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 in hot water over warship tour
Church group says visit to US aircraft carrier sends wrong signal
- D'Jay Lazaro, Manila
- May 18, 2011
TheÂ Promotion of Church Peoples Response (PCPR) said Aquino wasÂ "displaying personal caprices" by boarding the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson of the United States (US).
The warship docked in Manila Bay over the weekend for a four-day visit after a mission in the Arabian Sea that reportedly included the burial-at-sea of Al Qaeda-leader Osama bin Laden.
Aquino's visit to the ship "shows that his administrationâ€™s foreign policy is the same with the previous administration,â€ť PCPR said in a statement.
Nardy Sabino, the group's secretary general, said Aquino's action "brought our nation in a bad light in the midst of the strong call against US war of aggression."
Aquino and some members of his Cabinet toured the US aircraft carrier on Saturday.
The presidential palace earlier said Aquino's tour of the USS Carl Vinson was planned about a month ago and was not intended to convey any special message in relation to the fight against terrorism.
A militant peasant organization, however, said the visit of the nuclear-powered warship should be investigated because the US seemed to have "turned the Philippines a US military rallying point after its interventionist attack in Pakistan."
Danilo Ramos, head of the Peasant Movement of the Philippines, said despite a supposed review of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the US, the latter "continuously displays arrogance and might by stepping on the countryâ€™s national sovereignty."
Ramos also said Aquinoâ€™s visit to the USS Carl Vinson on Saturday "smacks of puppetry and made a mockery of the countryâ€™s sovereignty."