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Beware of Fake Prophets, Bishop Okpaleke Warns

…Confirms over 300 Faithful at St John’s Ezinifite

By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia (CADEK), Most Rev Peter Ebere Okpaleke, has warned Christians to beware of fake prophets that lead the people of God astray.

Bishop Okpaleke who gave the warning in his homily of a concelebrated Holy Mass to mark his pastoral visit at St John the Baptist’s Parish, Ezinifite, Aguata LGA, Anambra State, Sunday, January 31, urged all to hearken to the word of God in Matthew 24:12 and I John 2:18-19, 24-27, in order not to fall victims to the deceptive whims of fake prophets.

The Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia, Most Rev Peter Ebere Okpaleke (1st, left), receiving a welcome gift from the Parish Pastoral Council of St John the Baptist’s Parish, Ezenifite, Jan 31, 2020.

The Catholic prelate who cited the case of ‘Uka Afor’, fetish activity being celebrated in Ezinifite, condemned the rate at which those who were involved desecrated the community and even the Church of Christ during the said celebration.

He observed that the event which had been going on close to the Church of God, would perpetrate evil in the community.

Pointing out that the war between evil and good had always been in existence, the Catholic prelate reminded the baptised faithful of their responsibilities to challenge evil and dissociate themselves from it. He urged the faithful to live out the light of faith which they received when they received the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, as well as hold on to God, who he said, was the source of life.

‘Do not belong to the camp of the fake prophets who lead people astray.  Belong instead, to the fold of those who will be saved, because those who remain faithful shall be saved,’ the bishop advised all.

Bishop Okpaleke, at the event, which was his first pastoral visit for the 2020/2021 Pastoral Year, administered the Sacrament of Confirmation on over 300 faithful of the parish.

He described pastoral visit as an opportunity for the bishop to assess the spiritual and physical growth of the parish, to correct ills and inspire peace, inspect the human persons, to commend and inspire the parishioners and various groups of the Church, to remain strengthened in faith, and work for the good of the Gospel.

Most Rev Okpaleke, who was accompanied by his secretary, Rev Fr Anthony Ezeokeke; the Vicar General of CADEK, Rev Fr Prof Anthony Chiegboka and the Vicar for Clergy, CAADEK, Rev Fr Charles Umeoji, encouraged the parishioners to work with and support their priests for the growth of the parish.

The bishop extolled the parish priest, Rev Fr Boniface Ichie Ezeoke, and the priest in-residence, Rev Fr Anthony Ezeogamba, for the pastoral visit which was organised within four months of their stay in the parish.

He applauded the parish priest, who at the event, picked the bill for a visiting choir master expected to transform the parish choir, for his goodwill. The bishop however encouraged the youths to get closer to the Church, join the choir, and see the provision of the new choirmaster as an opportunity to grow in faith and skills.

Saint John the Baptist Parish, Ezinifite, in an address of welcome which was signed and read by the Secretary, Parish Pastoral Council, Lady Tina Anapugars, pledged her support to the growth and development of the new Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia.

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