African Catholics exempted from blessing same-sex couples: Pope

ROME- Pope Francis says African Catholics are exempted from blessing same-sex marriage because their culture does not tolerate homosexuality, describing Africans as a “special case.” Mr Fancis disclosed this in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa published on Monday. “Those who protest vehemently belong to small ideological groups. A special case are (sic) Africans: for them, homosexuality is something ‘bad’ from a cultural point of view, they don’t tolerate it,” Mr Francis said. The pope, however, said everyone would appreciate the idea of blessing same-sex marriage as contained in “Fiducia supplicans.” “But in general, I trust that gradually everyone will be reassured by the spirit of the ‘Fiducia supplicans’ declaration of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith: it aims to include, not divide. He invites us to welcome and then entrust people and ourselves to God,” Mr Francis said. The pope’s stance comes in the wake of opposition that followed “Fiducia supplicans,” a document from the Vatican, allowing blessing for same-sex marriage.  Asked if he fears “schism,” possibly breaking from the Catholic fold by those who …

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Pope Francis ‘slightly unwell’, exhausted, Holy See says

ROME- Pope Francis is “slightly unwell” and exhausted after numerous audiences at the Vatican, according to the Holy See. The head of the Catholic Church mentioned his poor health during a meeting with representatives of the European Rabbinical Conference on Monday, local media reported. The pontiff had a long day filled with audiences and preferred to greet the rabbis individually, a spokesperson for the Holy See, Matteo Bruni, said in a statement. Francis’ planned activities for Monday are expected to continue as usual. The 86-year-old Argentine’s health has been a concern for Catholics worldwide in recent times, with two hospitalisations this year. In March, he was treated for pneumonia, and a few months later, underwent abdominal surgery under general anaesthetic. When asked about his health, the Pope has repeatedly insisted: “I am still alive.” (dpa/NAN)

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Vatican Gives Update On Pope Francis’ Health, Recovery After Surgery

Pope Francis is currently recovering after a successful surgery on Sunday. This was revealed by the Holy See spokesman, Matteo Bruni. He said that Pope Francis underwent intestinal surgery and it was successful. Recall that Bruni earlier in a statement late Sunday, said the 84-year-old Pontiff was going in for an intestinal surgery at Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome. However, while giving an update on the Pope’s health status, Bruni in a statement released said the Pontiff “reacted well” to his surgery but failed to state how long the pope would be spending at the hospital. “The Holy Father was admitted in the afternoon to Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic, where he underwent a planned surgery for a diverticular stenosis of the sigmoid portion of the colon in the evening. “It is important to let the public know that the Holy Father reacted well to the surgery conducted under general anesthesia and was operated upon by a four-person surgical team, plus a four-person anesthesiologist team,’ the statement said. Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a get-well message to the Head of the …

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Quickly report me to Vatican, Pope will applaud me for speaking against bad governance – Mbaka Rreplies APC

By Emmanuel Okogba Abuja – The Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Fr Ejike Mbaka has urged the All Progressives Congress, APC, not to waste any time in carrying out its threat of reporting him to the Pope. Mbaka was responding to Yekini Nabena, Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC who in a statement said calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to either resign or be impeached because of the current challenges is ungodly. Mbaka addressed the threat alongside other issues raised last week during his sermon on Sunday. Nabena’s statement read in part, “One will wonder whom Father Mbaka is emulating because the Lord Jesus Christ did not threaten to bring down the government during his own time, in fact, Jesus Christ obeyed and honoured constituted authority. “That’s why he paid his tax. We are calling on Father Mbaka to concentrate on his spiritual calling and stop speaking like politicians who it is obvious he (Mbaka) has been dining and wining with. “If Mbaka has found another political ally, it is better to leave a political message for politicians. “Calling …

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‘Investigate Mbaka’, Reno Omokri writes Pope, lists his sins

Abuja (Precise Post) – Reno Omokri, the Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has asked Pope Francis, world leader of the Catholic Church, to investigate Ejike Mbaka, a priest in Enugu state, for his alleged involvement in political matters. In a letter to the Vatican, Omokri accused Mbaka, spiritual director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN), of making false allegations and other unethical practices. He said the conduct of the controversial Catholic priest has brought disrepute to the church, asking the Pope to ensure that disciplinary measures are brought against Mbaka. “You may or may not have heard of a certain Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka, a Catholic priest in Enugu, Nigeria, who has left the calling he took holy oaths to abide by, to dabble disastrously in politics,” Omokri said. “At various times between the years 2015-2016, this fellow made public pronouncements to the effect that God had told him that He was displeased with and had departed from Nigeria’s then President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. “He then claimed that God had told him that his opponent, Major General Muhammadu …

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Again, Mbaka rattles the political class, by Dons Eze

In 2015, when Reverend Father Camilus Ejike Mbaka, Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministries Enugu, Nigeria, (AMEN), predicted that President Goodluck Jonathan would not return to Aso Rock, that Muhammadu Buhari would win the 2015 Presidential Election, it was like most members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the platform on which Jonathan would contest the Presidential Election, would stone him to death. They called him all sorts of names, and said that Father Mbaka was a “false prophet”, that he should remove his cassock, or be sacked as Catholic Priest, to enable him to enter into the murky waters of politics. Mbaka had, during the December 31, 2014 Crossover Night Prayer held at the Adoration Ground in Enugu, predicted that President Goodluck Jonathan was not going to win the February 2015 Presidential Election and called Jonathan “bad luck”. He said that the APC Presidential flag bearer, Muhammadu Buhari would win the poll. When, after that election, President Jonathan lost to Muhammadu Buhari, Mbaka became an instant hero to most member of the APC. They hailed him for his “boldness” by …

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Catholic Cannot Bless Gay Unions – Vatican

By our Reporter Rome (Precise Post) — The Vatican onMonday took a firm stand that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin.” The Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response Monday to a question about whether Catholic clergy can bless gay unions. The answer, contained in a two-page explanation published in seven languages and approved by Pope Francis, was “negative.” The decree distinguished between the church’s welcoming and blessing of gay people, which it upheld, but not their unions since any such sacramental recognition could be confused with marriage. The Vatican holds that gay people must be treated with dignity and respect, but that gay sex is “intrinsically disordered.” Catholic teaching holds that marriage, a lifelong union between a man and woman, is part of God’s plan and is intended for the sake of creating new life. Since gay unions are not intended to be part of that plan, they cannot be blessed by the church, the document said. “The presence in such relationships of positive elements, …

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Pope Francis Ends Iraq Tour, Departs From Baghdad

Abuja (Precise Post) – Pope Francis has departed by plane from Baghdad after visiting conflict-torn cities, meeting Muslim and Christian leaders and preaching peace and coexistence over war, marking the end of historic tour of Iraq on Monday. Francis waved one last time from before boarding a plane flying the Vatican and Iraqi flags from its cockpit windows. President Barham Salih accompanied the 84-year-old pontiff down a red carpet to his flight. During Francis’s trip, the first ever papal visit to Iraq, he toured four cities, including Mosul, the former Islamic State stronghold where vast areas still lie in ruins, telling Iraqis that “peace is more powerful than war.” He said Iraq would “always remain with me, in my heart”. The pontiff, who walked with a limp during parts of the frantic tour, also made a historical first in meeting Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s top Shi’ite Muslim cleric. Iraqis welcomed the pope and said it was a chance for the world to see their perpetually crisis-hit nation in a new light. Iraq suffers from chronic mismanagement and corruption, …

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Buhari Signs Disability Bill into Law

….Commends Governors of Plateau, Lagos and Nasarawa States for Establishing Disability Rights Commissions By Chris Udochukwu Abuja (Precise Post) – President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Disability Bill into Law in fulfilment of his promise to the community of Persons with Specialist in Needs. Buhari who also inaugurated a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, thanked Governors of Plateau, Lagos and Nasarawa States for enacting disability laws and establishing Disability Rights Commissions. The president disclosed this in a statement released via his personal twitter handle @MBuhari thus: “I am happy to have fulfilled my promise to the community of Persons with Specialist in Needs, by assenting to the Disability Bill. We have also inaugurated a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, to take the work to the next level, and implement our vision in full. “I thank the Governors of Plateau, Lagos and Nasarawa States for enacting disability laws and establishing Disability Rights Commissions; I am calling on Governors of Yobe, Kano & Kogi to implement their laws, while those States that are yet to do so should take necessary …

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Coronavirus: Vatican City Plans Swift Vaccination Drive for Residents

By Our Corresponent Rome (Precise Post) – In the coming days, Vatican City, the world’s smallest sovereign state, is expects to receive enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to inoculate all of its workers and residents, a statement said on Saturday. The Vatican is home to about 450 people, including Pope Francis, while several hundred of its employees live in Rome, which surrounds the city state. “It is likely that the vaccines could arrive in the state in the second week of January in sufficient quantity to cover the needs of the Holy See and the Vatican City State,” the statement said. The Holy See is the Roman Catholic Church’s governing body that operates from within Vatican territory. The Vatican said it had bought an ultra-cold refrigerator to store the doses, suggesting it will use the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, which must be stored at about minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 Fahrenheit). Vaccinations will start in the second half of January, with priority given to health and public safety personnel, the elderly and staff in frequent contact with the …

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NFF Endorses Davidson Owumi as LMC’s CEO-designate

By Joan Nnenna Iwuchukwu Abuja (Precise Post) – The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick has approved the recommendation of the League Management Company (LMC) for the appointment of Mr Davidson Owumi as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organizing body for the Nigeria Professional Football League. Owumi, who has had a stellar career both as a player in and outside Nigeria and as a club administrator, is expected to resume office after the upcoming annual general meeting of the League Management Company. He replaces Hon. Nduka Irabor, a celebrated journalist and former Member of the House of Representatives, who was the first Chairman of the LMC before becoming its CEO, and resigned from the position months ago. “The LMC has started the new season on a positive note, putting their best foot forward with the telecast of the matches on NPFL.TV and some star games on NTA. The excitement is back and the spirit is right. It is the right time to bring in a class act like Owumi to help in steering the …

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Mismanagement: Pope Francis Formally Strips Vatican Secretariat of State of Assets

By Chris Udochukwu Italy ( Precise Post) – Following its bungled management of hundreds of millions of euros in donations and investments that are now the subject of a corruption investigation, Pope Francis has formally stripped the Vatican secretariat of state of its financial assets and real estate holdings. Francis signed a new law over the weekend ordering the secretariat of state to complete the transfer of all its holdings to another Vatican office by Feb. 4. The law also calls for all donations to the pope — the Peter’s Pence collections from the faithful as well as other donations that had been managed by the secretariat of state — to be held and managed by the Vatican’s treasury office as separate funds that are accounted for in the Holy See’s consolidated budget. The changes are a response to a spiraling Vatican criminal investigation into years-long allegations of mismanagement of donations and investments by the Vatican’s secretariat of state which has resulted in losses of tens of millions of euros at a time of financial crisis for the Holy See. …

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Pope Francis Agrily Slaps Woman Who Grabed Him While Greeting Pilgrims

Rome (Precise Post) – Angry Pope Francis Slaps Woman Who Grabbed Him While He Greeted Pilgrims (Video) In a video shared on the Internet, the hilarious moment where Pope Francis rebuked a lady has been captured. In the video, the holy man was seen totally expressing his disgust at an unidentified lady who may just have nothing but good intentions. While she also held his hand and tried to pull him towards her, the spiritual leader yanked her away in disgust. It was also gathered that this happened at the new year eve’s celebration at the Vatican. Watch The Video Here:

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