29 Jun 2012


The feast of St. Peter and St. Paul is one of the most solemn ceremonies at the Vatican. Something that is easily seen in St. Peter's Basilica. First, the statue of St. Peter is decorated with robes and the papal ring. Also because the pope places the Pallium on the archbishops that were appointed over the past year.

The pallium itself is made of lamb’s wool and reminds the bishops of their work as pastors in taking care of their flocks.

Among the 43 new archbishops was the world's youngest cardinal, the Archbishop of Berlin Rainer Woelki, as well as Cardinal Francisco Robles from Guadalajara, Mexico. Then there was the new archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput, the young archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle from Manila, in the Philippines. There was also the Archbishop of Baltimore William Lori, and the archbishop of Seoul, South Korea, Andrew Yeom Soo Jung.

The Pope spoke to them about hope. In a speech that carried a nostalgic tone, he reflected on the contrast between the mission that God entrusted to St. Peter and his successors and the human weakness to comply. 

Benedicto XVI
“On the one hand, because of the light and the strength that come from on high, the papacy constitutes the foundation of the Church during its pilgrimage through history; on the other hand, across the centuries, human weakness is also evident, which can only be transformed through openness to God’s action.”

The Pope recalled that Jesus Christ promised St. Peter that the forces of evil would not prevail and that because of this the Church has the power to forgive sins. 

Benedicto XVI
“The Church is not a community of the perfect, but a community of sinners, obliged to recognize their need for God’s love, their need to be purified through the Cross of Jesus Christ.”

The ceremony had a strong ecumenical significance. First, because among those attending was a delegation sent by the main Orthodox leader, the Patriarch of Constantinople.

And also because the pope asked his official choir, the Sistine Chapel, to sing along with the most important Anglican Choir, the Choir of Westminster Abbey. The result was truly spectacular.                                                                        
Video Clip of the Ceremony:
> (Romereports.com) 


Scene of the mad man and the pastor, at Oke-Ado, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Thursday. Photo: Seye Adeniyi
People living at Oke-Ado area of Ibadan, Oyo State, as well as shop owners and automobile dealers along Molete road in the town, on Thursday around 5: p. m, watched a drama involving one pastor Timothy and Tunde, a mad man. 
Drama ensued on Thursday around 5.20 p.m, in the Oke Ado area of Ibadan, as one pastor Timothy ran mad while trying to perform the usual casting and binding on a mad man in the name of healing. According to Tribune Newspapers. The mad man popularly called Tunde, is known to loiter at the Molete –  Okeado region of the town where he was approached by a pastor carrying a bible, who tried to cure the former of his illness. Following a verbal scuffle by the two, Tunde removed the hand of the pastor from his head. Subsequently, the said pastor was ‘seized by a spirit’ and proceeded to take off own his clothes, lay face down while foaming at the mouth. During this display by the pastor, the mad man moved to sit in a nearby corner watching the pastor. When the pastor’s spasms had passed, he went to sit beside the mad man. The Pastor remained in the same state of mind when sources departed the scene.

28 Jun 2012


It’s no longer news that spiritual head of Household of God church and former presidential aspirant of Fresh Party, Pastor Kris Okotie and his pretty wife Stephanie have ended their four year-old fruitless marriage.
If the report reaching us is anything to go by, then Rev Chris Okotie has said again that come December, he’s going to be married again because it’s not good for the man to be alone, quoting God from the book of Genesis.
Pastor Kris and his wife Stephanie Henshaw have ended their marriage irreconcilably but another woman will be coming in shortly after her exit.
This is the second marriage the founder of Household of God will be ending in less than six years.
Sources in the church said the marriage has been having cracks in the past two years thinking that things would get better until the man of the centre of the drama finally broke the news.
If you remember, Pastor Okotie similarly dumped his first wife, Tyna after 17 years of marriage. The news of the break up came as a shock to many because it was highly celebrated. They had their honey moon in Dubai, London and France for some weeks.
During their wedding, Okotie claimed that his wife is still a virgin after two unsuccessful marriages and three children.
The 42 year-old Stephanie, on their wedding day told all and sundry said that God will give her a set of twins as first children to her husband.
Their first Sunday as husband and wife, Pastor Kris said that God has told him that they would be blessed with a set of twins soon. Four years after, the dream is not realised but the wedding is now collapsed. (http://247nigerianewsupdate.com/)



 Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins

The Vatican has released the list of new archbishops that have been named in the past year and will receive the Pallium in the celebration of St. Peter and Paul.  
Some changes have also been announced to the ritual that takes place in St. Peter's Basilica. This year, the Pallium ceremony will take place before the Mass, rather than after the homily as it has in the past. The change is meant to make the ceremony shorter and avoid interrupting the liturgy.
Here is the full list of the 46 prelates to receive the Pallium: 
Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of BERLIN

Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega of GUADALAJARA

Archbishop Francesco Moraglia, patriarch of VENICE

Archbishop Alfredo Horacio Zecca of Tucuman, ARGENTINA

Archbishop Mario Alberto Molina Palma. of Los Altos, GUATEMALA

Archbishop Charles Joseph Chaput of PHILADELPHIA

Archbishop Luc Cyr of Sherbrooke, CANADA

Archbishop Salvador Pineiro Garcia Calderon of Ayacucho, PERU

Archbishop Francesco Panfilo of Rabaul, Papua NEW GUINEA

Archbishop Ulises Antonio Gutierrez Reyes of Ciudad Bolivar, VENEZUELA

Archbishop Stanislaw Budzik of Lublin, POLAND

Archbishop Wilson Tadeu Jonck of Florianopolis, BRAZIL

Archbishop Paul Andre Durocher of Gatineau, CANADA

Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Tagle of Manila, PHILIPPINES

Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka, BANGLADESH

Archbishop Wiktor Pawel Skworc of Katowice, POLAND

Archbishop Jose F. Advincula of Capiz, PHILIPPINES

Archbishop Filippo Santoro of Taranto, ITALY

Archbishop Jose Francisco Rezende Dias of Niteroi, BRAZIL

Archbishop Esmeraldo Barreto de Farias of Porto Velho, BRAZIL

Archbishop Jaime Vieira Rocha of Natal, BRAZIL

Archbishop Joseph Harris of Port of Spain, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

Archbishop Waclaw Depo of Czestochowa, POLAND

Archbishop Ignatius Chama of Kasama, ZAMBIA

Archbishop Pascal Wintzer Of Poitiers, FRANCE

Archbishop John Moolachira of Guwahati, INDIA

Archbishop William Charles Skurla of Pittsburgh of the BYZANTINES

Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, PAKISTAN

Archbishop Romulo Geolina Valles of Davao, PHILIPPINES

Archbishop Airton Jose dos Santos of Campinas, BRAZIL

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth, AUSTRALIA

Archbishop Jacinto Furtado de Brito Sobrinho of Teresina, BRAZIL

Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta, INDIA

Archbishop Arrigo Miglio of Cagliari, ITALY

Archbishop John F. Du of Palo, PHILIPPINES

Archbishop Paulo Mendes Peixoto of Uberaba, BRAZIL

Archbishop Christian Lepine of Montreal, CANADA

Archbishop William Edward Lori of BALTIMORE

Archbishop Mark Benedict Coleridge of Brisbane, AUSTRALIA

Archbishop Jesus Carlos Cabrero Romero of San Luis Potosi, MEXICO

Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo jung of Seoul, KOREA

Archbishop Benedito Roberto of Malanje, ANGOLA

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos, NIGERIA

    Archbishop Samuel Joseph Aquila of DENVER     

There are two new archbishops who cannot attend the ceremony and so they will receive the Pallium in their own archdiocese:
  • Archbishop Gabriel Justice Yaw Anokye of Kumasi, GHANA
  • Archbishop Valery Vienneau of Moncton, CANADA

The Pallium is an Ecclesiastical vestment worn by the Pope and conferred by him on Archbishops and sometimes on Bishops.


10 Jun 2012


Unfaithfulness is used to describe someone who is involved in an extramarital affair. But what most people fail to know is that being faithful in marriage is far more complicated than cheating on your partner.
Faithfulness encompasses elements such as love, commitments, loyalty, and patience. And, according to the Bible, faithfulness means staying true to your partner, being trustworthy, certain, steadfast and sure, just like the Biblical Ruth.
When couples are joined in holy matrimony, faithfulness is the bedrock of the vows they exchange while you hear them say, ‘to stay with you in sickness, in health, for better, for worse’. But despite the fact that we all know that faithfulness is one of the qualities required in marriage, how many married couples are really faithful to their spouses?
What most people fail to know is that being faithful to your partner is far beyond not having extra-marital affairs or avoiding inappropriate emotional intimacies. Partners who are faithful stick together in times of trouble.
According to Pastor Alonge, a relationship counsellor, a faithful partner is that man that is willing to stand by his wife during difficult times, and not the one that professes to be faithful to his wife but runs away when there is trouble.
“Any man who is willing to stand by his wife when she has not given him a child after many years of marriage is faithful. A man who still sees his wife as being completed after she has been diagnosed with breast cancer is faithful.”
A faithful man is not such that does cheat on his wife, but the man that is not willing to yield to the negative advice of family, but is ready to stay with his wife even when she has not given him children after many years of marriage.
Clara, 32, had complications while she was pregnant with her first child, having been married for two years. This led to the removal of her womb, but rather than her husband, Simon, leaving, he decided to stay true to that love that brought them together and to the oath of faithfulness they swore to on their wedding day.
If you ask me, not too many men can do what Simon did for his wife. He said he would rather adopt children than leave his wife frustrated, because she did not bring the complications that led to the removal of her womb upon herself.
Most men will choose to yield to the advice of their parents and family members to remarry, because to them, living with a woman without womb is equivalent to living with another man.
Someone who is faithful to her spouse is that woman who will do all to stand by her husband when they have lost all the money and comfort they used to enjoy when they just got married. And not the woman who nags and threatens to leave her husband when things are no longer going smoothly for them.
When we look more closely to the impact of faithfulness and the consequences of unfaithfulness, it becomes apparent that faithfulness is not just desirable, it is essential to a vibrant, healthy marriage. Notice that faithfulness is not a quality measured or dependent upon the faithfulness of one’s spouse.
Faithfulness is an expression of the integrity and character of an individual. It is not a relationship quality, it is a personal characteristic.
This quality of faithfulness is tested many times in a marriage. We all find out sooner or later that our spouse is not a perfect person. They come up with habits that turn us off at times. Faithfulness is that quality of being trustworthy and true when we have all the justification needed to fall toward judgement, resentment, and contempt for our spouse.
Marital crisis and distress can bring out the worst in us. It can also be an occasion for growth and discovery of what is best and most precious in us. Faithful persons embrace the faith, hope, and opportunity to believe something better is possible.
It is a beautiful and precious expression of love and it is most clear when set in the context of marital disappointment, pain, and despair.
Married couples should learn to embrace God, the author of faithfulness. When your heart is filled with His love, no circumstance can separate you from your spouse. Because with the help of God, you will be willing to stick with your spouse to face all opposition with the hope of victory. 
By KEHINDE AJOBIEWE  Ø  http://www.leadership.ng/

9 Jun 2012


§  Quit procrastinating on your goals.
§  Quit blaming others and making excuses.
§  Quit trying to avoid change.
§  Quit trying to control the uncontrollable.
§  Quit talking down to yourself.
§  Quit criticizing others.
§  Quit running from your problems and fears.
§  Quit living in another time and place.
§  Quit trying to be someone you’re not.
§  Quit being ungrateful. _naijamayor