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 freedom of information
Churchmen and media urge Congress to pass delayed bill
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- September 21, 2012
"Our peoplesâ€™ right to information ... provides greater opportunity for their participation in good governance," said Bishop Broderick Pabillo, head of the bishops' National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace.
The prelate said it is the constitutional right of every Filipino to be informed of governmental affairs, and lack of access to information systematically leaves many in society open to exploitation and manipulation.
The bill would require all governmentÂ agencies to provideÂ full disclosure on issues considered in the public interest.
A vote on the bill in the House of Representatives was canceled at the beginning of August, after House leaders said there wereÂ certain points that needed to be resolved.
Bishop Pabillo called on President Benigno Aquino to make the bill an immediate priority.
"Unless the president sees the urgent need to pass the FOI bill, his campaign [on honest governance] is only a slogan, and has no firm basis," the bishop said.
Media groups marked the 40th anniversary of the declaration of martial law today by renewing calls for the passage of the bill.
The presidential palace last week said it is up to Congress to act on the proposed measure.
Representative Ben Evardone, chairman of the House committee on public information, said deliberations on the proposed measure will have resumed by November.
Information bill failure a shameless betrayal