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
Cardinal urges calm amid turmoil
Calls for 'rational dialogue' as criticism mounts over scandal-plagued electionCardinal John Tong speaking today at a press conference in Hong Kong
- ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
- Hong Kong
- March 2, 2012
The diocesan leaders will not join the territory-wide protest tomorrow and will not encourage the Catholics to do so, he said during his first press conference after becoming cardinal on February 18.
â€śI think that Church leadersâ€™ expressing opinions in a moderate way is more valued by others.â€ť
Cardinal Tong said the Catholic diocese has already made its position on the incoming government quite clear, including a proposal for one person-one vote for chief executive and legislative elections in 2017.
He is scheduled to preside over a Mass tomorrow at the same time as a coalition of democracy and Christian groups take to the streets to demand immediate electoral changes.
Anger has grown among protesters over a series of alleged scandals involving candidates for chief executive as well as incumbent Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who could face an investigation by the anti-graft department for alleged illegal business practices.
Cardinal Tong defended Tsang, a Catholic, calling him a â€śsincere person,â€ť adding that the allegations of wrongdoing should not â€śovershadow his merits in his long service in the government.â€ť
He further advised that society should â€śnot overreactâ€ť but let authorities conduct their investigations because one of the values of Hong Kong is that â€śwe have a sound legal system.â€ť
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