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 'non-negotiable' on birth control
Prelate reiterates policy as reports of halt to UN funding are deniedBishop Jose Manguiran of Dipolog diocese leading an anti-RH bill protest last month (Photo: HLI)
- ucanews.com reporters, Manila
- September 5, 2011
"We would like people to know that there are non-negotiable doctrines in the Catholic Church," Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu told a gathering of Marian devotees.
He was speaking during a "Walk for Mary" procession in Cebu City to mark the Virgin Mary's birthday, which falls on September 8.
His comments came as a leading proponent of the reproductive health (RH) bill denied reports that the UN will stop supporting the country's birth control program.
Janette L. Garin, vice-chairman of the House of Representativesâ€™ health committee, said the reports were not true and that funding for family planning and reproductive health is intended to help the country meet millennium development targets in reducing maternal mortality and improving maternal and child health, not to control population growth.
The government also denied the reports.
Church officials last week welcomed reports that quoted Garin as saying the UN had decided to stop the funding.
Archbishop Palma, meanwhile, called on the faithful to continue opposing the bill.
"We can make Mother Mary happy if we are pro-life, if we follow the values of the Lord and do not succumb to the values of the world," the prelate said yesterday.
He explained that protest rallies against the proposed bill are not organized to pick a fight with those supporting the RH bill.
"The nature of the rallies is [to promote] greater awareness and advocacy, tell the truth," Archbishop Palma said.
Congress is set to resume deliberation of the bill this week.