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
Church launches justice commission
New body will promote human values and develop social communitiesChurch leaders and representatives from dioceses posing for a group photo at the ceremony
- ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh City
- May 30, 2011
The Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Vietnam Bishopsâ€™ Conference was launched at the Pastoral Center in Ho Chi Minh City on May 27 at a ceremony attended by 260 priests, Religious and laypeople.
â€śThe commission aims to serve the truth in space and time circumstances to build a society based on human values, dignity and vocations of people in the country,â€ť said Bishop Paul Nguyen Thai Hop of Vinh, head of the commission established last October by Vietnam bishops.
Bishop Hop said in principle his commission also promotes justice and peace, struggles for social justice, human rights, religious freedom, development and solidarity among people, fosters democratization process, and works for benefits of underprivileged and oppressed people according to Gospel values.
He said the commission plans to outline action plans and train personnel for local dioceses.
Father Anthony Nguyen Ngoc Son, secretary general of the commission, said the commission also promotes environmental protection and pro-life activities, and builds centers for victims of social injustice.
Some at the ceremony suggested the local Church help resolve land disputes; fight poverty, religious limitations in remote areas and social evils; and work for womenâ€™s dignity and ethnic groupsâ€™ interests. The local Church must participate in health care and educational activities, they added.
Cardinal Man said patriotism and building the country are rights of all people but the government still seems to be afraid of local Catholics using those rights to serve the country.
He expressed his hope that the commissionâ€™s activities will help the government allay its fears so as to be open to and have dialogues with the local Church.
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