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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has commended the Diocese of Nssukka for building a solid Church that has transformed the lives and people of the area in their faith.This commendation was made by the Archbishop of Owerri in Nigeria, Anthony Obinna who spoke on behalf of the CBCN President, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama. Archbishop Obinna was speaking at Saint Theresa’s Cathedral, Nssukka during the Holy Mass  to mark the Silver jubilee of the creation of the Diocese of Nssukka and the episcopal silver jubilee of its first Bishop, emeritus Bishop Francis Okobo.Speaking at the event, Archbishop Obinna underscored the fact that, “There is no doubt that this diocese has grown from a mustard seed-Church planted on rugged land to a fructifying and towering church, family of God, solidly rooting itself deep into the soul of the people and transforming its bio-cultural arteries with the good news of Christ.  As we say congratulations for these ...
The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate reached a milestone in the history of the congregation last week on Jan. 25 - the 200 years of their foundation.  The story of the OMI begins amidst the ashes of the great upheaval of the French Revolution which has had repercussions worldwide.  It was an era when the Catholic Church in France was devastated and held in contempt and ridicule.  Nevertheless, on Feb. 25, 1816 in Aix-en-Provence in southern France near Marseille, a handful of zealous priests headed by their leader St. Eugene de Mazenod, committed themselves to serving the lost, the least and the last, bringing them the Good News of Jesus.   To know about the OMI, we talked to Sri Lankan Oblate Father Shanil Jayawardena, the director of communications of the OMI at the order’s headquarters here in Rome.  Last week, in the first part of the interview, Fr. Jayawardena explained the simple but meaningful way they marked the bi-centenary of thei...
 WASHINGTON-National Catholic Schools Week 2016 will be observed in dioceses around the country, January 31-February 6. This year's theme, "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service," focuses on the important faith-building, academic and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education."Catholic schools are a vital aspect of the Church's mission to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and so an important aspect of our own teaching mission," said Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Nebraska, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Catholic Education. He noted that Pope Francis reminded Catholic educators at the World Congress held in Rome in November to know the spiritual and corporal works of mercy and to offer them to students in Catholic schools as practical examples of how to live the Gospel. "By teaching the Good News of the Gospel, Catholic educators guide our students to Jesus Christ and his healing mercy," Archbishop ...
On Monday, Feb. 25,  the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate reached a milestone in their history ‎‎– the 200 years of their founding.   The story of the OMI begins amidst the ashes of the great upheaval ‎of the French Revolution which has had repercussions worldwide.  It was an era when the Catholic ‎Church in France was devastated and held in contempt and ridicule.   Nevertheless, on Feb. 25, 1816 in ‎Aix-en-Provence in southern France near Marseille, a handful of zealous priests headed by their leader ‎Eugene de Mazenod committed themselves to serving the lost, the least and the last, bringing them the ‎Good News of Jesus.   That group of evangelizers, which later came to be known as the Missionary ‎Oblates of Mary Immaculate, today has some 4,000-members worldwide.  To know about the OMI and ‎their 200 years, we talked to Sri Lankan Oblate Father Shanil Jayawardena,  the director of &...
(Vatican Radio)  Two-hundred years ago, on the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul in 1816, a small group of men came together to create an apostolic community and do just what St. Paul himself sought to do: preach the Good News of Jesus Christ to the poor and most abandoned.That group of men is known today as the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) one of the largest missionary religious orders of the Church, numbering nearly 4,000 priests and religious brothers.The Oblates of Mary Immaculate were founded on February 25, 1816 in Aix-en-Provence in post-revolutionary southern France in response to the deplorable situation of the church in the countryside after the war.Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI, is the Superior General of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and a Permanent Member of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.Listen to the full interview: Their story begins on 25 February 1816 in southern France when St. Eugene de Mazenod and four compani...
(Vatican Radio) In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis looked to the day's Gospel, which recounts how Jesus preached in the synagogue in His hometown of Nazareth. The Lord read a passage from the Prophet Isaiah: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor." Jesus Himself fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: "Today," He said, "this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing."This, said Pope Francis, is the mission of Jesus, and also the mission of the Church: to preach the Good News to the poor. Although the Gospel is addressed to everyone, he explained, Jesus nonetheless privileges those "who are farthest away, the suffering, the sick, those who are discarded by society." The poor, he concluded, "are at the centre of the Gospel."Below, please find Vatican Radio's translation of Pope Francis' remarks at the Sunday Angelus: Dear brothers and sist...
Neh 8: 2-4, 5-6, 8-10; I Cor. 12:12-30; Luke 1: 1-4; 4: 14-21Speaking in the synagogue in Nazareth, Jesus used Isaiah’s prophetic terms, long since seen as referring to the coming Messiah, to describe his own mission.  Jesus said he had been sent, among other reasons, “to bring good news to the poor." The success of Jesus’ mission, particularly with the poor who had no political power except that conferred by their sheer numbers, made Jesus a “dangerous” person to the religious authorities of Israel and eventually resulted in his crucifixion.   The Christian gospel is still dangerous when its truth is really put into practice.  This is clearly seen in the case of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered when, like Jesus, he reminded people of the needs of the poor and the oppressed in El Salvador.   The story begins in 1979 when a young priest, Father Grande, was shot and killed on...
IMAGE: CNS photo/Sid Hastings, EPABy Dave LeuckingVALLEY PARK, Mo. (CNS) -- At about 8:30 on a chilly morning Dec. 30, Mickey Downing of the Valley Park Fire District went house to house in lower Valley Park, knocked on doors and asked people to evacuate for their safety with the Meramec River nearing the top of the levee protecting the small town.The levee gate was built to withstand a crest of 42 feet and 6 inches, a foot lower than the Army Corps of Engineers predicted crest of 43 feet and 6 inches between midnight of that day and 6 a.m. Dec. 31. The levee itself could withstand a 44-foot crest. The record crest was 39, set in 1982.Most of Downing's knocks in the community 20 miles southwest of St. Louis went unanswered, which was good news -- residents already had sought higher ground. Most of the few who answered were packed and ready to leave. A few diehards were staying behind, hoping to stay dry.However, Dixie Freeman was neither a diehard nor an evacuee. She was stranded, w...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- For now, the El Nino-driven mild weather is a boon to some wildlife, which are able to forage for more food and are using less energy surviving, experts say. But for some species - like snowshoe hares, whose white fur makes them conspicuous to predators - the lack of snow isn't good news....
ATLANTA (AP) -- A recent MRI showing no cancer on Jimmy Carter's brain is "very positive" news for the former president but will not end his medical treatment, doctors said....
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