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
Conference tackles flooding issues
Aid groups say repeated flooding requires relocation of vulnerable residentsA family affected by flooding this year in Sindh province
- ucanews.com, Rawalpindi
- September 20, 2011
Father Bonnie Mendes, regional coordinator for Caritas Asia, said more needs to be done to keep villagers in flood-affected areas safe.
â€śTheir houses are swept away every year. The authorities should shift them to higher and safer ground and grant them land on easy installments,â€ť he said on the sidelines of the press conference.
In attendance at the press conference were Bishop Joseph Coutts of Faisalabad who is president of Caritas Pakistan, and Michel Roy, secretary general of Caritas Internationalalis.
Roy said the flooding was part of a global change in weather patterns.
â€śThe donors cannot help the affected people again and again. The climate across the globe is changing and people must be relocated.â€ť
Media reports further quoted Roy as saying that Caritas Internationalis would spend 1.9 million euros (about US$2.6 million) for relief related to this yearâ€™s flooding.
During his visit,Â RoyÂ met officials of National Disaster Management Authority and inaugurated a Caritas Pakistan â€śmodel villageâ€ť for flood victims in Multan diocese in Punjab province.
More than 342 people, including 77 children and 95 women, died in the second consecutive year of flooding in Sindh province, which affected a total of six million people. In addition, 539,899 houses were completely damaged and 2,800,000 acres of agricultural land were ravaged in all 23 districts in the region.
Caritas Pakistan Hyderabad, which oversees relief operations in most of Sindh province, has so far distributed 1,122 food packages and hygiene kits as well as treated 2,926 patients of waterborne diseases in 13 medical camps.
CaritasÂ PakistanÂ supported 48,232 families in the relief phase of the last yearâ€™s flooding, which inundated one fifth of the country.
The group has also released a memoir titled â€śRestoring Dignigty,â€ť which describes the role of Church organizations in providing disaster relief and includes stories of flood victims and the views of other partners involved in emergency aid to victims.
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