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 condemn journalist killing
Nestor Libaton is the third journalist killed in the country in just over two weeksRadio journalist Nestor Libaton was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen on May 8
- Manuel T. Cayon and Lourdes Abelardo, Manila
- May 10, 2012
Three unidentified gunmen shot and killed Nestor Libaton around 2 p.m. on May 8 as he was traveling by motorbike back to Mati City, after covering a fair.
Archbishop Jose Palma, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, called on authorities to solve the case as soon as possible.
"We hope and pray that the authorities will act on it and that justice may be pursued," the prelate said during a Radyo Veritas broadcast.
"Whoever did this should realize the grave sin they committed," Palma said.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines also condemned the killing.
Libaton was the third journalist killed in the Philippines in the past 15 days.Â Rommel Palma was killed in Koronadal City on April 24, and Michael Calanasan was shot in Laguna on April 30.
Libaton hosted a program that focused on development projects by the provincial government.
Police say they have yet to establish a motive for the killing.
Radio reporter shot dead