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Last Wednesday, the leader of the world’s 1.3billion Catholics was greeting pilgrims following his weekly public audience when the man covered in neuronal tumors approached him, asking for a blessing.
The man suffers from a rare and painful disease called neurofibromatosis, which causes boils,impaired vision and in some cases cancer.
Patients suffering from the ailment, which is genetic and not contagious – are often shunned by society because of their appearance.

People were amazed when Pope Francis instead, kissed the man on the face and blessed him with the sign of the cross.
He was photographed with his eyes tightly shut in prayer for the man.  LESSONS, anyone?

 

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Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning.
He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service, only 3 people out of the about 10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food – no one in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit in the back.  He greeted people only to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him. As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such.  When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation.
 “We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek.” The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation. The homeless man sitting in the back stood up and started walking down the aisle. The clapping stopped with all eyes on him. He walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment then he recited:
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“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 
“Then the righteous will answer him: ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning. Many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame.
He then said, “Today I see a gathering of people, not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples. When will YOU decide to become disciples?”
Pastor Jeremiah Steepek then dismissed service until the upper week.
Dear reader, What does this story teach you?

New Catholic Pope

New Catholic Pope


Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected a few hours ago as the new Roman Catholic Pontiff.
The 76 year old will be known as Pope Francis the first. He is first ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium. The 76-year-old archbishop of Buenos Aires has spent nearly his entire career at home in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests.

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The Vatican’s Sistine Chapel chimney has released white smoke and church bells rang indicating that a new leader of the 1.2bn Catholic Church has been elected after the second day of secret deliberations.
Thousands of people gathered at the rain-soaked St. Peter’s Square erupted in cheers at the sight of the white smoke on Wednesday evening.

The 115 cardinals had been deliberating throughout the day on Wednesday to find a successor for Benedict XVI.

While the voting for the pope is billed as secret, with each cardinal guided only by his faith in God, the process is ultimately a closed-door exercise in consensus-building that cements fidelity to the Church’s new leader among the inner circle.

The papal election resembles how decisions were made in Europe some 700 years ago, before elected monarchies were replaced by hereditary monarchies, says Bruce Bueno De Mesquita, professor of politics at New York University who uses a computer model based on game theory to predict the outcome of elections.

Though it is more a product of tradition than design, it has turned into an efficient system for consolidating the power of the pope and the Church’s other elites, he says.

Just as in the corporate world or autocratic governments, the small number of electors who are deciding on the leader of the Catholic Church can expect specific rewards _ promotions, assignments and other perks _ for their loyalty, Bueno De Mesquita says. The idea is that the smaller the number of electors, the greater the relative advantage of siding with the winner.

Cardinals used to sign their names to ballots, but stopped doing so “due to an old history of intrigues and tensions when people used to fear the most serious reprisals for their choices,” says Michael Bruter, who teaches political science at the London School of Economics. Even so, factions make their views known during informal discussions between votes.

Because the proceedings are secret, researchers know little about what exactly motivates cardinals to switch their votes, but Romain Lachat, a political scientist at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, says the formation of coalitions, where electors slowly rally around a man who may only be their second or third choice _ is inevitable.

Before the doors of the chapel were shut, all the cardinals below the age of 80, when the papal seat was declared vacant on February 28, made an oath of secrecy in Latin before the voting started.

The cardinals will now vote four times daily until two-thirds can agree on a candidate. If after 33 or 34 ballots no pope is elected, the two candidates with the highest votes will go into a runoff in which only a simple majority is required.

All the “Princes of the Church” were appointed by Benedict or his predecessor and ideological soulmate John Paul II.

Inevitably, comparisons have been made with the conclave that produced Benedict XVI in 2005.

“We went into the Sistine Chapel better prepared” after John Paul II’s death following his protracted decline with Parkinson’s disease, noted retired cardinal Paul Poupard.

This time, “the cardinals have had to deal with the shock” of Benedict’s abrupt abdication, the French prelate told the Italian daily La Repubblica.

In interviews given before the conclave, voting cardinals pointed to new job requirements arising from the problems facing a Church that is struggling in many parts of the world with scandals, indifference and conflict.

“Managerial skills will surely be useful,” Vienna Archbishop Christoph Schoenborn told La Stampa.

And in an indication of a faultline between Vatican insiders and those running far-flung dioceses, Nigeria’s John Onaiyekan spoke of “new and innovative methods to boost collegiality”.

“In this regard there is a lot of room for development,” said Onaiyekan, the archbishop of the Nigerian capital Abuja

Source: AlJazeera

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A Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has affirmed the conviction and death sentence of Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a Rev. King on charges of attempted murder and murder.

He was arraigned on September 26, 2006 on a six-count charge of attempted murder and murder before Justice Joseph Oyewole of the Ikeja High Court.

Ezeugo was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging on January 11, 2007 , for the alleged murder of a church member, Ann Uzoh.

Ezeugo, however pleaded with the Court of Appeal, Lagos to quash the death sentence passed on him by Justice Joseph Oyewole of an Ikeja High Court in November 2012.

He committed the offence as the General-Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly.

Details shortly

Catholic Churches in Enugu State have come under attacks from vandals who are destroying statues in and around premises of the worship centres.

In the last one months, three incidents of such have been reported, even as the invaders in each of the attack left a note saying “stop worshiping idols.”

Angered by the development, the Catholic Diocese of Enugu officially reacted to the destructions on Tuesday, condemning the act in the strongest terms.

The Director of Communication in the diocese, Joseph Offor, in Enugu listed the three churches that had been attacked as: Seat of Wisdom Parish, Abakpa Nike; St. Leo Catholic Church, Federal Housing Estate; and St. Mary Catholic Church, Trans-Ekulu.

Reverend Father Offor, while briefing the press said, “Sometime ago, in October, the Vicar General of the diocese, Monsignor Luke Adike complained that unknown people invaded the church, Seat of Wisdom Parish, Abakpa Nike, around 1am.”

“In the morning, he went into the church, and he saw that all the statues, both that of the Sacred Heart, that of the Virgin Mary and every other thing in the altar has been smashed, destroyed by these hoodlums”

“On November 4 and November 11, similar incidents happened at St. Leo and St Mary; they destroyed the statues and the altar while also leaving a similar message as the previous,” he said.

The priest quoted one of the messages which reads: “The 10 commandments of the Lord, the Almighty Lord says, stop worshipping idols, false gods made by man. I tolerate no rivals.”

“Worship only but the living God, the Almighty God,”

The Reverend Father stated that the matter had been reported to the police, adding that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Musa Daura, had visited the affected churches.

The Public Relations Officer of the Enugu state police command, Ebere Amaraizu, said the command has begun probe into the matter. He urged the people to be vigilant and assist the police with useful information that may lead to arrest of the culprits.

Already, the Bishop of the diocese, Callistus Onaga, had issued a circular urging the parishes and parishioners to be security conscious.

This was affirmed on Saturday as members of The Word of Life Bible Church, in Ajamimogha, Warri, Delta state, presented the Pastor with a private jet as his birthday gift.

The leader of Christian community in Nigeria, who is fondly called Papa Ayo, was celebrating his birthday and his 40th anniversary on the pulpit, when he was presented the gift.

Present amongst the congregation to felicitate with the Pastor was President Goodluck Jonathan.

The ceremony kicked off immediately with the entrance of the President with the singing of the national anthem.

The president gave a brief address on the celebrant and wished him many more years ahead.

Responding to all the good wishes, Pastor Oritsejafor thanked the President, the Delta state governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, the Speaker, Delta state House of Assembly, Engr. Victor Ochie and all other dignitaries at the occasion.

The high point of the ceremony was the presentation of a private jet as birthday gift by members of the church.

A brief sermon was given by an international preacher, Dr Mike Murdock on seven laws of success.

He urged all Nigerians to build their faith and work with God.

Saturday last week, at the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SLOAN), one of the “wise men” delivered a message from Prophet TB Joshua towards the end of the service asking the congregation to pray for Nigeria, and pray against anything that would cause her flag to be flown half mast adding that if it was God’s will, then let it be done. Not sure he mentioned when it might happen but it sounded imminent. Na God hand we dey oo.

Prophet TB Joshua, founder, Synagogue Church Of All Nations