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August 14, 2018

Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace

2018 new year message by pope francis

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS – JANUARY 1, 2018 1. Heartfelt good wishes for peace Peace to all people and to all nations on earth! Peace, which the angels proclaimed to the shepherds on Christmas night, is a profound aspiration for everyone, for each individual and all peoples, and especially for those who most keenly suffer its absence. Among these whom I constantly keep in my thoughts and prayers, I would once again mention the over 250 million migrants worldwide, of whom 22.5 million are refugees. Pope Benedict XVI, my beloved predecessor, spoke of them as “men and women, children,…

2017 A NEW YEAR OF GRACE AND BLESSINGS

About one thousand, two hundred and fifty years before the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ the Lord God – Yahweh – spoke to Moses and directed him to pass on to Aaron and his sons the words by which they will bless the Israelites: Say to them: The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace! So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites and I will bless them.                                                            Numbers 6:22-27.   With the birth of…

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…

Nationizing Nigeria: A 2016 New Year Message for Nigeria

Glad tidings of great joy I bring to you and all mankind The Nativity of Jesus Christ celebrated just a week ago speaks directly to Nigeria in a special way. By January 14 2016 Nigeria will mark the 102nd anniversary of its amalgamation into one political entity from the multiple ethnic nationalities that the British colonial government forcefully cobbled into the northern and southern protectorates and then into one Nigeria. As we thus look forward to that anniversary of our cobbled nation since 1914 in the face of continuing bloodshed, inter-ethnic tension, uneasy public relationships, suspicious and subtle moves and…

Nigeria and Agenda 2014

As the count down to the arrival of 2014 began a couple of weeks ago, individuals and groups went into sober reflections on the passing year 2013, not only to take stocks of gains and losses but to make firm resolutions on the way forward. As obtains with individuals and groups, so it is with corporate entities, including our country Nigeria, New Year brings with it new hopes, new expectations as well as new challenges. It is no exaggeration to say that Nigerians had very little to cheer in 2013. Reason: It was most times tales of woe, industrial actions…

Celebrating a Happy New Year

Man, the maker of culture distinguishes himself from other animals by his ability to give special meaning to an otherwise purely physical fact.  In the animal world, the snake or the grasshopper sheds its old skin and puts on a new, fresh and young appearance.  In the plant world, we notice a yearly defoliation of the forest.  Therefore, part of this celebration is to enable man, by some reverse pathetic fallacy to do like the rest of creation, to shed the old and put on the new.  The New Year then becomes a Renaissance and indeed a rebirth. In the…

Happy New Year from Someone who Really Cares

We have seen her on TV crying at the sight of poverty, which our leaders have collectively created. We have seen her hugging the poor, consoling the bereaved and sharing food to the hungry, who throng her, during her visits to our impoverished rural communities. Finally, we have seen our First Lady commissioning homes she built and furnished for the indigent, products of our selfish Governments, politicians and ruling class – all of them – excluding none! There’s no denying that Nkechi Okorocha really cares. Undoubtedly, our First Lady has touched the lives of several poor people, and more will…