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
Fight bill with prayers, says bishop
Bishop says praying is the best weapon against controversial health legislationAn anti-RH bill poster at a protest march in the southern Philippines
- D'Jay Lazaro, Manila
- May 3, 2011
Auxiliary Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo of Cotabato said prayer is still "the best weapon" to oppose a proposal which the Catholic Church believes could open the door to artificial contraception.
"Let us storm heaven with our prayers and pray that the minds of our legislators will be enlightened," the prelate said.
He also called on Catholics to put up "No to RH Bill" streamers and posters outside their homes to show their opposition to the bill. "Thatâ€™s one way of at expressing our position together," he said.
The Archdiocese of Manila this week started a nine-day "vigil for life" in a bid to show its disapproval of the proposed law. Similar activities are also being held in other dioceses.
The prayer vigil is scheduled to end on May 9 when Congress resumes and is expected to debate the bill.
One left-leaning legislator meanwhile accused anti-bill advocates of raising arguments to the "point of absurdity" after likening proponents of the measure to terrorists.
Representative Liza Maza of the Gabriela Womenâ€™s Party said the comparison was "over the top."
Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma over the weekend said those who favor the bill are no better than terrorists and its passage could lead to deaths.
"We are far from becoming terrorists who do not value life," Maza said, adding that the bill is "respectful of, and sensitive to, the traditions and religious beliefs of individuals."