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 seeks allies in healthcare work
Bishops look to state, private sector to form common purpose to help needy and sickChurch groups examine patients in a poor community
- Julian Labores, Manila
- May 13, 2011
The Catholic bishopsâ€™ Episcopal Commission on Health Care (ECHC) says it wants to expand its activities to all dioceses around the country and take a more active role in healthcare.
â€ś[We want] to tap other institutions and [to] network with private ones and take the same pathwayâ€¦ to provide fullness of life to our people,â€ť said Father Marcelo Pamintuan, its executive director.
â€śThat is our aim, to find something in common. I see, in these times, we need to have something in common. It doesnâ€™t mean agreeing with everything they want, but what we can do to help. [The Department of Health] has a lot of programs, so we want to involve ourselves,â€ť Father Pamintuan said.
He said the commission has already contacted private institutions seeking collaboration in helping the handicapped, sick, elderly, and the dying.
Another goal is to reach out to the needy and learn how to alleviate their healthcare needs, he added.
He also noted funding for health care services is only one percent of the national budget, when it should be at least five percent.
That is why there is a dire need to get help from other agencies like us, he said.
Father Pamintuan plans find out whether all dioceses and parishes have their own healthcare units.
â€śThen we share sources and strategies. We want all dioceses in the country to have one vision and mission,â€ť he said.