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Pope authorizes decrees on the causes of saints




Pope Francis met Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on November 7, and authorized the promulgation of 16 decrees concerning 24 persons.

Pope Francis on Wednesday authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a special decree on the heroic virtues and the confirmation of the cult from time immemorial of the Servant of God Michael Giedrojć, regarding him as Blessed.  This act of the Pope declaring a person Blessed without the need for a beatification ceremony is called “equipollent” beatification, or “equivalent” beatification. Michael Giedrojć, a professed layman of the Order of St. Augustine, was born in Giedrojce (Lithuania) around the year 1420 and died in Krakow (Poland) on May 4, 1485. 

The Pope also authorized 15 other decrees regarding miracles, martyrdom and heroic virtues of 23 people, bringing them a step closer to sainthood. 

They include 9 men and 6 women, 11 of them martyrs.  Two decrees are on miracles attributed to the intercession of two Italian laywomen, clearing them for beatification.  Three decrees are on martyrdom and 10 on heroic virtues. 

Below is the complete list of decrees:


A miracle has been attributed to the intercession of the Italian Venerable Servant of God Edvige Carboni, a laywoman.  She was born in Pozzomaggiore (Italy) on 2 May 1880 and died in Rome on 17 February 1952

A miracle has been attributed to the intercession of the Italian Venerable Servant of God Benedetta Bianchi Porro, a laywoman.  She was born in Dovadola (Italy) on 8 August 1936 and died in Sirmione del Garda (Italy) on 23 January 1964


The martyrdom of the Spanish Servants of God Angelo Cuartas Cristóbal and his 8 companions.  The students of the Seminary of Oviedo were killed in hatred of the faith in Oviedo (Spain) between 1934 and 1937 during the Spanish civil war.

The martyrdom of the Spanish Servant of God Mariano Mullerat

Soldevila, a layman and father of a family.  He was born in Santa Coloma de Queralt (Spain) on 24 March 1897 and was killed in hatred of the faith at El Pla, near Arbeca (Spain) on 13 August 1936

The martyrdom of American Servant of God James Alfred Miller, a professed Brother of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.  He was born in Stevens Point (USA) on September 21, 1944, and was killed in hatred of the faith in Huehuetenango (Guatemala) on February 13, 1982

Heroic virtues

The heroic virtues of the Italian Servant of God Giovanni Jacono, titular Archbishop of Mocisso and former Bishop of Caltanissetta. Born in Ragusa (Italy) on March 14, 1873, he died there on May 25, 1957

The heroic virtues of Filipino Servant of God Alfredo Maria Obviar, the first Bishop of Lucena and Founder of the Congregation of Missionary Catechists of Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus (sisters).  He was born in Lipa (Philippines) on 29 August 1889 and died in Lucena (Philippines) on 1 October 1978

The heroic virtues of Italian Servant of God Giovanni Ciresola, a diocesan priest who founded the Congregation of the Poor Handmaids of the Precious Blood – Cenacle of Charity.  He was born in Quaderni di Villafranca (Italy) on May 30, 1902, and died in Quinto di Valpantena (Italy) on April 13, 1987

The heroic virtues of Italian Servant of God Luigi Bosio, a diocesan priest.  He was born in

(Italy) on April 10, 1909, and died in Verona (Italy) on January 27, 1994

The heroic virtues of Italian Servant of God Luigi Maria Raineri, a professed cleric of the Congregation of Clerics Regular of Saint Paul, or the Barnabites.  He was born in Turin (Italy) on 19 November 1895 and died in Crespano (Italy) on 24 November 1918

The heroic virtues of the Ecuadorian Servant of God Raffaella of the Passion (born Raffaella Veintemilla Villacís), foundress of the Congregation of the Augustinian Daughters of the Most Holy Saviour.  She was born in Quito (Ecuador) on March 22, 1836, and died in Lima (Peru) on November 25, 1918

The heroic virtues of Spanish Servant of God Maria Antonia of Jesus (born Maria Antonia Pereira y Andrade), a professed nun of the Order of Discalced Carmelites.  She was born in El Penedo (Spain) on October 5, 1700, and died in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) on March 10, 1760

The heroic virtues of Spanish Servant of God Arcangela Badosa Cuatrecasas, a professed religious of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel.  She was born in Sant Joan

Fonts (Spain) on 16 June 1878 and died in Elda (Spain) on 27 November 1918

The heroic virtues of Italian Servant of God Maria Addolorata del Sacro Costato (born Maria Luciani), a professed religious of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Passion of Jesus Christ.  She was born in Montegranaro (Italy) on 2 May 1920 and died in Teramo (Italy) on 23 July 1954

The heroic virtues of the Italian Servant of God Lodovico Coccapani, a layman of the Secular Franciscan Order.  Born in Calcinaia (Italy) on 23 June 1849, he died there on 14 November 1931


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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes



Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump - CAN fumes

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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Nuncio tasks clergy, laity on good stewardship



Nuncio tasks clergy, laity on good stewardship

The Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, has urged the clergy, religious and lay faithful to be trustworthy, transparent, selfless and generous stewards in the discharge of their duties in the Church, following the way of Jesus.

Archbishop Filipazzi made the call during the opening ceremony of the maiden General Assembly of the Abuja Archdiocese, which was held on at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Friday September 4.

The General Assembly, with the theme “Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja: Together in Evangelization,” saw Bishops, priests, religious men and women, and the laity gathered together to discuss means of strengthening the faith of God’s people amid the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis.

Addressing participants, Archbishop Filipazzi said that “an administrator is neither a master nor a slave who cannot decide anything, but one who is given a responsibility by the Master.” In this light, the faithful are called to be “true administrators of divine mystery” entrusted to them by Our Lord, according to their varying roles in the Church.

The Apostolic Nuncio also said “differences must not lead to division,” as everyone, though different, must strive for unity since there is no room for divisions in the body of Christ.

Archbishop Filipazzi, speaking on the upsurge in violence in northern Nigeria in a Vatican News interview on 29 August, had also called for shunning divisions along religious and ethnic lines.

Rather, he appealed for “general respect of the law and general intervention of the government” in the violent attacks which have claimed many lives and caused massive material damage.

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Assumpta CMO raises fund to roof “St Joseph’s Hall of Faith”



Assumpta CMO raises fund to roof “St. Joseph's Hall of Faith”

The Catholic Men Organization, CMO, Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri, joined their counterparts in the Archdiocese to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, August 30.

The celebration earlier scheduled for May 10 this year was differed because of Covid-19 pandemic.

The occasion began with a Pontifical Mass presided over by His Grace, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Archbishop of Owerri cum Parish Priest of the Cathedral Parish.

In his homily, Archbishop Obinna called on Christians to live a life of witnessing to Christ at all times. He said that the zeal to preach the word of God is like a fire that burns inside the heart of a Christian and will not abate until one bears witness to Christ. This, he said, must be done in the course of our daily lives, in our places of work, in our families, among our friends, through living life that is Christ-like.

He congratulated the Christian fathers on the occasion and appealed for support to enable them complete their building project in no distant time. His Grace also appreciated the performance of the CMO choir during the Mass.

The theme for the parish celebration is: “Catholic Men As Spiritual Heads of the Domestic Church: Implications in the Family.”

The parish CMO used the celebration to raise fund for the roofing of their building project named: “St. Joseph’s Hall of Faith.”

In his brief remark at the occasion, the Parish CMO President, Arc. Anthony Emeka Ozoude said, “We have been able to complete the block work,” adding that, “the task before us now is to put a roof on the building.”

He therefore made a passionate appeal for generous donations from members and well wishers, assuring donors that every kobo donated will be prudently applied for the purpose.

Arc. Ozoude recalled that early this year, the parish CMO executive identified a three-prong programme of focus, namely: Membership revalidation, Debt recovery and Fund raising for the roofing.

He advised members not to sit on the fence anymore as there is so much to gain spiritually, morally and even intellectually from participating in the CMO activities both at the parish, stations and prayer groups levels.

“The committed members who attend our programmes regularly have discovered this and have remained resolute in their participation,” he said.

Activities marking this year’s celebration included Retreat, visit to ailing members in their homes, thanksgiving Mass blessing of the mini altars for the 5 prayer groups of CMO etc.

Arc. Ozoude thanked in a special way, Archbishop Obinna, the Cathedral Administrator and priests working in the Cathedral for their support. He also commended the various stations and prayer groups for their cooperation.

The CMO president acknowledged the good work and sacrifice of the Planning Committee, headed by Dr. Uche Ukozor and thanked them for a job well done.

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