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 urge bloggers to fight health bill
Clergy want to convince them to use faith-based blogging in spreading CatholicismMonsignor Pedro Quitorio speaks during the meeting with bloggers (Photo: CBCP)
- Julian Labores, Manila
- June 8, 2011
Officials of the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) met with bloggers to convince them to use faith-based blogging in spreading Catholicism.
â€śLetâ€™s crusade for new media founded on solid grounds,â€ť Monsignor Pedro Quitorio, CBCP media director, told bloggers during a meeting yesterday.
Monsignor Quitorio said the meeting was aimed at creating a network of volunteer bloggers who will spread the â€śGospel of Lifeâ€ť in cyberspace.
It was not a how-to seminar, but rather a gathering meant to acknowledge the role of blogs in modern communications, he said.
â€śMedia is not only about talking or writing, itâ€™s more than that. In our context (as Catholics), itâ€™s about delivering Christâ€™s message,â€ť he said.
The Catholic Church is against the proposed RH bill because of provisions allowing artificial contraception.
Carlos Antonio Palad, one of the bloggers who attended the meeting, said there is a need to be proactive in campaigning against the bill.
â€śDo not be afraid. Letâ€™s engage our enemies (in the RH bill debate),â€ť Palad said.
Last month, the CBCP launched an online portal on pertinent issues related to family and life issues.
The portal contains position papers, as well as scientific and medical documents that back CBCPâ€™s stand against the RH bill.