Vatican Treasurer To Face Historical Sex Charges

Vatican Treasurer Cardinal George Pell, would face a court hearing in Australia in 2018, a Magistrate said on Friday.

Pell is to answer what the police described as “historical sexual offences’’; he is the most Senior Roman Catholic Official to face such accusations.

Pell, 76, a top adviser to Pope Francis, did not speak as he was escorted to and from Melbourne Magistrates’ Court by police through a group of media, protesters and supporters.

He was not required to enter a plea.

Australian police said in June Pell had been summoned to appear on charges of “historical sexual offences’’ from multiple complainants.

Details of the charges have not been made public.

Pell’s lawyers have said at a previous hearing that he would plead not guilty to all charges.

He is not required to enter a formal plea until a magistrate determines whether there is cause for a full trial.
At a 20-minute hearing a magistrate said the matter should return on March 5 for a committal hearing to determine whether it should proceed to a full trial.

The magistrate set aside four weeks for the committal hearing.

Pell is on a leave of absence from his Vatican role as Francis’ economy minister, which he started in 2014.
The pontiff has said he would not comment on the case until it is over.

 

Chief Imam Of Lagos, Sheikh Garuba Ibrahim Akinola, Dies At 79

Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Garuba Ibrahim Akinola is dead.

Akinola died on Sunday in Lagos at the age of 79 years.

However, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has expressed sadness over the death of Akinola.

The governor, in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, described the development as a great loss to the Muslim Community, the State and the country in general.

He said the late cleric would be sorely missed and remembered for his bold and courageous sermons which stood him out in the present-day Nigeria.

The governor said the late cleric was a great man of God who spoke truth to power not minding whose ox was gored, and contributed immensely to the growth and development of the State.

He said: “It is with deep sense of great loss but total submission to the will of God that I note the demise of the Chief Imam of our dear State, Alhaji Garuba Akinola. He was indeed a respected cleric who was always mindful of his integrity and used his sermons to engineer positive changes in the behaviour and character of his followers.

“He was a devout Muslim; humanist and bridge builder and would be remembered for his fairness, boldness and thought-provoking sermons.”

Ambode, while commiserating with the family of the late cleric, urged them to take solace in the fact that he lived a fulfilled life and contributed immensely to the peaceful coexistence in the State until his demise.

“On behalf of my family and the people of Lagos State, I like to specially commiserate with the immediate family of the deceased and the Muslim Community for this great irreparable loss,” the governor said.

New Islamic Year: Kano Govt. Declares Friday Public Holiday

The Kano State Government has declared Friday, Sept. 22, as public holiday to mark the new Islamic year.

This is contained in a statement signed by the state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba and issued to newsmen in Kano on Wednesday.

The Islamic New Year, which is first month in the lunar Islamic calendar, coincides with activities marking the nation’s 57th anniversary celebration.

Garba quoted the acting governor, Prof Hafiz Abubakar as congratulating the people of the state and Muslims the world over, for witnessing the new year.

He said Abubakar had appealed to Kano citizens to utilise the public holiday to offer prayers for peace and prosperity of the country.

He said the the acting governor had reassured the people of the state government’s determination to work hard towards improving their living standards.

He also called on Nigerians to join hands with the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in its determination to build a peaceful and harmonious country.

NAN reports that Friday, Sept. 22, is the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calender and it marks the beginning of the new Islamic year 1439 after Hijra.

Pastor E.A. Adeboye’s 50 Years of Honeymoon As A Lesson

I thank God for the marriage testimonies of the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor E. A. Adeboye, who has illuminated our understanding that marriage can still last ‘till death do us part.’

Marriage is a legally recognised relationship between two mature people of opposite s3x living together as husband and wife, except for the recent cases of gay marriages. It was originally meant to be ‘till death do us part’ but it seems this has been defeated. Cases abound of marriages that are not up to two weeks that suddenly hit the rocks.

The marriages of our forefathers lasted probably because of their understanding of what marriage was all about and the value system which abhorred raising children outside wedlock. It was even an abomination to divorce one’s wife or husband in those days.

The gradual erosion of our value system over the years as a result of modernisation has made the society to embrace divorce. Some couples today are not even mature to go into marriage, let alone paying the sacrifice the institution required.

He affirmed this during his 50th marriage anniversary when he said God had helped him to face the reality of marriage and that with patience, his marriage had been glorious.

Many marriages have indeed collapsed because of trivial issues such as the type of toothpaste and cars to use, positioning of pillows on the bed and engagement of housekeepers.

Family influence and expectations from couples, choice of partner, imposition by parents, religious incompatibility, unresolved differences are other factors traceable to the high rate of divorce today.

According to Pastor Adeboye, his love for his wife, Foluke, is new and fresh everyday over the past 50 years of honeymoon. This is wonderful and commendable, but many may think it is so because he is a man of God.

Adeboye knew what he wanted and so set his priorities right. His wife did not marry him because of riches, position or success, as he said he was probably the least qualified among those that could have married her.

For any marriage to last, God must play an important role. Love, understanding, trust, honesty, faith, maturity, sacrifice, responsibility, determination to succeed, forgiveness, communication, and open mind are also necessary. With understanding, there will be less disagreements, while issues will be resolved without allowing them to degenerate to a level of looking at each scornfully.

Relationships that lacktrust will definitely not last; you cannot build something on nothing. If the husband and wife trust each other, they will not read meaning into each other’s actions or inactions.

Adebisi Akolade
Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin.

EXCLUSIVE PICTURES: Pastor Adeboye, Wife Get Romantic At Book Launch

General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, and his wife, Folu, got friends and family blushing and cheering as they went romantic during a book launch in honour of the pastor.

The 40–chapter book, put together by several authors contained untold stories of Pastor Adeboye’s life – from his humble background, his education, marriage and partially, his spiritual life.

The launch on Tuesday took the Pastor by surprise as he was not aware of it.

While the event was a celebration of his life and years of spiritual leadership, it took an interesting twist when he and his wife kissed before the audience.

Present at the event were the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, captains of industry, as well as members of The Redeemed Christian Church of God.

Some of the dignitaries took turns to speak glowingly of the humility and strong faith of Pastor Adeboye.

Pastor Adeboye who clocked 75 in March 2017, received the mantle to become the General Overseer of RCCG in 1981 by the late founder, Pa Josiah akindayomi, a position which he says came to him as a shock.

From a very humble background in a little town of Ifewara, Osun State in the southwest of Nigeria he completed his primary and secondary school then moved to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka for his first degree in mathematics.

The clergyman who has been in the forefront of Pentecostal revolution, later got his master’s degree at the University of Lagos in 1970 and returned to UNILAG for his PHd programme.

Today, the redeemed Christian church has spread to about 198 nations and is still expanding the gospel of Christ through Pastor Adeboye.



Pastor Adeboye Touches Lives More Than Politicians – Obasanjo

Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has described the General Overseer (worldwide) of the Redeemed Christians Church of God (RCCG), Pastor E.A. Adeboye as a man who have touched more lives in the country more than politicians.

Obasanjo who gave this remark at the book presentation of “Pastor E.A. Adeboye: His Life and Calling” at the Auditorium of the RCCG Youth Centre, along the Lagos/Ibadan expressway on Tuesday, also revealed how Adeboye personally influenced his life.

According to the former President, “as a politician, we are supposed to touch lives, but, for Pastor Adeboye, he has touched more lives than politicians. He has been a man of God with a difference, whom I benefited from personally when I was consulting to contest the 1999 election.”

Obasanjo, who admitted that just like other guests, “I was told not to reveal my coming here by Mummy (Adeboye’s wife). How can I come to you without calling you? But, that was instruction. Until I am in this hall, I never see anything about this programme. That means we have committed sins by keeping this secret from you and we seek for forgiveness from you and I am sure we have been forgiven.”

On the book, Obasanjo noted that the 40 authors said to have written the book was not enough.

“Because we are still going to write the epilogue of Daddy and when we are going to do that, we are not going to be 40, but millions and I pray that you will be there to witness the epilogue of your live and calling,” Obasanjo said.

Wife of Pastor Adeboye, Pastor Mrs. Folu Adeboye said that the book was completely produced without the knowledge of her husband “because it is part of the year of surprises we are going to be having.”

She acknowledged the role played by the 40 authors in ensuring that the publication is near perfect, “because only God can be perfect,” she said.

Acting President, Yemi Osinbanjo, his wife, Dolapo and other top RCCG members were part of the ongoing event as at time of this report.

RCCG 2017 Convention: A Night of Miracles, Visitations, Signs and Wonders

On Thursday, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), announced that the following day, Friday, would be a “special day” and urged people to fast till about 3pm for it. He also urged people who were planning to be at the Camp, along the Lagos-Ibadan highway to come early. Fridays at RCCG Conventions are noted for peak attendance and wonders.
Pastor Adeboye was right.
“I have never seen a thing like this all my life,” said a fair-complexioned lady of about 45 years old on Friday afternoon as she dangled her car key‎ unconsciously.
Like the reporter, as early as 4.30 p.m. for an event that would start at 8pm, she had to park her car near the entrance of the new Camp at Simawa, and walk several metres to the Arena, the 3-kilometre-by-three-kilometre auditorium, which was purposeful built for an envisaged crowd of that size. But it would seem that on a day like that the auditorium would still come under pressure.
Many people had considered exit challenges and parked along the road metres before the entrance.
By 5p.m, The Arena was almost packed to capacity.
It was to be a night of multiple highpoints ‎witnessed by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, state governors, including Godwin Obaseki of Edo, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, Samuel Ortom of Benue and others top political office holders, top traditional leaders, and many other dignitaries who were actually participants rather than mere observers.

That an attendance and a population that large was kept safe without any incident was obviously one of the highpoints of the night – a miracle in itself.

With the completed sections of The Arena full to capacity, over three million people must have been there. Amazingly, the old auditorium at the Redemption Camp was almost full, even without the physical presence of Pastor Adeboye there. The auditorium seats three million people.
People also participated at viewing centres of the numerous RCCG parishes around the country, and in 194 other countries around the world.
Another highpoint of the “special day” of the praise singing and dancing, sermons and prayers was the call for “barren” women who had been blessed by God through prayers of the church to have babies in the last 20 months to take the children to the altar at the Arena for dedication.
From the reporter’s vantage front seat position, he tried to count the number of joyous women pouring in from his right; he counted over two thousand and gave up when the surge made it impossible.
People were also pouring in from all angles. In the end, an estimated pool of thousands of mothers had gathered at the altar, some of them shedding tears of joy.
The scene at the old auditorium, beamed on the screen, showed a similar pool. The same exercise was done at other viewing centres.
“I rejoice with you all because my father visited your wombs and gave you joy,” he said as he prayed for them.

Testimonies
In a church that doesn’t do image laundering, a count of the women was not taken. It would have been a waste of precious time anyway because of the numbers; same if attendance at such events should be counted.
The pace at such ceremonies does not also give room for the publicity of instant miracles, but it does allow people who have experienced God’s touch in the recent past to show appreciation to God in testimony-sharing ‎ sessions.
Yesterday, many families who had looked for the fruit of the womb, some for many years, gave testimony. Other testimonies came from a UK-resident whose vocal cord had been ripped mistakenly by doctors, who still wonder why he can speak; a female US citizen, who US doctors had declared mentally incapable of achieving high education because of an illness that afflicted her but had her mental capacity restored and now has a doctorate degree; many people with complicated diseases who had been cured among others.

The Sermons
Ahead of Pastor Adeboye, Rev Joe Olaiya, a popular evangelist had ministered on the futility of sinners trying to please or “buy God” with giving and sacrifices without begging for His mercy and salvation. When he did the altar call for sinners to seek God’s mercy, a large crowd of about the size of a football field responded at The Arena alone.
That was followed by a prayer session led by Pastor Mrs. Folu Adeboye for “nations and leaders at all level‎s.” She specifically prayed for the speedy recovery of President Buhari, as the church always does.

David Oyedepo
Bishop David Oyedepo, founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel, ministered next. He stressed the importance of praise. He listed the power of praise as including the invitation of God’s presence and glory, which provides His favour, healing, access to revelation, breakthrough, and fresh oil.

“Even if you have lost something precious, there is need to praise God because you didn’t lose everything,” he advised.

Pastor Adeboye
Pastor Adeboye, dressed in a green outfit, as his wife, took the pulpit next after songs from the Mass Choir of over a thousand members.
He also preached praise, showing why there is no excuse for one not to praise God. He said among every set of people, there are three subsets, comprising those who have lost battles in life, those still engaged in battles, and those who have won battles recently.
For all three groups, he said, there is need to praise God continuously‎ – the first set for hope and restoration; the second for God to fight their battles; and the third, who should not forget God and go partying because life is full of unending round of battles.

As usual he also invited people to the altar for salvation.

The climax
He took the night to a climax when he called for special attention to announce a special prayer session.
Like the night before, he took time to prepare the congregation for what some people might deem childish.

He extolled the achievements of the founder of the church, the late Rev Joseph Akindayomi, recalling that although he was illiterate God had done many great things for the church through revelations He gave him.
Among them was the name of the church given an illiterate in English; that he would travel the world over, which he did before he died; and spread the church, which is now 195 countries and counting.
That said, he paused and let out what was a secret to many people: God had instructed Rev Akindayomi to make a short wooden staff to be blessed; and to be handed over to his successor.
Hmmmmmm, the congregation went quiet for more information about that; and when he lifted up the staff, people went wild with excitement.

Again, he called for attention and explained that the staff had been given to him years ago but God ordered t
hat it should be used sparingly: he was going to use it at the Convention for three special prayers, including a prayer for God to make a way where there is no way. He would raise it‎ raise up, mention a prayer point and the congregation would pray.
The prayers done, he raised it up again to bless handkerchiefs – as he did and prayed, the congregation waved the handkerchiefs with shouts of “Halleluyah, halleluyah.”

“What a night!”‎ Many people were heard saying later as they streamed out of the Arena at about 2a.m on Saturday, forgetting what it had taken them to get to the venue, and the challenge of exiting the packed venue.

 

Source: PREMIUM TIMES

T.B Joshua Grounds Paraguay With Power-filled Crusade

Heaven was let open at the weekend when Prophet T.B Joshua of the Synaguoge Church of All Nations led the people on a two-day high power crusade to Paraguay.

The atmosphere was filled with high expectations as Paraguayans from all walks of life and government as well as religious leaders tropped to the Estadio Defensores Del Chaco in the capital, Asuncion to receive God’s touch.

Not less than a hundred wheelchaired people were healed of various ailments as they were seen leaving the magnificent stadium with their wheelchairs raised while they walked unaided for the first time in many years.

The two-day crusade which rounds off on Saturday started at about 6pm local time on Friday and saw many streets deserted, albeit with massive pockets of traffic on major roads leading to the stadium.

Over two million people from the city of Asuncion graced the occasion. Some of them who spoke with local media said no such miracles have ever been witnessed before in Paraguay. This was corroborated by one Mr. Mario Martinez, a Mexican who came all the way from Mexico City to attend the crusade.

The high point of the crusade was the official presentation of highest National Honour by the Paraguayan Parliament to Prophet T.B Joshua.

He was also presented with the key to the capital city of Asuncion by the Municipal Council – an indication that the city has been handed over to God for His blessing through Prophet T.B Joshua.

Apostle Suleman: Stephanie Otobo’s Partner Jumps Bail, Surety Remanded In Prison

There are indications that Miss Stephanie Otobo’s partner, Wisdom Godstime may have jumped bail prompting the police to arrest and arraign his surety, one Lateef Olakunle Sholagbade leading to a remand of the latter in Ikoyi Prison late Thursday by a Chief Magistrate Court in Lagos.

Miss Otobo and her accomplice, Wisdom Godstime had reportedly blackmailed and attempted to extort N500 million from Apostle Johnson Suleman, General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries with headquarters in Auchi, Edo State.

This followed a claim by Miss Otobo of an alleged amorous relationship with Apostle Suleman, including a so called promise by the cleric to marry her.

The police reportedly swung into action after being alerted by Apostle Suleman of the scheming of Miss Otobo, a Canada based ex-stripper and had her arrested along with Godstime identified as an accomplice at a bank in Lagos while attempting to withdraw money paid ostensibly to settle the said blackmailers.

Otobo and Godstime were subsequently charged before a Magistrates Court March 6, 2017 for terrorism and blackmail by the Inspector General of Police but granted bail and case adjourned to April 27, 2017. A second adjournment was fixed for July 20.

Following the failure of Otobo’s partner, Godstime to appear in court on the two adjourned dates, the police arrested and arraigned Lateef Olakunle Sholagbade one of the sureties who stood for bail to be granted.

The charge read by Police Prosecutor M.A. Animashaun, Esq stated that Sholagbade and others at large conspired to pervert the course of justice an offence punishable by Sections 97 and 104 (1) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

Chief Magistrate K.B. Ayeye in her ruling rejected the plea for bail by the accused and instead ordered him remanded in Ikoyi Prison till September 14, 2017.

It will be recalled that Miss Otobo had vowed to sue the police and Apostle Suleman for wrongful detention and failing to pay the said N500 Million for damages sustained as a result of the promise by the renowned pastor to marry her. Neither suits have been filed in court till date.