Nigerian Prelate: If I were Ahira-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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PRAYER TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS

Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life. You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of…

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Baby Born at 23 Weeks and Weighing Less Than 1 Pound Heads Home from Hospital

Eirianna Martins is Chicago’s youngest premature baby yet to survive. Born after just 23 weeks in the womb and weighing 13 ounces, Eirianna quite possibly could have died soon after birth, ABC News reports . But after a four-month stay at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, the tiny girl finally was able to go home this week. Her mother, Enitan Martins, said Eirianna’s life is a miracle and a blessing. “I’m just grateful that we’re both here,” Martins told WLS-TV . “It’s been a long haul.” Eirianna was due in…

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Miracle Twins Who Survive Birth at 23 Weeks Prompt Call to Ban Late- Term Abortions

Claire and James Weir are proud parents of the youngest twins to be born in Great Britain, according to The Sun. At approximately one pound in weight, Imogen and Annabelle Weir were born at 23 weeks and 4 days. “They are the youngest and smallest surviving twins to be born in Scotland,” Claire Weir told The Sun. “I’d never heard of twins so small surviving. It didn’t seem possible for one, let alone two.” Their story makes the call to ban late-term abortions even more pressing. The legal cut off…

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Do not glamorize evil, but communicate hope, Pope says in message

On January 24, the memorial of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of journalists the Holy See Press Office released the Pope’s message for the 51st World Communications Day, which takes place on the Sunday before Pentecost. In the message entitled “Fear not, for I am with you (Is. 43:5): Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time,” Pope Francis writes that “we have to break the vicious circle of anxiety and stem the spiral of fear resulting from a constant focus on ‘bad news.’” The Pope instead called for…

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HOMILY OF THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, AND YEAR A DARKNESS TO LIGHT

HOMILY OF THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, AND YEAR A DARKNESS TO LIGHT By: Fr. Gerald M. Musa One of the things that I feared most while I was growing up as a child was darkness, especially in the middle of the night. I together with my siblings will scream at night whenever we find ourselves in total darkness. We all must be familiar with the effects of darkness. In darkness we can hardly tell where we are and can hardly locate where we are going. We simply grope…

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Priests attacked in Roman basilica

A man entered the sacristy of a Roman basilica on January 7 and used a broken bottle to attack two priests. Worshippers at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore heard shouts from the sacristy as a 42- year-old man cut the faces of Father Angelo Gaeta, the sacristan, and Father Adolfo Ralf. Police soon apprehended the perpetrator. The victims, according to Italy’s state radio and television network, are priests of the Franciscian Friars of Immaculate who have been critical of the institute’s founder, Father Stefano Maria Manelli. The network reported…

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‘Very high’ chance of terror attack on Rome, Italian official fears

The possibility of a terrorist attack in Italy is “very high,” warns one of the country’s top civic officials. Franco Gabrielli, the head of Protezione Civile, the office that responds to national emergencies —told Il Giornale that it would be a grave mistake to underestimate the likelihood of a terrorist bombing. “I say this very bluntly: we too will have to pay a price,” he said. “We hope it will be as low a price as possible.” Gabrielli said that Islamic extremists engage in “relentless propaganda that identifies potential targets,”…

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THE AUTHENTIC ‘YES’…

Several circumstances in life often demand a ‘YES’ from us. ‘YES’ could strongly imply the giving of one’s consent to something. In decision making, there are two possibilities placed on the table before us; … YES or NO possibililities.The absence of either the YES or NO possibility de-authenticates the decision making table. Freedom cannot be explained without the YES or NO possibility. Our first parents were not determined by God in Eden’s Garden as they were open to the YES or NO possibility even though the YES to God possibility…

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Happy Birthday Pope Francis

Pope Francis turns 80 years old on December 17th! What are your wishes and prayers for him. Type it on the comment box. Pope Francis was born on 17 December 1936. He is the 266th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, a title he holds ex officio as Bishop of Rome, and sovereign of Vatican City. He chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere and…

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