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Lent is a Season of Spiritual Warfare Against Devil, Archbishop Kaigama Declares

Archbishop Ignatius kaigama of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has described Lent as a period of spiritual warfare against the devil or his agents who cause multidimensional evils in our world. The Prelate noted that in Nigeria today some of the evils confronting our country include kidnapping, banditry, murderous activities of armed gunmen who kill people and rape women; immorality ...

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NGO Names ‘Dirty Dozen’ Top Contributors to Sexual Exploitation

By Christine Rousselle The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) on Tuesday announced its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of the top mainstream contributors to sexual exploitation. Some entities on the list profited off the coronavirus pandemic in the last year while contributing to sexual exploitation, the center said. As the pandemic resulted in the closure of schools and cancellation of ...

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What’s the Point of Fasting, Anyway?

By Matt Hadro God commanded it, Jesus practiced it, Church Fathers have preached the importance of it – fasting is a powerful and fundamental part of the Christian life. But for many Catholics today, it’s more of an afterthought: something we grudgingly do on Good Friday, perhaps on Ash Wednesday if we remember it. Would we fast more, especially during ...

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WE MUST PULL BACK FROM THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE A Message of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria to all People of Goodwill in Nigeria, 23 February 2021

Our dear brothers and sisters, Our country Nigeria has gone through many crises, and so far, has managed to survive them, by God’s grace. But the ongoing crisis in the country should be of grave concern to everyone who still believes in “one united nation under God”. We are really on the brink of a looming collapse, from which we ...

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Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2021

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem” (Mt 20:18)  Lent: a Time for Renewing Faith, Hope and Love Dear Brothers and Sisters, Jesus revealed to his disciples the deepest meaning of his mission when he told them of his passion, death and resurrection, in fulfilment of the Father’s will. He then called the disciples to share in this mission for ...

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English Cardinal: Pandemic is Inspiring a ‘Revival of Prayer’

An English cardinal said on Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic is inspiring a “revival of prayer.” Preaching at Westminster Cathedral in London on Feb. 13, Cardinal Vincent Nichols said that it was perhaps “not surprising” that people were increasingly turning to prayer, with the U.K. continuing to record hundreds of COVID-19 deaths per day. “The father of a friend of ...

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As Slavery Continues, Cardinal Highlights St Josephine Bakhita

An English cardinal this week, reflected on the life of St. Josephine Bakhita— who endured brutal slavery before entering religious life— and urged prayers and recognition for the many people worldwide who are enslaved. In particular, he said, the poverty and uncertainty wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic have intensified the conditions in which slavery and human trafficking thrive. “The organised ...

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