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
Anti-graft activists also ’work for peace’
Priest calls corruption the principle cause of violence in the Philippines
- Rick R. Flores, Davao City
- January 26, 2011
â€śCorruption is violence and demoralizes the basic fibers of democracy,â€ť said Father Albert Alejo, who leads an anti-corruption drive dubbed Ehem!.
â€śThose who campaign against corruption are also the ones working for peace,â€ť Father Alejo told journalists this week at a forum to remember the â€śMaguindanao massacre.â€ť
At least 57 people, including 32 journalists, were murdered in Maguindanao province on Nov. 23, 2009 in what has been called the worst atrocity against journalists in history.
In fighting corruption, people should demand greater responsibility from the government, Father Alejo said. But â€śwe must also assert our citizenship by promoting greater change and reform,â€ť he added.
Abdulbasit Benito, executive director of the Bangsamoro Center for Just Peace, agreed with Father Alejo, saying that Muslims should also know that â€ścorruption kills.â€ť
â€śPublic service is a public trust and civil society organizations, especially those working in Maguindanao, are sometimes exploiting the situation,â€ť Benito said.
People should also demand â€śgreater honestyâ€ť from groups helping victims of conflict in Mindanao â€śbecause we donâ€™t know who their funds are going to,â€ť he added.
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