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
Bishop backs honors for suicide soldier
Military prelate says officer's service should be taken into accountFlowers from friends surround the chapel where the wake for former defense chief Angelo Reyes is held
- ucanews.com reporters, Manila
- February 9, 2011
Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of the Archdiocese of Batangas said Reyes should be accorded the honors for his service to the country.
"I donât have any objections... since he served the country well," the archbishop said.
Reyes was recently dragged into a congressional probe of alleged fund anomalies in the military establishment.
Police investigators said Reyes committed suicide on Tuesday by shooting himself to the heart in front of the tomb of his mother.
Archbishop Arguelles, however, said: âA person is innocent until he is found guilty. We should not condemn him right away because he did not stand trial,â the archbishop said.
He appealed to those who might have caused the death of Reyes to respect the wish of the family not to attend the wake âbecause if they go, theyâll just add to the pain of the family.â
A statement from the presidential palace said Reyes will be given military honors despite allegations linking him to corruption in the military.
Military Ordinary Bishop Leopoldo Tumulak said the death of Reyes left more questions than answers.
"I hope this does not stop the [corruption] investigation because I believe everybody should be given a chance to explain their side or to testify freely and truthfully," the military prelate said.
Bishop Tumulak, who is currently in Rome, said unless the investigation continues, âit may be impossible to find the truth.â
He said he is saddened by Reyesâ death.
Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Cotabato said the death of the former military chief was âvery sad news.â
Church leaders urge backing for âtruth-tellersâ
Ex-military chief âcan get Church burialâ