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More tension in Catholic as Bishop sacks Holy Ghost Fathers in Nnewi

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Tension is mounting in the Catholic Diocese of Nnewi, Anambra State following the decision of the Bishop, Most Reverend Jonas Benson Okoye to sack Holy Ghost Fathers residing at St Martin’s de Poures Catholic Church, Ihiala.

The Holy Ghost Fathers have been in charge of the St Martin’s Church for over 100 years, during which they established many churches and schools, including the popular Holy Ghost Juniorate Seminary, Ihiala and some universities in parts of the country.

It was gathered that the Bishop, at a recent meeting with priests in the Diocese, announced postings during which his Diocesan priests were posted to St Martin’s, Ihiala.

He was also said to have informed the Holy Ghost Fathers and members of the parish council that the Holy Ghost Fathers should leave the place immediately.

The Bishop has, however, agreed to leave the Juniorate Seminary, Ihiala and the Spiritual Farmers, Okija for the Holy Ghost Fathers.

The Holy Ghost Fathers have, however, said they would not leave because it was not the Bishop that gave them the parish.

Worried by the development in the area, some concerned citizens of Ihiala and other parishioners organized a protest around the church and faulted the decision of the Bishop to sack the Holy Ghost Fathers from Ihiala.

Secretary of the Coordinating Committee of the Concerned Ihiala Citizens, Mr. Nonye Chukwu Secretary said the people of Ihiala have written the Bishop to shelve the idea to sack the priests, regretting that he refused to act on their letter.

In an interview with reporters in Awka, Chukwu said: “We are having a problem with our Bishop, He issued an order that Holy Ghost Fathers who stay at St. Martins should pack out and that he doesn’t want them in Ihiala any more. This didn’t go down well with Ihiala Catholics.

“These Holy Ghost fathers have become endangered species. Immediately after the Nigerian civil war, the then government alleged that they were responsible for prolonging the war and then sacked them from Eastern Nigeria.

“Those of them who were foreigners left, while the Indigenous ones continued their missionary work up till now and they are the ones Bishop wants to sack.

“Where does he want them to go to? We have every reason to say no irrespective of the fact that he has all the powers on earth as Bishop.

“These Holy Ghost priests sustained our people during the war as some of them were even emergency pilots who brought relief materials to the war ravaged areas of the country”.

Chukwu recalled that as far back as 1962, the late Bishop Charles Henry of Onitsha Archdiocese gave out St. Martins to the Holy Ghost Congregation in pepertuity and definitive way, which means that there was a contract between two parties.

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Deeper Life Bible Church bars members from dropping old naira notes in offering box

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) recently redesigned Nigeria’s currency, the Naira, and with the redesign came a number of monetary policies and directives.

One of the Central Bank’s more urgent directives following the Naira’s redesign is to completely phase out the old N1,000, N500 and N200 notes by the end of January.

This rush to phase out the old notes have begun to ripple through major institutions in Nigeria such as schools and churches.

Numerous churches in Nigeria, ahead of the CBN’s January 31 deadline of phasing out the old notes, have instructed their members to offer only new N1,000, N500 and N200 notes. Schools and retailers have also set time limits for the collection of the old currencies.

This instruction is coming despite the shortage of new Naira notes that have been reported since the currency’s redesign. Even ATM machines at this point still dispense old currencies in large quantities, leaving Nigerians unclear on where to get these new currency notes from.

While each day sees a rise in the number of new Naira notes in circulation, there are still large quantities of old notes still being used for transactions, especially considering that the deadline is in less than a week.

According to a report by the Punch Newspaper, the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, a premier church in Nigeria released a memo directing its church leaders to stop the collection of the old naira notes before the end of the month.

A copy of the memo which was signed by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry Church Secretary, Pastor S.M. Afuwape, was obtained by Punch.

The internal memo, titled, ‘lodgement of old naira notes’ reads, “Calvary’s greetings to you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is to inform you that the Central Bank of Nigeria deadline of 31st January 2023 on the validity of the old N200, N500 and N1000 notes in circulation is drawing near. “The church would like to inform you to sensitize your members and the brethren to lodge all Tithes and Offerings collected in the Group on or before 29th January, 2023.

Also, no old notes in the specified denominations above should be paid as offerings as from 29th January 2023. To this end, any old notes (in the prescribed denominations) brought to the headquarters which were not lodged in the bank will be paid for by the Group. Thanks for understanding and cooperation.

This sort of directive has been given across numerous churches in the country.

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“When a man impregnates his wife, he has committed sin” – Evangelist tells bus passengers (Video)

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An evangelist has averred that having impregnating one’s wife is an abominable sin as he cites verses to defend his stance.

The evangelist was spotted in a video preaching to commuters who were in a bus in an unknown state.

In the video making the rounds online, the man preaching to the passengers said that having intercourse with one’s wife is a sin.

According to the evangelist, intercourse is a thing of the world and shouldn’t be indulged.

When one passenger challenged him saying that if it were so, then he wouldn’t have been born into the world.

He retorted by asking whether he had asked to be born as he insisted on his stance on it being a sin.

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Methodist Church of Nigeria ordains Nkechi Nwosu as first female bishop

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The Methodist Church of Nigeria has ordained Nkechi Nwosu as the first female bishop of the church in the country.

Nwosu was ordained on Sunday by Joseph Nnonah, archbishop of Kaduna, at the Christ Methodist Cathedral, Jos, Plateau state.

She will serve as bishop of the Jos diocese.

Speaking with journalists, Nwosu said God is using her ordinance to tell the world that it is time to release women to fulfill their destinies.

“God knew that by creating only Adam, He will not be able to bring his heart’s desire, so He had to make the woman to complement him,” NAN quoted her as saying.

“So, for the word of God to reach the end of the world, man must put their hands together to serve God, irrespective of gender, because God is a spirit.

“And when men or women of God in charge of denominations understand this, I believe we will conquer more for the Lord than what we have done.”

On the forthcoming general election, Nwosu called on Nigerians to listen to the voice of God who knows the best leader for the country at the moment.

She said God has also given Nigerians power, and that the power is in the permanent voter card (PVC).

“We must all go out there and agree with God, listen to the spirit of God and do what God said we should do,” she said.

Samuel Uche, prelate emeritus, Methodist Church Nigeria, during whose tenure Nwosu was elected bishop, said people who have reached menopause can hold responsible office in the church because they have the capacity.

“They have the ability; they are meticulous, resourceful and spiritual,” he said.

“So, we decided that we should have a woman bishop and I know that some time ago, the president of the British Church was a woman from Ireland.”

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