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
Archbishop gets car drive in gear
Fundraiser to replace vehicles returned by scandal-tarnished bishops nears targetFilipinos line up in Manila's Quiapo district to donate to a fund drive to buy vehicles for seven Catholic bishops. (Photo by Eddie Leanillo)
- Lourdes Abelardo, Manila
- July 28, 2011
The donations were considered unethical by many and the charity sweepstakes office and the bishops were accused of violating the Philippine Constitution.
The fund-raising drive is the brainchild of rights activist Romulo Macalintal of the Coalition for Life and former Manila mayor Lito Atienza.
But Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu clarified that his endorsement only applies to prelates in his archdiocese.
"I gave my endorsement for Cebu," Archbishop Palma said.
Atienza said he appealed to Catholics to support the fund-raising drive to show concern and sympathy to the bishops.
Atienza and Macalintal say they have raised 2.5 million pesos (US$59, 200) since their appeal was launched.
Television host Willie Revillame earlier donated two vehicles and a cash donation of 100,000 pesos (US$2,367), while boxing champ Manny Pacquiao also pledged 100,000 pesos.
With what weâ€™ve raised so far "we only need funds for two more vehicles to accomplish our mission," Macalintal said.
The fund drive in the Archdiocese of Cebu will continue until July 31.