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Lookout for New Moon From Sunday, Sultan Urges Muslims

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has requested Muslim Ummah to start to look for the new moon of Rabi’ al-thani 1442AH from Sunday.

Abubakar made the request in a statement signed by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto, on Saturday.

“This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Sunday Nov. 15, which is equivalent to 29th day of Rabi’ al-awwal 1442AH, shall be the day to look for the new moon of Rabi’ al-thani 1442AH.

“Muslim are, therefore, requested to start looking for the new moon on Sunday and report its sighting to the nearest district or village Head for onward communication to the Sultan,’’ Junaidu said.

The Sultan prayed Allah to help Muslims in the discharge of their religious duties.

Rabi’ al-thani is the 4th month in the Islamic calendar after the birth month of Prophet Muhammad.


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Pope Francis Presses Young Catholics For A New Economy

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Pope Francis urged young Catholic entrepreneurs Saturday to develop a new, more just economic model that could save a mistreated planet while helping the poor and the excluded.

Francis spoke via a video message beamed to a virtual meeting of young business leaders and urged them to make major changes to global economic relationships.

“You recognize the urgent need for a different economic narrative,” the pontiff said in comments translated into English.

“The present world system is certainly unsustainable from a number of points of view and is harming our sister earth, so gravely maltreated and despoiled, together with the poor and the excluded in our midst,” the pope remarked.

He pointed out that the coronavirus epidemic had caused people to think about the situation the world found itself in.

“Once the present health crisis has passed, the worst reaction would be to fall even more deeply into feverish consumerism,” Francis added.

The Argentinian-born pope has regularly taken capitalism to task, accusing it of indifference to social inequality and a party to the depletion of the planet’s resources.

He pressed the young business leaders and academics from 115 countries to “give birth to an economic culture” that inspired trust and created resources “that will enlighten minds, warm hearts” and give “all young people, with no one excluded — a vision of the future.”


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Vatican Vows To Get To The Bottom Of Racy Papal Instagram ‘Like’

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Pope Francis takes off his face mask as he arrives by car to hold a limited public audience at the San Damaso courtyard in The Vatican on September 9, 2020 during the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP)

The Vatican has launched an investigation into how Pope Francis’s Instagram account “liked” a raunchy photograph of a Brazilian bikini model with her bottom on display, an official said Friday.

Natalia Garibotto, 27, posed in a white cropped top, suspenders and the smallest of tartan skirts for a naughty school girl picture that was given the thumbs up by the official Franciscus account last week.

“I’m going to heaven,” the blonde model tweeted after an eagle-eyed fan snapped a screenshot of the “like”.

It was removed a day later by the Vatican’s social media team, which tweets or likes on the pontiff’s behalf.

“The issue is currently being investigated in close contact with Instagram,” a Vatican official told AFP, after speculation someone in the social media team could accidentally have liked the picture while logged in as Francis.

Francis has 7.4 million Instagram followers, but does not follow any other profiles and does not appear to have “liked” anything else.

-AFP


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Umahi’s Defection: Primate Ayodele Reveals Political Future Of Ebonyi Governor

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The leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has spoken on the defection of the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He said that Umahi had begun a journey that will lead to the end of his political career, adding that APC will crack soon, and the reason behind him joining the party will not be achieved.

In the same vein, he issued a strong warning to the Governors, Aminu Tambuwal, Ben Ayade, and others against leaving the PDP for APC.

Ayodele explained that if the governors cross to APC, they will lose their political grounds completely.

“The governor of Ebonyi, David Umahi, has set out on a journey that will see the end of his political career. He will lose his political credence,” he said in a statement to newsmen on Thursday.

“Also, to the governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal, the governor of Cross rivers State, Ben Ayade, and the Governor of Abia State. If they decamp to APC, They will lose their political grounds completely.

“I foresee that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will crack and if the Governors cross to the party, their aim will never be achieved.”


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