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Francis Cardinal Arinze Baptised by Blessed Iwene Tansi, Clocks 91 By Fr. Henry Charles Umelechi Today, 1 November 2023, His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (now Congregation of Sacred rites) and Cardinal-Bishop of Velletri-Segni clocks 91. He was born on 1 Nov. 1932 at Eziowelle, Archdiocese of Onitsha, Anambra State Nigeria.   Ecclesiastical Micro Data for Francis Cardinal Arinze •Ordained Priest of Onitsha, Nigeria at 26 years : 23 Nov 1958. •Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Onitsha, Nigeria at 32 years, Nigeria: 6 Jul 1965. •Appointed Titular Bishop of Fissiana at 32 years: 6 Jul 1965. •Ordained Bishop Titular Bishop of Fissiana at 32 years: 29 Aug 1965. •Appointed Archbishop of Onitsha, Nigeria at 34 years: 26 Jun 1967. •Appointed Pro-Prefect of the Secretariat for Non-Christians at 51 years: 8 Apr 1984. •Resigned as the Archbishop of Onitsha,…

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Meet the Nigerian delegates at the Synod on Synodality going on in the Vatican City, Rome, Italy – Most Rev. Ignatius Ayau KAIGAMA, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Arcdiocese(2nd Right).-Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru UGORJI, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese(2nd left).-Most Rev. Donatus Aihmiosion OGUN, Catholic Bishop of Uromi Diocese(Middle).-Rev. Fr. Vitalis Anaehobi (First Right).-Rev. Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Emmanuel OROBATOR (First Left). On Saturday 30 September, the synod kicked off with ecumenical vigil prayer at St Peter’s square which lasted for two hours, featuring prayers and interventions from different christian faith groups. The Holy Father presided at the ceremony. Nigerian choir was among the choral groups that animated the evening. The vigil was followed by a quick dinner and then all the delegates were transported to fraternal Domus centre in Sacrofanes, a town outside Rome for three days retreat preached by a Dominican priest Fr Timothy Peter Radcliffe. A synod is a meeting…

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His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze, healthy and hearty at the public concistory for the creation of 21 new Cardinals today, 30th September 2023, at Vatican City, Rome, Italy. Moreover, the new cardinals come from the U.S., France, Italy, Argentina, Switzerland, South Africa, Spain, Colombia, South Sudan, Hong Kong, Poland, Malaysia, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Portugal.   South Sudan got its first cardinal and Malaysia got the second in its history, a continuation of Francis’ policy of giving more recognition to places he has called the “peripheries” of the world, often those racked by war or where Catholics are a minority.   Looking at Cardinal Francis, one can’t but thank God and the Holy mother Church for the service of the cardinalate in the Church and around the world. Additionally, born in November 1 1932, Cardinal Francis Arinze clocks 91years by November 1, 2023. Fr. Henry Charles Umelechi Reporting, September, 2023. Related…

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Shanahan University: Archdiocese of Onitsha Innaugrates Board of Trustees (BOT) By Fr. Henry Charles Umelechi The Archbishop of Onitsha, His Grace, Most Rev. Valerian Maduka Okeke announced the innaugration of the Shanahan University Board of Trustees (BOT) on Thursday, 28th September 2023. This was communicated through the Archbishop’s Facebook page. “We continue to thank God for our Shanahan University situated in the heart of the commercial city of Onitsha, as we inaugurated the Board of Trustees (BOT) for our University. It was an opportunity to set the ball rolling while brainstorming on the way forward for an achievable and excellent result through practicable steps and strategies for the smooth running of the University. The Shanahan University will remain a beacon of hope and a vanguard of academic distinction and first-rateness rooted in our culture of excellence.” A board of trustees is an appointed or elected group of persons that has…

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Pope makes church first co-cathedral in history of British Isle By Madeleine Teahan Pope Francis has awarded a U.K. church “co-cathedral status,” making it the first of its kind in the history of the British Isles. The Church of St. Mary of the Isle, located in Douglas on the Isle of Man, has achieved this rare status after Douglas was formally recognized as a city during the late Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee celebrations in June 2022. St. Mary of the Isle will be co-cathedral along with Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. The two cathedrals are 80 miles apart and are separated by the Irish Sea, but both fall within the Archdiocese of Liverpool. What’s a Co-Cathedral? Co-cathedrals are a rarity in the Catholic Church and exist only when two dioceses, each with its own cathedral, are merged, or when one diocese spans two different civil jurisdictions, as…

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By Fr. Henry Charles Umelechi St. Paul’s Junior Seminary, Igbariam began on Saturday September 16, 2023, with Rev. Fr. Hilary Obi Nweke as the pioneer rector. Fr. Obi was announced as the rector of the maiden seminary before the end of the mass for the canonical erection of Aguleri Diocese and for the installation of Bishop Dennis Isizor, the pioneer Bishop of Aguleri Diocese on Friday 17 March ,2023. By virtue of that announcement, Fr. Obi who hails from Ifite Ogwari in Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra State, automatically became the youngest rector in the Nigerian Catholic Seminary. The commencement of the new seminary was greeted with the arrival of Master Victor who made history as the first seminarian to pack his bags like Blessed Iwene Tansi to the seminary, with the afired desire to be a catholic priest for the Diocese of Aguleri. Ceteris Paribus, Victor and his…

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Catholic Bishops Task Governments on Proliferation of Arms By Ononye VC Governments at all levels must rise and checkmate the proliferation of small arms as insecurity rages unabated in the country, Catholic Bishops declared in Abuja last Sunday. They decried the terror regularly unleashed on communities by bandits, religion extremists and other gunmen. “Governments should urgently check the proliferation of small arms and light weapons facilitated by the booming business of gunrunning which fuels insecurity in our country. “It does not make sense to disarm the populace while armed criminals terrorise unarmed citizens,’’ President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Archbishop Lucius Ugorji, said. He was addressing the opening of the second plenary of a retreat of the CBCN. “We appeal to kidnappers and their sponsors and to those who unleash violence in our communities to have a change of heart and shun all forms of criminality to…

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Ulma Family: Catholic Church Beatifies a Whole Family for the First Time, in Poland By Charles Igwe In a momentous occasion of “joy” for Poland, the Catholic Church achieved a historic milestone by beatifying an entire family together for the first time. The Ulma family, consisting of Jozef and Wiktoria Ulma and their seven children, received beatification during a Mass attended by around 30,000 people in their village of Markowa in southeastern Poland. The Ulma family, martyred during World War II for sheltering two Jewish families from the Nazis, stands as a symbol of courage and compassion. During the beatification Mass, Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, the prefect of the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints, acknowledged the somber history of the Ulma family’s sacrifice. He stated, “It would be misleading if the day of the beatification of the Ulma family served only to bring back to memory the terror of the…

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Slavery is Not an Option By Prof. Pat Utomi Beginning from age 17 as an undergraduate at the University of Nigeria I have rallied resistance against injustice. My early cry for doing things right peaked with my calling out students at UNN to protest police killing of University of Ibadan Student, Kunle. Given the emotions of the times when UNN students lost three years as they watched friends and family die like chicken while UI students were in class during the Civil war was a hard sell. But we joined forces with Bassey Ekpo Bassey and founded the Students Democratic Society because we prized human solidarity. The mobilization and sensitization crested in February 1974 such that I forgot it was my 18th birthday. A statement by one of the speakers at about 8.30pm extolling the historic significance of that day for post war emancipation startled me into realizing it was…

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Pope Francis Expresses Solidarity with Morocco in the Wake of Earthquake By Charles Igwe Pope Francis extended his heartfelt solidarity to the people of Morocco following the devastating earthquake that struck the country recently. He offered his prayers for those affected by the tragedy and praised the rescue workers and organizations providing aid. Morocco was hit by a powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake, resulting in a tragic loss of life, with the death toll exceeding 2,500 and significant structural damage to buildings. Pope Francis had previously expressed his sympathy and offered prayers in response to this natural disaster. During his customary Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis reiterated his support for the people of Morocco, stating, “I pray for the injured, for those who have lost their lives — so many! — and for their relatives. I thank the rescue workers and those who are working to alleviate the suffering of the people.”…

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