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
Detained poet in plea for farmers
Ericson Acosta appeals to Archbishop of Cebu to help free five men accused of being communist rebelsFamilies and friends of poet Ericson Acosta call for his release from detention. (Photo: Pinoy Weekly)
- D'Jay Lazaro, Manila
- May 16, 2011
Ericson Acosta, who was arrested on February 13, said the farmers have been in military custody for years having also been accused of links with New People's Army (NPA) rebels.
In a statement released today, Acosta thanked human rights groups and Church organizations for not only highlighting his case but also for giving "due attention" to the plight of other political prisoners, especially the five farmers.
Local human rights group, Katungod (Rights), said the five farmers were accused of involvement in an ambush staged by the NPA.
Acosta appealed to Archbishop Palma to look into human rights issues in Samar, since the prelate once served the province as bishop.
Artists' groups earlier called for the immediate release of Acosta and the farmers.
The continued detention of Acosta and the farmers "allows the culture of impunity to continue" in this country.
Acostaâ€™s statement comes on the heels of international rights group, Amnesty Internationalâ€™s annual report on Friday, which said rights violations in the Philippines have still to be addressed a year after President Benigno Aquino took office.