…Makes case for peace, unity
Peaceful coexistence among family and community members as well as entire Igbo land has been described as not only panacea for economic development but also foretaste to righteousness and godliness.
The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna dropped the hint at St. Peter’s Catholic Parish Awo Mbieri while delivering a homily at the Eucharistic celebration he presided last Sunday.
Archbishop Obinna who was rounding off a two-day Pastoral Visit in the area where he administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to over 150 candidates stressed the need for peace and unity of purpose among Christians. He maintained that such disposition remains a veritable tool which appends on the people a collective identity of good Christians.
“Divisions and segregations do not bring any positive result. Rather, it renders the society to anarchy and chaos,” the Archbishop stated, charging the faithful to always put their religious brotherliness to bear for peace and progress of the society.
Speaking further, the Archbishop who reiterated his resolve not to get tired in preaching against the divisive syndrome, regretted that the scourge which was being propagated chiefly in the form of Osu/Ume/Diala sentiments had taken toll in the psych of many. “Who are the protagonists of this fetish practice? Are they not Christians? He asked.
Linking his sermon with the confirmation event, the Archbishop who looked the newly confirmed in the eye and reminded them their new status as soldiers of Christ charged them not to deviate from the values and principles of Catholic faith. “You’ve been empowered to show good examples. Take your religious activities serious. Attend regular Masses and confess your sins in due time,” he admonished.
Rev. Frs. Emma Nnochiri, Parish Priest, Alphonsus Oha and Rev. Deacon Justin Opara assisted the Archbishop at the Mass. presented at the reception ground shortly after the Mass expressed hearty mood of the entire worshipping faithful over the pastoral visit, even as it recalled that the visit was the fourth since the creation of the parish in 1995.
The address which was signed by the parish priest, Fr. Nnochiri, Mr. Bartholomew Iheme and Mr. Henry Ogueri, Parish Pastoral Council Chairman and Secretary respectively highlighted the unique sentiments attached to the event when it observed thus: “Today’s visit is the first in the life of the present Parish Pastoral Council which assumed office barely four months ago.”
It continued by thanking the Archbishop for his continued pastoral care and directives, while commending the leadership initiative of their parish priest.
Just as Archbishop Obinna was accompanied at the visit by the Chairman, Archdiocesan Pastoral Council Barr. Sir Anthony Emeana and others, the newly confirmed candidates were sponsored by Mr. Jude Uzoamaka and Mrs. Pauline Iwunze.