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POPE FRANCIS ADVICE TO THE YOUTH

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in NEWS | 0 comments

Pope Francis to youth: free hearts, great dreams, hard work Pope Francis met with the young people of Paraguay on Sunday afternoon, in the final major public engagement of his week-long pilgrimage to Latin America. The gathering included a multimedia representation of the realities of young peoples’ lives in Paraguay, with choreography, music and a video montage, and the proclamation of a reading from the Gospel according to St. Matthew: chapter 5, verses 1-12, the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, in which the Lord teaches the Beatitudes. The encounter also included the testimony of two young people: a 25 year-old nurse named Liz Fretes, who has recently rediscovered her faith in the wake of personal and family struggle and is now active in youth ministry; and an 18 year-old campesino, Manuel de los Santos Aguiler, whose family was forced to abandon their rural life in order to search for a living in the capital – a choice that led to Manuel’s exploitation and experience of drug addiction and temptation to despair, before he too, through the ministry of other young people, discovered, “A God who can do all things,” and began to turn his life around with their help. Putting aside his prepared text, Pope Francis responded directly to the witness of the two young people, focusing on three main points: the intimate connection between authentic liberty and responsibility and the necessity of a heart that is free in order truly to experience both; the nexus uniting hope and hard work; the spirit of gratitude that is the sign and seal of every life lived in and through the Gospel counsels of the...

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Maximum Praise Talent Hunt 2015

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in NEWS | 0 comments

AN ADDRESS PRESENTED BY THE ARCHDIOCESAN YOUTH CHAPLAIN REV FR JOHN SIXTUS OKONKWO ON THE  OCCASION OF THE CYON MAXIMUM PRAISE TALENT HUNT AND FUND RAISING FOR THE BUILDING OF THE YOUTH CENTER   The youth are the foundation of the society, through their creative talents and labour power, a nation makes giant strides in economic development and socio-political attainments. Also, it is always said that the youth are the leaders of tomorrow. It is in this regard that His Eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja has organized this occasion to raise funds for the building of the Youth Center in Abuja.   The proposed Youth Center will serve as a nutritious ground where the youth in Abuja and the country at large would be equipped with various skills and activities to prepare them to be better leaders of tomorrow. The Youth Center shall focus on four major aspects which include: 1.     Spiritual Development 2.     Economic Empowerment 3.     Project Development 4.     Social/Psychological Development   Also, we have organized a talent hunt event aimed at discovering genuine musical talents among the youth. This would go a long way to emphasize the need to pay attention to the well talented youth in our society. This musical presentation will help to water your beautiful minds to donate generously for the building of the Youth center.   In conclusion, youth is the age of hope, of promise, of enthusiasm, of plans, and of ideas. Youth does not give up in the face of difficulties youth does not want to put up with the short comings of the status quo. As we have gathered here today to support the course of the youth. We pray that God almighty would make this day a success.   Once again, you are all welcome to this history making event, and I want to assure you all that it is indeed going to be great. Thank you. For God and for youth! Rev Fr. John Sixtus Okonkwo Abuja Archdiocesan Youth Chaplain...

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CATHOLIC BOOKS

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in NEWS | 1 comment

1. The Light of Faith First Encyclical of Pope Francis Written by Pope Francis In his first encyclical Pope Francis reflects on the meaning of faith, the beginning of God’s gracious salvation. Faith is the means by which man encounters the living God through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit. Francis draws on key themes of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who wrote encyclicals on hope and love. He intended to complete the set with a reflection on faith, which would also have underscored the Year of Faith that he launched. According to Pope Francis,Light of Faith is a “four hand document”. Pope Benedict, Francis notes, “handed it to me, it is a strong document. He did the great amount of work”. Thus, although officially Light of Faith (Lumen Fidei) is an encyclical of Pope Francis and reflects his teaching ministry, it is also reflects the work of Pope Emeritus Benedict. This is not only Francis’ first encyclical; it is also the first encyclical to have been openly written by two successors of St. Peter. VISIT ANY CATHOLIC BOOKSHOP TO GET A COPY! 2. Pope Francis Our Brother, Our Friend Written by Alejandro Bermúdez  This fascinating new look at Pope Francis presents the personal insights of ten Jesuits, many who have known him since his first days as a Jesuit, and were interviewed for this book shortly after he was elected the Pope. Some were his professors, some his peers, and some younger Jesuits who were his students. Also interviewed for this book are non-Jesuits, including an Argentine senator, a prominent rabbi, a priest working in the slums of Buenos Aires that Bergoglio often visited. Their remarks are focused on different aspects of the man, including his family background, his abilities, and his personality as administrator, as friend, as teacher, as a guide, etc. Some of the predominant aspects of his personality to emerge are his longstanding simplicity and authentic spirituality; his concern for the individual and the poor; his desire for the Church to go out to the street to meet the needs of the people. More controversial issues discussed include his dealing with the issue of “Liberation Theology” and his relationship with the military regime in Argentina. THIS IS ANOTHER FASCINATING BOOK FOR YOUR LEISURE, TO UPLIFT YOUR MIND AND ENLIGHTEN YOU ABOUT LIFE, GRAB A COPY! 3. Francis, Pope of a New World Written by Andrea Tornielli “Francis, rebuild my Church!” That is how St. Francis of Assisi heard the call of Christ. It is also how Jorge Mario Bergoglio, at the age of 76, and a Jesuit, seems to have accepted his election to the papacy with the choice of a name that no other pope has ever chosen. Who is Pope Francis, elected in one of the shortest conclaves in history? Who is the man chosen to be the first pope from the Americas and the first Jesuit pope? How does he see the world and his ministry? How does he understand his call to serve Christ, his Church, and the world? In short, what is the mind and heart of this new pope of a new world–of the Americas and the rest of the world of the 21st Century? And this wonderful book brings to light the papacy,and how the pope heard the call of...

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LITURGICALS

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LITURGICALS

POPE FRANCIS BIOGRAPHY OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS The first Pope of the Americas Jorge Mario Bergoglio hails from Argentina. The 76-year-old Jesuit Archbishop of Buenos Aires is a prominent figure throughout the continent, yet remains a simple pastor who is deeply loved by his diocese, throughout which he has travelled extensively on the underground and by bus during the 15 years of his episcopal ministry. “My people are poor and I am one of them”, he has said more than once, explaining his decision to live in an apartment and cook his own supper. He has always advised his priests to show mercy and apostolic courage and to keep their doors open to everyone. The worst thing that could happen to the Church, he has said on various occasions, “is what de Lubac called spiritual worldliness”, which means, “being self-centred”. And when he speaks of social justice, he calls people first of all to pick up the Catechism, to rediscover the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. His project is simple: if you follow Christ, you understand that “trampling upon a person’s dignity is a serious sin”. Despite his reserved character — his official biography consists of only a few lines, at least until his appointment as Archbishop of Buenos Aires — he became a reference point because of the strong stances he took during the dramatic financial crisis that overwhelmed the country in 2001. He was born in Buenos Aires on 17 December 1936, the son of Italian immigrants. His father Mario was an accountant employed by the railways and his mother Regina Sivori was a committed wife dedicated to raising their five children. He graduated as a chemical technician and then chose the path of the priesthood, entering the Diocesan Seminary of Villa Devoto. On 11 March 1958 he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus. He completed his studies of the humanities in Chile and returned to Argentina in 1963 to graduate with a degree in philosophy from the Colegio de San José in San Miguel. From 1964 to 1965 he taught literature and psychology at Immaculate Conception College in Santa Fé and in 1966 he taught the same subject at the Colegio del Salvatore in Buenos Aires. From 1967-70 he studied theology and obtained a degree from the Colegio of San José. On 13 December 1969 he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Ramón José Castellano. He continued his training between 1970 and 1971 at the University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain, and on 22 April 1973 made his final profession with the Jesuits. Back in Argentina, he was novice master at Villa Barilari, San Miguel; professor at the Faculty of Theology of San Miguel; consultor to the Province of the Society of Jesus and also Rector of the Colegio Máximo of the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology. On 31 July 1973 he was appointed Provincial of the Jesuits in Argentina, an office he held for six years. He then resumed his work in the university sector and from 1980 to 1986 served once again as Rector of the Colegio de San José, as well as parish priest, again in San Miguel. In March 1986 he went to Germany to finish his doctoral thesis; his superiors then sent him to the Colegio del Salvador in Buenos Aires and next to the Jesuit Church in the city of Córdoba as spiritual director and confessor. It was Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, who wanted him as a close collaborator. So, on 20 May 1992 Pope John Paul II appointed him titular Bishop of Auca and...

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JOURNEY TO ROME

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in NEWS | 0 comments

10TH – 15TH FEBRUARY To learn, share and exchange culture, ideas and knowledge. Also to have more insight on the Catholic Faith and Traditions.

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2015 1st GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING BY NEW EXECUTIVES

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10TH OCTOBER 2015 The 1st Archdiocesan general council meeting by the New Executives, which will be hosted by Wuse deanery.   TIME: 10 AM PROMPT.

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