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
Chunchon bishop in 'peace building' plea
Defensive position is 'not the way' to break down barriers between the two KoreasBishop Lucas Kim Woon-hoe
- ucan staff, Seoul
- June 10, 2011
Koreans are facing their biggest crisis since the peninsula split in 1945, said Bishop Lucas Kim Woon-hoe of Chunchon yesterday in a statement.
There has been increasing enmity between the two countries in recent years, the president of the Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea added.
However, "while we dwell on this and do nothing, others in Europe and the US are planning to send food aid to North Korea after noting that people there are under severe threat of starvation," he said.
North Koreansâ€™ basic right to life must be considered first as they are dying of hunger, he urged.
He said the two Koreas need to find a "positive peace doctrine" to understand and accept each other rather than maintain a "negative one" with which to defend themselves.
To this end he asked Catholics to pray, forgive and reconcile and love one another.
He said the committee will hold a special Mass for peace on the Korean peninsula on June 17 in Imjingak, just south of the Demilitarized Zone.
On June 19, all parishes in South Korea will hold their annual Mass for Prayer Day for the Reconciliation and Unity of Korean People.
Christians want South Korea to aid North