Reopening of churches: Primate Ayodele slams FG, CAN

•Hails Trump     T he Spiritual Leader of NRI Evangelical Church, Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele, has berated the Federal Government and the leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) over continued lockdown of churches. The servant of God expressed displeasure that government has, by its action played down the unique moral and spiritual roles the church plays in society but gave market places, eateries, corporate offices even bear parlors preeminence as providers of essential service.     He, however, said: “I hail President Donald Trump of America for his…

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‘Lockdown is a trial that can bring about great ‘spiritual benefit’

P rominent bishop, Athanasius Schneider, believes the pandemic will lead to a purification of the Church and force families to experience ‘the meaning of a domestic church.’ Bishop Athanasius Schneider said Catholics should accept the situation brought about by the pandemic as a trial, suggesting that such acceptance will produce great spiritual benefit for the Church, “a greater spiritual benefit as if we would not have experienced such a situation.”     Schneider, along with Fr. Linus Clovis, a canon lawyer of the Archdiocese of Castries, St. Lucia in the…

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CAN demands immediate release of Masin

T he Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on the Federal Government to deploy all necessary resources to ensure the release of the Chairman of CAN, Nasarawa State, Bishop Joseph Masin, who was kidnapped on Wednesday night, by some gunmen who stormed his residence in Bukan-Sidi, Lafia metropolis, and are demanding for N20m ransom.     The apex Christian body conveyed the demand in a statement issued by the Special Assistant (Media &Communications) to the CAN President, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji,     He said: “Since we have no Police…

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What is the purpose of creation of man?

I do not know whether any man or woman has ever pondered to ask the reason why he or she is created and placed on this planet earth. This question if sincerely asked will definitely lead to re examination of one’s lifestyle with a view to effecting a better change. For the people who will ask this question and apply the sincere answer into their life they will definitely find themselves living a life in accordance with the will of God. The purpose of God in creating man is of…

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French faithful joyfully return to churches after two months lockdown

    M asses resumed over the weekend in several dioceses, but some bishops have chosen to keep their churches closed.     Many cathedrals and parish churches in France opened for public Masses and other religious services over the weekend, attracting thousands of faithful deprived of public worship for more than two months because of lockdown measures related to COVID-19.     Scenes of quiet and intense joy could be witnessed as believers returned to the long-deserted churches under stringent conditions, however, as public authorities have threatened to withdraw…

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Gospel singer abandons faith

•Say: ‘I no longer believe in God’     T he lead singer of a well-known Christian band, Jon Steingard, has renounced his believes in God.     Hawk Nelson frontman Jon Steingard published a lengthy Instagram post last week, explaining he has, over time, lost complete faith in the existence of God — a shift he admitted he’s been “terrified” to share. The “Drops in the Ocean” singer-songwriter compared his turn away from belief to the unraveling of a sweater, writing he has been undoing much of his faith…

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Vatican Museums, Holy See’s cash cow, to reopen from June 1

  The Vatican Museums will reopen on June 1, the Vatican said on Saturday, ending a closure caused by the coronavirus lockdown that has drained the Holy See’s coffers. A statement said the Museums, which house some of the world’s greatest Renaissance masterpieces as well as ancient Roman and Egyptian artefacts, can be visited from the beginning of June, though only by making on-line reservations in order to control the number of people, reports Reuters. Visitors will have their temperatures checked and will have to wear masks and use hand…

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Muslims worldwide begin celebrating Eid al-Fitr under Covid-19 restrictions

Muslims around the world began marking a sombre Eid al-Fitr Sunday, many under coronavirus lockdown, but lax restrictions offer respite to worshippers in some countries despite fears of skyrocketing infections. The festival, one of the most important in the Muslim calendar marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, is traditionally celebrated with mosque prayers, family feasts and shopping for new clothes, gifts and sweet treats, reports France24. But this year, the celebration is overshadowed by the fast-spreading respiratory disease, with many countries tightening lockdown restrictions after a partial easing during…

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Many congregants won’t return to cluster churches –Rev Dr. Izu

  The District Superintendent, Assemblies of God Church, FESTAC Town, Lagos, Rev Dr Izuchukwu Chukwudebelu, sounds a wake up call for pastors who are expectant of resurgence of large congregations. He also wants clerics to embrace internet church insisting that shepherd who relish in huge congestion will be disappointed, in this interview with TAI ANYANWU         Could you look at the effect the suspension church fellowship will have on the spiritual wellbeing of members? There is nothing new under the earth, the Bible told us so. Whatever…

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Regional security structures indicate our federalism is flawed, says Oritsejafor

Former Minister of State of Defense, Dr. Roland Oritsejafor is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this interview with OLA JAMES, he speaks about insecurity in the country and its implication for the nation       What is your view about the current setting up of various security agencies along regional lines? What that means is that the present security system has failed. Before you talk of treatment there must be a diagnosis and the diagnosis here is the failure of our security system and creating…

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