PAINFUL!!! A CATHOLIC PRIEST CONTACTS EBOLA DISEASE

The Ebola disease which had sent many Africans to their untimely grave has also been diagnosed again in some patients in Congo. According to a World Health Organization count, 58 cases have been identified since early April. Many people have already been quarantined, including Rev Fr. Lucien Ambunga from the town of Mbandaka in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He contacted the virus while visiting and anointing the sick. Ebola spreads through contact with bodily fluids and is both highly infectious and extremely lethal. Yet, among the duties of a…

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HOMILY FOR GOOD FRIDAY, YEAR A,B,C HOMILY THEME: THE CROSS AS TREE OF LIFE

HOMILY FOR GOOD FRIDAY YEAR A,B,C HOMILY THEME: THE CROSS AS TREE OF LIFE By: Fr. Gerald Musa HOMILY FOR GOOD FRIDAY: “The Old Rugged Cross” is the title of a well-known song written by George Bennard more than a century ago (1912). Afterwards, various famous artistes, including Jim Reeves and Elvis Presley re-echoed it. The lyrics are a resource for reflection on an important event such as ‘Good Friday.’ In the midst of economic hardship, physical suffering, spiritual persecution, excruciating pain, deep sorrows and existential troubles, the cross becomes…

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HOMILY FOR HOLY THURSDAY/ MAUNDY THURSDAY, YEAR A, B, C HOMILY THEME: New Mandate

HOMILY FOR HOLY THURSDAY/ MAUNDY THURSDAY, YEAR A, B, C HOMILY THEME: NEW MANDATE By: Fr. Gerald Musa HOMILY FOR HOLY THURSDAY: Lord’s Supper (Last supper) is one of the most famous paintings in the world. There are different versions of this painting, but Leonardo da Vinci’s is about the most famous. It took Da Vinci three years to complete the painting, and like any piece of art, this painting has been a subject of different interpretations. However, what is most important is that the event of the Last Supper…

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HOMILY FOR THE PALM/PASSION SUNDAY, YEAR A, B, C (no. 3) HOMILY THEME: NEVER LOOK BACK

HOMILY FOR THE PALM/PASSION SUNDAY, YEAR A, B, C (no. 3) By: Fr. Johnbosco Obika Reading 1 IS 50:4-7 Reading 2 PHIL 2:6-11 Gospel MT 26:14-27:66 HOMILY: NEVER LOOK BACK HOMILY: Today, we celebrate the triumphant entry of Christ into Jerusalem, the climactic point of his earthly ministry. Today’s liturgy carries some mix feelings. At the beginning, the whole scenario was agog with the picture of palms and beautiful decorations, coupled with the chants of “Hosanna to the son of David“. As we moved in procession into the church, the…

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HOMILY FOR THE 30th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A (5) HOMILY THEME: LOVE GOD IN YOUR NEIGHBOURS

HOMILY FOR THE 30th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A (5) By: Fr. Johnbosco Obika 1st: Ex 22:21-27 2nd: 1 Thes 1:5-10 3rd: Matt 22:34-40 HOMILY THEME: LOVE GOD IN YOUR NEIGHBOURS HOMILY: Last Sunday the Pharisees and the Herodians formed an ally against Jesus and put a question about whether to pay tax or not to Caesar in order entrap him. Jesus turned this trap into an opportunity to teach them about one’s duty towards God and the state. Today, another question was put to Jesus by a lawyer…

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HOMILY FOR THE 30th SUNDAY IN THE ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A (4) HOMILY THEME: IT’S ABOUT LOVE

HOMILY FOR THE 30th SUNDAY IN THE ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A HOMILY THEME: IT’S ABOUT LOVE By: Fr. Gerald Musa HOMILY: A man was offered a $100 (hundred dollars), but he noticed that the hundred-dollar bill (note) was incomplete. It was half torn and he could not use it without the second half and stitching the two parts together. In the same way, love is made up of two essential parts – love of God and love of neighbour and each of these parts is necessary to make love more…

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HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMINITY OF OUR LADY QUEEN AND PATRONESS OF NIGERIA HOMILY: THE HOPE FOR PEACE

HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMINITY OF OUR LADY QUEEN AND PATRONESS OF NIGERIA THE HOPE FOR PEACE. The picture created by the Prophet Isaiah in the first reading of today, could be compared to the current scene in our country Nigeria, and quite adrem at this time when the country is marking her 57th Independence Anniversary. The prophet was writing about how injustice has become the order of the day among the chosen People of God. It was also at a time, when the poor in the society were marginalized, corruption…

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WHY YOU MUST APPRECIATE POPE BENEDICT XVI EVEN IN HIS OLD AGE

Every individual is different from another and is blessed with many qualities which might be lacking in others. Pope Benedict XVI is among those rare individuals blessed with rare qualities which continues to sharpen even in his old age. His life has remained a lesson and an inspiration to many. Personality This is a man who stands firm to whatever he believes. He is described by many as a conservative Catholic. His writings bore testimonies to this idea. And throughout his pontificate, he drew the Church back to the tradition…

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9DAYS NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT

9DAYS NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT Moderator: Fr. Justin Nzekwe DAY 4: DAILY THEME: I will not leave you orphan BIBLE PASSAGE: John 14: 15-26 REFLECTION: Jesus never wanted to leave us without the Holy Spirit. It was his plan that the Holy Spirit should feel the heart of all who believe, in order to teach them, comfort them, interceded for them, and do other things for them which they are incapable of doing as ordinary human beings. We are the ones who expel the Holy Spirit in our lives…

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Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo appointed as the apostolic nuncio to Ireland

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo (60) to the role of apostolic nuncio to Ireland , the first African priest to ever hold the diplomatic role in Ireland. The news was welcomed by Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin, “I warmly welcome the appointment by his Holiness Pope Francis of Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo as Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, and I wish him many blessings in his new role”. The position of Apostolic Nuncio is the papacy’s diplomatic representative in Ireland. “Archbishop Okolo’s rich experience in the diplomatic service…

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