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
Aquino calls for unity in Eid address
President praises role of Muslim minority in efforts towards lasting peace
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- August 20, 2012
Addressing close to 10 million Muslims as many headed to mosques on Monday in a country that has seen years of Islamic insurgency, Aquino highlighted what he called â€ścompassion, discipline and solidarityâ€ť among Muslim Filipinos who had shown â€śproactive participation in nation-building.â€ť
â€śThe bedrock of a robust society is an empowered citizenry working together for the achievement of lasting peace and meaningful reform, and there is no doubt that our Muslim brothers and sisters contribute greatly to this foundation,â€ť he said.
Teresita Quintos Deles, a presidential adviser on peace talks with the largest Islamic separatist group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), called on Muslims to â€śaccompany usâ€ť in the next stages of the process.
â€ś[Eid al-Fitr] is a time to nurture peace as one becomes stronger and wiser at the heart of struggles, and gentler and more forgiving in the midst of conflict,â€ť she said.
After decades of clashes, Aquino held a secret meeting with MILF chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim a year ago in Japan, and peace talks are ongoing despite recent clashes involving soldiers that have splintered from the main rebel group.
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