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PRAY FOR SOUTHERN KADUNA

By: Michael Anakwe According to Pope Francis, conditions for Christians are worse now than they were in the days of the early Church. Some truths cannot be better stated, the systematic and merciless targeting or killing of a particular tribe, ethnic group or region and religion over a period of time can in every ramification be referred to as genocide or an ethnic cleansing. Unfortunately, like with many serious matters in Nigeria, the incessant killings of hapless citizens in Southern Kaduna, has been classified as politically induced communal conflicts. But in this instance,......

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REV. FR.ALAO

REV. FR.EMMANUEL ALAO: THANK YOU…!!! By: Michael Anakwe Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Alao, a Priest of many beautiful colours, has gone back to his diocese in Ekiti State but has left us with nostalgia and memories that will last forever. In life, only very few people leave such footprints and are mostly referred to as legends, leaders and patrons. This is not a personal tribute to a friend, mentor and priest, rather, and I know for certain, that I am re-echoing the thoughts of many parishioners, especially those whom have crossed path with him......

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THE CHURCH WARDEN (CKC DIGEST)

THE PARISH IN THE FACE OF COVID-19 By Michael Anakwe THE CHURCH WARDEN During Masses,especially on Sundays, we are used to seeing some dedicated Men and Women form a barricade, either with chains or their bodies, at the entrances of the Church, especially when we are late for Mass or during the observation of a rite. These same individuals also ensure that we remain focus in the presence of the Holy Eucharist during Mass as they tirelessly ‘roam’ within the Church looking out for ‘Mass deviants’ i.e those that chats constantly during the......

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Overcome spiritual desolation through prayer, not pills or drink

Pope Francis said silence and prayer is the way to overcome our darkest moments, rather than resorting to pills or alcoholic drinks to escape from our woes. His comments came during his homily at the morning Mass celebrated on Tuesday at the Santa Marta residence.  Taking his cue from the day’s first reading where Job was living through a spiritual desolation and was giving vent to his sorrows before God, the Pope’s homily focused on these dark moments of spiritual desolation that all of us experience at some point and explained how we......

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God, religion and the Olympic Games

The XXXI Olympic Games, the 16-day athletic love-fest kicking off to a samba beat in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, are a secular endeavor featuring more fanfare than faith, more spectacle than spirit. But it was not always so. The Olympics — both the long-gone ancient version and the modern version unspooling this month — have deep religious and spiritual roots, which, some scholars say, are in jeopardy as every host city tries to go bigger, better and more memorable than the last. “The Olympic Games is the international sports event because of the diversity......

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Full text: Pope Francis’s address at World Youth Day Prayer Vigil

  Pope Francis delivers his address during the prayer vigil (AP) Jesus is calling you to leave a mark on history, Pope tells 1.6 million young people Dear young people, good evening! It is good to be here with you at this Prayer Vigil! At the end of his powerful and moving witness, Rand asked something of us. He said: “I earnestly ask you to pray for my beloved country”. Her story, involving war, grief and loss, ended with a request for prayers. Is there a better way for us to begin our......

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Cardinal Burke: it’s reasonable to be afraid of Islam’s desire to govern the world

Cardinal Raymond Burke has said there is “no question that Islam wants to govern the world”, and that Western societies should return to their Christian roots. Speaking to David Gibson of Religion News Service, Cardinal Burke, the patron of the Order of Malta, said Muslims were “lovely people” who themselves talked about religion “in a very peaceful manner”.But he said too few people understood the tradition of Islamic thought on government: that, when Muslims became a majority population, “they have the religious obligation to govern that country. If that’s what the citizens of......

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As reforms roll out, Pope Francis proves a man of his word

By Elise Harris Vatican City, Jul 15, 2016 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Several recent appointments by Pope Francis to Vatican departments show that his reform of the Roman Curia is in tune with what he’s said from the beginning about his vision for the Church. When we look at what Francis has preached about since practically his first day in office, three biggies come to mind: a Church that’s less clerical, has a stronger lay involvement and a greater presence of women.With his decision this week to appoint several lay persons to......

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Is the Middle East on the brink of Nuclear War?

Recent news reports indicate that Saudi Arabia has obtained nuclear weapons. If Iran’s 2016 testing of long range nuclear warhead capable missiles is an indicator, does this mean Iran was able to “beat the clock” in Uranium 235 enrichment before the treaty was signed? If so, Iran may already have nuclear bombs. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) – “Yes, we have a nuclear bomb,” said Saudi political analyst Dahham Al-`Anzi. “We have said before that if Iran were to impudently announce a nuclear test, Saudi Arabia would announce one too. No problem” as......

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St. Anthony's Bread

St. Anthony’s Bread By Jennifer Gregory Miller  It might come as a surprise to some who attend Mass on June 13 that since there are two obligatory memorials for this Saturday, they are treated as optional memorials for the day. The celebrant of the Mass can choose either the St. Anthony of Padua which always falls on June 13, or the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which is celebrated the Saturday following the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. Both feasts have equal rank, and it will depend on the priest and the parish community......

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