Pope Francis tells Arab Christians to “keep flame of their faith”

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis told Christians in the Arab-speaking world to “keep the flame of their faith,” despite the darkness of the trial.” The Holy Father was speaking during his General Audience to Arab-speaking pilgrims from Iraq, Jordan, and the Middle East. “The healing accomplished today by Jesus [of the woman with the hemorrhage Mt […]

via Pope Francis tells Arab Christians to “keep flame of their faith” — WTLM Autodesk

Assemblies Of God Crisis: FG To Prosecute Factional Leader Over Certificate Forgery

From Godwin Tsa, Abuja The leadership crisis rocking the Assemblies of God took a criminal dimension yesterday, as the the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice [AGF], Abubakar Malami (SAN), took over the prosecution of former General Suprintendent of the church, Professor Paul Emeka, for alleged forgery of his professorial certificate. […]

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Mother Kills Daughter: Shoves crucifix down her throat thinking she was possessed

A 50 year old woman, Juanita Gomez, killed her 33 year old daughter, Geneva Gomez, by shoving a crucifix down her throat because she thought her daughter was possessed. According to police, Gomez allegedly shoved the crucifix to rid her of the devil which had possessed her body. Gomez made this confession to police who had come to […]

via Mother shoves crucifix down her daughter’s throat until she dies because she thought she was possessed — edithnetwork

“How are we supposed to remain Catholic these days?”

This question above was made to Father John Zuhlsdorf on his popular blog in his ‘ASK FATHER’ series a couple of days ago. The suffering Catholic, struggling to lead an honest life obedient to his Faith in a world seemingly gone completely mad – even within the Church Herself – is one each of us […]

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Priest who raped a 10-year-old still in police detention awaiting arraignment before the high court

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command, yesterday, said it had concluded plans to dock a Catholic priest, Reverend Father Anthony Ochigbo, before an Abuja High Court over allegation that he raped a 10-year-old girl.

The Officer-in-Charge of Legal Matters at the Command, Mr. James Idachaba, made the disclosure after he applied and withdrew an initial one-count rape charge Police entered against the priest before an Abuja Upper Area Court at Gudu.

The Upper Area court judge, Alhaji Umar Kagarko, had on Monday, remanded Rev. Ochigbo in prison custody, even as he adjourned ruling on the defendant’s application for bail. However, at the resumed sitting, the prosecuting counsel, Chief Superintendent of Police, Mr. Idachaba, persuaded the Upper Area Court judge to hands off the matter for a higher court to take over the trial.

Idachaba, who anchored his application on Section 106 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015, stressed that the Upper Area Court was bereft of the requisite jurisdiction to handle the case.
The prosecution told the court that it was the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), that okayed the transfer of the matter to a higher court.
Despite objection by the defence counsel, Mr. Godwin Chukwukere, the court acceded to the withdrawal request. The judge said he had no option than to strike out the initial First Information Report before him and discharge the defendant. Nevertheless, the priest is still in police detention awaiting his arraignment before the high court.

Catholic priest who raped 10-yr-old girl faces fresh charges

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command, yesterday, said it had concluded plans to dock a Catholic priest, Reverend Father Anthony Ochigbo, before an Abuja High Court over allegation that he raped a 10-year-old girl. The Officer-in-Charge of Legal Matters at the Command, Mr. James Idachaba, made the disclosure after he applied and withdrew an initial […]

via Catholic priest who raped 10-yr-old girl faces fresh charges — edithnetwork

Court frees Catholic priest of child rape charge

A Gudu Upper Area Court, Abuja, which discharged him on Tuesday also struck out the First Information Report for lack of jurisdiction.

The Upper Area Court judge, Alhaji Umar Kagarko, held that Ochigbo was arraigned under Section 282 of the Penal Code and not under the Child Rights Act.

Kagarko said that the court had jurisdiction to try the defendant under the Penal Code and not under the Act as submitted by the prosecutor, James Idachaba.

He, however, added that the court had to also allow the rule of law to take its course as matters of jurisdiction was paramount in cases.

“I, therefore, terminated the FIR and discharge the defendant,” he said.

Idachaba had applied to withdraw the FIR, contending that it was not properly filed.

He said that only the High Courts had jurisdiction to try cases bordering on the Child Rights Act which protects the rights of a child.

The prosecutor said that the Act provides appropriate penalty for rape compared to the penalty provided by the Penal Code.

He further said he wanted the trial of the defendant to be filed and commence in an FCT High Court which had the jurisdiction to try cases under the Act.

The defence counsel, Godwin Chukwukere, said that the prosecutor was trying to hide under the shade of a minor, saying that there was no charge in a High Court on the case.

He added that the business of the day was the ruling on the bail application of his client and not to hear the prosecutor.

Ochigbo was arraigned on one charge of rape of a 10-year-old girl on August 29.

Source: NAN

Prosecutor to Decide on Death Penalty For Man Charged With Killing Two Nuns

(DURANT, Miss.) — A Mississippi prosecutor said she hasn’t decided whether to seek the death penalty for a man charged with killing two nuns who dedicated their lives to helping people in one of the poorest counties in the nation. Relatives and colleagues of Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill have publicly expressed their opposition…

via Prosecutor to Decide on Death Penalty For Man Charged With Killing Two Nuns — TIME