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 wants transparency bill passed quickly
Legislation would transform state accountability
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- January 21, 2013
Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the social action secretariat of the bishops' conference, today joined calls for the Freedom of Information Bill to be passed immediately in Congress.
The bill, if it becomes law, will force government agencies to disclose information on public interest transactions, documents and records.
The prelate said its passage and the enforcement of its proposed measures will be "a great service to the people."
He said it will empower the poor with a new tool of information that "will promote social justice by giving the opportunity for social auditing towards the pursuit of the common good. We join the different sectors who continue to push for the passage of the FOI Bill."
Under the measure, compulsory disclosures will be made by posting documents on government websites for easy access. These documents must also be made available upon personal request.
Government agencies will be mandated to grant requests for access to information within 15 days after receiving them.
Vital information will be translated into major Filipino languages and made easier to comprehend.
Pabillo said President Benigno Aquino and administration candidates in this year's mid-term elections will lack credibility if the FOI Bill is not passed.
The prelate added that even as the president and his candidates emphasize good governance, accountability and transparency, "this assertion would indeed lack credibility if the FOI Act remains a pipe dream for us Filipinos."