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
Archdiocese launches anti-poverty website
New site helps mark seventh anniversary of fund-raising movementA poster on the Pondo ng Pinoy website
- ucanews.com staff, Manila
- June 9, 2011
‚ÄúPondo ng Pinoy, the movement started by Archbishop Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales, which is now a community foundation, is marking its seventh year with a focus on a deeper transformation of Pondo ng Pinoy givers and receivers,‚ÄĚ the archdiocese said in a statement today.
‚ÄúThe principle behind Pondo ng Pinoy is that small acts of goodness done frequently, regularly and consistently will lead the person doing it to heaven,‚ÄĚ it said.
The program urges people to save at least 25 centavos (about half a US cent) every day as an expression of kindness for the poor.
‚ÄúThis small act, when pooled together becomes an important instrument for helping the poor,‚ÄĚ the statement added.
The website launched today contains information about the foundation, including it programs, projects and beneficiaries.
Other activities yesterday included an audio-visual presentation, a photo exhibit, a poster-making contest, a certificate program on community development, a partnership program with Pastoral Care for Children and an award for the best Pondo ng Pinoy acts by parishes and schools.
Some 7,000 people were expected to attend the celebrations led by Cardinal Rosales.
In June 2010, ‚ÄúPondo ng Pinoy‚ÄĚ collections exceeded 200 million pesos, and helped fund 1,081 projects.