Congregation of the Mission’s 400th Anniversary: Brief History of the Congregation of Mission in Nigeria

CONGREGATION OF THE MISSION: CHARISM AND APOSTOLATE IN NIGERIA 1960-2017 (Fr Augustine Abiagom, cm). In the words St. Vincent De Paul “All beginnings are somewhat strange, but we must have patience, and little by little, we shall find things, which at first were obscure, becoming clearer.” Premised on the above notable quote of the Saint of Charity, the history of the existence of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Fathers & Brothers) in the Nigerian Province in the light of her charisms and apostolates can be traced accurately to the…

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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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PURGATORY, AS EXPLAINED BY THE BIBLE

PURGATORY, AS EXPLAINED BY THE BIBLE By: Chinaka Justin Mbaeri Purgatory is a doctrine greatly misunderstood, ranging from non- Catholics to some Catholics. A proper understanding of its meaning is absolutely imperative for a proper analysis of the doctrine. Let me begin by saying WHAT PURGATORY IS NOT: It is NOT the belief that we can pray people into heaven from hell. Hell, like heaven, is eternal; neither will ever pass away and those souls therein are consigned eternally. Purgatory, on the other hand, is temporary. Any soul in purgatory…

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CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANTS ON MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND THE BIBLE

CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANTS ON MARRIAGE, DIVORCE AND THE BIBLEBy: Kelvin Ugwu, MSPBecause of Chinaka’s awesome response, I had an experience last weekend that has prompted me to write this. I got into a debate with some Protestants pastors, at first I did not know their intention was to mock Catholic teaching when they asked, “Did Jesus permit divorce? Can there be any situation in which a Christian can be allowed to divorce his or her spouse?”My answer was clear: “Christ never permitted divorce, and there is no situation that allows…

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Nigerian Prelate: If I were Ahiara-mbaise Priests

“IF I WERE AHIARA-MBAISE PRIESTS”- “IF I WERE THE LAY FAITHFUL OF AHIARA-MBAISE DIOCESE”By: Msgr. Nathaniel Ndiokwere PreambleFor Nigerians, Igbos, and particularly Mbaise people interested in this bishopric saga which is covered by many news media all over the world today, I conclude my write up or contribution to the debate, which I deliberately decided to break up into two parts because of the length or volume of material, that is if you have been following the first part which was “If I were Bishop Okpalaeke”; “If I were the Pope”.I must let my…

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Nigerian Prelate: If I were Ahiara-mbaise Priests

“IF I WERE AHIARA-MBAISE PRIESTS”- “IF I WERE THE LAY FAITHFUL OF AHIARA-MBAISE DIOCESE”By: Msgr. Nathaniel Ndiokwere PreambleFor Nigerians, Igbos, and particularly Mbaise people interested in this bishopric saga which is covered by many news media all over the world today, I conclude my write up or contribution to the debate, which I deliberately decided to break up into two parts because of the length or volume of material, that is if you have been following the first part which was “If I were Bishop Okpalaeke”; “If I were the Pope”.I must…

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IS MARY ACTUALLY A VIRGIN?

Many have continued to argue that Mary have other children, and often they quote Mk 6:3 to back their argument. Here are some arguments to be considered. 1. Count those names mentioned: James, Joses, Judas, Simon, plus the sisters (the word ‘sister’ is in plural. Let us assume his sisters are two). If Mary had other children, that means she gave birth to at least seven children including Jesus. From the culture of the people at that time, this is not likely? 2. From that passage, Mary was ONLY referred…

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SEVEN (7) REASONS FOR CHRISTMAS JOY.

Christmas is a season of joy, peace and goodwill. The angels sang cheerfully on Christmas day, ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis…’ (Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will…’ (Luke 2:14). There are many reasons to sing with the angels and to rejoice and be glad at Christmas: 1. Christmas reminds us of the saving act of God who desires to save us through Jesus Christ (John 3:16). 2. In the birth of Jesus we happily discover…

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What Catholic Singles should bear in mind while waiting for marriage

AS YOU PREPARE TO GET MARRIED The human society grows with the fusion of two people, which however come to form the better aspect of God’s reasons of creating a man. Those two individual, in other words, are the man and the woman who come in to multiply the world through the sacrament of matrimony. Owing to that same fact, the man would leave the family and cleave to the woman, both come to be one in the marriage mathematics. Everyday of our life, we do here, watch and attend to the celebration of such kind. Also,…

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Why are Catholics easily misled.

Catholic church over the century, has the highest number of faithfuls being the first religion to be instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ who appointed Saint Peter as the head of the Church. The Church lived as one, with one faith, one baptism  (Eph4:5)with common interest for about five centuries. Then there was no division. The division started in the year 451 AD which gave birth to protestant denominations. More religious bodies were created from this. Ever since then, these bodies are bent on destroying the Catholic church. They tend…

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