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
Bishops call for abortion bill protests
- ucanews.com reporter, Colombo
- Sri Lanka
- November 6, 2012
Catholics are being urged to observe November 11 as the âDay of the Unborn Child.â
Under the proposed law expected to be put before parliament this week, abortions would be permitted in cases of underage rape, incest and fetuses with severe abnormalities, according to Tissa Karaliyadda, Minister for Child Development and Womenâs Affairs.
Bishop's conference secretary general, Bishop Norbert Andradi, said yesterday that the faithful shouldÂ demonstrate peacefully if the bill is presented this week.
âWe call on Catholic parliamentarians, policy makers to vote against the bill and Catholics in the medical profession to shun abortions or advise pregnant women not toÂ have them,â he added.