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
Domestic worker challeges restriction
A Filipina domestic worker in Hong Kong is challenging a statute that excludes domestic helpers from the right to permanent residency, according to the Wall Street Journal's Lam Thuy Vo and Isabella Steger.'Southeast Asian workers enjoying their day off playing bingo, in Hong Kong', on Flickr
- Hong Kong
- August 23, 2011
Evangeline Banao Vallejos has worked in Hong Kong since 1986, most of that time for the same family. If she were any other foreign worker, such as a banker, lawyer or teacher, she would automatically win the right to permanent residency after seven years. But a separate ordinance in the law states that domestic helpers are excluded from this right. She filed for residency in 2008, and is challenging the law in court.
Human-rights advocates say a ruling in favor of Ms. Vallejos would represent a significant step toward dismantling the system that treats domestic workers as second-tier residents.
"Basically, the work that domestic helpers are doingâ€”looking after the children, looking after the elderly, doing the cooking and cleaning, allowing the Hong Kong people to be able to work full-timeâ€”is a very significant contribution to Hong Kong's economy," said Danilo Brolado, a pastor at the New Beginnings Christian Fellowship.
Hong Kong Foreign Labor Law Challenged (Wall Street Journal)
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