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Press release from the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
The Pontifical Council for the Laity is organising the Pan-African Congress for the Catholic Laity in Yaounde in Cameroon. The September 4th to 9th, 2012 gathering will have as its theme: “Being Witness of Jesus Christ in Africa Today READ MORE

KNIGHTS OF ST JOHN INTERNATIONAL HOLD CONVENTION AT WESTIN HOTEL, CHARLOTTE, NC, JULY 8 - JULY 14, 2012
Members of the Knights of St John International and Ladies Auxiliary, drawn from the United States, West Africa, United Kingdom, Germany, Panama and the West Indies, are once again assembled to hold their 78th International and 52nd Biennial Convention at the Westin-Charlotte Hotel, from July 8 to 14, 2012. READ MORE


ARCHBISHOP MARTINS RECEIVES PALLIUM, TO BE ENTHRONED ON AUGUST 4
The new Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins joined 31 others to receive the Pallium, the insignia of authority from the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, on June 29, the Feast Day of the Apostles Peter and Paul . The ceremony took place at the Vatican during the celebration of the Mass. The new Archbishop was accompanied to Rome by a delegation of the faithful of the Archdiocese for the ceremony.
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Pope at Santa Marta: To Receive Jesus, Just Turn to the Gospel

September 01, 2014

Pope Francis has responded to the question, "How to receive Jesus Christ?" by saying the answer may be something you can conceal in your pocket. Addressing those gathered this morning at his first daily Mass in Casa Santa Marta after a summer break, Pope Francis asked: “How do I receive Jesus Christ?”, to which he responded, "The Church tells us that Jesus is present in the Scriptures, in His Word," reported Vatican Radio. READ MORE


EBOLA: BISHOPS OF IBADAN PROVINCE CALL FOR VIGILANCE AND CAUTION
August 20, 2014

The Catholic bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ibadan have called for vigilance and caution on the part of all Nigerians following the outbreak of the Ebola Virus disease in the country. The call was contained in the communiqué issued at the end of the meeting of the Bishops held recently in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.READ MORE


Archbishop of Jos Speaks of Boko Haram, Living With Fear and Faith in Nigeria Explains `Dialogue of Life` With Muslims
August 05, 2014

NEW YORK, August 04, 2014 (Zenit.org) - Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference, recently spent a few days in New York—a brief respite from his increasingly violence-ridden country, where the jihadists of Boko Haram continue to kill indiscriminately, Muslims and Christians alike. READ MORE


NIGERIANS URGED TO PERCEIVE THE COUNTRY IN POSITIVE CONCEPT
August 05, 2014

Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto Diocese has called on Nigerians to eschew pessimism about the Nigerian nation and have a positive concept about the country and her people. READ MORE


ARCHBISHOP OF ADDIS ABABA ELECTED NEW CHAIRMAN OF AMECEA
August 05, 2014

The Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Most Rev. Berhaneyesus D. Souraphiel has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Association of Members of the Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA); at the recently conclude 18th Plenary Assembly of the conference. He succeeds, Archbishop Tarcisio G. Ziyaye, the Archbishop of Lolongwe. READ MORE


ACCEPTANCE OF WOMEN INTO ANGLICAN EPISCOPATE, AN OBSTACLE TO ECOMENICAL RELATIONSHIP - Catholic Bishops

July 24, 2014

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has described the recent decision of the Church of England to accept women into the episcopate as a worrisome obstacle to the ecclesial ecumenical relationship of the two Churches. The conference however reiterated its commitment to “continuing  ecumenical dialogue, seeking deeper mutual understanding and practical cooperation wherever possible.  READ MORE


Features: TIME TO RE-WRITE OUR STORY

July 24, 2014

The print media is actually becoming a stage for inter-religious dialogue. Recently, I received a comment on my article, “Bad Christians and Bad Muslims” from Nuhu. My response generated the theme of the reflection which I hereby present as a call to re-write our story by the way we express our faith in our actions. READ MORE


Soccer Stars To Play Inter-religious Friendly Match For Peace

July 17, 2014

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, July 16 (CNA) .- Retired soccer star Javier "Pupi" Zanetti, who was captain of the Argentinean national team and of Inter Milan in Italy, will soon don his cleats again to take part in an inter-religious friendly match for peace. READ MORE


Soccer Stars To Play Inter-religious Friendly Match For Peace

July 17, 2014

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA, July 16 (CNA) .- Retired soccer star Javier "Pupi" Zanetti, who was captain of the Argentinean national team and of Inter Milan in Italy, will soon don his cleats again to take part in an inter-religious friendly match for peace. READ MORE


Suit Claims Colo. Planned Parenthood Ignored Sex Abuse

July 17, 2014

DENVER, COLO., July 15 (CNA/EWTN News) .- A lawsuit charges that a Colorado Planned Parenthood affiliate failed to recognize and report the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl by her stepfather when its staff performed an abortion on her and put her on birth control at the stepfather's request.
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Bishop Calls For United Prayer To Stop UK Euthanasia Bill

July 17, 2014

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND, July 15 (CNA/EWTN News) .- Warning that a proposed euthanasia bill for parts of the U.K. would mark the "catastrophic collapse" of respect for life, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, is urging a day of united prayer against it.  READ MORE


HARNESS TALENTS OF ALL FAITHFUL TO WIN MORE SOULS FOR CHRIST - Bishop Ajakaye

July 17, 2014

The evangelization mission of the Church is the collective responsibility of all the faithful, with the Bishop as the shepherd of God’s flock harnessing the talents of all to realize the objective of the Church in her reach-out apostolate.
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Pope Francis and Benedict XVI 'Unlikely' to Watch World Cup Final Together

July 10, 2014

"VATICAN CITY, July 10, 2014 (Zenit.org) - Pope Francis "may" watch the World Cup final on Sunday between his native Argentina and Germany but is unlikely to do so alongside his German predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the Vatican has said.

"He might want to watch the final," said Vatican spokesman Father Lombardi, but added the late kick-off would be too late for Pope Francis, who is normally in bed before 10pm. READ MORE


BILLINGS METHOD, BEST NATURAL OPTION FOR CHILD SEX SELECTION -Rev. Sr. Mac -Sweeney

July 10, 2014

The Billings Method of sex control has been described as a veritable form of sex-pre-selection of children. This assertion was posited by Rev. Sr. Dr. leonie McSweeney in her presentation at the recently concluded Family and Pro-Life International Conference organized in Abuja by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). The theme of the conference was Witnessing to the Dignity of Every Human Life.  READ MORE


Pope's Words to Young People Searching for a Vocation
July 02, 2014

"When a Christian says to me, not that he doesn't love Our Lady, but that it doesn't occur to him to seek Our Lady or to pray to Our Lady, I feel sad."

VATICAN CITY, July 01, 2014 (Zenit.org) - Here is a translation of the Holy Father's words, given at around 7:00 pm on Saturday in the Lourdes Grotto of the Vatican Gardens, to a group of youths of the Diocese of Rome in search of their vocation. READ MORE


Homilies, Written or Not
July 02, 2014

And More on Crucifixes
By Father Edward McNamara, LC
ROME, July 01, 2014 (Zenit.org) - Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university.

Q: For many years in the seminary, and now about to finish seminary formation and preparing for apostolate, I have noticed that some priests, even bishops, be it in seminaries or in parish, write homilies, and during Mass they read them while preaching. Others, on the contrary, don't but preach from the heart. My question is this: What is the official position of the Church as regards preaching a homily? Is a homily to be written or not? Is there any canonical provision about it? -- A.M., Enugu, Nigeria READ MORE


Daily Homily: Let Justice Surge Like Water
July 02, 2014

The prophet Amos continues to judge the people of Israel for the contradiction they are living: they think that they are justified by the fulfillment of religious ceremonies at the sanctuaries of Bethel, Dan, Gilgal and Beersheba, and, at the same time, they are committing sins of social injustice and oppression. Not only do the people oppress the poor and neglect justice, but they turn justice and righteousness into poison and wormwood (an intensely bitter shrub). READ MORE


Pope to Meet With Elderly and Grandparents in September

July 02, 2014

VATICAN CITY, July 01, 2014 (Zenit.org) - The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will meet with the elderly at the Vatican on Sunday, September 28th -- a day dedicated to those with old age. READ MORE


Pope: a Christian Does Not Announce Himself, But The Lord
June 24, 2014

VATICAN CITY, June 24 (CNA/EWTN News) .- In his homily for the feast of John the Baptist's birth, Pope Francis emphasized that a true Christian puts oneself aside in order for God to be seen, stating that John is a key example for our time. READ MORE


Sudanese Woman Sentenced To Death Re-arrested
June 24, 2014

NVATICAN CITY, June 24 (CNA/EWTN News) .- After having her death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith revoked by a Sudanese court yesterday, Meriam Ibrahim has been re-arrested along with her husband at an airport. READ MORE


Global Eucharistic Congress In Philippines To Focus On Hope
June 24, 2014

CEBU, PHILIPPINES, June 23 (CNA/EWTN News) .- The 51st International Eucharistic Congress will be held January 2016 in the Philippines with the theme, "Jesus in us, the hope of glory."

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila explained the theme at a press conference. READ MORE


Defend Others Before The Father, Pope Francis Urges
June 24, 2014

VATICAN CITY, June 23 (CNA/EWTN News) .- In his daily homily Pope Francis warned that those who judge others are far from God, stating that in order to be close we must defend others rather than hastily accuse them. READ MORE


Church Must Reclaim Its Missionary Identity, Italian Priest Says
June 24, 2014

MILAN, ITALY, June 24 (CNA/EWTN News) .- As "Ad Gentes," the only Italian magazine dedicated to the foreign missions, suspended publication last week due to a lack of subscribers, a priest has emphasized the Church's need to embrace its missionary ideals. READ MORE


Pope Francis: Christians Who Hate Are a Contradiction
Trinity Cannot Fathom Anything But Love, Pope Says

June 17, 2014

Noting this Sunday marked the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, he said the feast presents for faithful an opportunity to contemplate and adore “the divine life of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit: a life of communion and perfect love, origin and goal of the whole universe and every creature, God." READ MORE


When Clergy Are Corrupt, Uncatechized Suffer, Says Francis
States Materially, Spiritually Poor Bear Brunt of Political, Ecclesial Corruption

June 17, 2014

The poor are the ones who end up paying for the damage wrought by the corruption of the powerful, says Pope Francis. And the only way to defeat the sin of corruption is service to others that purifies the heart.READ MORE


Pope's Words to FIFA World Cup 2014

Says "No one wins alone, either in the field or in life!"

June 17, 2014

Here is a translation of the text of the Video-Message that the Holy Father Francis recorded, on the occasion of the Soccer World Cup, and was broadcast on Brazilian TV. READ MORE


NIGERIANS URGED TO RISE UP AGAINST THE PROMOTION OF CULTURE OF DEATH

June 13, 2014

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has called on Nigerians, especially Catholic faithful and Christians to rise up against the culture of death being forced on Nigeria and the continent of Africa by the countries of the Western world in the name of socio-economic development.READ MORE


CATHOLIC BISHOPS DECLARE SIX MONTHS NATIONAL PRAYER FOR NIGERIA

June 13, 2014

The Catholic Church in Nigeria has outlined a six-month marathon prayer for all faithful in the country for God’s intervention for the multi-dimensional security and socio-economic plaguing the country, especially the threat to stability and peace as a result of the activities of the nefarious Boko Haram Islamic fundamentalist group, kidnapping and other criminal activities, including corruption.READ MORE


Features: WHEN THE MOTHER WEPT

June 13, 2014

I never loved seeing my mother in tears. One day I asked her, “Mama why do you cry so easily?” She answered, “My son, the language of the heart and soul is better expressed in tears. Every drop of tear serves as a healing balm for a wounded heart and memory.” READ MORE


NIGERIAN POLITICS INFESTED BY DIRTY PLAYERS - Bishop Ajakaye

June 01, 2014

The multi faceted socio-economic problems of the Nigerian nation have been attributed to the dominance of the country’s political arena by dirty political leaders whose primary goal is the exploitation of the wealth of the country at the expense of the people, justice , equity and protection of the rights of the people.READ MORE


CATHOLIC FAITHFUL URGED TO IMPACT VALUE BASED LIFE OF THE CHURCH ON SOCIETY

June 01, 2014

Catholic faithful in all endeavors of life have been admonished to hold sacrosanct the spirituality, faith and value-based life of the Catholic Church; with a view of enhancing the spiritual, pastoral and social transformation of the country and the human society.READ MORE


NEW ABEOKUTA BISHOP GETS JUNE DATE

June 01, 2014

The Episcopal ordination of the Bishop-elect of Abeokuta Diocese, Monsignor Peter Odetoyinbo will take place at the Ss Peter & Paul Cathedral, Itesi, Abeokuta, Ogun State on Wenesday, June 25, 2014.READ MORE


Pope's Holy Land Visit Sparks US Call For Dialogue

May 23, 2014

Catholic and Eastern Orthodox leaders in the U.S. celebrated the closeness between the two churches, recommitting to continued dialogue as Pope Francis' trip to the Holy Land approaches.READ MORE


Gift Of Knowledge Attunes Us To Vision Of God, Pope Says

May 23, 2014

During his general audience address Pope Francis spoke on the Holy Spirit's gift of knowledge, explaining that it enlightens our human perspective and helps us to see God in the whole of creation.

"The gift of knowledge puts us in tune with God's gaze on things and on people" the Pope reflected in his May 21 weekly general audience, continuing his catechesis on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. READ MORE


Ambassador: Diversity Of Papal Delegation Speaks Of Dialogue

May 23, 2014

In comments made to CNA, the Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See noted that the presence of both a rabbi and a Muslim in the Pope's delegation to the Holy Land is a milestone in interreligious relations.READ MORE


Remain In God's Love, Pope Francis Encourages Faithful

May 23, 2014

Pope Francis has especially encouraged Christians to "remain in the love of God" in a Thursday reflection on the three "key words" of Jesus: peace, love and joy.READ MORE

BISHOPS FORUM CALLS FOR HOLISTIC APPROACH IN SOLVING THE NATION`S INSECURITY PROBLEM

May 19, 2014

The Niger Delta Catholic Bishops’ Forum has called for more proactive and holistic approach in solving the socio-economic problems of the country in order to put an end to the increasing wave of terrorism and insecurity in the country; particularly in the North East region.READ MORE


INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY PARAMOUNT TO FORMATION OF SEMINARIANS

May 19, 2014

A call has been made for the continuous formation and enhancement of the knowledge of seminarians on the implications of Information Communication Technology (ICT), and how to positively use it in their missionary apostolate. .READ MORE


CHIBOK INCIDENT: A CALL TO REPENTANCE FOR THE EMANCIPATION OF A BETTER NIGERIA

May 19, 2014

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Mathew Hassan Kukah has described the incident of the abduction of over 200 students of the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State as a call to repentance and reconciliation for the emancipation of a better Nigeria nation.READ MORE

 


Harvard Defends Choice to Allow 'Black Mass' Re-enactment

May 12, 2014

The president of Harvard University has defended the decision to allow the re-enactment of a “black mass” on campus in the name of “free expression," while acknowledging that it is “highly offensive” to members of the Catholic Church.READ MORE


Church in US Calls for Return of Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

May 12, 2014

Says Faith-Based Groups Are Key to Stopping Religious Extremism
An official from the US episcopal conference called on the National Security Advisor to work with both Christian and Muslim faith-based groups in bringing a stop to the extremism espoused by groups such as Nigeria's Boko Haram. READ MORE


Pope to New Priests: Never Tire of Being Merciful

May 12, 2014

Keep Before Your Eyes Example of the Good Shepherd, Francis Says.
“If you do not enter your ministry through the Lord’s wounds, you will not be good pastors.” Pope Francis has reminded new priests.  

On the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis ordained 13 new priests at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica Sunday morning, stressing the importance of being merciful.READ MORE


Becoming a Catholic: The American Experience of Converts

May 12, 2014

Everybody knows that a significant number of people give up regular practice of their faith, but how many know that every year around 150,000 adults enter the Catholic Church in the United States? The success of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) was examined in a recently-published book, “Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape,” by David Yamane, (Oxford University Press).READ MORE


Pope Francis: 'I Wept On Hearing News of Crucifixion of Christians'

May 02, 2014

In his morning homily at Mass in Casa Santa Martha Friday, the Holy Father also lamented that in today’s world there are still "masters of conscience" – thought police - and in some countries you can still go to jail for possessing a Gospel or wearing a Crucifix. READ MORE


Pope Francis Commemorates Day of the Worker

May 02, 2014

Commemorating the day, Pope Francis tweeted: “I ask everyone with political responsibility to remember two things: human dignity and the common good”.
The Pope has often voiced his concern and expressed his strong position regarding the dignity of labor. READ MORE


GDP Versus Nature: Can They Co-Exist?

May 02, 2014

To address this situation, a joint workshop of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences is being held 2-6 May, 2014.
Experts will be meeting under the theme "Humanities interchanges with Nature Relative to Food, Health and Energy," according to www.casinapioiv.va. READ MORE


BOKO HARAM: NIGERIAN POLITICIANS CAUTIONED ON FALSE ALLEGATIONS OF INVOLVEMENT

April 30, 2014

Nigerian politicians have been cautioned not to make the Boko Haram insurgency a subject of political acrimony by alleging unsubstantiated involvement of opponents in the operations of the terrorists group. This warning was contained in a Press Statement issued in Abuja recently by the Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN), the organ of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), responsible for pastoral and social service work of the Catholic Church in the country. READ MORE


COLLABORATE TO EMPOWER AFRICAN YOUTHS

April 30, 2014

PORT-HARCOURT, NIGERIA -
Governments and religious bodies as well as other stakeholders in Africa have been challenged to give priority attention to the spiritual, pastoral and temporal development of the youths of the continent to ensure a better and meaningful future for the continent. READ MORE


NIGERIA WILL COLLABORATE WITH HOLY SEE FOR A PEACEFUL WORLD ORDER - Prof Viola Onwuliri

April 04, 2014

Nigeria will continue to collaborate with the Holy See in the effort to ensure a peaceful world order that will facilitate justice and equity with great concern for the poor, the needy and the marginalized, Professor Viola Onwuliri the Minister of State 1 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has assured.. READ MORE


Communiquè at the End of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic
Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the Divine Love Retreat and
Conference Centre Sabon Lugbe, Abuja, March 8-14, 2014 Read more


GENUINE RELIGIOUS HARMONY: CARDINAL ONAIYEKAN OUTLINES AREAS OF CONCERN

April 04, 2014

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has articulated issues that could enhance genuine and lasting religious harmony in the country. The cardinal’s remarks were contained in his presentation to the German Bishops’ Conference, during the programme: Study Day on Religious Freedom, held recently in Muenster, Germany. READ MORE


Pope Francis: Christianity Is a Way Of Life, Not a Label

August 27, 2013

VATICAN CITY, August 25 (CNA/EWTN News) .- In his Sunday Angelus audience, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of truly living a Christian life rather than letting it become a superficial label.

"In the gospel, Jesus tells us that to be a Christian is not to have a 'label' but to live and testify to faith in prayer, in works of charity, in the promotion of justice, in doing good," Pope Francis told the audience gathered in St. Peter's Square Aug. 25. READ MORE


Pope Francis: Christianity Is a Way Of Life, Not a Label

August 27, 2013

VATICAN CITY, August 25 (CNA/EWTN News) .- In his Sunday Angelus audience, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of truly living a Christian life rather than letting it become a superficial label.

"In the gospel, Jesus tells us that to be a Christian is not to have a 'label' but to live and testify to faith in prayer, in works of charity, in the promotion of justice, in doing good," Pope Francis told the audience gathered in St. Peter's Square Aug. 25. READ MORE


Honolulu Bishop's Letter on Church's Understanding of Marriage

August 27, 2013

"We must therefore be discriminating about the very language of discrimination"

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 26, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Here is an Aug. 22 letter to Catholics from Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu, Hawaii, regarding the issue of same-sex "marriage." Hawaii's lawmakers are set to consider the issue in the coming days or weeks. READ MORE


Pope Francis: "Be Christians and Give Witness to the Faith"

August 27, 2013

Pontiff Reflects on Christ's Call to "Enter By the Narrow Door"

By Junno Arocho Esteves

VATICAN CITY, August 26, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Jesus does not exclude sinners, on the contrary he "prefers sinners" to forgive them. Pope Francis emphasized this during his Sunday Angelus address to the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.READ MORE


Change In Baptismal Rite Emphasizes Church's Identity

August 27, 2013

VATICAN CITY, August 23 (CNA) .- In one of his last acts as Pope, Benedict XVI approved changed wording in the rite of baptism which emphasizes "the Church of God" as the community into which the baptized individual has been incorporated. READ MORE


CARDINAL ONAIYEKAN EMPHASIZES FAITHFULNESS TO GOD IN ALL HUMAN VOCATIONS

August 21, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - The Archbishop of Abuja, John  Cardinal Onaiyekan has called on all Catholics to remain faithful to God in the vows, urging them  to see their different vocations as an act of God; and that consolation in God is the basis of life for humanity. READ MORE


GOVT. URGED TO GIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO GENUINE HUMANITARIAN AGENCIES

August 21, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - The Federal Government has been called upon to give adequate financial support and incentives to Church agencies and other non-Governmental organizations (NGO’s) that are genuinely providing social services and other humanitarian facilities to the people of the country.

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POPE FRANCIS STRESSES INTERRELIGIOUS MUTUAL RESPECT

August 21, 2013

VATICAN CITY -

The Holy Father, Pope Francis has described mutual respect in interreligious relations as a vital tool for peaceful coexistence among the peoples of the world. READ MORE


FEATURES: THE RENAISSANCE WE NEED IN NIGERIA TODAY

August 21, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - Along the road in many places in Abuja and some cities in Nigeria, book-selling has become a lucrative business. Among the “catalogue” of books on the street, I bought a copy written by Lee Kuan Yew titled, “From third world to first world.”   Reading this book, I think of a renaissance in Nigeria akin to Singapore, a third world country that has become a first world country today through the leadership of LEE KUAN YEW who was able to unite his intellectual and political vision to raise Singapore from grass to grace
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Pope Writes To Muslims About Mutual Respect

August 13, 2013

VATICAN CITY, August 2 (CNA/EWTN News) .- With the end of the month of Ramadan approaching, Pope Francis decided to personally write to all Muslims as a sign of friendship and to promote greater respect between the two faiths. READ MORE


Pope: 'Families Must Be The Most Convincing Testimony of Love'

August 13, 2013

VATICAN CITY, August 12, 2013 (Zenit.org) - In a message sent to Brazilian families on the occasion of the "National Week of the Family yesterday, Pope Francis called on the faithful to defend human life from the moment of conception. The event which is promoted by the Brazilian Bishops Conference, will reflect on theme of "The transmission and education of the Christian faith in the family." READ MORE


Pope Francis Calls on Faithful To Seek The "True Treasure" of the Love of God

August 13, 2013

VATICAN CITY, August 12, 2013 (Zenit.org) - During his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis called on the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square to search for the true treasure of love in their lives. THe Holy Father reflected on the Sunday Gospel from St. Luke where Jesus instructs the disciples to seek "an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy."READ MORE


Holy See: No Confirmation on Jesuit Priest's Death

August 13, 2013

VATICAN CITY, August 12, 2013 (Zenit.org) - The Holy See Press Office stated that they are still looking into reports that Jesuit Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, who was kidnapped in Syria several weeks ago, was killed by his captors. READ MORE


Pope Reflects on World Youth Day During Angelus Address

August 06, 2013

VATICAN CITY, August 05, 2013 (Zenit.org) - On Sunday, Pope Francis recalled the joy of last week's World Youth Day Mass in Rio de Janeiro during yesterday's Angelus address. Thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square to listen to the Holy Father's address which was delivered from the window of the Apostolic Palace. READ MORE


On True Wealth

August 06, 2013

VATICAN CITY, August 05, 2013 (Zenit.org) -

Here is the translation of the address given by Pope Francis before and after the recitation of the Angelus from the window of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on Sunday.READ MORE


Pope Francis on Homosexuality: a Look Beyond the Headlines

August 06, 2013

ROME, August 05, 2013 (Zenit.org) - The day after Pope Francis returned to Rome from World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, an event which saw millions of young people gather on Copacabana beach for Mass and prayer, the top story from secular news outlets across the globe featured a picture of Pope Francis beside the headline: "Who am I to judge gay people?" READ MORE


Vatican Bishop: Today's Technological Dangers Foreseen By Humanae Vitae

JULY 30, 2013

ROME, ITALY, July 26 (CNA) .- On its 45th anniversary, Pope Paul VI's encyclical that upheld the Church's teaching on birth control is "incredibly up-to-date," especially because it raises "the problem of a technocracy," which is "the main problem of our culture and our society," says Bishop Mario Toso. READ MORE


Catholic Thinker To Head US Religious Freedom Commission

JULY 30, 2013

WASHINGTON D.C., July 25 (CNA/EWTN News) .- Princeton law professor Robert P. George has been elected as chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, giving the prominent Catholic thinker a leading role in policy recommendations for the US government. READ MORE


Pope Francis: 'The Best Instrument to Evangelize Young People is Other Young People'

JULY 30, 2013

On Sunday evening Pope Francis ended his apostolic journey to Brazil and the World Youth Day. Nostalgia gives way to hope for a better future with the seed sown on good soil: the life of young people.READ MORE


Pope Meets With Coordinating Committee of CELAM

JULY 30, 2013

On Sunday afternoon, Pope Francis met with the forty-five bishops who form the Coordinating Committee of the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM). He focused on the legacy of the meeting of the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Aparecida in May 2007.READ MORE


Communique at the End of the SECAM 16th Plenary Assembly

JULY 22, 2013

The 16th Plenary Assembly of SECAM was held in Kinshasa, DR Congo, from July 8 to 15, 2013, under the theme: The Church in Africa at the service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace. Among the participants at the plenary were 7 Cardinals, 125 bishops, Secretaries General of the national and regional Catholic Bishops’ Conferences from Africa and Madagascar. The Apostolic Nuncio to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, Cardinals and bishops from other Churches also participated. READ MORE


THE CHAPLAINCY AND UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION IN NIGERIA

JULY 22, 2013

I want to thank the Nigerian Universities Commission, NUC, for inviting me to speak at this very important event. In your letter to me, you asked me to speak on Labour Relations, but on the programme for this event I noticeI have been slated to speak on Inter-Faith relations along with my friend, Professor Ishaq Oloyede. I have therefore opted to speak on this later topic since it is clear to me that the first request was a mistake because on the programme, you have assigned the previous topic to Professor Festus Iyayi, a famous General who is more than well able to fight that battle.READ MORE


SOME THOUGHTS ON MULTIMEDIA AND NORTHERN NIGERIAN LITERATURE

JULY 22, 2013

I have reflected on the theme of this summit, Multimedia and Northern Nigerian Literature. I must confess that the terms, Northern Nigeria and Literature are wrapped in ambiguity and controversy. We continue to use the word, Northern Nigeria despite the creation of 19 independent states out of this former region. As if  in defiance, despite the creation of the 36 States and 6 Zones in Nigeria, these states still continue to hold together and define themselves as Northern States. !READ MORE


Time to End the Death Penalty - Statement by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN)

JULY 22, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - The Catholic Bishops of Nigeria has made a statement on Death Penalty. Please, go to http://www.cbcn-ng.org/docs/g14.pdf to read it.
- See more at: http://www.cnsng.org/viewnews.php?tabnews=814#sthash.0f0BANDj.dpuf


Pope Francis' Address to Employees of Papal Residence at Castel Gandolfo

JULY 15, 2013

Dear brothers and sisters,
First of all I would like to thank the bishop of Albano, the mayor of Castel Gandolfo and the director of the Pontifical Residence for their cordial welcome, which interprets the sentiments of all of you and all the citizens. I thank each and every one of you for this welcome!READ MORE


On the Good Samaritan

JULY 15, 2013

Here is the translation of the Holy Father's address before and after the recitation of the Angelus at the Papal Residence of Castel Gandolfo. 

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Dear brothers and sisters, hello!
Today our Sunday gathering for the Angelus is here at Castel Gandolfo. I greet the inhabitants of this beautiful little town! I would like to thank you above all for your prayers, and I thank all of you many pilgrims who have come here for you prayers too.READ MORE


Illinois Court Rules Parents Should Be Notified When Minor Seeks Abortion

JULY 15, 2013

The Catholic Conference of Illinois welcomed today’s unanimous Illinois Supreme Court ruling clearing the way for a 1995 parental notification of abortion law to finally be implemented.Stat e lawmakers approved the legislation requiring that a parent or legal guardian be notified when a minor seeks an abortion in order to protect children from making such a decision on their own. The measure includes a waiver for those children who have been physically or sexually abused. READ MORE


Pope Francis' Message to Youth of Lithuania

JULY 01, 2013

Dear Young People of Lithuania,
I am truly happy to be spiritually present in your midst and to give you my affectionate greeting on the occasion of the “Sixth Day of Young People,” that sees you gathered in such numbers at Kaunas. I address a particular thought to all those among you who are following the itinerary of full dedication to God in the priesthood and in consecrated life, as well as to all those who are committed in the service of the least through the forms of volunteer work. I greet and thank your Pastors, who planned these special days of prayer and reflection, centered on the topic “I Have Called Your Friends” (John 15:15).READ MORE


A Friendship With Jesus Generates Mercy

JULY 01, 2013

“Do not be afraid to live the faith! Be witnesses of Christ in your daily environments, with simplicity and courage. Be able to show to those you meet, to your contemporaries, above all the face of mercy and love of God, who always forgives, encourages, gives hope. Always be attentive to the other, especially to persons who are poorer and weaker, living and witnessing fraternal love, against every egoism and closure.” Thus concluded the message Pope Francis sent to the youth gathered in Kaunas for the “Sixth Day of Youth of Lithuania” (June 28-30th) on the theme: “I have called you friends” (Jn. 15, 15) READ MORE


Time to End the Death Penalty - Statement by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN)

JULY 01, 2013

The Catholic Bishops of Nigeria has made a statement on Death Penalty. READ MORE


Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo: I Have Wept Within Upon Reading Such Admirable Things

JULY 01, 2013

Archbishop Emeritus of Seville Comments on Pope Francis Words and Gestures Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo, OFM, Archbishop Emeritus of Seville,  was in Rome last Thursday at the presentation of three books of Pope Francis: “Love Alone Can Save Us,” “I Ask You to Pray for Me” and “Do Not Let Yourselves Be Robbed of Hope,” published by Romana Editorial in collaboration with Libreria Editrice Vaticana. READ MORE


FAMILY WEEK CELEBRATION HOLDS IN AUGUST

June 14, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - This year`s Family Week celebration will be celebrated in all the dioceses of the country and arrangements have been made to ensure the success of the programme, the Secretary for the Family & Health unit of the Department of Church and Society, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Rev. Sister Regina Tombere has disclosed. Read more.


IMPORTANCE OF ORIENTATION FOR NIGERIANS GOING ON MISSION STRESSED

June 14, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - Orientation courses for Nigerian Priests and Religious going on mission outside the country is an essential factor for the pastoral work of the missionaries and sustenance of the integrity of the Church and the Nigerian nation Read more.


INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS ACUSED OF PROMOTING MORAL DECADENCE IN AFRICA

June 14, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - International American and European funding agencies have been accused of fuelling moral decadence in the African continent under the pretext of funding socio-economic development of the people of the continent. They have also been accused of serving as platforms for the spread of anti life practices Read more.


NATION BUILDING: SENATE PRESIDENT HAMMERS ON ALL STAKEHOLDERS COLLABORATION

June 14, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - Senate President, Senator David Mark has stressed the importance of consultations and collaboration among all stakeholders in the country, in order to strengthen democratic governance and electoral process. Senator David Mark made this remark in his address at the meeting of Catholic legislators with a delegation of the Catholic Bishops` Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), held in Abuja, recently Read more.


BISHOP OKPALEKE CALLS FOR RECONCILIATION AND COLLABORATION

June 07, 2013

OAHIARA, NIGERIA - Bishop Peter Okpaleke has appealed to the Catholic faithful of Ahiara Diocese to join hands with him to uphold and enhance the legacies of the former local ordinary of the diocese, late Bishop Victor Adibe Chikwe, whose administration emphasized the understanding of ministry and service in the Catholic Church. He made the appeal in his post ordination speech after his Episcopal ordination as the Bishop of Ahiara Diocese, at the Seat of Wisdom Seminary, Owerri, Imo State, recently. Read more.


NEW EVANGELIZATION WILL PREVENT DRIFTING OF CATHOLIC YOUTHS TO OTHER DENOMINATIONS - CBCN Youth Committee Secretary

June 07, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - The need to make Catholic youths steadfast in their faith and prevent them from drifting to other faith denominations is a major focus of the New Evangelization era.

This assertion was made by the National Youth Animator/ Secretary, Catholic Bishops` Conference Youth Committee, Rev. Fr. Charles Ndubisi, in his address at the workshop organized recently by the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) for Youth Chaplains in the country, at the Daughters of Divine Love Retreat and Conference Centre (DRACC), Lugbe, Abuja. Read more.


The Nigerian Child of My Dream - By Rev. Fr. Ojaje Idoko

June 07, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - Sheikh Hassan Yousef is one of the seven founders of the religio-political group called Hamas meant to fight for the freedom and wellbeing of Palestinian Arabs who live in the Holy land against the Israeli occupation of their homeland. He was a religious leader who was fighting the course of his people from the religious dimension while other members of the founders` group were in it for other various reasons. Read more.


INCLUDE NEW EVANGELIZATION AS SUBJECT IN SEMINARY CURRICULUM

June 07, 2013

LUGBE, ABUJA - A call has been made for the introduction of a course in New Evangelization in the curriculum of major seminaries in the country. The call was made by Catholic Youths Chaplains in a communiqué issued at the end of their training workshop on The New Evangelization Era, held, recently at the Daughters of Divine Love Retreat and Conference Centre (DRACC), Lugbe, Abuja. The programme was organized by the group in collaboration with the Youth Animation Office of the Pastoral Agents Department of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN). Read more.


CATHOLICISM OPPOSED TO ETHNIC CLEAVAGES - Bishop Ugorji

May 28, 2013

OWERRI, NIGERIA - The promotion of clannish exclusiveness has been described as a negation of the catholicity which is the bond of oneness of the Church of Christ on earth, the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia, Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji has asserted. Bishop Ugorji made this remark in his homily at the Episcopal ordination of Msgr. Peter Okpalaeke as the Bishop of Ahiara Diocese at an impressive and well attended Mass at the Seat of Wisdom Seminary, Owerri, Imo State, on Wednesday, May 21, 2013. Read more.


BISHOP OKPALEKE`S APPOINTMENT, AN ACT OF GOD - Bishop Ugorji

May 28, 2013

OWERRI, NIGERIA - Bishop Lucius Ugorji has admonished Catholic faithful of Ahiara Diocese to see the appointment of Bishop Peter Okpalaeke as the new local ordinary of the diocese as a divine act noting that God remains a mystery and His manner of choice transcends that of man. .Read more.


COMPETENT RESOURCE PERSONS NEEDED FOR YOUTH BODIES

May 28, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - The availability of competent resource persons as guide is essential for the activities of youth organizations in the Church, the President of the Catholic Law Students Association of Nigeria (CALSAN), Mr Isaac Egiru has stated.Read more.


OBEDIENCE TO ECCLESIASTICAL AUTHORITY, BASIS OF OUR SPIRITUAL STRENGTH - Archbishop Kaigama

May 28, 2013

OWERRI, NIGERIA - The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has described obedience to ecclesiastical authority as a virtue that has sustained the spiritual and pastoral successes of the universal Catholic Church. Archbishop Kaigama made this remark in his address at the Episcopal ordination of Monsignor Peter Okpalaeke as the Bishop of Ahiara Diocese, held at the Seat of Wisdom Seminary, Owerri, Imo State, on Tuesday, May 24, 2013.Read more.


CHURCH IDENTIFIES FACTORS FOR POST 2015 NIGERIA`S DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

May 08, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - The Catholic Church has emphasized human development, food security, equality and respect for the dignity of the human person as essential factors for the development and growth of the Nigerian nation in the post Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) era.Read more.


HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, PRIORITY OF THE CATHOILC CHURCH - Fr. Evaristus

May 08, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - The commitment of the Catholic Church to the development and protection of the dignity of the human person is irrevocable, the Executive Secretary of the Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN), Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey has assured. Fr Bassey, who is also the Director of Church and Society, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeri (CSN), gave this assurance while welcoming participants to the 2-day Consultation workshop on the Beyond 2015 Millennium Development Goals Agenda, organized by the CCFN in Abuja, recently, at the John Paul Pastoral Centre, Wuse. Read more.


ARCHBISHOP OBINNA TASKS FR. MADU ON CATHOLIC SECRETAIAT

May 08, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - The Metropolitan of Owerri Archdiocese, Most Rev. Anthony J. V. Obinna has called on the Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu to use resources available at his disposal to enhance service delivery at the secretariat. Read more.


Article: NONVIOLENCE AS A VIRTUE: REMEMBERING REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING JNR AFTER 45 YEARS - By Rev. Fr. Ojaje Idoko

May 08, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - The African Americans have many heroes and heroines. In their captivity of body, they never allowed their condition to become a mental slavery. To free them from the gulag of mind and body, many Negroes volunteered their time and life. Two persons started the last struggle that eventually paved way for the Obama presidency, Rosa Parks and Rev. Martin Luther King Jnr. On December 1st 1955, Rosa Parks a 42 year old African American woman who worked as a tailor was returning from work. She had boarded this Montgomery Alabama city bus. Read more.


Article: THE QUR`AN ON THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS

April 24, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - In my article on `Jesus is risen from the dead`, I reported that my Muslim friend said that the words of Jesus are the reported speeches by Luke, Matthew and John whereas the speech in Qur`an 4: 159 is the word of Angel Gabriel to Muhammad 600 years after Jesus. This verse says that Jesus was not killed or crucified by his enemies Read more.


THE MESSAGE OF THE RESURRECTION

April 24, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - It appears that the human person is endowed with so much capacity that many people do not exhaust ten percent of the energy in them before they die. According to Mariah Carey, `there`s a hero, if you look inside your heart, you don\`t have to be afraid of what you are.` Mariah Carey was born on March 27, 1970. She is an American singer, actress, and philanthropist. Perhaps Roy Kelly, another musician felt this energy in him when he sang, `I used to think that I could not go on and life was nothing but an awful song. But now I know the meaning of true love. I\`m leaning on the everlasting arms. If I can see it, then I can do it. If I just believe it, there\`s nothing to it. I believe I can fly! I believe I can touch the sky!`Read more


BISHOP ADELAKUN GLORIFIES GOD FOR OYO DIOCESE`S GOLDEN JUBILEE

April 24, 2013

OYO, NIGERIA - The first indigenous Catholic Bishop of Oyo Diocese, Most Rev. Julius Adelakun has described the celebration of the Golden jubilee of the erection of the erection of the diocese as a blessing and confirmation of the presence of God among his people in the area. Bishop Adelakun, now emeritus Bishop of the diocese also described his being alive to witness and participate in the activities commemorating the celebration as a special joy in his life. Read more


BISHOPS EXPRESS CONCERN ON AFTERMATH EFFECTS OF AMNESTY

April 24, 2013

OYO, NIGERIA - Catholic Bishops of the South West of the country have warned the Federal Government not to grant amnesty to faceless criminals who go about killing in the name of religion. The bishops also strongly objected the threat of the members of the Movement for Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) for reciprocation, noting that it will plunge the country into further unrest and crises.Read more


PRESS RELEASE

April 13, 2013

VATICAN CITY - His Holiness Pope Francis has today, Saturday 13th April, 2013, appointed as Bishop-Elect of Nsukka, Msgr Godfrey Onah. He replaces Most Rev Francis Okobo who retired having attained the canonical age of 75. Until his appointment, Msgr Godfrey Onah was a professor at the Pontifical Urban University Rome.


VUNA SUNDAY, 2013 (26TH MAY)

April 13, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - Based on the decision of the Catholic Bishops\` Conference of Nigeria to assign a Sunday for the VUNA (Veritas University of Nigeria, Abuja) Collection, the last Sunday of May every year has been set aside for this collection. This year, the first of its kind, falls on Sunday, May 26, 2013. This is to communicate and remind all (parishes and chaplaincies) of this collection. The collection is to be paid into:

Bank: Fidelity Bank Account Name: Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria
Account Number: 4150002379
Contact the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria for more information.
Signed:
Fr. Ralph Madu


BE TRANSFORMED BY CHRIST`S RESSURECTION - Pope Francis

April 13, 2013

VATICAN CITY - The Holy Father, Pope Francis has called on all Christians to be transformed by the resurrection of Christ as was the case at the time of the apostles. The pope made the call in his catechesis at a recent general audience at the Vatican, as part of the celebration of this year`s Easter celebration.
According to the Holy Father, the apostles did not recognize the risen Christ at first, but their eyes were opened through his words and deeds. He continued: `Encountering the Risen One transforms them, gives new strength to their faith, an unshakeable foundation..READ MORE


POPE EXTOLS UNIQUE ROLE OF WOMEN IN CHURCH`S LIFE

April 13, 2013

VATICAN CITY - The Holy Father, Pope Francis has reiterated the unique role of women in the life of the Church stating that: `... women in the Church and in the journey of faith, have had and still today a unique role in opening doors to the Lord, in following him and conveying his face, because seeing with faith always takes love`s gaze, which simple and profound READ MORE


CHRISTIAN JOY NOT IN MUNDANE THINGS OF LIFE - Pope Francis

April 04, 2013

VATICAN CITY - Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis has stated that Christian joy is not in wealth possession and other mundane things of life but in the joy, suffering and crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Pope made this assertion in his homily at the celebration of the Mass for this year`s Palm Sunday, held at the Vatican City, Rome, on Sunday.READ MORE


SPECIAL FEATURES: PLENARY INDULGENCE FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH, By Michael Ogunu

April 04, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - According to a decree made public on October 5, 2012 and signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro and Bishop Krzysztof Nykiel, penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary respectively, Benedict XVI will grant faithful Plenary Indulgence for the occasion of the Year of Faith. The indulgence will be valid from the opening of the Year on 11 October 2012 until its end on 24 November 2013.READ MORE


SPECIAL FEATURES: THE WORDS OF JESUS ON THE CROSS, By Fr Cornelius Afebu Omonokhua

April 04, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - At the colloquium on `Peace and Reconciliation` organized by the Department of Mission and Dialogue of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, March 11-15, 2013 the principal celebrant at the opening ceremony on Tuesday March 12, 2013, Archbishop Matthew Ndagoso said in his homily that a good word can change a hopeless situation to usher in peace while a bad word can turn a good relationship into violence. READ MORE


INCULCATE CHRISTIAN VALUES IN YOUR CHILDREN, PARENTS TOLD

April 04, 2013

EKITI, NIGERIA - An appeal has been made to Catholic parents to inculcate Christian values in their children and make sure they imbibe the teachings of the Church to make them responsible citizens of the country. 
 The appeal was made by Rev. Fr. Pius Famosaya while preaching the homily at the Christian wake-keep for late Pa Paul Asake Oladele, the father of Rev. Edward Bode Oladele, Director of Liturgy, Ekiti Diocese. The ceremony took place recently at St. Paul`s Catholic Church, Omuo-Obadore, Ekiti State.READ MORE


POPE FRANCIS CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF NATURE AND THE POOR

March 27, 2013

VATICAN CITY - The Holy Father, Pope Francis has advocated a new world where love, care and protection for all things created by God, particularly the poor and the needy are held sacrosanct, principally by those in authority. The pope made this call in his homily at the inauguration Mass for his Petrine Ministry, held at the open court of St Peter`s Basilica, Rome, on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 READ MORE


MAKE GOD CENTRE OF YOUR FAMILY LIFE - Bishop Fasina

March 27, 2013

IWOPIN, NIGERIA - Bishop Albert Fasina of Ijebu-Ode diocese has called on Catholics to make God the centre of their family life so that `Jesus can hold and bind us all continually in his love.` According to reports filed-in by Augustine Adebayo, the bishop made the call in his closing remarks to end the 2013 Marian Pilgrimage of the diocese held at the Marian Shrine, Iwopin, Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of Ogun State. The theme for the pilgrimage was: Virgin Most Faithful.READ MORE


CHURCH TO SET UP ORGAN ON FAITH, CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT AGENDA IN AFRICA

March 27, 2013

DAR-ES-SALAM, TANZANIA - The Church in Africa is to set up an organ on Faith, Culture and Development Agenda for the continent. This decision was adopted at the end of a workshop recently held in Dar-Es-Salam, Tanzania and attended by delegates from all the Episcopal Regions of the continent. READ MORE


LAY FAITHFUL URGED TO ENHANCE QUALITY OF THEIR WITNESSING
March 27, 2013

AWKA, NIGERIA - Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor has called on the lay faithful to cultivate the right spirituality of life and improve the quality of their witnessing to ensure the success of the new evangelization era. READ MORE


 

BOKO HARAM INSURGENCE A GREAT CHALLENGE TO NATIONAL LIFE AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

March 20, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - The violence of the Boko Haram Islamic fundamentalists group has been described as the most comprehensive and extensive challenge to the national life and freedom of religion in Nigeria. This position was posited by the Catholic Bishop of Kano Diocese, Most Rev. John Niyiring in his keynote address to the recently concluded colloquium on peace and reconciliation, organized by the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), in Abuja. More


DIALOGUE, PIVOT OF PEACEFUL RESOLUTION OF CONFLICTS - Bishop Umoren

March 20, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - Bishop Anselm Umoren, the Auxiliary of Abuja Archdiocese has described meaningful and sincere dialogue as the pivot of lasting solutions for all forms of crises, even after they have resulted in violence and conflicts. The bishop made this remark in his welcome address to the participants at the colloquium on peace and reconciliation recently organized in Abuja by the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN). More


ESTABLISH TRUTH COMMISSION IN RELIGIOUS-CRISIS-PRONE AREAS

March 20, 2013

ABUJA, NIGERIA - The establishment of a Truth Commission in areas of religious crisis in the country, has been suggested as a panacea for finding lasting solution to the problem of religious crisis and violence in the country. This suggestion was contained in the communiqué issued at the end of the colloquium on peace and reconciliation organized recently in Abuja by the Mission and Dialogue Department of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN). The ceremony took place at the Daughters` of Divine Love Retreat and Conference Centre, Lugbe, Abuja. More


Latin American Bishops' Council on Francis' Election

March 20, 2013

AROME, March 19, 2013 (Zenit.org) - The leaders of the Latin American bishops' council (CELAM) sent a letter to His Holiness Francis, congratulating him on his election as Bishop of Rome and Successor of Peter.
Here is a translation of the letter sent on behalf of all the bishops and prelates of the continent. More


Argentine Bergoglio emerges new pope

March 14, 2013

Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio  greeted crowds in Rome’s St Peter’s Square  on Wednesday evening after his election as the Catholic Church’s new Pope. More


Cardinal Bergoglio elected as Pope Francis

March 13, 2013
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires has become the next Pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Francis I.
Pope Francis greeted the crowds of faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square shortly after 8:00 p.m. local time, after spending time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the Pauline Chapel.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis I, was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. He is a Jesuit and is 76. He is the first Latin American Pope and the first Jesuit Pope. In 2005, he received the second-most votes in the conclave the elected Pope Benedict.
He entered the Society of Jesus in 1958, and obtained a licentiate in philosophy. He was ordained a priest in 1969, and was a theology professor. He was a provincial leader for the Society and a seminary rector.
The College of Cardinals came to an agreement on the Holy Father's election the afternoon of March 13, after a total of four inconclusive votes earlier that day and the previous day.
Two-thirds of the cardinals present - in this case, 77 of 115 - are necessary to elect a new Pontiff.


Pope Francis: cardinals went to end of world to find me

March 13, 2013
Pope Francis began his first words to the Church by saying that the cardinals "went to the end of the world" to find the new Bishop of Rome.
"Brothers and Sisters, good evening. You know that the charge of the conclave was to give a bishop of Rome.
"It would seem that my brothers went to the end of the world to choose him," he said March 13 from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.
The Pope then called on the crowd of tens of thousands to pray for "our Bishop Emeritus Benedict."
"This way of the Church that we commence on," he said, is one of "an evangelization in this beautiful city."
Before he closed his remarks, Pope Francis asked the crowd for the favor of praying for him in silence before he gave his blessing.
He then bowed at the waist as silence settled over St. Peter's Square.
The Pope blessed the throng of people, saying, "I give my blessing to you and all people of good will in the world."
"I'm going to say goodbye now, thank you so much for your welcome.
I say good night "because tomorrow I want to go and pray to Mary for her protection."
A marching band playing and the bells of St. Peter's ringing in the night followed Pope Francis' first words.


How A Pope Is Chosen

March 13, 2013

Vatican City, 13 March 2013 (VIS) - What do the voting ballots for electing a Pope look like? How are the votes counted? Can Cardinal electors who are sick still cast a vote? The Apostolic Constitution "Universi Dominici Gregis" (UDG) responds to these and many other questions. It was promulgated by Blessed John Paul II in 1996 to specifically address the norms that would regulate the Sede Vacante (period during which there is no reigning Pope) and the election of the Roman Pontiff. On 22 February of this year, Benedict XVI released the Motu Proprio "Normas Nonnullas", which made a few modifications to the Apostolic Constitution. Following are sections 64 to 71 of the UDG—incorporating the modifications of the "Normas Nonnullas"—which deal with the specifics of the voting process during the Conclave in the Sistine Chapel. READ MORE


 

EMBRACE GOD`S ABUNDANT LOVE AND GIFT OF FORGIVENSS, CATHOLIC FAITHFUL URGED

Mar 12, 2013
OWERRI, NIGERIA - Catholic faithful have been called upon to embrace the abundant love and gift of forgiveness by God to be able to free themselves from the bondage of sin and other vices of the world. The call was made by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna in his 2013 Lenten Message to the faithful of the Archdiocese titled: Yes, I shall Arise. 
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JDPC WORKERS URGED NOT TO COMPROMISE CREDIBILITY AND MISSION

Mar 12, 2013
ABUJA, NIGERIA - Catholic faithful who discharge charity works on behalf of the Church have been called upon not to compromise the credibility and identity of the mission of the Church. The call was made by Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji of Umuahia and Catholic Bishops` Conference Episcopal Chairman for Justice, Development and Peace/Caritas Nigerian (JDP/Caritas); in his keynote address presented at the CBCN Partnership meeting with Misereor of Germany and JDP/Caritas Nigeria Coordinators held at the Pope John Paul Social Centre, Abuja, recently.  

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BISHOP CALLS FOR NEW STRATEGIES ON BOKO HARAM ATROCITIES

Mar 12, 2013
KANU, NIGERIA - Bishop Joseph Bagobiri of Kafanchan Diocese has called for more pragmatic actions and adoptions of new strategies to curtail the menace of the Boko Haram Islamic Fundamentalist sect in the Northern part of the country. The bishop made the call in his reaction to the recent killing of 13 Christians in Kano by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members. 
According to the bishop the continued posture of prayer, forgiveness and dialogue has continued to put the Christians permanently on the defence which makes them to continue for pay with their lives for practicing their faith in a secular country.  

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SECAM URGES ENHANCED EVANGELZATION THROUGH PERSONAL CONVERSION

Mar 12, 2013
ABUJA, NIGERIA - The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has called for personal conversion on the part of all Christians in Africa to enable them become credible advocates for the demand and practice of good governance. This is a way of enhancing the evangelization mission of the Church, the body. 

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RENEW FIRM TRUST IN GOD - Benedict XVI

Mar 01, 2013
VATICAN CITY - His Holiness, Benedict XVI has called on Catholic faithful throughout the world to renew their firm trust in the Lord adding that the Gospel is the strength of the Church. He made the admonition in his final message to the universal Church during his last Wednesday General Audience at the terrace of the Vatican on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. 

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Pope vows obedience to successor on final day

Mar 01, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday vowed “unconditional obedience” to his successor on his historic final day as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, when he will become the first pontiff to resign since the Middle Ages.
“Among you there is also the future pope to whom I promise my unconditional obedience and reverence,” the pope said as he bade farewell to cardinals in the Vatican’s ornate Clementine Hall.
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CBCN PRESIDENT STRESSES IMPORTANCE UNITY IN FAITH

Mar 01, 2013
GBOKO, NIGERIA - The President of the Catholic Bishops` Conference of Nigeria, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has congratulated the bishop and faithful of the newly created diocese of Gboko noting that: `As Catholics, we are called to a unity of faith and a unity of charity.`
Archbishop Kaigama made this remark in his good will message at the inauguration and installation of Bishop William Avenya as the first chief shepherd of the diocese.
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Pope bids farewell to emotional crowd

Mar 01, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday admitted “stormy waters” during his papacy as he gave his farewell speech in St Peter’s Square before tens of thousands of pilgrims on the eve of his momentous resignation.
A smiling Benedict looked relaxed as his white “popemobile” bore him through the famous plaza where more than 150,000 people had gathered under a bright, cloudless sky for his historic sendoff.
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Communique at the End of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops` Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at Lugbe, Abuja, February 16 -22, 2013

Mar 01, 2013

Communiqué at the End of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the Daughters of Divine Love Retreat and Conference CentreLugbe, Abuja 

February 16 –22, 2013

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POPE: AT CORE OF TEMPTATION ALWAYS LIES INSTRUMENTALIZATION OF GOD

Feb 20, 2013
Vatican City, 17 February 2013 (VIS) - More than one hundred and fifty thousand people attended Benedict XVI's second-to-last Angelus in St. Peter's Square today. The Pope, who appeared at the window of his study at noon, focuses his Sunday meditation on Lent, "a time of conversion and penitence in preparation for Easter."
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xxxPOPE: AT CORE OF TEMPTATION ALWAYS LIES INSTRUMENTALIZATION OF GOD

Feb 20, 2013
Vatican City, 17 February 2013 (VIS) - More than one hundred and fifty thousand people attended Benedict XVI's second-to-last Angelus in St. Peter's Square today. The Pope, who appeared at the window of his study at noon, focuses his Sunday meditation on Lent, "a time of conversion and penitence in preparation for Easter."
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Pope says Lent is a spiritual battle

Feb 20, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI used his second to last Angelus to tell thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square that Lent is a "spiritual battle." Lent, he said, "always involves a battle, a spiritual battle, because the spirit of evil naturally opposes our sanctification and seeks to divert us from the way of God."
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Pope's retreat focuses on faces of God and man

Feb 20, 2013
Along with the rest of the Roman Curia, Pope Benedict XVI began his second day of spiritual exercises by reflecting on Psalm 119 and the "light that breaks the darkness, especially in today's culture."
"The comparison with the Word is essential, it shows us the true scale of values, often calculated only in things, in money, power," Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi told the Pope Feb. 18 at the Apostolic Palace.
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Knights of Malta leader praises Pope's character

Feb 20, 2013
As Pope Benedict XVI serves his last days in office, the head of the Knights of Malta paid tribute to him by describing the pontiff as "a marvelous person with a great sense of humor."
"I will remember him with great affection, and I think he is the most marvelous person," said the prince and grandmaster of the Order of Malta, Matthew Festing, of which Pope Benedict is also a member.
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Mother who cooked for Pope recalls his paternal care

Feb 20, 2013
A woman who helped cook for the Pope during his visit to Spain in 2011 said the Holy Father looked at those who prepared his meal the way that she looks at her children.
During Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Madrid for World Youth Day, a group of teachers from the Fuenllana School prepared lunch for him.
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NIGERIA`S RELIGIOUS CRISIS ROOTED IN COLONIAL HISTORY - Archbishop Kaigama

Feb 13, 2013
COLOGNE, GERMANY - The President of the Catholic Bishops` Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has traced Nigeria`s presumed religious crisis to the colonial history of the country. In the same vein, the Archbishop stated that attaining social cohesion in a multi cultural and multi religious country like ours is a herculean task. 

Archbishop Kaigama posited this stand in a lecture he delivered at the University of Cologne, Germany, recently.
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REMAIN STEADFAST IN WAYS OF CHRIST - Bishop Uzoukwu

Feb 13, 2013
SULEJA, NIGERIA - REMAIN STEADFAST IN WAYS OF CHRIST - Bishop Uzoukwu 
Christians throughout the country have been called upon to continue to follow the footsteps of Christ in relationship with their neighbours, even in the face of persecution. 
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Pope To Preside Over Imposition Of Ashes In Vatican Basilica

Feb 13, 2013
Vatican City, 12 February 2013 (VIS) - Wednesday, 13 February at 5:00pm, the Holy Father will celebrate the rite of blessing and imposition of ashes in the Vatican Basilica, instead of the Roman Basilica of Santa Sabina, where the celebration is traditionally held.
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Gratitude And Fidelity to Benedict XVI

Feb 13, 2013
Vatican City, 12 February 2013 (VIS) - Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow, Poland, after begin informed of Benedict XVI's resignation yesterday, made the following declaration in Krakow.

"With great respect and emotion I accept the Holy Father Benedict XVI's decision to resign from the governance of the Church and to entrust the care of Her future events to the College of Cardinals. READ MORE

Pope's last Mass will be on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter's

Feb 13, 2013
Amid the buzz created by the Pope's announcement that he will retire, it could be easy to miss the fact that his last Mass will be on Ash Wednesday and not in the normal location for the first day of Lent. READ MORE


Eleven Americans among cardinal-electors

Feb 13, 2013
In the conclave to elect Pope Benedict's successor, 11 of the 117 cardinals eligible to vote in the closed-room meeting will be Americans.
The Diocese of Rome will be "sede vacante" or vacant at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28, when Pope Benedict's resignation goes into effect. On that day, 117 cardinals will be eligible to elect the successor to the Holy See. The conclave must begin within 20 days of his date of resignation.
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Pope's Lent Message: Charity Is Extension Of God's Love

Feb 06, 2013
VATICAN CITY, February 1 (CNA/EWTN News) .- Pope Benedict XVI's message for Lent is that when people are open to God's love, then they can "love with him, in him and like him."

"When we make room for the love of God, then we become like him, sharing in his own charity," said the Pope in his annual message for Lent.

"If we open ourselves to his love, we allow him to live in us and to bring us to love with him, in him and like him," said the pontiff.
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Vatican Denies That Muslims Ordered Assassination Of John Paul Ii

Feb 06, 2013
VATICAN CITY, February 4 (CNA) .- The director of the Vatican press office has rejected claims by Ali Agca, the man responsible for the assassination attempt on Blessed John Paul II, that the plot was ordered by an Iranian Islamic leader.

"Must we believe Agca this time? I think not," said Fr. Federico Lombardi in a written statement.

On Feb. 1, Fr. Lombardi told reporters that Agca's new book details a false conversation with the late Holy Father, in which he told the Pope that he had been working for Ayatollah Khomeini, who died in 1989.
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Pope Benedict's Address After Concert Performance in His Honor

Feb. 06, 2013
"This is the Strength of the Christian, Which Comes from the Death and Resurrection of Christ"

VATICAN CITY, February 05, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Here is the translation of the Holy Father's address after a concert held in his honor at the Paul VI Audience Hall in Vatican City yesterday evening. Also present at the concert was Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Italian Republic. The Concert celebrated the 84th Anniversary of the Lateran Pact.
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Renewal of Marriage Vows

Feb 06, 2013
AAnd More on Responses

By Father Edward McNamara, LC

ROME, February 05, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university.

Q: In some places married couples are sometimes invited to renew their wedding vows during Mass. Has the Church given norms on how this should be done? When is it appropriate and what format should it take? -- J.D., Leeton, Australia
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Catholic Health Group Affirms Church Teaching On Unborn

Feb 06, 2013
DENVER, COLO., February 4 (CNA/EWTN News) .- Catholic Health Initiatives has joined Colorado's bishops in calling for protection of unborn children after the group's lawyers argued in a wrongful-death lawsuit that human fetuses are not persons.

"The bishops are disappointed by what happened, without a doubt...but Catholic Health Initatives has recognized an error and has committed to moving forward and to changing their course, and that really does deserve to be commended," J.D. Flynn, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Denver, told CNA Feb. 4.
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EPISCOPATE, CRUCIAL TO MISSION OF CHRIST ON EARTH - Bishop Ugorji

Jan 31, 2013
ABA, NIGERIA - The Catholic Bishop of Umuahia diocese, Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji has described the episcopate as a principal factor for the continuation of the mission of Christ on earth. The bishop made this remark in his homily at the thanksgiving Mass for the Episcopal ordination of Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, the Papal Nuncio to Nicaragua. 
The ceremony took place at the Christ the King Cathedral Aba, and was attended by dignitaries from all works of life including 26 members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) led by the Vice President, Archbishop Augustine Akubeze of Benin City. READ MORE


POPE URGES ALL CHRISTIANS TO PRAY FOR INCREASE OF FAITH

Jan 31, 2013
VATICAN CITY - The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI has called on all Christians to pray for increase of faith `to change our hearts and to enable us to bear united witness to the Gospel`. The Pope`s call was contained in his message in respect of the celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, held throughout the world last week 
Speaking during a General Audience in Rome, the Catholic Pontiff said: READ MORE


FAITH AND LIFE INSEPARABLE - NADRE

Jan 31, 2013
ABUJA, NIGERIA - The National Association of Directors of Religious Education (NADRE) has described faith as an essential factor to life adding that the separation of the two in the present day world has been responsible for many vices plaguing the society. 
This assertion was contained in the communiqué issued at the end of the Annual Conference of the association held recently in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. READ MORE


CATECHESIS, GOOD CHRISTIAN LIFE NECESSARY TO COMBAT CHALLENGES OF FAITH

Jan 31, 2013
ABUJA, NIGERIA - In-depth catechesis, living out the Christian Gospel to the fullest and fulfilling the services demanded of the faithful at all times have been described as an effective way of combating dwindling morality and passive Christian way of life among many Nigerians. 
These values were part of the recommendations contained in the communiqué issued by the National Association of directors of Religious Education (NADRE) issued at the end of their Annual Conference held recently at the Bishop McGettrick`s Pastoral Centre, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State. READ MORE


GOVTS URGED TO BE WARY OF FALSE PROPHECIES

Jan 24, 2013
IBADAN, NIGERIA - Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have called on rulers of the country to be wary of the advice and visions of false prophets noting that: `A country that follows prophecies and visions rather than its constitution and the rule of law risks being overrun by false prophecies and visions based on self-interests and greed.`
This advice was contained in the communiqué issue by the bishops at the end of their meeting held recently at the Pastoral Institute (P.I.), Bodija, Ibadan, Oyo State. Signed by Archbishop Felix Alaba Job and Bishop Felix Femi Ajakaye, President and Secretary, respectively, the communiqué condemned the abuse of the gift of prophecy and expressed concern on `recent peculiar recourse to visions and prophecies as a source of information and instrument of governance and administration in some facets of our national life. READ MORE


BE CHRIST-LIKE IN YOUR WORK FOR THE CHURCH - Msgr Gotan

Jan 24, 2013
ABUJA, NIGERIA - Love and sacrifice have been described as two essential qualities necessary for workers of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), to enable them meet the aspirations of the Church to serve the people of God, rightly.
This assertion was made by Monsignor Cletus Tanimu Gotan, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Jos while facilitating the 2013 Retreat for the managements and staff of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) and Catholic Caritas Foundation (CCFN), in Abuja recently. READ MORE


ARCHBISHOP AKUBEZE DESCRIBES WORK ETHICS AS ESSENTIAL MORAL VALUES

Jan 24, 2013
UABUJA, NIGERIA - The Vice President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze has described work ethics as a set of values based on the moral virtues of hard work, diligence, humility and respect for the dignity of others. 
The Archbishop made this observation in his presentation at the one-day orientation meeting between the executive of the Bishops` Conference and the staff of CSN and other agencies of the Catholic Bishops. READ MORE


PRUDENCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY, VITAL FOR SUCCESS OF CSN - Archbishop Martins

Jan 24, 2013
ABUJA, NIGERIA - The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos Archdiocese and Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev Alfred Adewale Martins has called on the new administration at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) to be prudent in the application of financial and material resources in order to ensure the realization of the aims and objectives of the Church in Nigeria.
Archbishop Martins made the call in his presentation at the one-day meeting of the key officers of the Bishops Conference and all the workers of CSN and other agencies of the conference. READ MORE


SPIRITUAL, PASTORAL ZEAL OF CHURCH WORKERS PARAMOUNT TO SUCCESS

Jan 24, 2013
ABUJA, NIGERIA - Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama has stated that the spiritual and pastoral zeal of workers of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) are paramount to the success of the work of the Church in Nigeria. 
The Archbishop who is also the President of the Catholic Bishops` Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), made this remark in address to the workers of the secretariat and other agencies of the Bishops` Conference during a one-day meeting with the workers in Abuja recently.
Archbishop Kaigama who was accompanied by his Vice, Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze of Benin City and Secretary of the Conference, Most Rev. Alfred Martins of Lagos, premised his address on: Family Spirit in the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria.
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IMBIBE FAMILY SPIRIT, CSN WORKERS TOLD

Jan 24, 2013
ABUJA, NIGERIA - The President of the Catholic Bishops` Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Ignatius kaigama has called on the staff of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) and other agencies of the Bishops Conference to move closer to God and imbibe family spirit in order to enhance good service delivery in the secretariat.
Archbishop kaigama made the call in his homily at the celebration of Mass to begin the year at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria and offices of other agencies of the Bishops Conference, in Abuja, recently. READ MORE


xxxMATERIAL PROSPERITY, NOT A FACTOR TO MEASURE NATION`S GREATNESS

Jan 17, 2013
UYO, NIGERIA - The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah has stated that material prosperity is not the best factor for measuring the greatness of a nation, adding that there is the need to readdress the situation of the Nigerian nation where too many poor people live together with the rich.
Bishop Kukah made these remarks in his sermon at the Interdenominational Thanksgiving Service, held recently by the government of Akwa-Ibom to usher-in the year 2013. The ceremony took place at the Government House, Uyo. READ MORE


PROTECTION OF LIFE IN ITS FULNESS, AN INDICATOR FOR PEACE - Pope Benedict XVI

Jan 17, 2013
VATICAN CITY - The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI has described respect for human life and its protection to fullness as a path to the attainment of the common good and global peace. According to the Pope; `True peacemakers are then are those who love, defend and promote life in all its dimensions, personal, communitarian and transcendent.`
The Pope made this assertion in his World Peace message for the Year 2013 adding: `Life in its fullness is the height of peace. Anyone who loves peace cannot tolerate attacks and crimes against life.` READ MORE


RELIGION OF PROSPERITY DECEPTIVE - Archbishop Job

Jan 17, 2013
OKE PADI, IBADAN - Catholic Archbishop of Ibadan, Most Rev. Felix Alaba Job has described religion of prosperity as very deceptive and not the way of the redemptive mission of Christ who came into the world and suffered that mankind may be saved. He therefore called on Nigerians to return to the way of Christ and follow his footsteps in the new year in order to inherit heaven at the end of life on earth.
The Archbishop made the call in his homily at the celebration of Mass to usher-in the Year 2013, at the St Mary`s Cathedral Church, Oke Padi, Ibadan. READ MORE


CLASH OF INTEREST BETWEEN CHURCH AND TRADITIONAL CULTURES, A PASTORAL CHALLENGE

Jan 17, 2013
EMENE, ENUGU - The clash of interest between Church and traditional cultures has been described as a pastoral challenge for the Church in the country. This observation was contained in the communiqué issued at the end of the first training session of the Floating Institute of Missiology organized recently by the Pontifical Mission Societies of Nigeria, in Enugu. The training programme which is aimed at revitalizing missionary animation for the Church in Nigeria took place at the Divine Love Retreat and Conference Centre (DRACC), Emene, Enugu in Enugu State. READ MORE


CATHOLIC PRIESTS URGED TO KEEP AWAY FROM TEMPTATIONS

Jan 17, 2013
AMPANG WEST, PLATEAU STATE - Priests of the Catholic Church have been called upon to keep away from temptations that could deprive them of the divinity of their vocation `to bring down Jesus on the altar, to forgive sins and to lead the people to salvation.`
The call was made by the President of the Catholic Bishops Confernece of Nigeria (CBCN) and Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama in his homily at the ordination of six new priests for the Archdiocese, recently. The ceremony took place at St. Sabastian`s Pastoral Area, Ampang West in Plateau State. READ MORE


Pope Pays Homage To The Martyr Church Of Cambodia
Jan 10, 2013
Vatican City, 7 January 2013 (VIS) - For the national Congress on the Church in Cambodia the Holy Father addressed a message recalling "the faith, courage, and perseverance of your pastors and of your Christian brothers and sisters" during the years of the Khmer Rouge when many Christians were assassinated. The congress, which is taking place in Phnom Penh from 5 to 7 January, has the theme of "Vatican Council II and the Church". READ MORE


Pope says Epiphany shows universality of Jesus Christ

Jan 10, 2013
VATICAN CITY, January 6 (CNA/EWTN News) .- Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday said that the Magi's visit to the Christ Child commemorated at the Feast of the Epiphany shows that Jesus Christ is "the light of the world that guides the path of all peoples."
"The faith of Mary becomes the first fruits and the model of the faith of the Church, the People of the New Covenant," the Pope told the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square Jan. 6. "But this people, from the beginning, is universal; and we see this today in the figure of the Magi, who come to Bethlehem following the light of a star and the indications of the Sacred Scriptures." . READ MORE


Benedict XVI: Do Not Be Resigned To "Spread" In Social Well-Being While Fighting One In Financial Sector

Jan 10, 2013
Vatican City, 7 January 2013 (VIS) - This morning in the Sala Regia of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, Pope Benedict pronounced his traditional annual address to members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See. Before making his remarks, the Pope was greeted by Ambassador Alejandro Emilio Valladares Lanza of Honduras, dean of the diplomatic corps, then received the greetings of the ambassadors as a whole formulated in a speech delivered by Ambassador Jean-Claude Michel of the Principality of Monaco, vice dean.
The Holy See currently maintains full diplomatic relations with 179 States, as well as the European Union and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. It also has relations of a special nature with the Palestine Liberation Organisation. . READ MORE


Bishop highlights value of Latino Catholics in US Church

Jan 10, 2013
The newly appointed bishop of Lincoln, Neb., James D. Conley, said Americans nationwide can learn much from the Latino community on how to live their faith.
"They bring a strong sense of family, a great love of the Catholic faith, of the sacraments and of the blessed Virgin Mary," said Bishop Conley.
"Those are all positives and I think we Anglos can benefit from that because it's almost instinctual for Hispanics," he told EWTN News shortly after the Dec. 8-12 Ecclesia in America conference in Rome.
"They're the ones having children, working, looking for jobs, finding their place and so we need to be right there with them," said Bishop Conley, who was installed as the ninth bishop of Lincoln, Neb. on Nov. 20.
He worked with Latinos for the first time in his priesthood when he lived and served as the auxiliary bishop of Denver, where they currently make up 51 percent of the archdiocese. . READ MORE


PROMOTE GOSPEL TRUTH, JOURNALISTS TOLD
Jan 02, 2013
BENIN CITY, NIGERIA -Catholic media practitioners have been told to use their profession and opportunities to promote the Gospel Truth so as to make the world a better place for classes of people.
The call was made by the Catholic Archbishop of Benin City Province, Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze in his welcome address at training workshop for Diocesan Communication Directors and Catholic media practitioners of the old Lagos Province, held at the Bishop Kelly Pastoral Centre, Benin City, Edo State, recently. The theme for the workshop was: The Role of the Media in the New Evangelization Era: Case Study of The Nigerian Church, and about 50 diocesan communication directors and other Catholic media practitioners from Lagos, Ibadan and Benin Provinces and staff of the national office were in attendance. READ MORE


MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE 1 JANUARY 2013
Jan 02, 2013
VATICAN CITY - BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS
1. EACH NEW YEAR brings the expectation of a better world. In light of this, I ask God, the Father of humanity, to grant us concord and peace, so that the aspirations of all for a happy and prosperous life may be achieved.
Fifty years after the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, which helped to strengthen the Church`s mission in the world, it is heartening to realize that Christians, as the People of God in fellowship with him and sojourning among mankind, are committed within history to sharing humanity`s joys and hopes, grief and anguish, as they proclaim the salvation of Christ and promote peace for all.. READ MORE


EPISCOPAL APPOINTMENT AND CREATION OF TWO NEW DIOCESES FROM MAKURDI
Jan 02, 2013
ABUJA, NIGERIA - The Holy Father has created on Saturday, December 29, 2012, two new dioceses out of the existing Makurdi diocese; GBOKO and KASTINA-ALA.
He has also apponted bishops to these dioceses; For Gboko he has appointed Auxiliary Bishop William Avenya as its bishop and for Kastina-Ala Rev Fr Peter Iorzuul Adoboh.
The dates for the installation of bishop Avenya and the ordination of Msgr Adoboh are yet to be announced.

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CATHOLIC MEDIA PRACTITIONERS URGED TO BE COURAGEOUS
Jan 02, 2013
BENIN CITY, NIGERIA -Catholic Archbishop of Benin City and Vice President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Augustine Obiora Akubeze has called on Catholic media practitioners to be courageous in the discharge of their duties noting that; `Living A Christian life requires courage, determination and standing on the side of truth, no matter how unpopular it may be.`
Archbishop Akubeze made this call in his homily at the opening Mass for the training workshop organized by the Directorate of Social Communications, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) in conjunction with Signis World and support of the pontifical Mission Societies. READ MORE


PROMOTE GOSPEL TRUTH, JOURNALISTS TOLD
Jan 02, 2013
BENIN CITY, NIGERIA -Catholic media practitioners have been told to use their profession and opportunities to promote the Gospel Truth so as to make the world a better place for classes of people.
The call was made by the Catholic Archbishop of Benin City Province, Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze in his welcome address at training workshop for Diocesan Communication Directors and Catholic media practitioners of the old Lagos Province, held at the Bishop Kelly Pastoral Centre, Benin City, Edo State, recently. The theme for the workshop was: The Role of the Media in the New Evangelization Era: Case Study of The Nigerian Church, and about 50 diocesan communication directors and other Catholic media practitioners from Lagos, Ibadan and Benin Provinces and staff of the national office were in attendance. READ MORE


CARITAS WORK, EXPRESSION OF GOD`S TRUE LOVE - Bishop Badejo
Dec 20, 2012
KINSHASA, CONGO - The Catholic Bishop of Oyo Diocese, Nigeria, Most Rev Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo has described the work of charity as carried out by Caritas as the expression of the true love of God and the redemption work of Christ in concrete terms in a world that is replete with evil and other vices caused by man`s inhumanity to man. READ MORE


PRIESTS URGED TO DEEPEN THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF CATHOLIC CATECHISM
Dec 20, 2012
KADUNA, NIGERIA - Priests have been called upon to deepen their knowledge of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to enable them assist and guide the faithful in their spiritual and pastoral life.
The call was made by the Religious Education Secretary of the Department of Pastoral Affairs, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Adeojo in his lecture presented at the Kaduna Archdiocesan Study Day held in Kaduna, recently. READ MORE


CSN ANOUNCES PROGRAMME FOR NEXT WORLD YOUTH CELEBRATIONS IN BRAZIL
Dec 20, 2012
ABUJA, NIGERIA - The Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), has called on dioceses in the country intending to send youth pilgrims to the next World Youth Day in Rio, Brazil, to start their preparations in earnest to forestall any disappointment. This appeal was contained in a statement issued by the office and made available to Catholic News Service of Nigeria (CNSNg). The statement was signed by Rev. Fr. Peter Okonkwo CMF, Director of the Department and the Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference Committee on Youth, Rev. Fr. Charles Ndubisi. READ MORE


DELEGATES FROM 75 COUNTRIES MEET IN RIO, BRAZIL OVER NEXT WORLD YOUTH DAY CELEBRATION

Dec 20, 2012
ARIO JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Delegates from 75 countries of the World recently gathered in Rio Janeiro, Brazil for the preparatory meeting of the World Youth Day coming up in Rio, 16-28 July 2013. The South American Country, with the population of about 200 million, out of which over 90 percent are Christians, will have the privilege of hosting the world Youth Day, for the first time. READ MORE

POLYGAMY NEGATES VALUES OF HAPPY FAMILY

Dec 12, 2012
OZUBULU, ANAMBRA - The Catholic Bishop of Nnewi, Most Rev. Hilary Okeke has described polygamy as a negation of happy family values and God`s ordained perfection and sanctification of persons in the institution of marriage. The bishop made this remark is his keynote address to the participants at the 2012 Conference of Canon Law Society of Nigeria held recently at the St Gabriel`s Spiritual Year Seminary Pastoral and Conference Centre, Ozubulu, Anambra State. READ MORE

FAMILY CENTRE STAGE OF EVANGELIZATION MISSION

Dec 12, 2012
OZUBULU, ANAMBRA STATE - Bishop Okeke
Bishop Hilary Okeke of Nnewi Diocese has described the family as the centre stage of the evangelization mission of the Church stressing: `evangelize the family and the society is evangelized.`
The bishop made this assertion in his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Annual Conference and General Meeting of the Canon Law Society of Nigeria (CSN), held recently at the Spiritual Year and Retreat/Pastoral Centre, Ozubulu, Anambra State. READ MORE


REMOVAL OF OIL SUBSIDY IS DRACONIAN AND DEGRADING - HURIWA

Dec 12, 2012
ABUJA, NIGERIA - The removal of fuel subsidy and subsequent increase in the pump price of petrol has been described as a draconian move to further subject majority of Nigerians to abject poverty and degrading human life. This assertion was contained in a statement issued by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), issued recently in Abuja and signed by Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and Zainab Yusuf, National Coordinator and National Director of Media Affairs of the association, respectively.READ MORE


CHRISTIAN, MUSLIM LEADERS URGED TO FACILITATE GLOBAL JUSTICE AND PEACE

Dec 05, 2012
ABUJA, NIGERIA -Reminiscent of the action of Blessed John Paul II in 2000 when he publicly apologized on behalf of humanity for the sins of the world wars and other atrocities of man against man, in Abuja during the just concluded National Eucharistic Congress, Bishops of the country led about 10,000 Catholic faithful to pray and atone for the atrocities of the Nigerian civil war which ended about 42 years ago, and other crimes against humanity on political, social and religious platforms and have led to the death of millions of innocent Nigerians, devastated properties and threatened the peaceful coexistence of the people of the country. READ MORE


UNIVERSALITY OF CATHOLIC CHURCH FLOWS FROM GOD`S UNIQUE SALVATION PLAN FOR HUMANITY - Pope Benedict XVI
Dec 5, 2012
VATICAN CITY - The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI has described the universal nature of the Catholic Church as a flow from God`s unique salvation plan for humanity which embraces all peoples.

Pope Benedict XVI made this assertion in his allocution during the investiture of six new Princes of the Church which included Nigeria`s Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan. READ MORE


STRIVE FOR PERSONAL HOLINESS, CATHOLIC PRIESTS TOLD
Dec 5, 2012
EDE, OSUN STATE - Priests of the Catholic Church have been called upon to encounter Christ in person and strive for personal holiness to be able to effectively discharge the mandate in the new Evangelization era.

This call was made by the Bishop of Oyo Diocese in his message to the meeting of the Nigerian Catholic Diocesan Priests Association (NCDPA), held recently at the Regional Pastoral Institute, Ede, Osun State. READ MORE


PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA, A PECULIAR SITUATION - Bishop Kukah
Dec 05, 2012
NOTRE DAME, USA - The present spate of persecution of Christians in Nigeria should not be perceived in the context of what is obtained in the Arab world and other Islamized parts of the world, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah has declared. 

Bishop Kukah`s position was contained in his lecture delivered recently at a conference on Contemporary Christian Martyrs `Seed of the Church`, Notre Dame, USA. The topic for his lecture was Persecution of Christians in Africa: Contexts, Contents and Opportunities. READ MORE


DID JESUS PRACTICE THE IDEALS OF ISLAM?
Nov 28, 2012
ABUJA, NIGERIA - .By Rev. Fr.Cornelius Afebu Omonokhua

(Director, Misison & Dialogue dept, CSN; Consultor and Consultor of the Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims (C.R.R.M), Vatican City, Rome)

Some Islamic scholars are of the view that, `Islam is not a new religion, but the same truth that God revealed through all his prophets` (http://www.islamicity.com). The Arabic word `Islam` stands for `Submission` or `Peace`. In a religious context, it implies the peace that reaches out to one, when one completely submits oneself to the will of Almighty God.
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CATHOLIC PRESTHOOD, GOD`S GIFT OF JOY TO HUMANITY
Nov 28, 2012
EFFURUN, NIGERIA - The Catholic Priesthood has been described as God`s gift and joy to humanity, hence only few people are called to this special vocation of holiness and love. Therefore, priests have been called upon to centre their lives on the Eucharist, which is the total sum of the vocation.
These remarks were made by Rev. Fr. Anthony Ezele in his homily at the Thanksgiving Mass to mark the silver Jubilee of the ordination of Very Rev. Fr. Louis Odudu, Director and Chief Executive of Veritas Travels Limited and Very Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Ambrose Abaka Oghenejode. READ MORE


LOW DEATH CASUALTY AT ST RITA`S CHURCH BOMB BLAST, AN ACT OF GOD - Archbishop Ndagoso
Nov 28, 2012
KADUNA, NIGERIA - The Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna, Most Rev. Mathew Ndagoso has described the low death casualty of the recent suicide bomb attack on St. Rita`s Catholic Church, U/Yaro, Badarawa, Kaduna; as an act of God and a clear indication of Christ`s presence in the Blessed Sacrament on the Altar.
Archbishop Ndagoso made this remark in his homily at the burial Mass for three of the victims of the Boko Haram motivated bomb attack on the Church by a suicide bomber on Sunday, October 28,2012.
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CATHOLIC FAITHFUL CHALLENGED TO BE GOOD AMBASSADORS OF CHRIST
Nov 28, 2012
AOWERRI, NIGERIA - The Bishop Emeritus of Orlu, Most Rev. Gregory Ochiagha has called on all Catholic faithful to be good ambassadors of Christ and defenders of the truth in all circumstances, adding that charity and truth are the treasures of God`s kingdom.

Bishop Ochiagha made this call in his homily at the celebration of the Mass to mark the grand finale of the centenary celebration of the Ecclessiastical province of Owerri, held recently at Maria Assumpta Podium, Owerri, Imo State. READ MORE


EUCHARIST: GOD`S GREATEST GIFT TO HUMANITY - Archbishop Kaigama
Nov 20, 2012
ABUJA, NIGERIA - The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has described the Eucharist as the greatest gift of God to humanity and the panacea to all human problems be they spiritual, pastoral or social.
Archbishop Kaigama made this assertion in his homily at the opening Mass of the 4th Eucharistic Congress of the Church, held at the Papal Ground, Kubwa, Abuja, on Saturday, November 17, 2012.
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HUMILITY OF HEART AND LOVE PANACEA FOR PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE - Archbishop Kasujja
Nov 20, 2012
ABUJA, NIGERIA - Papal Nuncio to Nigeria, Most Rev. Augustine Kasujja described humility of heart and love for one another as panacea for peaceful coexistence among the people of the country, adding that the Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life.
Archbishop Kasujja made this assertion in his homily at the closing Mass for the 4th Eucharistic Congress of the Catholic Church in Nigeria, held at the Blessed John Paul Papal Ground, Kubwa, Abuja, on Sunday, November 18, 2012. The theme of the congress was: The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with One Another READ MORE

EUCHARIST: GOD`S GREATEST GIFT TO HUMANITY - Archbishop Kaigama
Nov 20, 2012
ABUJA, NIGERIA - The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has described the Eucharist as the greatest gift of God to humanity and the panacea to all human problems be they spiritual, pastoral or social.
Archbishop Kaigama made this assertion in his homily at the opening Mass of the 4th Eucharistic Congress of the Church, held at the Papal Ground, Kubwa, Abuja, on Saturday, November 17, 2012.
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HUMILITY OF HEART AND LOVE PANACEA FOR PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE - Archbishop Kasujja
Nov 20, 2012
ABUJA, NIGERIA - Papal Nuncio to Nigeria, Most Rev. Augustine Kasujja described humility of heart and love for one another as panacea for peaceful coexistence among the people of the country, adding that the Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life.
Archbishop Kasujja made this assertion in his homily at the closing Mass for the 4th Eucharistic Congress of the Catholic Church in Nigeria, held at the Blessed John Paul Papal Ground, Kubwa, Abuja, on Sunday, November 18, 2012. The theme of the congress was: The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with One Another READ MORE

PROCLAIM CHRIST OPENLY, INSPITE OF PERSECUTION, CHRISTIANS TOLD
Nov 20, 2012
Abuja, NIGERIA - Christians in the country have been called upon to remain steadfast in their faith and continue to proclaim Christ openly without fear, in spite of the present spate of persecution, particularly in the Northern part of the country.
The call was made by the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, in his opening address at the celebration of the 4th Eucharistic Congress celebration of the Catholic Church in the country.READ MORE


EUCHARIST: GOD`S GREATEST GIFT TO HUMANITY - Archbishop Kaigama
Nov 20, 2012
ABUJA, NIGERIA - The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has described the Eucharist as the greatest gift of God to humanity and the panacea to all human problems be they spiritual, pastoral or social.
Archbishop Kaigama made this assertion in his homily at the opening Mass of the 4th Eucharistic Congress of the Church, held at the Papal Ground, Kubwa, Abuja, on Saturday, November 17, 2012.
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HUMILITY OF HEART AND LOVE PANACEA FOR PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE - Archbishop Kasujja
Nov 20, 2012
ABUJA, NIGERIA - Papal Nuncio to Nigeria, Most Rev. Augustine Kasujja described humility of heart and love for one another as panacea for peaceful coexistence among the people of the country, adding that the Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life.
Archbishop Kasujja made this assertion in his homily at the closing Mass for the 4th Eucharistic Congress of the Catholic Church in Nigeria, held at the Blessed John Paul Papal Ground, Kubwa, Abuja, on Sunday, November 18, 2012. The theme of the congress was: The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with One Another READ MORE


STOP SEEKING MIRACLES AND PROSPERITY AT THE EXPENSE OF SPIRITUALITY - Archbishop Kaigama
Nov 16, 2012
ABUJA, NIGERIA - Catholic faithful have been urged to stop seeking miracles and prosperity at the expense of spirituality and holiness but remain steadfast in their faith and the Liturgy of the Eucharist which is the greatest source of miracle of love, peace and reconciliation with God and fellow human beings.
This admonition was made by the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, at the opening Mass of the second National Pastoral Congress held at the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Garki, Abuja, on Tuesday, September 13, 2012.READ MORE


CHALLENGE NEGATIVE POLICIES OF GOVERNMENT - Archbishop Kaigama
Nov 16, 2012
ABUJA, NIGERIA - The decision of the government to succumb to pressure from international organizations to fund abortion and use of contraceptives has been described as sabotage on the development of the Nigeria nation. This assertion was made by Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), in his homily at the opening Mass for the second National Pastoral Congress of the Catholic Church, held at the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Garki, Abuja, Tuesday, September 13, 2012. READ MORE


ARCHBISHOP KAIGAMA, SENATE PRESIDENT EMPHASIZE STATE, CHURCH COLLABORATION
Nov 16, 2012
ABUJA, NIGERIA - The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama and Senate President, Senator David Mark have identified collaboration between the State and the Church and other stakeholders as a major factor for the facilitation of peace and security in the country. READ MORE


NIGERIAN AS PAPAL NUNCIO TO NICARAGUA
Nov 12, 2012
VATICAN - The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI today appointed the Nigerian born Monsignor Fortunatus Nwachukwu as Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua. Until his appointment he was the Chief of Prococol in the Secretariat of State, Vatican. He has the rank of an Archbishop.


BOKO HARAM: CHRISTIANS IN THE NORTH LIVE IN APPREHENSION
Nov 12, 2012

JOS, NIGERIA - Christians in the Northern part of the country now live in apprehension and consternation as a result of the inability of the Government to give adequate protection to life and property and ensure freedom of worship as entrenched in the country`s Constitution.
This observation was made by the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama in the official report to Aid to the Church in Need, a German based donor Agency, on the situation of the Religious crisis in the Northern part of the country. READ MORE


Bishop Usuh inaugurates the Year of Faith in Makurdi Diocese
Nov 12, 2012

imageMAKURDI, NIGERIA - Bishop Athanasius Usuh of Makurdi Diocese has described the Year of Faith as a necessary period for the renewal of the faith of all the faithful to make them more committed to the evangelization mission of the universal Church in all the countries of the world.
The bishop made this call in his homily at the Mass to inaugurate the Year of Faith in the diocese, held recently at the Cathedral in, Makurdi, Benue State READ MORE


LUX TERRA PLANS SYCHO- SPIRITUAL TRAINING INSTITUTE FOR PRIESTS, OTHERS
Nov 12, 2012

ABUJA, NIGERIA - As part of the efforts at enhancing the pastoral work of the Church in Africa, a Nigerian based Non-Governmental Organization - Lux Terra Leadership Foundation has concluded arrangements for the establishment of a Psycho-Spiritual Institute (PSI) in the country. The establishment of the Institute is in collaboration with a German organization - Missio-Aachen of Germany. READ MORE


ARCHBISHOP ONAIYEKAN OF ABUJA RECEIVES PEACE AWARD
Expresses His Desire to Promote Harmony

On October 31st, Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, was in Brussels to receive a peace award from Pax Christi International.
He was named the organizations Peace Award Laureate for 2012......read more


HOLY FATHER SENDS MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
Assures Reelected Leader of His Prayers to Carry Out Duties to the Nation

By Junno Arocho
VATICAN CITY, Nov. 7, 2012 - Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, told journalists today that Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message to US President Barack Obama, congratulating him on his reelection. The telegram was sent through the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, DC.
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BOKO HARAM: GOVT NOT ON TOP OF THE SITUATION - Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama
Oct 03, 2012

aBAUCHI, NIGERIA - The President of the Catholic Bishops\` Conference of Nigeria, CBCN. Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has expressed concern about the inability of the government to put an end to the ferocious attacks of the Boko Haram Islamic fundamentalist group on Christian places of worship, in spite of the assurance of President Goodluck Jonathan that the government is on top of the situation.....read more


POPE: "WE ARE PILGRIMS TOWARDS THE HEAVENLY HOMELAND"
General Audience Focuses on Man's Desire for God

By Ann Schneible
ROME, Nov. 7, 2012 (Zenit.org).- "Man bears within him a mysterious desire for God."
Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the opening words of the Catechism during this week's Wednesday audience, speaking of the desire for God which, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church writes, is "written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God... Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for" (no. 27).
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SYNOD FATHERS ADVOCATE DEEP SPIRITUALITY FOR PRIESTS
Nov 04, 2012

VATICAN - A proper formation, deep in spirituality has been advocated for priests of the Catholic Church in order to make them better equipped for the New Evangelization mission of the Church in a world fraught with temptations and challenges.
This was one of the 58 Propositions of the Synod Fathers presented to the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI at the end of the synod on the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith held at the Vatican, Rome, recently.
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SYNOD FATHERS CALL FOR A RENEWED CATHOLIC FAITHFUL
Nov 04, 2012

VATICAN - The Fathers of the recently concluded Synod of Bishops have called for a renewed faith and commitment on the part of all Catholic faithful to ensure the success of the New Evangelization mission of the Church in the modern world.

The call was contained in the 58 Propositions of the bishops submitted to the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI at the end of their three week session on the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith held at the Vatican, Rome, from October 7 - 28, 2012.
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CATHOLICS URGED TO BE COURAGEOUS IN NEW EVANGELIZATION ERA
Nov 04, 2012

VATICAN - Catholic throughout the world have been urged to be courageous and brace up for challenges, in the course of reaching out with the Good News of Christ in the new Evangelization era.

The call was contained in the 58 propositions of the Synod Fathers submitted to the Holy Father at the end of the synod in Rome on the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith. 
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BOKO HARAM: GOVT NOT ON TOP OF THE SITUATION - Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama
Oct 03, 2012

BAUCHI, NIGERIA - The President of the Catholic Bishops\` Conference of Nigeria, CBCN. Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has expressed concern about the inability of the government to put an end to the ferocious attacks of the Boko Haram Islamic fundamentalist group on Christian places of worship, in spite of the assurance of President Goodluck Jonathan that the government is on top of the situation.....read more


BOKO HARAM: GOVT NOT ON TOP OF THE SITUATION - Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama
Oct 03, 2012

BAUCHI, NIGERIA - The President of the Catholic Bishops\` Conference of Nigeria, CBCN. Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has expressed concern about the inability of the government to put an end to the ferocious attacks of the Boko Haram Islamic fundamentalist group on Christian places of worship, in spite of the assurance of President Goodluck Jonathan that the government is on top of the situation.....read more


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HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP CHALLENGES GOVERNORS OF AFFECTED STATES
Oct 03, 2012

ABUJA, NIGERIA - Governors of the terrorists-attack prone states of the country have been called upon to give more serious attention to the menace of the Boko Haram Islamic fundamentalist group and put all available resources at their disposal to protect the lives of all citizens living in their states. 
The call was made by Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) in a press statement issued to condemn the recent bomb attack on St John`s Catholic Pro-Cathedral Church, Bauchi, which left four people dead and forty five others injured. The statement was signed by Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and Miss Zainab Yusuf, National Coordinator and National media officer of the organization, respectively.....READ MORE


CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONDEMN USE OF PUBLIC FUND FOR FAMILY PLANNING COMMODITIES
ABUJA, NIGERIA - The bishops of Nigeria have condemned in strong terms the decision of the Federal Government to use public fund for the procurement of Family Planning commodities, describing the action as an unusual zeal for the promotion of unorthodox means of population control.
The position of the bishops was contained in a Press Statement released by the Bishops in Abuja on Thursday, in reaction to a newspaper report that the Federal government has approved the sum of 11.3 Million Dollars for the procurement of `family Planning Commodities....READ MORE


ARCHBISHOP STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF UNITY TO COMBAT NATION`S PROBLEMS
Oct 03, 2012

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. John Onaiyekan has stressed the importance of unity as expressed in the communion of the faithful with Christ and one another as a panacea to the spiritual and social challenges facing the country.
Archbishop Onaiyekan made this assertion in his message to the faithful of Abuja Archdiocese on the occasion of the fourth Archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress held recently at the Blessed John Paul II Papal Ground, Kubwa, Abuja
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NIGERIA`S SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON ENACTMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF GOOD LAWS
Sep 08, 2012

The survival of the Nigerian nation has been premised on the existence and proper implementation of good laws that will guarantee justice and equity among all the people of the country irrespective of ethnic, political and religious differences... READ MORE


PROVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES NOT DIVIDENDS OF DEMOCRACY - Archbishop Martins
Sep 08, 2012

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins has stated that it is erroneous to accept that the welfare services being provided by government connote the dividends of democracy; rather, the provision of social services and infrastructures are part of the social contract between any government and the people, including the military....READ MORE


Seminar for 92 new Bishops of Countries reliant on the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
Sep 03, 2012

There are 92 Bishops appointed in the last two years in the ecclesiastical districts that depend on the CEP and will participate at the Seminar organized by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples held in Rome. The 92 Bishops attending the Seminar come from 42 countries: 25 from Africa (63 Bishops), 8 from Asia (17 Bishops), 6 from American (6 Bishops) and 3 from Oceania (6 Bishops). Those from Nigeria are, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah (Sokoto), Bishop Dami Mamza (Yola), Bishop John Goltok (Bauchi), Bishop Anselm Umoren(Abuja), Bishop Bulus Johanna (Kontagora)...... READ MORE


ARCHBISHOP MARTINS BERATES PARLOUS STATE AND INSECURITY OF THE COUNTRY
Sep 08, 2012

The issue of insecurity in the country and other socio-economic problems of the country have been attributed to lack of recognition and practice of true federalism and the over-concentration of power in the federal government..... READ MORE


IMPARTING HOLISTIC EDUCATION, PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF CATHOLIC CHURCH - Archbishop Kaigama
Sep 03, 2012

Imparting holistic education, inspired by authentic Catholic social values, is one of the primary objectives of the social services of the Church, hence her commitment to investing in the country`s education sector, without counting the cost.
This position was made known by the Archbishop of Jos and the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, in his welcome address at the N2 billion Fund Raising Dinner for Catholic Veritas University of Nigeria, Abuja, (VUNA), held at the Sheraton Hotels, Abuja, on Thursday, August 30, 2012....READ MORE

Vatican Appointment for Fr Omonokhua
Sep 03, 2012

The Holy See has appointed the Director of the Department of Mission and Dialogue of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Fr Cornelius Omonokhua as a consultor of the commission for Religious Relations with Muslims (C.R.R.M) for a period of five years.....READ MORE

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE PONTIFICIAL COUNCIL FOR THE LAITY

The Pontifical Council for the Laity is organising the Pan-African Congress for the Catholic Laity in Yaounde in Cameroon. The September 4th to 9th, 2012 gathering will have as its theme: “Being Witness of Jesus Christ in Africa Today READ MORE


KNIGHTS OF ST. JOHN INTERNATIONAL HOLD CONVENTION
Members of the Knights of St John International and Ladies Auxiliary, drawn from the United States, West Africa, United Kingdom, Germany, Panama and the West Indies, are once again assembled to hold their 78th International and 52nd Biennial Convention at the Westin-Charlotte Hotel, from July 8 to 14, 2012. READ MORE


ARCHBISHOP MARTINS RECEIVES PALLIUM, TO BE ENTHRONED ON AUGUST 4

The new Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins joined 31 others to receive the Pallium, the insignia of authority from the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, on June 29, the Feast Day of the Apostles Peter and Paul . The ceremony took place at the Vatican during the celebration of the Mass. The new Archbishop was accompanied to Rome by a delegation of the faithful of the Archdiocese for the ceremony.
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CATHOLIC LAY FAITHFUL LEADERS CHALLENGED ON ROLE OF LAITY IN EVANGELIZATION MISSION

Leaders of the various laity groups in the Church have been called upon to mobilize their members for the challenges of the new evangelization mission apostolate of the Church, amidst the problems posed by global modernity which tends to place mundane things over God ..... READ MORE


BOKO HARAM: CATHOLIC BISHOPS WARN OF IMMINENT DANGER

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has warned of “palpable danger in the air,” if positive, decisive actions are not taken to stop the carnage been committed by the Boko Haram Islamic religion fundamentalist group in the northern part of the country. ..... READ MORE


EDUCATION SECRETARIES PROJECT ROAP MAP FOR BETTER CATHOLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM

Provincial Education Directors of the Catholic Church in the country recently met in Abuja to strategize on a Road Map for a better Catholic educational system. The meeting/workshop was facilitated by Rev. Fr. Zacharia Samjumi, Director of Church & Society and National Secretary, Education unit, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria. READ MORE


VERITAS UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR CALLS FOR SINCERE COMMITMMENT OF STAKEHOLDERS

The Chancellor of Veritas University of Nigeria, Abuja, (VUNA), Most Rev John Onaiyekan has called for sincere commitment on the part of all stakeholders in the university project, to facilitate the completion of its permanent campus in Bwari, Abuja.
Archbishop Onaiyekan made this passionate call during a stakeholders brainstorming session on the university project held at the Pope John Paul II Pastoral Centre, Abuja recently. READ MORE


CALL FOR PROACTIVE ACTIONS BY MOSLEM LEADERS ON BOKO HARAM

Moslem leaders in the country have been called upon to be more proactive in their response to the Boko Haram sect insurgence. The call was made by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), in a press statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Read more...


 

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