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Have we had bad Popes throughout history? By Valentine Obienyem

December 23, 2023

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In 1300 the papacy suffered two major setbacks: the era of “antipopes” and the “Babylonian Captivity”.  In 1305 through influence of king Philip of France, a French archbishop was elected and crowned at Lyon as Pope Clement V. Clement moved the papal court from Rome to Avigon in 1309.  The papacy remained in France during the reign of seven Popes, and this greatly reduced the prestige of the papacy.  This period was known as “Babylonian Captivity&r...

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The Beauty of Same-Sex Blessing Controversy, by Valentine Obienyem

December 24, 2023

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The greatest institution in the entire world is the Catholic Church. Its greatness often piques the interest of many people, as it has consistently served as the moral compass of the world. Whenever issues concerning morality and global order arise, the world looks to the Catholic Church for guidance, acknowledging its perspective as an embodiment of heavenly wisdom. 

This is not surprising considering that its founder, Jesus Christ, promised to remain with the Church until the...

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SO MUCH FOR CHRISTMAS

December 25, 2023

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The truth is that nobody knows for sure the exact day that Jesus Christ was born.  The choice of December 25 is symbolic.  Pope Julius I chose that day in the 4th century as a subtle way of blighting pagan celebration of Saturnalia in the bud.  This has been a consistent feature of Christianity and the logic is simple: by superimposing Christian celebrations on pagan own, especially in the infancy of Christianity, the influence of paganism waned.  Even till now, mo...

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Epiphany, Catholicism and the Verdict of Tradition

January 07, 2024

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As a young seminarian in 1985, our CRK teacher and Rector, Fr. Joseph Nwanna, challenged us to name the term used to refer to the three wise men with the offer of money for the person who would get it right. None of us succeeded. Fr. Joseph then informed us: The Magi.

In 2010, someone came to my office and introduced himself as Caspar. He mentioned that the name might be unfamiliar, as it is rare. He was surprised when I told him that Caspar was one of the wise men who visited Jesus...

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Is January truly the longest month?

January 08, 2024

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Many Nigerians share the common belief that January is the toughest and longest month. Over the years, people have frequently lamented about the challenges and difficulties associated with the month of January.

However, according to the Gregorian calendar, there are six months with 31 days, like January; they are March, May, July, August, October, and December.

So why do Nigerians describe January as the longest month? Perhaps due to the financial strain c...

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Is Jonah a fictional character?

January 21, 2024

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The historicity of certain biblical figures, like Job and Jonah, remains a theological question that has fueled advanced criticisms of the Bible. However, that's not our focus today.

In his typically impassioned sermons, like today's, Fr. Maximus Okonkwo has referred to Jonah as a fictional character. The historicity of Jonah is a debated wonder of history; it's a topic about which we can believe, not believe, or debate but cannot definitively answer or know. History is...

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Safeguarding Investors: Enugu State Government’s Vigilance Against Illegal Land Transactions

January 21, 2024

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In the wake of the controversial video released by a group of skit makers alleging government-led demolition activities in Igbo Land particularly Enugu State, a deeper and more factual analysis reveals the government's earnest efforts to protect investors from the rampant illegal land sales in Enugu State. 

This situation not only underscores government's commitment to law and order but also exposes the deceitful nature of the video. The public should view the skit make...

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THE TYRANNY OF A FEW IN ENUGU STATE

January 23, 2024

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Famous British statesman Edmund Burke was on marble to have said: "the day we tolerate and overlook evil is the day we betray our own humanity." Today, this quote is unfortunately being fulfilled in Enugu, as the government suffers vilification of the 'masses' in its effort to make the state safe for the citizenry.

The popular skit maker monikered "Untouchable" has come out to "touch" the holy grail of public truth, but instead of cautioning him...

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M versus E

February 13, 2024

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One is more notorious, wicked, unforgiving, even when no wrong has been done to him. He is clever, manipulative, and knows how to ride his gullible followers like a bicycle.

The other day, he stirred up E with a saying that went viral. In his characteristic wickedness, he indirectly refers to E every time he opens his mouth. He is deadly and does not give his prey a second to breathe. Without a shred of respect, his bishop remains his greatest victim!

In the present war wi...

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Love and Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2024

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Those who bear the name Valentine dread the month of February like a plague. Besides close friends who always demand that you celebrate your name in grand style, most confront you with all manner of questions bordering on the concept that your name is supposed to embody. Thus, you are asked whether you were born on the 14th of February or whether you were a by-product of a love affair that took place in the month of February. One fact I have come to discover over the years is that people take...

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3 - January 08, 2024

Glo subscribers to be barred from calling MTN lines — NCC



Due to the non-settlement of interconnect charges, Globacom subscribers may be unable to make calls to MTN lines soon. 

The Nigerian Communications Commission(NNC) stated thi...

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3 - January 21, 2024

EEDC Announces Date To Commence TID Rollover In S’East


The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has announced plans to go live with the Token Identifier (TID) rollover for all its prepaid meter customers by end of February 2024.

The...

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3 - February 09, 2024

APGA Chairman Congratulates Ven Egbonu On His Appointment


The National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Sly Ezeokenwa, has congratulated Ven. Ikechukwu Egbonu, on his Episcopal elevation as bishop. 

Recall that Ven Egb...

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3 - February 12, 2024

EEDC Speaks On Current Poor Power Supply In S’East


The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) says the poor power supply currently experienced by its customers across the South-East is beyond the organisation.

The company attribute...

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3 - January 19, 2024

Enugu Fire Service Averts Major Fire Disaster At Petrol Station


The Enugu State Fire Service on Thursday prevented a potentially disastrous inferno at Hanscharis Petrol Station, Thinkers Corner. 

It was gathered that the fire-fighters responded s...

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3 - April 23, 2024

Debt: FG Recovers N57bn from debtors—Official


The Director, Special Projects, Federal Ministry of Finance, Aisha Omar, has said the ministry has so far recovered N57 billion from the N5.2 trillion owed ministries, departments and agencies (MDA...

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3 - October 01, 2023

Troops Eliminate 4 IPOB/ESN Members In Anambra



Troops of Joint Task Force South-East, code-named Operation UDO KA II, has neutralised four members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate the Eastern Security Ne...

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3 - January 01, 2024

Mother of Two gives birth to triplets in Enugu, Seeks help


 

A woman, Joan Orajiobi, from Nnewi in Anambra, has given birth to triplet in Enugu on New Year day.

Orajiobi was delivered of two girls and a boy in a private hospital, t...

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13 - January 21, 2024

Safeguarding Investors: Enugu State Government’s Vigilance Against Illegal Land Transactions


In the wake of the controversial video released by a group of skit makers alleging government-led demolition activities in Igbo Land particularly Enugu State, a deeper and more factual analysis rev...

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3 - January 02, 2024

GOC Dada Decorates 4 newly-promoted Brigadier-Generals


 

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Hassan Dada, has decorated four newly-promoted Brigadier-Generals and a Lieutenant Colonel with...