Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Actress to help combat teen suicide
Television star hopes to stop a growing number of youths from taking their own livesGabriella Seo Hyun-jin, TV actress, is shaking hands with Cardinal Cheong
- ucanews.com reporter, Seoul
- July 11, 2011
Gabriella Seo Hyun-jin, 26, agreed to become an āAngel for Pro-Life,ā during a meeting with Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk of Seoul today.
The āAngels for Pro-Life,ā teenage anti-suicide group, was recently established by the One-Body One-Spirit Movement (OBOS), the Seoul Archdioceseās social arm, to combat an upsurge in teen suicides in South Korea.
She was also appointed as an OBOS ambassador and received certificate from the cardinal.
Cardinal Cheong said it is crucial for people to gain fulfillment in life, noting, however, that many think about taking their own lives when they feel inadequate or a sense of underachievement.
Seo said she would do her best to play a significant role in youth suicide prevention.
The actress, who made her first TV appearanceĀ in 2001, is no stranger to charity or social work.
She helped poor children in Mongolia and Cambodia in 2008 by participating in an overseas volunteer program run by the OBOS, according to Father Joseph Kim Yong-tae, its general director.
The national police agency said South Korea has one of the highest overall suicide rates in the world. According to government statistics, the teenage suicide rate in 2009 stood at 6.5 per 100,000, up from 4.6 per 100,000 the previous year.
Youths march to highlight suicide