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
Experts hail 'dark horse' victory
Bishop Alencherryâ€™s election 'surprised us all', but welcome, says commentatorThe newly elected Bishop
- ucanews.com reporter, Kochi
- May 27, 2011
Bishop Alencherry was also elected yesterday after the post fell vacant following the death of 84-year-old Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil on April 1. The cardinal had led the Syro-Malabar Church, the larger of the Oriental rite Catholic churches in India, since 1997.
â€śHis election indicates divine intervention. He is simpleâ€¦ and not a man of confrontation. The Syro-Malabar Church needs a person like him to guide the Church in modern times,â€ť said Babu Paul, a theologian and expert on Church affairs.
Bishop Alencherry emerged as the â€śdark horseâ€ť as he was not even among the probables, he said.
Sebastian Paul, lawyer and former Member of Parliament, said Bishop Alencherryâ€™s election â€śsurprised us all.â€ť He said:Â â€śIâ€™ve no doubt that he emerged as a dark horse. Nobody thought about him till he was elected. Most of us were expecting Curia Bishop and Administrator Bosco Puthur would be elected.â€ť
Several television channels in Kerala state, where the Church is based, Â flashed Bishop Puthur as the winner, prior to the official announcement, he said.
â€śHe is the best choice who can unite the Church in crucial times. He has indicated that he was for consensus in all matters. Itâ€™s a good sign as it will open space for laity in the decision making process of church,â€ť said Charlie Paul, a youth leader.
Felix Pullooden, an official of the Joint Christian Council, also welcomed the election as did Sebastian Chacko, secretary of the Churchâ€™s laity commission.
Syro-Malabar Church elects new head