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
Caritas Vietnam outlines action plan for 2011
Sex education, sustainable agriculture top a packed agenda for Church social armScreenshot of the Caritas Vietnam website
- ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh City
- January 17, 2011
â€śPro-life activities and sustainable agriculture are our main concerns,â€ť a Caritas Vietnam source told ucanews.com.
â€śAs such, we plan to provide health care for single mothers and give financial support to Church-run houses for unmarried pregnant women and for burying aborted fetuses in cemeteries,â€ť the source said. â€śYoung people will also be given sex education in order to prevent unwanted pregnancies.â€ť
The source said farmers will be taught environmentally-friendly farming methods to grow better crops.
Caritas Vietnam is also looking to expand its healthcare program.
Some 4,000 priests, seminarians and Religious throughout the country will be given free medical checkups and medicines this year, up from the 1,445 last year, the source said.
People living with HIV/AIDS and leprosy will also get the treatment they need, while wheelchairs, hearing aids and financial support will be offered to people with physical disabilities to help them make a living.
Disaster victims can also expect to receive much needed assistance if and when the situation arises.
In education, the Churchâ€™s social arm will continue offering scholarships to 2,600 poor students, and will conduct courses on drug abuse as well as games, alcohol and cigarette addiction for young people.
The local Church also plans to train more Caritas staff in all the countryâ€™s 26 dioceses.
â€śCaritas Vietnam also plans to join Caritas Internationalis in May,â€ť the source said.
Funding for the action plan will come through benefactors, the source added.
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