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 calls for end to mining
Prelate says other options can be examined to address illegal miningFilipino journalists plant mangroves to mark World Environment Day
- Buboy Sese and Bernardino Balabo, Quezon City
- June 7, 2011
Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila said other options can be examined to address illegal mining in the country.
Church groups and environmental activists also launched a bike tour yesterday to urge the government to pass a bill pending in Congress that will curb illegal mining.
"We are one in calling on President Aquino to order a mining moratorium and address the problem of illegal mining," Bishop Pabillo said.
It seems that the government has failed to address the issue and "the only way to stop it is to stop it," he added.
The prelate said mining operations are being encouraged by the government with the issuance of permits.
In Malolos diocese, Monsignor Manny Villaroman, head of the Commission on Family and Life, called on Catholics to be "good stewards of the environment" saying it is a "gift from God."
The priest hailed the passage yesterday of a local government ordinance -- the 2011 Environmental Code of Bulacan, calling it a "good blueprint for conserving the environment."
"Conserving the environment is for our own good as humans, especially for future generations," Monsignor Villaroman said.
Father Dario Cabral, chairman of the dioceseâ€™s Commission on Mass Communications, said the passing of the environmental code by Bulacan authorities is "long overdue."
"It should have been done a long time ago. But it's good. We can now demand a structured program for the environment," the priest said.