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
Don't vote for pro-mine candidates, Catholics told
Bishop calls mining companies "villains of the environment"
- Bong S. Sarmiento, Koronadal City
- October 11, 2012
"Do not vote for those who favor open-pit mining because theyâ€™re villains of the environment," Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez said.
The prelateâ€™s call comes a week after election season in the country began last week with the registration of candidates wanting to run for public office.
Bishop Gutierrez said Church workers and volunteers will be conducting a voter education drive in the diocese's 25 parishes to "enlighten people about the evils of open-pit mines."
The diocese covers South Cotatabo province where Sagittarius Mines, Inc. aims to start work on the Â largest undeveloped copper-gold reserve in Southeast Asia.
The $5.9-billion Tampakan Copper-Gold Project has been postponed to 2018 as a result of its inability to get an environmental permit and changes in the location of its infrastructure facilities.
The provincial government, banned open-pit mining in 2010.
Bishop Gutierrez said the ban should stay and urged President Benigno Aquino not to allow it, despite the president's earlier expression of support for the venture.
In the trenches at Tampakan
Companies challenge open-pit mine ban