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May 21, 2018

OUR MISSION AS PRIESTS TO THE WORLD OF POLITICS

  Editor’s Note: Catholic Priests have a legitimate right to participate and get involved in Politics. Here are some of the reasons why they should take part in the politics of the land. We will elaborate on the different themes in due course.   Introduction We priests cannot afford to allow ourselves be coerced, intimidated or forced to shy or stay away from the “world” of politics; this is so because, by our vocation, mandate and mission, politics is one such “world” to which Christ commissions His Church and ministers to evangelize, to preach to, to spiritually and morally direct….

The Church cannot be silent about economic suffering – Pope Francis

  In the preface to a book on his economic thought, Pope Francis has written that the Gospel is not an unattainable ideal, but something that the whole Church should seek, especially where there is economic injustice. “The Church, in spreading the message of charity and justice of the Gospel, cannot remain silent in the face of injustice and suffering,” the pope wrote. “Many encounters have confirmed to me that the Gospel is not a utopia but a real hope, even for the economy: God does not abandon his creatures… he invites them to not grow tired of collaborating with…

Pope warns against use of mobile phones in church

Says Mass is for the Eucharist, not pictures Pope Francis on Wednesday chastised those who spend Mass talking to others, looking at their phone or even taking pictures during papal liturgies, saying these are distractions that take focus away from the “heart of the Church,” which is the Eucharist. “The Mass is not a show: it is to go to meet the passion and resurrection of the Lord,” the Pope said Nov. 8. “The Lord is here with us, present. Many times we go there, we look at things and chat among ourselves while the priest celebrates the Eucharist… But…

Southern Kaduna boils again as 12 persons killed in fresh attack

No fewer than twelve persons were feared dead in an exceedingly revived attack on Sunday at Aso village in Jema’a authorities space, regarding 250 kilometres from Kaduna, the capital. President, Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) Dr. Solomon Musa United Nations agency confirmed it same one person was still missing and 3 critically injured. The attack befell within the same village wherever 3 persons were reportedly killed by gunmen in February. “Yes we have a tendency to area unit aware that gunmen attacked a village known as Aso on Christian holy day and killed twelve individuals, one remains missing whereas 3…

Pope cautions social climbers …Says money, power harm Church

Saying Jesus’ path is serving others, Pope Francis urged Christians on Tuesday May 31, 2016 to overcome the lure of worldliness and human ambition and warned against social climbers who are tempted to destroy the other in order to reach the top. His remarks came during his homily at the morning Mass celebrated in the Santa Marta residence. The gospel reading where Jesus’ disciples were arguing among themselves over who was the greatest was used by the Pope for his reflections about the dangers of power, money, ambition and vanity. He noted that whereas Jesus was warning his disciples about…

Confiliating Americans: Recti-valuing One Another (2)

A Theology and Practice of Reconfiliation By+ Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna Archbishop of Owerri Full text of lecture Archbishop Obinna delivered at Beeson Divinity School on the Campus of Sanford University, Birmingham, Alabama USA recently. The Archbishop was invited to give a talk at the conference with the theme: Black+ White in America: How deep the divide?   A Fresh Delight – A Preface In the summer of the year 2003 I had the joy of speaking to a broad American Audience in Charleston, South Carolina, thanks to the kind invitation of the Most Rev. Robert J. Baker, Bishop…

Synod: African Cardinal blasts liberals, Islamists – Says they are ‘Beasts of Apocalypse’

  An top African cardinal has described the threat posed by Islamic extremism and western liberal culture as the twin “Beasts of the Apocalypse” comparable to Nazism and communism. In an intervention at the ongoing synod of bishops on the future of Catholic teaching on the family, Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah reportedly described Islamist militants and western thinking on abortion and homosexuality as sharing “the same demonic origin”. “Theological discernment allows to see in our times two unexpected threats — almost like the Beasts of the Apocalypse — from two opposite positions: on one side the idolatry of western freedom,…

The Cry of the African widow

Working toward an African Church- the challenges of the African synod I&II. A talk by Fr Anthony E. Onyeocha   INTRODUCTION In seeking to bring Christ to Africa, the Church is interested in every department of the African society, public and private but above all she is interested in the family, the basic cell of the society. For only out of truly Christian families can a truly Christian society be constructed. Today, too many challenges face family apostolate in Africa today.  The subtle ones include – female genital mutilations (FGMs), early marriage, preference given to the boy-child, wife inheritance, female…