Friday, December 30, 2011

Madalla, Nigeria : Bishop cancels New Year night mass

The Catholic Bishop of Minna Diocese, Most Rev. Martin Igwe Uzoukwu, yesterday at a press conference organised by the Director of Social Communications of the Catholic Diocese of Minna in St. Theresa's Catholic Church, Madalla, Niger State, revealed that members of the church have developed fear and consequently deserted church activities. Uzoukwu also informed that the traditional New Year night mass which usually holds at 12 mid-night has been cancelled. In its place, parishioners would congregate on Saturday, December 31, between 4-6pm for mass in order to avoid the ugly incidence of the last Christmas Day bombing. When asked to confirm the death toll arising from the deadly blast, Rev. Uzoukwu said: I cannot count. I cannot. How can I count dead bodies who have been dismembered by bomb? You see one leg here, you see another there.

I wasn't in my right frame of my mind to count. It is not even possible to count. I do not have the figure of those who lost their lives to the last Xmas day bombing. I do not have the figure. I do not. The Catholic Bishop of Minna, battled tears to narrate the extent of damage done to the Christian community by the deadly Islamic sect, Boko Haram in the early hours of the last Xmas day. His moving words threw the church members who had gathered to welcome the Bishop into their midst and attend the press conference into a temporary fit of mourning.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

How 9,999 singers brought Uyo alive at Christmas

Cross Section of participants at the Carol Service
It was a fun-filled atmosphere at this year’s carol night organised by the Akwa Ibom State government as 9,999 singers took to the stage to thrill the audience which had thronged the Uyo Township Stadium to have a feel of the Christmas festivities.

Present at the event, were foreign and Nigerian artistes including Gospel Singer, Ron Kenoly, Aity Denis Inyang and the founder of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, William F. Kumuyi, among others.

While it could arguably be regarded as a night to remember, the large number of people who turned out for the event showed its acceptability and the yearning for such events to create an atmosphere for relaxation and fun.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pope ready for successor, names new cardinals in February

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – Pope Benedict XVI will host a consistory on February 18-19 to name a series of new cardinals who would have the power to elect his successor, religious news agency I.Media reported on Wednesday.

The pope’s official announcement and the list of nominations are expected next month with at least a dozen senior Vatican officials and bishops from around the world slated to join the Catholic Church’s most exclusive club.

Benedict has named a total of 62 cardinals since becoming pope in 2005.

He could name at least 13 new cardinals and still respect the rule of a maximum of 120 cardinals aged under 80. Cardinals who are 80 or more years old by the time of a conclave are not allowed to take part in voting on a new pope.

The pope is 84 and has seemed weary in recent public appearances, making use of a mobile platform to move around Saint Peter’s Basilica. But the Vatican says he is not suffering from any illness and is only showing signs of old age.

Source: Vanguard

Christmas Service at Covenant Christian Centre, Lagos

Here are some of the pictures from Covenant Christian Centre on Christmas Day.

Covenant Christian Centre Children's Choir

Guest Artistes - Midnight Crew

Cutting the Christmas Cake

Covenant Christian Centre Choir cutting the Christmas cake

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Inside Story - Nigeria's Christmas Day bombings (AlJazeera TV)

I came across this on YouTube and it is "Inside Story" from AL Jazeera.

What lies behind the ongoing violent attacks in Africa's most populous country? With guests: Malam Garba Sani, David Anderson, and Patrick Wilmot.

What should the Christian's perspective be?

CAN condemns bombing, blames security lapses

Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor

The National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has condemned in its entirety, Christmas day bombings in some northern parts of the country.

Oritsejafor, in an interview with newsmen on Monday in Warri, Delta State, said that he felt very bad at the Boko Haram’s action.

“I condemn it with all the anger in me. I believe that if man does not catch up with them, God will catch up with them and their sponsors.”

He attributed the menace of the sect to security lapses, which he said, the country was bedevilled by.

“All our security agencies have been polarised along religion. There are people within the security agencies that are promoting their religion instead of protecting Nigeria,” Oritsejafor said.

He said that there was an urgent need for government to upgrade the security equipment with sophisticated weapons that could match or surpass the ones in the custody of criminals.

Nigerian pilgrims detained in Jerusalem

Seven Nigerian pilgrims to Jerusalem, including two priests and a woman, have alleged poor treatment in the hands of Israeli security operatives, saying they were unjustly detained in prison for about 11 hours without committing any offence.

The pilgrims said they arrived Tel Av-iv Airport on December 15, from Rome where they were arrested and put into a Black Maria on the pretext that they entered Israel illegally.

According to one the returnees, Rev. Father Anthony Zakka, those detained included the Chaplain of the Government House, Adamawa State and Assistant Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in the state, Rev. Mike Agbon and five other pilgrims, including a female official of the Kaduna State Christian Pilgrims Board.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Report on the December 2011 Communion Service with Pastor Chris Oyakilome

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
The monthly Communion Service with the man of God, Pastor Chris is a special meeting that holds every first Sunday of the month as thousands assemble in various locations around the world in anticipation for that special word of direction from the Lord for the new month.

As was the norm, thousands joined Pastor Chris in this unique monthly meeting from their various Church locations across the globe via the internet and satellite. The atmosphere in each of these venues was electrified with God’s presence as songs of praise and worship were sung during the meeting as the various congregations poured out their hearts not only in thanksgiving for the glorious month of November but also in great expectation for the month of December.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Soulsnatcha walks down the aisle

You may not know him as Adekunle Adeyoola but Soulsnatcha sure rings a bell. He is one half of the gospel rap duo - Rooftop MCs

Soulsnatcha walked down the aisle with his heartthrob recently in far away UK. Though it happened in October 2011, he only made it public via twitter, yesterday - Friday December 2011.

Sokleva, the other half of the duo, got married some time ago and he has a baby girl.

Rooftop MCs is known for such hits like "Shock Therapy" and "Lagimo"........

The Experience 2011 - Recap

I was at "The Experience" yesterday. As expected, it was as I expected - hours of glorious praise, worship and prayer. This year's event was a special command performance. It took place at The New Eko Hotel Expo centre, Lagos instead of the usual Tafawa Balewa Square. And though free, the event was ticketed. The usual musicians were present to deliver their usual great performances. Some of the gifted artistes present were Don Moen, Kirk Franklin, Chevelle Franklin, Micah Stampley Sammie Okposo, Timi Dakolo Lara George and Panam Percy Paul. The in-house choir of "The House on the rock", Chosen Treasure delivered songs from their latest CD - I still believe. Some of the ministers that graced the event included Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor (President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Bishop Mike and Peace Okonkwo, Bishop John Francis, Pastor Poju Oyemade, Pastor Agu Irukwu, Pastor Sola Fola-Alade, Bishop Simeon Okah. The first ladies of Lagos state and Rivers state were also present at the event. The Adefarasin brothers and their mother, Hilda Adefarasin, were present too.
The Expo Centre was packed full and I must say I enjoyed every minute of it. It started around 6p.m and ended around 3.00a.m.
Kudos to Pastor Paul and Ifeanyi Adefarasin and the House on the rock crew for well co-ordinated event.

Some pictures......


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