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
Birth control issue gets internationalized
Filipino bishop claims US prelates support anti-pill standFilipino Catholics join a march against the birth control bill pending in Congress
- Julian Labores, Manila
- February 10, 2011
Archbishop Paciano Aniceto, head of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life of the Philippine bishopsâ conference, said he received a call from Archbishop Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, expressing support for the anti-birth-control campaign.
âHe told me they are praying for the Philippine Catholic Church and our advocacy against the RH bill,â said Archbishop Aniceto in an interview on Radio Veritas.
"(So) the Catholic bishops of America are one with us in pushing for the protection of the sanctity of life, dignity of the family and the health of our women," he added.
Filipino bishops have been vocal in opposing the passage of the RH bill, which they claim supports artificial contraception.
Archbishop Aniceto said Cardinal George assured him the US bishops pray that the Filipinos will win the battle against measures that attack the sanctity of life.
Archbishop Aniceto said the Catholic Church in the Philippines will do everything to block the passage of the measure that he said pushes âthe culture of death.â
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