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 works to stay ahead of floods
Assessment teams are already out as flooding strikes againA flooded graveyard in Sindh province
- ucanews.com reporter, Lahore
- September 11, 2012
At least 78 people have died and many have been injured in this week's floods, according to the National Disaster Management Authority. More than 1,600 houses have been damaged.
There has been urban flooding in Hyderabad, Quetta, and Multan dioceses, yet most victimsâ€™ houses had not been fixed from last year, said Gulzar.Â Caritas Pakistan has sent assessment teams to the three dioceses as the organization prepares for another flood relief appeal.
The damaged buildings include Our Lady of Fatima Church in Fatimapur, Punjab province, whose boundary wall collapsed yesterday.
â€śAbout 20 Christian families, most of them laborers and peasants, have had their ceilings collapse. A Catholic school is inundated with water from neighboring villages and has been closed,â€ť said Father Ishaq Ghulam.
Flood water in the cities is also causing trouble in the southern province of Sindh. â€śIt is hard to reach offices and schools. We are getting informationÂ about damaged houses in Christian slumsÂ in at least four districts,â€ť said Father Samson Shukardin, vicar-general of Hyderabad diocese.
Pakistan: After the floods the aid dries up
Caritas starts home-building project