P.M. NEWS Nigeria » Religion http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:32:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Pope to begin passionate, chaotic Philippine visit http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/15/pope-to-begin-passionate-chaotic-philippine-visit/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/15/pope-to-begin-passionate-chaotic-philippine-visit/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:56:55 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=226324 Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Pope Francis will on Thursday immerse himself in the Catholic Church’s passionate and chaotic Asian heartland when he lands in the Philippines for a five-day trip that is tipped to attract a world-record papal crowd.

The charismatic pontiff will fly into the capital of Manila from Sri Lanka, where a million worshippers gathered to watch him canonise that nation’s first saint and listen to a homily on religious tolerance.

Francis has said his two-nation tour is aimed at adding momentum to already impressive growth for the Church in Asia, with its support in the Philippines the benchmark for the rest of the region.

Eighty percent of the former Spanish colony’s 100 million people practise a famously fervent brand of Catholicism, and the pope is set to enjoy thunderously enthusiastic crowds throughout his stay.

“Every step he makes, every car ride he takes, every moment he stays with us is precious for us,” Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said as he called on all Filipinos to make an effort to see him.

“Seeing him pass by is a grace. Waving our hands at him in loving welcome is an experience of a lifetime.”

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered on Thursday along the route the pope was scheduled to pass after touching down in Manila at about dusk, hoping to get a first glimpse of the pontiff.

“It’s a blessing to see the pope. That’s why we’re here,” school teacher Jeannie Blesado, 35, told AFP as she sat alongside the route more than six hours before the pope was to pass by.

– Open-air mass –

The high-point of his trip is expected to be an open-air mass on Sunday at a park in Manila, with organisers preparing for up to six million people despite a forecast of rain and security concerns.

Organisers have said that, if the crowd is as big as expected, it will surpass the previous record for a papal gathering of five million during a mass by John Paul II at the same venue in 1995.

Francis, who will be making the fourth papal visit to the Philippines, is also due to visit communities devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan, which killed or left missing 7,350 people in 2013.

Church officials have said one of the main reasons for Francis wanting to visit the Philippines was to make a “mercy and compassion” trip to meet survivors of the typhoon.

On Saturday, he is scheduled to deliver a mass to tens of thousands of people in Tacloban, one of the worst-hit cities in the central Philippines, and have an intimate lunch with 30 typhoon survivors.

The main scheduled events on Friday included a state welcome at the presidential palace, a mass at Manila Cathedral and a meeting at a shopping mall with thousands of families.

Authorities have expressed major concerns over the pope’s security in the Philippines, where attempts have been made to kill visiting pontiffs twice before.

Nearly 40,000 soldiers and police are being deployed to protect the pontiff in what Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang described as a “security nightmare”.

– Security concerns –

Potential stampedes from the giant crowds, as well as the threat of Islamic militants or lone-wolf assailants are among the concerns.

On the first papal visit to the Philippines in 1970, Bolivian painter Benjamin Mendoza donned a fake priest’s cassock and swung a knife at Pope Paul VI as he arrived at Manila airport.

Paul VI was wounded but continued his trip without disclosing his injury.

One week before John Paul II’s 1995 visit, police uncovered a plot by foreign Islamist extremists to kill him by bombing his Manila motorcade route.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino made a nationally televised address on Monday specifically to highlight the security threats for the pope and call on all Filipinos to help protect him.

“I ask you, do you want history to record that a tragedy involving the pope happened in the Philippines,” Aquino said.

Adding to the concerns, the 78-year-old pontiff has insisted he will not travel in a bullet-proof “popemobile” during his big events so he can be closer to the faithful.

The pope flew out of Sri Lanka on Thursday morning, a day after one million people gathered to hear him give mass in what police said was the biggest public celebration ever for the capital of Colombo.

His visit, which began on Tuesday, came days after an election that exposed bitter divisions on the island and saw the surprise victory of Maithripala Sirisena over strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse.

Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith said the pope had brought “great joy” to the island as it struggled to recover from civil war.

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‘Exhausted’ pope cancels meeting with bishops http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/13/exhausted-pope-cancels-meeting-with-bishops/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/13/exhausted-pope-cancels-meeting-with-bishops/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:31:07 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=226069 Pope Francis: Head of the Catholic Church

Pope Francis: Head of the Catholic Church

Pope Francis on Tuesday cancelled a planned meeting with Sri Lankan bishops, with one security official saying he was “exhausted” after a long journey from the airport exposed to the hot sun.

The 78-year-old, who arrived in Colombo Tuesday on an Asia tour that will also take him to the Philippines, took over an hour to travel into the city from the airport on roads thronged with well-wishers.

The pope travelled in an open-top car with no protection from the strong sun and after a long overnight flight from Rome.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said only that the meeting with the bishops had been cancelled due to the pope’s late arrival from the airport.

But a source working on security arrangements who asked not to be named told AFP the pontiff looked “exhausted” after his journey.

Pope Francis has shunned the pomp of his predecessors, and said earlier this year he prefers not to use the bulletproof “popemobile” favoured by previous pontiffs.

Journalists travelling with him said he appeared on good form during the flight.

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Prophet Fakeye Was A Spiritual Mentor To Many —C&S http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/12/prophet-fakeye-was-a-spiritual-mentor-to-many-cs/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/12/prophet-fakeye-was-a-spiritual-mentor-to-many-cs/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:29:17 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=225961 Kazeem Ugbodaga

The leadership and members of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church Worldwide, Ayo Ni o,  have mourned the spiritual leader of the church, Prophet Gabriel Olubunmi Fakeye who died at the age of 78.

They described Fakeye, who died on Sunday morning in a hospital in the United States of America after a brief illness, as an icon and “a spiritual mentor to many.”

•The late Fakeye

•The late Fakeye

In a press statement signed by Special Apostle Pastor George Oluwadare Ogunleye, General Secretary of the C & S movement, the church described the late Prophet Fakeye as “a spiritual mentor to many,” and had been the Chairman/General Leader of the District since inception forty-five years ago.

“A British trained Telecommunications Engineer by profession, General Leader as he was fondly referred to by the entire congregation, served in the Public Sector and the Private sector of the Nigerian Economy before focusing on full time Evangelism. Amongst his footprints on the sands of time were his popular Radio Evangelism tagged ‘Edidi Iye’ meaning ‘Seal of Life’.

“His passion for the transformation of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church was unlimited. In spite of the unprecedented phenomenal growth of the Surulere District, he and the other elders remained committed to the Movement Arm of the Cherubim and Seraphim denomination and worked relentlessly to unite the different arms of the Cherubim & Seraphim Church into one body in Leadership, Liturgy and Worship. His commitment to Christendom and ease of life for worshippers through constant prayers and supplications was unparalleled,” the church stated.

According to the statement, “in addition, Prophet Fakeye, a teacher and an evangelist was committed to building the society through strong articulation of religious tolerance and constant advice to those in power and authority to see themselves as God’s representatives who eventually would give account to the creator. He was an advocate of good governance and an avowed anti-corruption crusader.”

At the time he died he was a national executive member of CAN, the President of the Organisation of African Instituted Churches OAIC, and a very active member of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council, NIREC.

“A Five Star General in the Lord’s army, Prophet Fakeye served with full loyalty and never for once beat a retreat even in the face of threats and antagonisms. He was a great Prophet of God who touched the lives of many, young and old, male and female, rich and poor. An epitome of humility, he shunned huge ceremonial dresses and hero worshipping by members. He was a leader who led with zeal, passion and openness.

“Kind hearted he preferred to give rather than receive even from the extremely rich and highly placed in the society let alone extorting from them. Time cannot heal his demise in our hearts, only the consolation that he is in the bosom of Jesus Christ, who he loved, served and propagated. Our dear Baba Fakeye, even as we mourn your demise, we are still bold to say: AYO NI O. The Church, with the Grace and Mercy of God Almighty will continue to build on the imperishable legacies you left behind.”

Fakeye was born in 1937. He was an engineer, who started preaching the gospel at his tender age. He was popularly called “Bro Aladura” in his youthful days and remained a preacher until his dying days. Even though he was advanced in age, he continued to administer the movement (Ayo Ni O) he founded.

Fakeye was a visionary leader with profound knowledge, grasp, and appreciation of history. He was renowned for his conviction and faith in the unity and greatness of Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Nigeria and the entire world. He was also a believer in the unity of Christianity worldwide, as he was not a sectional leader.

Until his death, he ran both television and radio programmes on a number of broadcast stations, including the G.O Fakeye television programmes featuring the secret of psalms and healing as a result of which he became a target of government scrutiny for these claims.

Prohpet Fakeye is survived by wife, a son, six daughters and grand children.

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Pope prays for victims of Paris terror attack http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/08/pope-prays-for-victims-of-paris-terror-attack/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/08/pope-prays-for-victims-of-paris-terror-attack/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 09:52:28 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=225480 Pope Francis: Head of the Catholic Church

Pope Francis: Head of the Catholic Church

Pope Francis celebrated mass for the victims of the attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Thursday, praying for all those affected by an Islamist assault which left 12 people dead.

“The terror attack in Paris brings to mind so much cruelty, human cruelty, so much terrorism, both isolated terrorism and of state terrorism,” the 78-year old pontiff said according to Vatican radio.

“We pray for the victims of this cruelty, so many of them. And we pray also for the perpetrators of such cruelty, that the Lord might change their hearts,” he said.

Following the early morning prayers in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican, where the pope lives, Francis posted the #PrayersForParis hashtag on Twitter.

The pontiff had earlier issued a strong condemnation of the “horrible attack” against the weekly, with a plea “to oppose, by all means, hatred and all forms of physical or moral violence that destroy human life or violate a person’s dignity.”

Shouting “Allahu akbar” (“God is greater”) two heavily-armed men stormed the Paris headquarters of a satirical weekly on Wednesday, killing some of the country’s most loved cartoonists in cold blood in the worst attack on French soil in decades.

The weekly received numerous threats for publishing cartoons of the Muslim prophet but was also a constant critic of the Roman Catholic Church and its leaders

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Crossover Service: Nigerians Blast Chris Oyakhilome Over Gate Fees http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/05/crossover-service-nigerians-blast-chris-oyakhilome-over-gate-fees/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/05/crossover-service-nigerians-blast-chris-oyakhilome-over-gate-fees/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 07:46:52 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=225076 By Simon Ateba

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy

Revelations that worshippers at the headquarters of Christ Embassy Church ‎in Lagos had to pay N1,000 each as gate fee to attend a New Year’s Eve service presided over by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome have shocked many Nigerians and infuriated others.

Worshippers who wanted to attend the crossover service at Christ Embassy’s headquarters on Billings ‎Way in Oregun Area of Lagos on 31 December, 2014, were made to obtain gate passes that sold for N1,000 each.

Those who could not afford such passes were turned back and told that they could go elsewhere to worship or watch the service online for free.

While the practice ‎is not new in Christ Embassy Church, it led to an uproar in January 2011 after it was first introduced on 31 December, 2010.

Many people described it then as extortion, abuse of ‘Jesus’ teachings and another confirmation that some Nigerian churches and pastors are more interested in making money than winning souls for God.

But the church explained, though informally, that it was a way of controlling the crowd and discouraging thousands of people who come to church once a year on 31 December and prevent “real worshippers” from securing seats at the headquarters on that important night.

The argument did not win many fans and under a barrage of criticisms, the church prayed the matter would be forgotten. Nigerians also hoped gate fee collection would stop.

But the practice has continued and is now seen as routine with those who cannot afford the money being turned back on 31 December of every year.

With a sitting capacity of roughly 20,000 seats, Christ Embassy might have made at least N20 million from the sale of gate passes used for the crossover service.

Worshippers in Christ Embassy and former staff have complained in the past that the emphasis was often too much on money in the church rather than on spiritual things Jesus Christ taught his disciples.

While virtually all prosperity churches in Nigeria apply the principles of “giving ‎to the church to receive from God”, many say the level of financial demands and pressures in Christ Embassy Church is unusually high.

Since the revelations about the gate fees collection at Christ Embassy Church were made public last week, Nigerians have continued to express shock, outrage and indignation with many finding it hard to believe it.

Many Nigerians expressed their indignation on the social media, especially Facebook.

‎”Gate fee collection appears good for crowd control in a theatre or secular concert, but not sound enough in the house of God where Christ the head of the church bids everyone to come, even when they only respond once in a year,” ‎said Femi Olulowo on Facebook.

He said the church should rather see their once in a year response as an opportunity to reach out to the loss (non regular attendees) and make disciple of them as Christ commanded.

“Even if the church prefers his already saved members to partake in a particular service, gate pass should have been given to them at no cost and they will have the privilege of going in first.

“The crowd control rationale for gate fee collection in church in my opinion is world based,” he said.

According to ‎Onyeka Daisy Okochi, salvation doesn’t come at a cost.

Daisy said in the Bible, a man who wanted to pay for salvation was refused.

To Oyagha Anthony, Nigerian worshippers are gullible. “Did God come down through him (the pastor) that day?,” he asked.

“I have watched the man preach severally and I don’t know the magic in his sermon and anointing that keeps making people fall for his tricks and gimmicks.

“He quotes one Bible reference and shouts as if he just revealed what no man had ever read or seen in that passage before and then takes a run front and back and they all starts shouting. Just disgusting most times,” he said.

To Clement Ali, “‎does it mean if I don’t have N1000, I won’t be allowed into the service?

In that case, his intentions is the money.”

“Let them continue to pile up riches for themselves here on earth where moths will eat up and where thieves will break through,” Ali said.

He added: “SALVATION IS FREE and cannot be bought with money. Jesus said, freely l gave you, so also, freely ye shall give.”

According to Erijery Reuben Mateta, some people are born spiritually blind, deaf and dumb.

“However you preach to them they will never hear and understand,” Mateta said.

Eyitope Akeju could not believe that gate fees were collected at Christ Embassy Church on 31 December. “Somebody should please tell me this is not true. If it is true it means corruption is now everywhere,” Akeju said.

Patrick Orkuma asked sarcastically; ‎”Are you people just realising now that most of these so called Men of God are con men? People have been paying for prayers, so why can’t they pay for venue?”

‎To Aderibigbe Oluwasanmi; “‎Why are we going to blame a business name for doing his business, he is bussines man not a Pastor for real‎”.

‎Many others who commented on the social media were critical of Oyakhilome and Christ Embassy Church, urging the church to stop the practice.

Others even asked for tax officials to step in.

With over 70 per cent of Nigerians living in abject poverty and on less than two dollars a day, many believe that demons are responsible for their financial, physical and emotional problems.

They run to pastors for healing, miracles, blessing and protection.

But once in church, pastors often tell worshippers that to prosper and be blessed by God, they need to give ten per cent of all their income as tithe to God. Some also say they need to give ten percent of all their increases.

By giving to God, they mean, they need to “sow a seed in the church”. When they give money to the church, worshippers are ‎told, the “money goes into their future” to transform their lives.

To refuse “to sow a seed” is “to condemn oneself to a life of hardship and misery”, pastors say.

But while few worshippers eventually prosper, it is the pastors who end up becoming extremely rich.

Many Nigerians pastors now own businesses, cars, houses, and investments within and outside the country. Some even own private jets.

Many say with his business model and financial strategies in the church, Oyakhilome was named by Forbes as one of the richest pastors in Nigeria.

He travels around the world in a jet and moves around Lagos with bodyguards and heavily armed policemen.

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I believe Christians, Muslims should practise their religion: Buhari http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/04/i-believe-christians-muslims-should-practise-their-religionbuhari/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/04/i-believe-christians-muslims-should-practise-their-religionbuhari/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 21:15:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=225040 Kazeem Ugbodaga

Fashola, Buhari at the event

Fashola, Buhari at the event

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Major General Muhammadu Buhari; his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; APC national Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun , Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi and other APC chieftains were among eminent dignitaries that stormed Lagos State on Sunday for the 2015 annual Thanksgiving Service of the Lagos State Government.

Buhari, who spoke at the event held at the State House, Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Sunday evening said he believed every Nigerian should be free and secure to practice their different religion.

“I am honoured to participate in this annual thanks giving service. This year’s thanksgiving service brings together all Nigerians from all state, Christians, Muslim and all religion in Lagos to thank the almighty God.

“Religion must never be used as an excuse to divide us, oppress others or gain unfair advantage. All my life I have expressed the belief that all Nigerians must worship God according to their wish,” he said.

According to him, “the duty of government is not religion, security for all Nigerians regardless of tribe or religion is our commitment on this day of thanksgiving. We shall all sit together like this, rejoice and thank God together for the Almighty God to give us the country of our dream.”

Oyegun, Osinbajo, Amaechi, Buhari, fashola, Pastor Adeboye arriving for the Thanksgiving

Oyegun, Osinbajo, Amaechi, Buhari, fashola, Pastor Adeboye arriving for the Thanksgiving

Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola lambasted some individuals predicting doom for the country and the state in guise of religion, saying the predictions were heating up the polity.

Fashola stated that the state government deemed it fit to hold thanksgiving service for sparing the lives of the people amid calamities rocking the country, saying that “Today, 364 days after, when girls have disappeared without trace, Bombs have exploded in mindless orgies of violence.

the dignitaries during the service

the dignitaries during the service

“Nigerian towns and villages have been sacked. Our brothers and sisters have been displaced from their homes. Young children have died in stampedes while looking for jobs. Some of our brothers and sisters in the military have lost their lives while trying to defend you and I and the Fatherland. I ask you all, what else we can do than to give thanks, express our gratitude and praise God for surviving.”

According to him, it is important for people to know that they were alive not because they were better, but because of grace and mercy which should never be taken for granted, adding that “our appreciation must be reflected in our attitude of gratitude. In some parts of West Africa today, government has been forced to declare a lock down of people and restrict movement in this season of festivity because an infectious disease caused by the Ebola Virus is yet to be brought under control.”

“These countries are smaller than Lagos; Lagos is in fact bigger than many of them combined. Yet the same virus afflicted us, we sadly lost 13 lives, but today we are not under lock down. We can sit side-by-side, we can shake hands and we can move freely. Again there was grace, there was a coming together across ethnic, religious and Government levels to address a common problem,” he said.

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Pope names 2 Africans, 18 others as cardinals http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/04/pope-names-2-africans-18-others-as-cardinals/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/04/pope-names-2-africans-18-others-as-cardinals/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 14:54:12 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=225005 Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Sunday named 20 new cardinals including many from Latin America and Africa, which have become key areas for the Catholic Church as its demographics have shifted away from Europe.

Fifteen of the new cardinals are also under the age of 80, meaning they are eligible to join the conclave which elects the next pontiff.

The list includes African leaders Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel of Ethiopia and Bishop Arlindo Gomes Furtado of Cape Verde.

The Latin Americans were Archbishop Alberto Suarez Inda of Mexico, Archbishop Daniel Fernando Sturla Berhouet of Uraguay, Bishop Jose Luis Lacunza Maestrojuan of Panama as well as archbishops emeritus Luis Hector Villaba of Argentina and José de Jesus Pimiento Rodriguez of Columbia.

Charles Maung Bo of Myanmar, Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij of Thailand and Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon of Vietnam were also among the new cardinals the pope named.

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Father Mbaka: President Jonathan should resign honourably http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/02/father-mbaka-president-jonathan-should-resign-honourably/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/02/father-mbaka-president-jonathan-should-resign-honourably/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 22:59:35 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224845 Father Ejike Mbaka: asks Jonathan to resign honourably

Father Ejike Mbaka: asks Jonathan to resign honourably

Nigeria’s controversial Catholic priest, Father Camilius Ejike Mbaka has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to quit office honourably, saying that the message is from the Oracle of the Holy Spirit.

In a new year message to his flock, at the Adoration Ground in Enugu, eastern Nigeria, Mbaka said the Holy Spirit told him that Nigeria is at the brink of change, following the bad leadership provided in the last six years by President Jonathan.

According to Mbaka, Goodluck leadership of Nigeria has turned into a national bad luck. The theme of his message was: From Good Luck to bad Luck.

“Goodluck met our oil, it turned to bad luck. He met our Naira, it became bad luck. We need change. Christmas that ought to be Goodluck Christmas became bad luck Christmas, he said, to the applause of thousands of people who attended the open air event.

Mbaka said he is worried about the future of Nigerian youths, the collapse of roads and the insecurity in the country.

To him, the re-election of Jonathan will spell disaster for the country and repeatedly asked him to quit.

“Nigeria is like an egg in the hands of Jonathan. We cannot allow him to break it. ..The way Nigeria is going, let Goodluck just go”.

Mbaka also criticised clerics who he said have been compromised by President Jonathan. They should speak up, he said and ”drop the money they have collected”.

“My interest is in the survival of our country”, he said and swore that he has not entered into any covenant with any politician to say what he said.

He criticised President Jonathan’s record in the fight against insurgents, saying at no time in the history of Nigeria, since the civil war, had we shed so much blood like now.

Seeking divine intervention, Mbaka said: “the same God that saved us from Ebola will save us from bad luck season”.

Watch the video here:

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Pastor Joshua holds memorial for victims of collapsed house http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/01/pastor-joshua-holds-memorial-for-victims-of-collapsed-house/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/01/pastor-joshua-holds-memorial-for-victims-of-collapsed-house/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 22:04:08 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224765 The Synagogue Church of All Nations based in Lagos, Nigeria held on New Year’s day a candle-lit memorial for the 116 people who died in the 12 September 2014 collapse of its guesthouse.

Pastor TB Joshua officiated the ceremony which was attended by 44 South Africans, who were relations of some of the 81 South Africans who died in the tragic crash.

In all, 116 people died. The government of Lagos State has launched a coroner probe into the collapse.

TB Joshua: leads the candle-lit ceremony

TB Joshua: leads the candle-lit ceremony

A candle affair: worshippers at the service hold a candle each

A candle affair: worshippers at the service hold a candle each

A woman holds Botswana flag during the memorial

A woman holds Botswana flag during the memorial

A man waves the Nigerian flag

A man waves the Nigerian flag

waving the South African flag

waving the South African flag

Another worshipper with SA flag

Another worshipper with SA flag

A man holds a candle and a South African national flag

A man holds a candle and a South African national flag

Tobeka  Masiba (C), Alpheus Momafo (L) and and Mawela Mbedzi who lost (respectively) her husband, brother and sister, and 31-year-old daughter pose during the New Year's memorial service for the South African victims

Tobeka Masiba (C), Alpheus Momafo (L) and and Mawela Mbedzi who lost (respectively) her husband, brother and sister, and 31-year-old daughter pose during the New Year’s memorial service for the South African victims

TB Joshua speaks during the event

TB Joshua speaks during the event

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Pastor Adeboye: God says Ebola will die out http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/01/pastor-adeboye-god-says-ebola-will-die-out/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/01/pastor-adeboye-god-says-ebola-will-die-out/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 12:47:49 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224728
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Pastor Enoch Adeboye: 2015 predictions

Pastor Enoch Adeboye: 2015 predictions

The General Overseer, Nigeria’s Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye says God told him that the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, will die out this year.

Speaking at the Cross Over night at the Redemption Camp, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State around 1.20 am today, Adeboye said “God says Ebola will die out in 2015.”

Adeboye also said God told him that insurgency would be considerably weakened all over the world this year, adding that God said there would be many scientific and medical breakthrough, particularly in the areas “of lack of sleep, dream and brain disorder.”

The man of God, however, said God asked all to pray against massive calamities and massive earthquakes, strong hurricanes and tycoons in some part of the world this year.

On the nation, Adeboye said God told him several things, but that he would not mention them, except one because this year is an election year. He said God told him that by the end of this year, many “will say all is well that ends well. Because this is an election year, I will not say anything more than this.”

Adeboye told members of his church that fasted for 100 days last year that God had promised to make their harvest to be bountiful.

“God says such people will be full of testimonies and those who have none before will have some this year. God says some will swim in the river of abundant this year.

“God says there will be miraculous completion of projects this year. There will be fulfilment of dreams. There will be miraculous restoration this year and the songs of many will be that the Lord has been good to me,” he prophesied.

Adeboye urged all members of his church to fast and pray for 40 days this year beginning from 2 January, 2015.

“This year, all you need is to charge up your battery by fasting for 40 days only. Those who will fast continuously for 20 days and night will have covered the 40 days. Those who will be fasting once at a time, if you miss one day, you will repay it with two days,” he said.

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Egypt writer queries ram killing at Eid al-Adha, faces charge http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/27/egypt-writer-queries-ram-killing-at-eid-al-adha-faces-charge/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/27/egypt-writer-queries-ram-killing-at-eid-al-adha-faces-charge/#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 16:54:00 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224206 Fatima Naoot, in trouble for questioning slaughtering of ram at Eid al Adha

Fatima Naoot, in trouble for questioning slaughtering of ram at Eid al Adha

Egypt’s prosecutor has referred a female writer to trial for allegedly insulting Islam by criticising the slaughter of animals during a major religious festival, a judicial official said on Saturday.

“Happy massacre,” Fatima Naoot wrote on her Facebook page in October during Eid al-Adha, the Muslim feast of sacrifice.

Animals are slaughtered during Eid to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to fulfil God’s command to sacrifice his own son, although in the end God provided him with a sheep.

“Massacre committed by men over the past 10 centuries and followed by men each year with a smile,” Naoot wrote at the time.

“Annual massacre observed because of a nightmare of one (prophet) about his son… ,” she wrote in Arabic.

“Although the nightmare has passed for the prophet and his son, each year helpless animals pay with their lives the price of this sacred nightmare.”

Naoot, who is Muslim, deleted her posts from Facebook after controversy erupted about them.

Ram killing during Muslim festival

Ram killing during Muslim festival

But a judicial official said on Saturday that she admitted during questioning that she had written them.

The 50-year-old columnist denied she had any intention to insult Islam, the official told AFP, adding she had also been charged with “making fun of the right to sacrifice”.

“It is the price paid by those who carry torches of enlightenment at every age,” Naoot wrote on Friday after having been informed of her trial which is due to start on January 28.

She said that in October she had posted messages on Facebook to congratulate Muslims for Eid al-Adha but “urged them to respect the offering and not humiliate it by flooding the ground with animal blood”.

Egypt’s constitution outlaws insults against the three monotheist religions recognised by the state — Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

Earlier this year a female Coptic teacher was jailed for six months after parents of her students accused her of evangelising and insulting Islam.

In June, in a separate case a Coptic Christian man was sentenced to six years in jail for insulting Islam.

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Oyedepo: Winners Chapel now 6million man-strong http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/27/oyedepo-winners-chapel-now-6million-man-strong/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/27/oyedepo-winners-chapel-now-6million-man-strong/#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 13:26:22 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224175 Bishop David Oyedepo, President of Living Faith Church, commonly known as Winners Chapel, says the ministry has six million members in 147 nations across the world.

Oyedepo made the disclosure on Saturday at a breakfast meeting with members of Omu-Aran Government Secondary School Old Boys Association (OGSSOBA) at the Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara.

Pastor Oyedepo: reveals church has 6 million members

Pastor Oyedepo: reveals church has 6 million members

Oyedepo, the Chancellor of Landmark and Covenant Universities and also a member of OGSSOBA, said that the figure was ascertained at the recent convention of the church.

He advised members of old boys association to rededicate themselves to arresting infrastructure decay in all colleges and institutions across the length and breadth of the country.

Oyedepo said the task of improving the facilities in schools had gone beyond the sole responsibility of government, urging the old boys to be partners in progress.

“No amount is too small or too big toward the growth, progress and development of the schools,” he said.

Mr Segun Adeniyi, the newly elected president of the association, described Oyedepo as a living legend of the nation’s education sector.

He said that Oyedepo remained a role model to both the current and old students of Government Secondary School in Omu-Aran.

Adeniyi appealed to all members of the association to identify with the aspiration of the school in order to make it a model among its peers.

He commended the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Alhaji Jibril Haruna, for successfully organising the election and giving the association a new constitution.

Adeniyi was elected the new president at the association’s annual general meeting held at the school’s “Hall of Fame” in Omu-Aran on Friday.

Haruna, who is the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology in Kwara, said he was grateful for the opportunity given to him to serve.

He also pledged total support to the new executive members which he urged to fully commence preparation for the celebration of the association’s 50th anniversary coming up on May, 2017.

Among the newly elected officers are Otunba Jide Adebayo of NAN as 1st National Vice President, Alhaji Bode Durotoye, 2nd National Vice President, Remi Afolayan, National Secretary-General and Mr Kayode Mathew, the Group News Editor, Vanguard Newspapers as Public Relations Officer.

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Stop sponsoring pilgrimages, Group tells Govt http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/26/stop-sponsoring-pilgrimages-group-tells-govt/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/26/stop-sponsoring-pilgrimages-group-tells-govt/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 19:27:45 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=224078 President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria

A group, Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), on Friday urged the three tiers of government to wash their hands off the yearly sponsorship of thousands of Nigerians to religious pilgrimages.

The Chairman of CLO, Anambra Branch, Comrade Aloysius Attah, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Onitsha that a sum of about N14.93 billion goes into such exercises annually.

He contended that Nigeria, being a secular state, should desist from such sponsorship, especially now that the country’s earnings are gradually dwindling by the day.

“We call for the total scrapping of government funding of religious pilgrimages in Nigeria. Nigerians are so religious, but yet we refuse to imbibe the teachings of the various religions in our conduct.

“Yearly, about 110,000 pilgrims are sponsored to Mecca and Jerusalem, where about N14.93 billion are wasted on such exercise.

“While it is not our intention to cast aspersions on the integrity of the supposed pilgrims, it is an open secret that such pilgrimages have been turned to jamborees and political patronage.

“Through them, those who are government cronies, apologists and other relationships are selected to benefit at the expense of the collective treasury of the people,” Attah said.

The activist said even though the issue was discussed at the National Confab, it was expedient that federal and state governments take the bull by the horns now.

“Governments at all levels must stay away from any form of sponsorship of both Christian and Muslim pilgrims without further delay. There are so many avenues where the huge sum expended on this can be channeled to, to touch the lives of Nigerians positively.

“Let those who are so passionate to travel several miles abroad to go and pray for Nigerians and to do their personal spiritual exercise, which according to them is another pre-condition for making heaven, do so at their own expense.

“Then, we will know the truly committed ones among them,” he said.

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Pilgrimage: 14,000 Nigerians land in Israel http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/25/pilgrimage-14000-nigerians-land-in-israel/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/25/pilgrimage-14000-nigerians-land-in-israel/#comments Thu, 25 Dec 2014 14:54:53 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=223954 Nigerian pilgrims land in Israel

Nigerian pilgrims land in Israel

Mr John-Kennedy Opara, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), on Thursday, said 14,000 Christian pilgrims had so far been transported to Israel this year.

He said this while addressing the last batch of pilgrims at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Abuja, before they left for the Holy Land.

Opara said that the 2014 pilgrimage ended on Thursday, in line with the calendar of President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said the pilgrimage was for moral and spiritual transformation.

He added that the Thursday last batch of the pilgrims was unique and privileged people because they were going to celebrate Christmas in the Holy Land.

“Christmas is all about the celebration of our Lord Jesus Christ and you people are going to celebrate him in his own birth place.

“It is something that many people would love to celebrate in the Holy Land.”

The executive secretary said Jesus was the message for the season and urged everyone to be the message for other people to look up and have something to hold on to.

According to him, more than 523 Christian pilgrims comprising of four states; FCT, Kaduna, Niger and Plateau left for the Holy Land.

He said by 2015, which was another phase of pilgrimage programme, the Commission had already commenced arrangement for Easter pilgrimage.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 3,000 pilgrims have already paid for next year’s Easter pilgrimage.

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Buhari’s Christmas message to Nigerians: In Video http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/25/buharis-christmas-message-to-nigerians-in-video/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/25/buharis-christmas-message-to-nigerians-in-video/#comments Thu, 25 Dec 2014 06:50:59 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=223894

General Muhammadu Buhari has a special Christmas and New Year message to all Nigerians going viral on YouTube. You can watch it here.

Along with his running mate,Professor Yemi Osinbajo, he also has a signed Christmas card to analogue Nigerians, in which he wishes all a positive change, success and prosperity in 2015.

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Bauchi sponsors 2,306 Christians on pilgrimage http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/23/bauchi-sponsors-2306-christians-on-pilgrimage/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/23/bauchi-sponsors-2306-christians-on-pilgrimage/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 06:19:33 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=223686 Governor Isa Yuguda

Governor Isa Yuguda

The Bauchi State Government on Monday said it sponsored 2,306 Christians on pilgrimage to Jerusalem from 2007 till date.

Governor Isa Yuguda made the statement in Bauchi in a farewell message to the 2014 intending pilgrims from the state to Jerusalem.

Yuguda, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Sagir Saleh, said that the state government was sponsoring 417 out of the 418 intending pilgrims for the 2014 exercise.

“In spite of the current economic challenges affecting us as a state, we were still able to sponsor 417 Christians to Jerusalem this year.

“It is my hope that the people of Bauchi State as well as all Nigerians residing in this state will continue to support my administration by being law- abiding and contributing to the development of the state,” he said.

He said that conducive accommodation, security, feeding and other logistics had been put in place for the intending pilgrims to ensure a smooth exercise.

“I am confident that while in Israel, you will all make us proud by being good ambassadors of the state and the country at large,” Yuguda said.

He urged them to pray for Nigeria’s peace, unity and socio-economic development.

The leader of the team, Mr Abdon Gin, who is the state Head of Service, said that 298 out of the 418 intending pilgrims would go in the first batch.

Gin said that arrangements for the transporting the remaining 120 would be soon concluded.

He gave the assurance that the intending pilgrims would be of good behaviour.

Earlier, the Chairman of the state’s Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Rev. Shuaibu Byel, thanked the governor for the support.

According to him, the people-oriented programmes of the Yuguda-led administration have continued to strengthen peace and unity in the state.

He expressed sadness that only one of the intending pilgrims was self-sponsored.

He called on the leaderships of churches and wealthy individuals to help in sponsoring pilgrims to Jerusalem.

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Pope to meet Muslim, Buddhist leaders in Philippines visit http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/22/pope-to-meet-muslim-buddhist-leaders-in-philippines-visit/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/22/pope-to-meet-muslim-buddhist-leaders-in-philippines-visit/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:57:00 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=223621 Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Pope Francis will meet with leaders of various religions when he visits the Philippines next month, pushing a message of tolerance in order to combat global religious conflicts, a church official said Monday.

The pontiff will hold a 10 to 15-minute dialogue with the dean of the Philippines’ largest Islamic studies centre and a Taiwan-based Buddhist leader on January 18, according to Father Carlos Reyes, a member of the committee organising the Pope’s visit.

He will also meet with the Hong Kong-based regional head of the Greek Orthodox Church, as well as a Hindu leader, Protestant bishops, and a Manila-based rabbi, Reyes told reporters.

The dialogue will be held at the 400-year-old church-run University of Santo Tomas in Manila, where the pontiff will also address a crowd of 25,000 youths.

“The church is Catholic, it is universal, we are in dialogue with the world,” Reyes said.

“It is our job as men and women of religion not to allow the fundamentalists or extremists to hijack the religion.”

The event comes as the largely-Catholic Philippines is implementing a peace deal signed last March with its main Muslim rebel group to create an autonomous area for the Muslim minority in the southern islands.

It also comes as the government fights a small band of hardliners that have reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, which has taken control of a swathe of territory across Iraq and Syria.

The military has in recent weeks intensified offensives against the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf, which is holding several hostages, including foreigners, in the troubled south.

Pope Francis will arrive in the country amid tight security on January 15 for a four-day visit highlighted by a mass in Tacloban City, ground zero for Super Typhoon Haiyan last year.

Haiyan’s monster winds spawned tsunami-like storm surges that wiped out entire towns and left more than 7,350 killed or missing.

The pontiff’s visit has the theme “mercy and compassion” and is expected to draw millions of the faithful to the public events.

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Winners Chapel adopts ‘Heaven On Earth’ as new way of greeting http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/22/winners-chapel-adopts-heaven-on-earth-as-new-way-of-greeting/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/22/winners-chapel-adopts-heaven-on-earth-as-new-way-of-greeting/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:51:38 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=223623 Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta

Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel

Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel

‘Heaven on Earth’ might not mean much to you but to members of Living Faith Church Worldwide, a.k.a. Winners Chapel, its the new way of greeting.

Bishop David Oyedepo, general overseer of the church has revealed that the congregation will now adopt a new formula of greeting which will henceforth be a uniform one.

The new greetings, according to the man of God, is a divine one which he disclosed will now be a global way of greeting for all Winners Chapel members.

“As the year’s running to an end, several things will be happening and it shall be good ones. Like from now in our church, we have adopted a new form of greeting which will now be the way we greet one another.

“The new greetings shall be, “Heaven on Earth” and the response will be, “Wonders without end, that is your realm and that is my realm,” Oyedepo stated.

This was revealed at the weekend during a special thanksgiving programme of the church which was held at Canaanland, the headquarters of the church, along Ota-Idiroko road, Ogun State.

The man of God admonished Nigerians to remain steadfast and prayerful especially at this trying period of the nation.

Oyedepo maintained that only God can deliver the country now, adding that, all hands must be on deck to ensure the country remains an indivisible one.

He however called on the people to allow God decision to prevail during next year election,as failure to accept that may cause crisis in the country.

Oyedepo submitted that God loves this country as it was blessed with both human and mineral resources, adding that, if politicians thread softly in 2015, the country will be better to live in.

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How My Prayer Healed Ebola Victim – Kumuyi http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/22/how-my-prayer-healed-ebola-victim-kumuyi/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/22/how-my-prayer-healed-ebola-victim-kumuyi/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:36:20 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=223613 Kazeem Ugbodaga

Pastor William Kumuyi

Pastor William Kumuyi

Over 100,000 Deeper Lifers were thrown into a state of ecstasy at the weekend as the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi told the congregation that his prayer healed an Ebola patient in one of the Ebola infested countries.

Kumuyi, who spoke at the National Deeper Life December Retreat held at the Deeper Life Conference Centre, DLCC, km 42 Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria, said he would not disclose the name of the country where his prayer healed the patient.

In his sermon on Enrichment Through Faith In God, Kumuyi said he prayed through the phone and the prayer was anwered by God who healed the Ebola patient in another country.

According to him, the National Overseer of that country had told him the problem at hand of a woman struck down with Ebola and was being isolated in a certain location in that country, saying that the overseer gave the woman’s phone number to him.

Kumuyi explained that when the woman called him on phone, he prayed a simple prayer of faith for her, saying that the national overseer later call to tell him that the woman was healed of Ebola immediately after the prayer.

He said a test was conducted on the woman and was discovered that she no longer has Ebola and was discharged from the quarantined centre, telling the congregation that if God could anwer the prayer on phone, how much more when the people could see him physically at the Retreat.

However, Kumuyi has declared that 2015 is the year of God’s visitation, saying God would give His people a cause to celebrate in the New Year. “God will visit you in the New Year; of everything holding you down, the Lord will break it. You will step into your Promised Land,” he said.

“Things will turn around in your life. It is not what you see yesterday, it is not what you see today, a brighter day is coming; the coming days for you will be better than the good old days. The things of the past may be wonderful, the things of today day will be more wonderful,” he said.

He urged all not to be like the complaining, critical and murmuring Israelites in the Bible but instead, they must know “something better is awaiting them in the present day. Things are going to be better at this time.”

Kumuyi further urged all not to meditate on the past, but “look forward for a new day, with new promises from the Lord.”

The pastor also urged Nigerians not to magnify present and past crises, but rather magnify the promises and plan of God. “For you to know that God has come to visit His people, nothing will stop you onward journey. God has not written you off. God has not forgotten you. There is a glorious day awaiting you; things will turn around. The bright future is starting today,” he said.

Kumuyi also strongly admonished his teeming adherents and other sincere seekers across the world to take insightful look into their lives and prepare for life beyond now as the return of the Lord is imminent.

He advised all people, especially Nigerians not to seek powers outside the confines of the word of God, saying that “we do not need to kill ourselves to have worldly and ephemeral powers.The word of God should moderate our conducts on earth.”

The man of God emphasised that worldly attainments would fade away, whereas the word of God remained forever, saying that as Christians and saints, “we must constantly feed ourselves with the word of God, which must be our guide, and by so doing, ultimately make heaven.”

He further stressed that it is pointless to fight for things that would not last beyond 60 to 70 years when “we can strive for the ideal of righteous and unblemished life through the grace of God, and through a life that is well-pleasing to God, to eventually attain a life that has no end, which is as blissful as it is glorious.”

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Church of England names first woman bishop http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/17/church-of-england-names-first-woman-bishop/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/17/church-of-england-names-first-woman-bishop/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:22:35 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=223144 Rev. Libby Lane

Rev. Libby Lane

The Church of England on Wednesday named vicar Libby Lane as its first woman bishop, following a historic change in its rules.

Lane was named as the next bishop of Stockport, in a dramatic new step for England’s state church after years of wrangling and division over the move.

“It is an unexpected joy for me to be here today,” Lane said after being named in Stockport, a town outside Manchester in northwest England.

“It’s a remarkable day for me and I realise an historic day for the church. I’m honoured and thankful to be called to serve as the next bishop of Stockport and excited, though not a little daunted, to be trusted with such a ministry.”

The mother church of the global Anglican Communion, which has around 85 million followers in more than 165 countries, gave its final approval to the change last month.

Other churches in the communion already have female bishops.

The Church of England backed the introduction of female priests in 1992 and the first were appointed two years later. They now make up one-third of the clergy.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s Downing Street office announced that Queen Elizabeth II, the head of the Church, had approved Lane’s nomination.

“I would like to congratulate Elizabeth Lane on her appointment as Suffragan See of Stockport and in doing so becoming the first woman bishop in the Church,” Cameron said in a statement.

“This is an historic appointment and an important step forward for the Church towards greater equality in its senior positions.”

He added that the government would bring forward legislation this week that would allow women bishops to sit in parliament’s upper House of Lords.

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