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 eye flour aid to North Korea
Money raised at special Mass to provide 100 tons of food relief
- Stephen Hong, Seoul
- June 30, 2011
Father Raphael Seo Jong-yeob, executive secretary of the Korean bishopsâ€™ Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People, handed Â over 50 million won (US$46,000) yesterday to Father Simeon Lee Jong-Keon, secretary of Caritas Korea International (CKI), the Korean bishopsâ€™ first official foreign relief agency.
During the Mass, which around 20,000 Catholics attended, a total of 77 million won was collected. The remaining 27 million won will be spent on helping North Korean defectors in South Korea.
The committee said yesterday they will seek unification ministry approval to ship the flour to North Korea soon.