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Miracle!!! Catholic Priest Escapes After Kidnappers Who Were Demanding $300,000 Drank His Holy Wine And Slept Off

Miracle!!! Catholic Priest Escapes After Kidnappers Who Were Demanding $300,000 Drank His Holy Wine And Slept Off

  • His captors allegedly drank Holy Communion wine they stole from his house and slept off.

Rev. Fr. Timothy Nwanja, abducted by gunmen in Ebonyi State, Nigeria has been confirmed by the police in the state as a free man.

Also rescued was the cook to the priest who was abducted with her boss.

The priest escaped after his captors allegedly drank Holy Communion wine they stole from his house and slept off.

This is even as the police said that they arrested one of the suspected kidnappers.

Two of the kidnappers escaped but the police vowed to track them down.

According to sources, the cleric, who serves at St. Mary’s parish, was kidnapped by three gunmen at about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night in his residence.

The police spokesperson in the state, Loveth Odah, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, who confirmed the rescue, said that the police acting on tip-off, raided the criminals’ hideout.

She narrated that the kidnappers sneaked into the priest’s room on Sunday while he was having his dinner and took him and his cook away.

She said that the priest’s cook who had gone upstairs to get water from the refrigerator was first captured.

When the priest heard the loud screaming, he ran upstairs to know what was going on and they also captured him. One of them was familiar with the area.

They took him away in his own vehicle. They blindfolded him and tied his ears so that he would not be able to listen to their interaction.

At a point, they separated the cook and the priest. They allowed the cook to go but it was a plot,” she narrated.

Mrs. Odah disclosed that the cleric had jumped out through the window of the uncompleted building where he was taken to after his three captors took Holy Communion wine and slept off.

She said that the criminals had planned to request the sum a N100 million($300,000 US) ransom from the Bishop of Abakaliki Diocese in the morning before they ran out of luck.

Popular Vicar Who Converted To Catholicism Taking Half His Flock With Him

Popular Vicar Who Converted To Catholicism Taking Half His Flock With Him

Switch: Father Donald Minchew outside St Mary’s Catholic Church, Croydon, south London, where he has been based since he left the Church of England

A vicar led half his congregation in converting to Catholicism after complaining that the Church of England is telling believers in traditional values to ‘sod off’.

Father Donald Minchew was followed by 70 of his flock in 2012 when he left the Anglican church where he has led services for nearly two decades to join a Catholic church less than 500 yards up the road.

He said the extraordinary leap of faith made him feel like the ‘Prodigal Son’ returning to a church with established beliefs after years of enduring the ‘pick and choose’ attitude of the CofE where congregations are fed on a diet of ‘pap and banality’.

The 63-year-old quit St Michael’s and All Angels parish church in Croydon, south London, to move to neighbouring St Mary’s Church because he opposed many decisions by the General Synod, including the ordination of women priests and bishops.

When he first told his congregation at St Michael’s of his plan during a service there was ‘surprise and astonishment’, he said.

‘They faced a stark choice – to follow me or stay where they were with what was left.

Leap of faith: Monsignor Broadhurst with some of the people he converted at a church just 500 yards away

 

‘I never bullied or pressured anyone to join me. I let them make their own choices.

‘In the end about 70 of the congregation of 120 came with me.

‘They are very brave because they have answered the call of God and done it at great cost, often causing rifts and divisions with family and old friends.

‘The Anglican bishop and Archdeacon of Croydon were extremely understanding and supportive.

‘But from within St Michael’s there were a few false rumours put around to try to keep members of the congregation, including the ludicrous claim that the Catholic church would be ordaining women within a decade.

‘It was a little uncomfortable but I have no regrets.

‘When I was ordained in the Church of England in 1976 there were some things that would never be challenged.

‘But now it just seems that everything has come up for grabs.

‘Those of us who believed in traditional values and opposed the ordination of women and other innovations, who were once an honoured and valued part of the Cof E, are now just being told to ‘sod off’. That’s the bottom line.

‘They all talk of being inclusive and being a broad church when what they really mean is bugger off if you don’t believe in what we believe.

‘Making the move has been like coming home. I feel like the Prodigal Son returning.

‘It is a return to a faith that has fixed values that are not going to change at the next meeting of the General Synod.

‘The Church of England has become like a buffet where you pick and choose which commandments and doctrines you want to follow.

‘We are being fed this pap diet of common worship and banality upon banality rather than the Book of Common Prayer.’

Father Minchew and his followers were received into the full communion at St Mary’s Church last week. Former Anglican bishop Monsignor John Broadhurst received and confirmed the group, who will now form the Croydon Ordinariate.

Father Minchew said 2,000 people attended the mass at St Mary’s on Easter Sunday – more than ten times the congregation he got at his previous church on an Easter Sunday.

He said: ‘In the Catholic Church they take their faith seriously compared to the take it or leave it attitude of the Church of England, where there’s a sense of ‘I don’t fancy it this Sunday.’

The father of four, who is a widower, spent a year deciding on whether to make the move which had serious financial implications for him and his family.

He sacrificed his £11,500-a-year pension – which he was due to start drawing in 18 months – and will have to leave his vicarage home because of his decision.

Parishioner Barry Barnes was one of those who left after 30 years in the congregation at St Michael and All Angels.

He said: ‘We saw where the church was going and decided we could no longer stay in the Church of England.

‘My wife and I decided the Church of England was no longer where we wanted to be and we joined the Ordinariate for a number of reasons.

‘Their attitude towards homosexuality and in light of the possible ordination of women as bishops, neither of us can accept that.’

A spokesman for the Diocese of Southwark, said while they regretted losing Father Minchew and some members of his congregation, ‘we wish them well for their future Christian journey’.

 

source: DailyMail

 

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“I’ll See You in Heaven”: Cancer-Stricken Mother Dies After Giving Birth

“I’ll See You in Heaven”: Cancer-Stricken Mother Dies After Giving Birth

“I’ll See You in Heaven”: Cancer-Stricken Mother Dies After Giving Birth

May God welcome Carrie home, and may He comfort her loving family with the promise of eternal life.

In March 2017, Carrie DeKlyen first experienced what she thought were migraine headaches. A few weeks later, the busy mother of five visited the doctor, expecting an easy fix; instead, she learned that she had a brain tumor. The news just got worse and worse. Doctors first thought it was lymphoma; but after surgery, pathology tests and an MRI revealed that DeKlyen had glioblastoma multiforme, the deadliest type of brain tumor. Without chemotherapy, she would die.

Oh, and the blood tests also revealed that she was pregnant.

Doctors told Carrie that unless she agreed to abort the fetus, she could not participate in clinical trials which could prolong or even save her life. But Carrie and her husband Nick, from the small western Michigan town of Wyoming, believed in the sanctity of life. As Nick explained, “Me and my wife, we are people of faith. We love the Lord with everything in us. We talked about it, prayed about it.”

And despite the warnings of the surgeon, the DeKlyens chose to continue the pregnancy, even though it meant that Carrie could receive no treatment and would surely die.

In June, DeKlyen began to experience severe headaches that left her nauseous. Nineteen weeks into her pregnancy, she ended up in the emergency room, where she lost consciousness. It was too late to save her, the doctors said, but they might be able to save her baby.

And so the comatose DeKlyen was put on devices to help her breathe and keep her alive, until the baby was strong enough to survive outside the womb.

On Wednesday, September 6, just 24 weeks and five days into the pregnancy, Carrie and Nick’s baby girl entered the world weighing just 567 grams (1 pound, four ounces). In neonatal intensive care, the baby is doing well – gaining weight and, Nick says, “almost breathing on her own.” She’s been given the name “Life Lynn”, the name chosen by her parents two years ago, before Carrie’s illness and after the birth of their fifth child.

The following day, September 7, doctors removed the feeding and breathing tubes that kept Carrie alive. And on Saturday, September 9, surrounded by her loving family, Carrie died.

Faith played an important part in the lives of the DeKlyens. According to Carrie’s obituary in the Detroit Free Press, they met in church when Carrie was just 10 and Nick was 12. They were married for 17 years and had five children ranging in age from two to 18, before she was diagnosed with cancer.

Nick DeKleyn’s last words to his wife, as she lay in her hospital bed, were “I’ll see you in heaven.”

Carrie’s story is reminiscent of the story of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, the Italian physician and mother who refused both an abortion and a hysterectomy while pregnant with her fourth child – even though she knew that her own life was at stake. Saint Gianna died in April 1962, after giving birth to a daughter, and was canonized by Pope St. John Paul II on May 16, 2004.

May God welcome Carrie home, and may He comfort her loving family with the promise of eternal life.

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