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
Pope appoints youngest bishopNew Auxiliary Bishop Simon Ok Hyun-jin of Kwangju archdiocese (photo: Kwangju archdiocese)
- Stephen Hong, Seoul
- May 13, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI appointed Father Ok Hyun-jin as the auxiliary bishop of Kwangju archdiocese.
Bishop-elect Ok is just 43 year old, the youngest of 34 bishops in the Korean Church.
Father Ok, a church historian, has served as the professor at the Gwangju Catholic University since earning the degrees of master and then doctor of Church history from the Gregorian University in Rome.
Father Sebastianus Kim Young-kwon said he hoped the young auxiliary might serve as a bridge between the archbishop and priests.
The general affairs head of Gwangju Catholic University stressed that now is a time for "communication", saying Bishop Ok is a man of sincerity who has always tried to be united with seminarians.
Born in 1968, Bishop-elect Ok was ordained a priest for Kwangju archdiocese in 1994. He has been a member of the Committee for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Korean bishops' conference since 2007.
Kwangju archdiocese has 334,000 Catholics in 124 parishes and 80 mission stations served by 253 priests.
Coadjutor Archbishop of Kwangju appointed