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Pope expels two Chilean abuser bishops from priesthood

Pope expels two Chilean abuser bishops from priesthood Pope Francis has expelled two retired Chilean bishops from the priesthood after the Vatican ruled they had abused children. The Holy See said the actions against Archbishop Emeritus of La Serena, Francisco José Cox, 84, a Schönstatt father, and Bishop Emeritus of Iquique, Marco Antonio Ordenes, 53, were a “consequence of...... more

Presidential asset recovery panel spreads dragnet abroad

Presidential asset recovery panel spreads dragnet abroad The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP) has spread its dragnet abroad. The panel is targeting assets acquired overseas by both serving and past public officers with looted funds, according to a statement signed by its chairman, Mr Okoi Obono-Obla. The statement, which catalogued the achievements...... more

Sponsoring pilgrims with government’s funds is criminal — Emir Sanusi

Sponsoring pilgrims with government’s funds is criminal — Emir Sanusi Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, has said that it is criminal to sponsor people to Hajj and other pilgrimages with government’s funds. He made the assertion at the two-day Northern Nigeria Traditional Leaders Conference on Out-Of-School Children, which ended yesterday in Kaduna. According to him, anyone who takes one kobo...... more

Pope Francis likens abortion to “hiring a contract killer”

Pope Francis likens abortion to “hiring a contract killer” Pope Francis on Wednesday compared having an abortion to hiring a "contract killer". "Interrupting a pregnancy is like eliminating someone," Francis said in an address to worshippers in the Vatican. "Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem," he said. "Is it...... more

Priests, ex-seminarians gather in Awka

Priests, ex-seminarians gather in Awka Savio Bosco Alumni Association (SABAA) will kick off its first retreat and reunion at the Arch-bishop Obiefuna Retreat, Pastoral and Conference Centre, Okpuno, Awka South Local Government Council of Anambra State. The 3-day event commences today, Friday, with arrivals of the members from all the parts of the world. The second...... more

PDP primaries: Aspirants give 48-hour ultimatum, threaten mass defection in C’River

PDP primaries: Aspirants give 48-hour ultimatum, threaten mass defection in C’River Trouble is still brewing in Cross River chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as group of aspirants have protested against their final exclusion from contesting the National Assembly primaries in the state. The aspirants have, therefore, given the party leadership 48-hour ultimatum to redress the wrongs done them or they...... more

Crisis brews in Ebonyi over takeover of Islamic Center

Crisis brews in Ebonyi over takeover of Islamic Center The Muslim community of Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State is angry over the imposition of the leadership of the Islamic Center Afikpo by the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) without consideration of Muslim scholars from the community. To that effect, the Muslim youths have vowed to resist any...... more

Nigeria concludes 2018 Hajj operations

Nigeria concludes 2018 Hajj operations The last flight for 2018 Hajj, which signifies end of this year’s exercise took off on Monday, with 111 officials from the media team, medical personnel and National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) staff. Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad disclosed this while addressing newsmen at the departure lounge of King Abdul Azeez...... more

Mourning in Delta as Catholic Church loses 2 priests in quick succession

Mourning in Delta as Catholic Church loses 2 priests in quick succession Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has led the mourning for two Catholic priests whose lives were cut short in quick succession. Okowa on Saturday commiserated with the Bishops and the entire parishioners of the Catholic Diocese of Warri over the sudden demise of Very Rev. Fr. Dr Louis Odudu, while...... more

Okowa to religious leaders: Lead exemplary lives

Okowa to religious leaders: Lead exemplary lives Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on religious leaders to lead exemplary lives as their actions reflect the word of God. The Governor made the call on Friday at the 2-Day State Summit on Advancement of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in the state capital, Asaba. He...... more

Catholic Bishop in India arrested after being accused of raping nun

Catholic Bishop in India arrested after being accused of raping nun A Catholic bishop in India's southern state of Kerala was arrested Friday in the alleged rape of a nun, according to a police official. Bishop Franco Mulakkal has been accused of raping a nun multiple times between 2014 and 2016 in a case that has drawn widespread attention in India, where...... more

Israel inaugurates 1st Bible contest on peace, reconciliation in Nigeria

Israel inaugurates 1st Bible contest on peace, reconciliation in Nigeria The Embassy of Israel in Nigeria has inaugurated the 1st National Old Testament Bible Contest in Nigeria and Africa at large, to promote the knowledge on peace and reconciliation. Mr Nadav Goren, Charge D’Affaires, Embassy of Israel in Nigeria, made this known in a statement made available to News Agency of...... more

Okowa celebrates Ekpenisi’s emergence as Ika Diocese Anglican Bishop-Elect

Okowa celebrates Ekpenisi’s emergence as Ika Diocese Anglican Bishop-Elect Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has congratulated Ven. Godfrey Ifeanyi Ekpenisi on his election as the Bishop-Elect of Ika Diocese of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion. In a congratulatory message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, on Wednesday in Asaba, Governor Okowa said that Ika people, Deltans and Nigerians were...... more

Priest commits suicide in church after assault claim

Priest commits suicide in church after assault claim A 38-year-old French priest in a northern French town committed suicide in his church after being accused of molesting a young woman, local prosecutors and police sources told AFP on Wednesday. Jean-Baptiste Sebe killed himself Tuesday in the church north of Rouen amid allegations from a local mother that her grown-up...... more

Church of God Mission @ 50: Okowa, Adeboye, Umah Ukpai extol legacies of late Archbishop Idahosa

Church of God Mission @ 50: Okowa, Adeboye, Umah Ukpai extol legacies of late Archbishop Idahosa Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and renowned preacher, evangelist Umah Ukpai, have paid glowing tribute to Arch Bishop Benson Idahosa, stating that he introduced a new face to Christianity in Nigeria and other parts of the world. Speaking...... more

Pope Francis expels Chilean priest accused of child sex abuse

Pope Francis expels Chilean priest accused of child sex abuse Pope Francis on Saturday expelled a Chilean priest under investigation in a case involving the sexual abuse of children, according to a report by local media on Saturday, amid a growing global abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church. The Archdiocese of Santiago said the Pope had decided to...... more

Pope Francis slams Italian mafia, asks members to repent

Pope Francis slams Italian mafia, asks members to repent Pope Francis denounced the mafia’s “blasphemous” existence on Saturday during a visit to Palermo, Sicily to honour a priest murdered by the mob 25 years ago while trying to save youngsters in poor neighbourhoods from falling into their hands. The brief visit, which will see the 81-year-old pontiff stay on the...... more

NAHCON cautions pilgrims against danger of possessing prohibited items

NAHCON cautions pilgrims against danger of possessing prohibited items The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has cautioned all pilgrims of the danger of including prohibited items, not only in their hand luggage but also in their 32kg main luggage. The commission had discovered some bags with prohibited items that could compromise safety of passengers, during an unscheduled visit to...... more

Buhari lambasts defectors from APC; declares them weak, selfish

 Buhari lambasts defectors from APC; declares them weak, selfish President Muhammadu Buhari has taken a swipe at members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who defected, to join other parties. He described them as weak, adding that they decided to defect because their selfish expectations from the party were not met. He said, “Today, I am pleased to say the...... more

Islamic Year: Kano declares Tuesday public holiday

Islamic Year: Kano declares Tuesday public holiday Kano State Government has declared Tuesday, September 11, as public holiday to mark the new Islamic year 1440 AH. A statement signed by the state commissioner for Information, Youth and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba, quoted Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as congratulating Muslims the world over for witnessing the New Year, which...... more

Raid of Edwin Clark’s Home: Own up and stop blaming others, Secondus tells IGP Ibrahim Idris

Raid of Edwin Clark’s Home: Own up and stop blaming others, Secondus tells IGP Ibrahim Idris National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has fiercely criticized the Federal Government and the Police for the disgraceful way it raided the home of the elder statesman and former Minister of Information, Chief Edwin K. Clark, saying that the action shows lack of respect of this...... more

Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for cleric

Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for cleric Saudi Arabian prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a prominent cleric arrested last year under an ongoing crackdown on dissent by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the cleric’s son said. Salman Al-Odah was detained in September 2017. Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said at the time that the roundup of a...... more

Homosexuality “poisoning” Nigerian society — Primate

Homosexuality “poisoning” Nigerian society — Primate Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, says homosexuality is “veritably poisoning” the Nigerian society. Okoh told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the unlawful act was being fed by “disintegration of social values and cultures.” He blamed the development on the...... more

Buddhist monk nabbed for sexually abusing 15 boys

Buddhist monk nabbed for sexually abusing 15 boys Indian police have arrested a senior Buddhist monk, Bhante Shanghpriya Sujoy, accused of sexually abusing 15 boys at a meditation centre he ran in a holy city, officials said Saturday. Sujoy was detained in the UNESCO heritage town of Bodh Gaya, which attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims every year, after...... more

Hajj: Three Zamfara council chairmen die in road accident in Saudi Arabia

Hajj: Three Zamfara council chairmen die in road accident in Saudi Arabia Tragedy struck the Zamfara State chapter of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday, August 31, as the party lost three council chairmen in Makkah, Saudi The victims include Jafaru Gidan Sambo of Kaura Namoda Local Government Area (LGA), Mudi Mallamawa of Shinkafi LGA and Abdullahi Shugaba Ruwan Dorowa...... more

Thousands gather at Ota for Jehovah’s Witnesses’ ‘Be Courageous!’ Regional Convention

Thousands gather at Ota for Jehovah’s Witnesses’ ‘Be Courageous!’ Regional Convention Thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses and interested members of the public will from today, Friday, August 31, gather at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses located along Idiroko Road, Ota, Ogun State, for the Witnesses’ 2018 Regional Convention, which has a theme, “Be Courageous!” The convention, focusing on how to face contemporary...... more

Nigerian Hajj pilgrim dies in Makkah elevator pit

Nigerian Hajj pilgrim dies in Makkah elevator pit A pilgrim from Niger on Wednesday lost his life in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, after mistakenly falling into the pit of an elevator under repair. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the deceased stepped on the system without knowing it was under repair. Rescue workers were immediately mobilised to the...... more

Chinese converts storm Adoration ministry in Anambra to learn rudiments of Christianity

Chinese converts storm Adoration ministry in Anambra to learn rudiments of Christianity The city of Guangzhou, in China, may well be on its way to Christian redemption, following the conversion of eighteen indigenes who stormed Nigeria to learn the rudiments of evangelism. The eighteen converts, among them are three Catholic priests, two Catholic Rev. Sisters and other Chinese Christians, on arrival to Nigeria...... more

Child sex abuse: Pope Francis to resign?

Child sex abuse: Pope Francis to resign? Pressure is mounting on Pope Francis to resign after a grand jury report in Pennsylvania found that possibly more than 1,000 children in six dioceses had been sexually abused by about 300 priests or higher ranking officials. On top of that, the report said that bishops and other top church officials...... more

Haji boss advises pilgrims against causing political tension

Haji boss advises pilgrims against causing political tension The Chairman National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Abdullahi Muktar, has urged Nigerian pilgrims to bury their political differences and avoid creating tension in Saudi Arabia. Muktar advised the returning pilgrims to pray for harmony and peace in Nigeria. In an interactive session with the national hajj media team in Makka,...... more

 

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