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IDAH: Man dies in Church after Sermon on Death

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IDAH: Man dies in Church after Sermon on Death

The Catholic Bishop of Idah Diocese, John Adaji has described as shocking the death of one Mr. Kizito Ameh who died on Palm Sunday during the day’s Eucharistic ceremony at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Avurugo in Iglamela/Odolu LGA Kogi.

While expressing sentiments of regret, the bishop prayed that such may not be witnessed again in the community or anywhere else.

The Nations reported that tragedy struck in the Church when Mr. Ameh, collapsed and died in the church during the Eucharistic ceremony.

The deceased was hale and hearty as he danced throughout the praise and worship session that preceded the preaching of the day by the Rev. Fr. Cornelius Ameh.

The day’s preaching, the paper said, centered on death, with the clergy urging the congregation to be ever prepared to meet their creator at any time.

It was when the sermon was on that Ameh reportedly slumped and died before help could reach him.

A retired civil servant, who hailed from Nokwa, was until his death, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice chairman, Avurugo Ward in Iglamela/Odolu LGA.

The body of the late Ameh which was later taken to the Bishop Shanahan Hospital, Nsukka, Enugu State for autopsy was said to have been taken to a nearby hospital in the village where Dr. Joseph Iduh, a staff of Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Lokoja, who is from the village and holidaying at home, was said to have pronounced him dead.

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Bishop Ukwuoma ordains 7 priests for Orlu Diocese

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Bishop Ukwuoma ordains 7 priests for Orlu Diocese

… Urges them to desist from things militating against their call

By Francis Udechi

The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma has urged priests in the diocese to desist from practices that could distract them from their call and remain in that priesthood of their vision.

Bishop Ukwuoma gave the admonition at the 2020 ordination of priests, held at Holy Trinity Cathedral Orlu, Saturday, August 22.

In his homily during the Holy Mass where a total of seven young men were raised to the order of priesthood, the bishop categorically stated that priesthood is not a right but a privilege that requires dedication responsibility.

The prelate said that God has chosen them to serve him, bring hope to the oppressed and propagate the message about the kingdom of God. He maintained that priesthood remained a sacred vocation unlike others, adding that a priest is a mediator between God and his people.

Bishop Ukwuoma outlined the three capital human instruments in the formation of a priest namely; the natural families in which the priest originates, formators in various seminaries, where he attended his trainings, religious and the laity for their prayers and financial support.

He stated that the priest stands for commitment, obedience, chastity, simplicity, selflessness, hard work and humility. He advised both old and the newly ordained priests to always follow the order and processes in the Catholic Church as well as make proper consultations before embarking or taking any decisions that could dire the Catholic Church and her members.

“Every commitment demands some level of behaviour and conduct”.

According to Bishop Ukwuoma, sacrifice and suffering are so integral in the nature of priesthood, that any priest who does not encounter such thing in the cost of his ministerial work is not getting it right. The Local Ordinary of the Diocese reminded them that no one is indispensable in the church; therefore anyone who does not perform well is subjected to replacement with alternative.

Bishop Ukwuoma enjoined them to always be close to the people, heal the broken hearts and represent the church well. He commended their families and those who have contributed in one way or another for their training.

The high point of the event was an award of certificates to some deserving members of Vocation Interest Promoters Association (VIPA) for their immense contributions to the training of priests in the diocese.

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Don’t desecrate cemeteries – Bishop Ukwuoma warns land grabbers

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Don’t desecrate cemeteries - Bishop Ukwuoma warns land grabbers

The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma has condemned in a strong terms the desecration of cemeteries, otherwise known as burial ground. The bishop stated this at the month’s mind of a deceased priest held at St. Michael’s Parish Mgbidi in Oru West LGA.

The prelate observed that in recent times, the Church, Communities and the Local Government Authorities have been in tussle over a piece of land given to the Church by community to be used as burial ground in the past, which might be closed to a public school.

According to him, in some areas, the Local Government Authorities have come up to lay claims that the land belongs to government and not the Church.

Bishop Ukwuoma warned that people should desist from encroaching and desecrating the cemetery as well as learn how to respect the Church. He decried that people have turned cemeteries as a land for building of houses, while others can hardly remember where their loved ones were buried.

He advised Christians to always remember their departed ones, even though they are no longer living with us.

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LAGOS: St Vincent de Paul distributes N68m worth paliatives during lockdown

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LAGOS: St Vincent de Paul distributes N68m worth paliatives during lockdown

The Lagos Central Council of the International Confederation of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul (SSVP) said it distributed food items worth about N68m to various households in Lagos during the lockdown called to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The President of the Lagos Central Council of the charity Society, Mr. Jude Ohaeri stated this, adding, “This excludes medical bills paid on behalf of some vulnerable people within the same timeline of March – April, 2020.”

On the areas covered by the society during these trying times, he said, “We covered the entire Lagos, reaching out to over 23,800 households and 1,000 inmates of correctional centres. We used about 130 conferences in the parishes of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos.

“Before the challenges posed by COVID-19, our normal work as a society in the church is to provide interventions to help the poor and the needy in the various jurisdictions our conferences are located. ‘

“These interventions include payment of medical bills, school fees, empowerment through skills acquisition, Prison Apostolate, provision of food ration, accommodation for the homeless, etc. Post COVID-19, we shall continue with these interventions because it is our vocation.

“The spirituality of church and rules put in place by our local ordinary, Archbishop Adewale Martins guided our operations. We also belong to the laity council in our Archdiocese.”

On how the SSVP gets its funding, he stated that “We get our funding from our benefactors, contribution of our members and donations from various parishes in the Archdiocese.”

In this regard, he appealed to government to also support the work of charity, adding that “as at today, we have not gotten any assistance from any level of government but it is something we will cherish.

Because the services we render complement or lift a bit of the burden government is obliged to carry. We also seek more support from corporate organizations. We are hampered by paucity of funds and enough hands to carry out our work of charity, especially in this time we find ourselves.”

Looking forward, he said the society intends to improve on the training of members in line with changing trends in the country and build more homes to take care of the homeless, the aged, skill acquisition centers and rehabilitation centre for drug addicts.

SSVP is a Charity society founded in Paris, France in 1833 and domiciled in the Catholic Church, and the charity works of this society commenced in 1960 in Nigeria when the first Conference was found in Ebute-Metta, Lagos.

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