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 orders media blackout
Monsignor under scrutiny over abuse and ivory smuggling
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- October 4, 2012
Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu has issued an instruction that no statement should be made.
Msgr. Garcia, former head of the Archdiocesan Commission on Worship, was suspended and stripped of all his positions in the archdiocese in JuneÂ by order of the Vatican, as it investigates allegations that he molested altar boys more than 20 years ago in the United States.
There was further trouble for Msgr. Garcia when he commented on the illegal ivory trade in the Philippines, in an article that appeared in the October issue of National GeographicÂ magazine.
The article led to a government investigation and an examination of Msgr. Garciaâ€™s ivory collection, which includes crucifixes and Jesus figurines.
Retired Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal said he received a copy of Archbishop Palma's letter last Friday and will abide by the directive.
Investigation to look into ivory trade