria as the Co-adjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Makurdi. The appointment was announced on Tuesday, July 10, 2014 in a press release from the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria. While a Co-adjutor Bishop has right of succession, an auxiliary bishop does not.  This means that when the diocesan bishop retires or dies, a co-adjutor bishop immediately becomes his successors (C. 409.1).  Appointing a co-adjutor bishop is often a way of pre-empting this process. On the other hand, an auxiliary…

Pope to Young People: The Church Without Mary is an Orphan

The Pope has urged young people to fix their eyes on the Blessed Mother as they decide which vocation to choose. Speaking to a group of young people from the diocese of Rome in the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican Gardens on Saturday, June 30, he told them that as they contemplate vocations, they should not forget or ignore their mother Mary, who remains at their side. Just as Mary accompanied her son, the Pontiff said, she “accompanies us,” and is with young people as they decide their vocations.  “When a Christian says to me, not that he does not…

Pope Francis Questions True Intentions of War

The Holy Father called attention once again to the horrors of war during his weekly Angelus address on Sunday. Pope Francis’ remarks came the day after a prayer vigil held in St. Peter’s Square on Saturday that brought more than 100,000 people to pray for peace in Syria. Reflecting on the Gospel of the day, the Holy Father began his address by speaking on the Christ’s message on being his disciples. “Many people, in fact, approached Jesus. They wanted to be his disciples; this especially happened after some miraculous sign, which confirmed him as the Messiah, the King of Israel,”…

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…