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 wins bid to run food bank
Government hands over control of assistance project to reach more peopleFood aid stored at a Caritas Macau food bank
- ucanews.com reporter, Macau
- September 23, 2011
A cooperation agreement was signed this week for a food bank service, which was introduced by the government in July 2009 after inflation rose sharply.
The program has so far provided food for around 2,200 people, who are mostly from low-income families or unemployed. Caritas Macau will take over the running of the service on September 26.
Iong Kong-lo, the Social Welfare Bureau chief, said the government will inject 10 million patacas (US$1.24 million) into to the program, which is expected to help 6,000 people.
The government decided to outsource the service to a local NGO in order to help more people through NGO networks. Caritas Macau was awarded the task because of services it provides, such as social workers checking on the welfare of families it assists, Iong said.
Initially, Caritas Macau will look to help people listed on their database, who are not on the welfare bureau‚Äôs radar said Paul Pun Chi-meng, secretary-general of Macau diocese‚Äôs social service arm.
‚ÄúMacau is affluent but not for all people. Some citizens have difficulties adapting to social challenges or expressing their needs when under pressure and thus, they hide themselves away,‚ÄĚ he said.
‚ÄúThis is especially so for the ‚Äėsandwich class,‚Äô who are not eligible for social security but struggle hard to survive on their income as a result of inflation and high property prices. They feel embarrassed seeking help,‚ÄĚ he said.
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