Militants fighting Government troops in Marawi in the southern Philippines were holding about 100 hostages that included a Catholic priest, the army said on Thursday even as it predicted that the crisis in the besieged city was nearing an end.Read More
ABA—A cleric, Pastor Clement Orji, who presides over the Church of God Seventh Day, Aba District, lost property worth over N3 million to fire at Ahiaba community in Obingwa council area of Abia State.Read More
The Chief Priest of Iwelle Ogidi Shrine in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Chief Felix Obika, has threatened to invoke 39 Oracles against anybody that will oppose the election of the new traditional ruler of Ogidi, Chief Alex Onyido.Read More
Bernard Jenfa Adedayo was one of the priests ordained by the Bishop of Nnewi, Rev. Hillary Okeke, at the Saint Georges’ Catholic Church, Orifite, Anambra State, after a rigorous training that lasted almost 17 years. That day climaxed his childhood ambition of becoming a servant in God’s vineyard. He was posted to the Catholic Church Assumption, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State shortly after the ordination.Read More
BENIN – THE Parish Priest of St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church, Sobe, in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo State, Rev. Father Peter Ayala, was, Sunday morning, found dead in his apartment, few hours before he was due to conduct the 7a.m mass.
Vanguard gathered that the cleric was said to be cleaning his double-barreled gun inside his apartment within the church premises, when the gun reportedly went off and killed him.
It was gathered that the incident took place in the early hours of Sunday before the Priest dressed up for the mass even as worshippers were said to be gathering for the service.
The incident, it was learnt, threw the church into confusion as mass servers and church elders made frantic efforts to know what went wrong with congregation waiting for the mass to begin but found the priest lying death in his apartment.
The Elders were said have later reported the incident to the Bishop of the Auchi Diocese, Dr Gabriel Duniya, who it was gathered conducted a quick investigation with security agents and confirmed that the priest died when the rifle he was cleaning went off.
Meanwhile, Sobe was still in mourning, yesterday, as the worshippers, irrespective of their denominations, on hearing the tragic news gathered near the church premises, discussing the incident in hush tones.
Contacted, the Edo State Police Public Relations, DSP Moses Eguavoen said the incident was unfortunate, adding that the state command was yet to get the full details of what transpired before the Priest’s death.
These are not the best of times for Catholic priests in Imo State, especially those in the Archdiocese of Owerri.Read More
These are not the best of times for Catholic priests in Imo State, especially those in the Archdiocese of Owerri. Investigations have since revealed that dare-devil armed hoodlums have carefully descended on Catholic rectories and mercilessly beat up the hapless and helpless priests. Most of the physically assaulted and wounded priests have been battling for survival in varying hospitals.Read More