Estimated One Million Faithful Turn Out For Pope Francis Mass In Madagascar

An estimated one million people attended a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on the outskirts of Madagascar’s capital city, Antananarivo. The people gathered at Madagascar’s Soamandrakizay stadium in the capital on Sunday to hear Pope Francis say mass on the second leg of his three-nation African tour. According to Vatican report, worshippers braved the windswept dust to ensure a place at the Mass. Catholics turned up early in the morning for the service at 10:00 local time to ensure finding a space. Some even camped out days before. The massive…

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Ahiara Declaration Re-Echoes In Ahiara Diocesses; The Message.

At a point during the civil war, my family lived at Ahiara, Mbaise. Then, Ahiara was a rural community tucked almost equidistant between two sleepy, little towns: Owerri and Umuahia. The presence of a military hospital, a detachment of Army Supply and Transport, a nearby Army Engineer encampment and many Biafrans that evacuated from cities and towns already captured by the federal forces nudged up its population and added to its verve. Still, it remained indisputably a serene village. Interestingly, it was from this rustic simplicity that the Ahaira Declaration…

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Christians To Participate In Politics, As To Make Changes Needed In The Polity… Adewale Martins

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos Archdiocese, Most Rev. (Dr.) Alfred Adewale Martins has called on Christians and Catholics in particular who have an interest in serving the people to participate in politics, so as to make the necessary changes needed in the polity. Martins gave this charge during the celebration of St. Oscar Romero feast day held at Christ the King Catholic Church, Ilasamaja, Lagos. The Archbishop also used the occasion being the celebration of the Laity week to enjoin the leaders of the laity to educate the lay faithful…

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Why Should Nigerian Christians Not Complain?……….By Tochukwu Ezukanma

The German theologian, Prof. Motlman, rightly stated that “it is not the idealistic concept of none violence that is in consonant with the Gospel, but a responsible action of love.” It is a misunderstanding of the Christian Gospel of nonviolence for a man to passively watch a rampaging lunatic break into his house and bludgeon his son to death and rape his wife. The Christian belief demands that such a man, driven by his love for his family, fight off the lunatic. So, while Christianity is not an incendiary creed,…

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The John the Baptists of Our Time: Pastors In My Mind…

It was Father Charles Coughlin who once stated, “I will confront the Herods by name and facts, even though my head will be served on golden platter…” He was drawing a parallel between his own mission and that of John the Baptist whose head was severed and served on a platter because of his reproof of King Herod’s sinfulness. He was vociferously opposed to the economic and social reforms of President Franklin Roosevelt, collectively known as the New Deal. In spite of his spirituality and yearning to work for God,…

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Most Nigerian “Christians” are not Christ-like.

A female friend of mine is a born again Christian. Routinely, she preached the bible to me and invited me to different Christian crusades. One day, I visited her at her furniture showroom. I was appalled by how this “Christian” friend of mine treated her employees. She was so rude and mean to them. At some point, she ordered the sales-girl and the security guard to reposition a three sitter couch. The couch was very heavy and the showroom was cluttered with furniture. So, it was not easy to move…

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Men of God & the Will of God in Nigeria

The foremost African American leader of the 20th Century, Martin Luther King Jr., having been arrested for leading a protest against racial segregation, wrote from his prison cell in Birmingham, Alabama. It was a letter he addressed to a group of clergymen that accused him of extremism. In that letter, he tacitly admitted being an extremist. And he argued that on that day at Calvary, three persons were crucified for the same offense; they were all extremists. To the left and to the right were two extremists. They were extremists…

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An Ineffective Religionism

There has been an inordinate growth of religion in Nigeria. While I have no empirical evidence, I am inclined to believe that Nigeria is one of the most religious countries in the world. Everywhere, villages and cities are studded with churches. Believers are in their churches on Wednesdays, Thursday, Fridays, and of course, Sundays. There are morning devotions, mid-night vigils, Sunday services, fellowship meetings, and one revival and crusade after another. Ostensibly, the pastors are laboring in God’s vine yard; preaching the word of God, winning souls for Christ, etc. …

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A perversion of the gospel……….By Tochukwu Ezukanma………

For many years, I heard about the famed Christian preacher, Uma Ukpai. Finally, I was opportune to see him and listen to him. It was at Pastor Josh Umechuruba’s church in Lanham, Maryland (just outside of Washington, DC). His audience was Nigerian with a fair sprinkling of other Africans and Black Americans. Throughout his preaching, he did not mention repentance, salvation or godliness. He dwelt, exclusively, on prosperity: riches, luxury cars and mansions. According to him, wealth will accrue to you, if you sow (donate money) into the church and…

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