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Pope thanks journalists for exposing Catholic Church sex scandals

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Pope Francis on Saturday thanked journalists for helping uncover the clerical sexual abuse scandals that the Roman Catholic Church initially tried to cover up.

The pope praised what he called the “mission” of journalism and said it was vital for reporters to get out of their newsrooms and discover what was happening in the outside world to counter misinformation often found online.

“(I) thank you for what you tell us about what is wrong in the Church, for helping us not to sweep it under the carpet, and for the voice you have given to the abuse victims,” the pope said.

Francis was speaking at a ceremony to honour two veteran correspondents — Philip Pullella of Reuters and Valentina Alazraki of Mexico’s Noticieros Televisa — for their long careers spent covering the Vatican.

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The sexual abuse scandals hit the headlines in 2002, when U.S. daily The Boston Globe wrote a series of articles exposing a pattern of abuse of minors by clerics and a widespread culture of concealment within the Church.

Since then, scandals have rocked the Church in myriad countries, most recently France where a major investigation found in October that French clerics had sexually abused more than 200,000 children over the past 70 years.

Critics accused Francis of responding too slowly to the scandals after he became Pontiff in 2013 and of believing the word of his fellow clergy over that of the abuse victims.

But in 2018 he tried to address past mistakes, publicly admitting he was wrong about a case in Chile and vowing that the Church would never again seek to cover up such wrongdoing. In 2019 he called for an “all-out battle” against a crime that should be “erased from the face of the earth”.

Francis on Saturday said journalists had a mission “to explain the world, to make it less obscure, to make those who live in it less fear it”.

To do that, he said reporters needed to “escape the tyranny” of always being online. “Not everything can be told through email, the phone, or a screen,” he said.

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Time For Community Policing In Imo

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When Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State started this year with commissioning of projects, it took very many people by surprise.

Management experts have argued that with careful planning, the sublime is achievable within the shortest possible time. It is also said that those who fail to plan, plan to fail. Therefore, following Uzodinma’s plans, policies and projects, it may not be difficult to understand how he could achieve the feat.
The governor is a listening governor. Wherever he is going wrong and it is pointed out, he quickly corrects himself. He is doing a good job under the circumstances.
These are difficult times in the last two years and he’s come out well. I commend him for the ongoing renovation of over 305 health centers across the INEC Wards of the twenty-seven local government areas of the state. He never allowed himself to be distracted by the previous occurrences that triggered the state of unrest in Imo.

The renovation of the health centres would open fresh window for employment opportunities for Imo indigenes. No matter the falsehood dished out by few persons on social media under the sponsorship of desperate oppositions who are not sure of their own destination, the good news remains that Uzodinma is doing well.

The issue of unknown gunmen and kidnapping should be put to an end. Community policing is very important. Community policing remains the best security tool to stamp out all shades of criminal practices. There should be no further delay. Vigilance groups should be formed and equipped.

The governor has promised to do this. I heard him say “we shall create a Neighbourhood Security Watch code-named “North East West” (NEW) involving a coordinated network of Community Intelligence Gathering Programme in liaison with the NPF, DSS, NSCDC, NSO and some Private Security Companies.

“In tandem, we shall launch Operation “FOC,” (Flush Out Criminals) – a combined security operations targeted at flashpoints and centres of high criminal activities, including hideouts, jungles, uncompleted buildings, forest, shrines, lakes and creeks, etc. Whether in Ohaji Egbema, or Nwaorieubi Shrine at Ifakala, or in the thick jungle at Akokwa, or Njaba or Urashi, We shall rout them and free our society of the menace of banditry, kidnappings, and ritual killings including Yahoo-Plus, and Alibaba Gangstars.

It shall be a “SAD” season for criminals in Imo State” Government should intensify manhunt operations against identified target groups and criminal syndicates. People from the communities know these criminals and kidnappers and they can help government smoke them out from their holes.
•Uwadi writies from Mahu-Egbema, in Imo State

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Foluke Daramola-Salako denies being paid to endorse Tinubu

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Nollywood actress Foluke Daramola-Salako has responded to the criticisms projected towards her and her colleague for singing Tinubu’s praise in a viral video in which they chant “Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.”

It was reported that the video offended many Nigerians who accused her of endorsing Tinubu. Foluke said, however, she did not receive any money, claiming, instead, that they were preaching peace.

She insisted that the video had nothing to do with politics nor her singing was intended to endorse Tinubu’s candidacy for the general election in 2023.

The 43-year-old actress said that despite her being a card-carrying member of the APC, she had not endorsed anyone at that time.

“I need to set the record straight, I never endorse anyone, please don’t get things twisted,” she said in a video uploaded to Instagram.

“What we went to do yesterday had nothing to do with politics, we are in a group advocating for peace and unity in Nigeria.

“Although I’m a card-carrying member of APC, we did not go in the capacity of endorsing Asiwaju Tinubu for President and it was not a Nollywood thing.

“I was not paid in any way for this, it was meant to be a unity and peace campaign nothing more.

“Don’t let us get it twisted, it does not have anything to do with politics or Nollywood, let’s be guided!”

Daramola-Salako is most notable for being nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2013 at the Africa Movie Academy Award.

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Video: Actress Didi Ekanem Left Helpless As Fire Engulfs Her Mansion In Lagos

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Actress Didi Ekanem was seen crying helplessly as she shared videos of her house engulfed in flames.

The fire incident broke out on Sunday in her lagos apartment.

Ekanem stated that the fire had engulfed everything she had worked for in Lagos.

While weeping and counting her loss, Ekanem lamented that all her late nights of hard work had gone in a second.

She added that the only tangible thing in her possession from the wreck is her international passport.

She wrote: “Everything that I have worked for in this Lagos, all my efforts to have a good place to live in this , all my late nights of hard work gone within a second . I’m only left with my passport . Don’t know where I and my sister can go from here . I’m lost! Someone wake me up 

Born on August 27, 1988, Ekanem is best known for her performances in Doll House (2015), Damaged Petal (2015) and Journey to Dreamland (2016).

She co-starred with Juliet Ibrahim in the drama Doll House.

She studied linguistics at the University of Port Harcourt.

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