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
Drama as Arroyo's exit is blocked at airport
In an extraordinary chain of events, the Supreme Court overturned the Justice Department and allowed Gloria Arroyo to leave the country for medical treatment. But when she arrived at the airport, the government in turn defied the Court and turned her back.
- November 16, 2011
Mrs Arroyo, who says she is suffering from a bone disease, was prevented from boarding a plane at Manila airport.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court ruled that a travel ban imposed by the government was unconstitutional.
Mrs Arroyo faces corruption claims, and the government fears that if she leaves the country she will never return.
The 64-year-old arrived at the airport in an ambulance and - wearing a neck brace - was taken by wheelchair to the departure hall within hours of the Supreme Court ruling.
Mrs Arroyo and her husband had reportedly been due to fly out to Singapore and then on to Spain where she would receive treatment for a life-threatening bone disease, following three unsuccessful spine operations this year.
But immigration officials were ordered to prevent the couple from getting on a plane. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the government intended to appeal the court decision.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the Arroyos would be treated with dignity but "we will be firm in our decision not to allow them to leave the country".
Full Story: Philippines: Gloria Arroyo is stooped from boarding plane
Source: BBC News Asia