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 lends hand for clean water
Bishop inaugurates new water filtration systemBrother Mushtaq Anjum with villagers at the blessing of St. Camillus Clean Drinking Water Center on October 2
- ucanews.com reporter, Khushpur
- October 5, 2011
Bishop Joseph Coutts of Faisalabad presided over the blessing of the St. Camillus Clean Drinking Water Center in Khushpur, home to seven thousand Catholics,¬†in Punjab province.
Camillian Brother Mushtaq Anjum joined two priests, nuns and villagers at the inauguration of the facility on October 2 in the compound of St Fidelis Church.
Bishop Coutts thanked the congregation for the invaluable resource center.
‚ÄúIt is an expensive piece of machinery, and now it is your responsibility to take care of it,‚ÄĚ he told the villagers.
The filtration plant cost 2.2 million rupees (more than US$25,000). The Camaillians will oversee changing water filters for the first year, after which the community is to manage the plant itself.
The project is an extension of the Camillians‚Äô relief efforts after heavy flooding ravaged the country last year.
The congregation constructed 53 houses, organized 13 medical camps (in which 2,200 patients were treated) and provided warm clothes and bedding to 300 flood victims last winters in three dioceses.
Brother Anjum who represents the Camillian Task Force, an international relief effort of the Order of Saint Camillus, said he is hopeful the clean water center would help improve health conditions in the flood-affected village.
About¬†200 mud houses were destroyed and hundreds of acres of standing crops were damaged in the Khushpur by heavy rains this year.
‚ÄúThe sewerage pipes were damaged in floods and the contaminated drinking water was increasing hepatitis and stomach disorders,‚ÄĚ Br Anjum said.
Dominican Sister Parveen Lazarus of St Catherine of Siena said the power crisis in the country would present a challenge in running the plant.
‚ÄúThe community elders are planning to make a schedule for collecting water when electricity is available. Still, it will aid villagers who used to get drinking water from the suburbs,‚ÄĚ she said.
Clean water saves lives after Pakistan floods