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
Filipinos celebrate Santo Nino festival
Devotion a manifestation of their love for children, says bishopDancers perform in the streets of Manila to celebrate the feast of Santo Nino
- ucanews.com reporters, Manila
- January 17, 2011
In the central Philippine city of Cebu, the faithful held the âSinulogâ in honor of SeĂ±or Santo NiĂ±o, the oldest festival in the country.
Also in central Philippines, the crowds gathered for the âAti-Atihanâ in Aklan province, âBinirayâ in Romblon, âBinirayanâ and âHanduganâ in Antique, and âDinagyangâ in Iloilo. In Southern Philippines itâs the âPachada Senorâ in Cagayan de Oro City, âKahimunanâ in Butuan City and âZambulawanâ in Pagadian City.
Similar festivities were also held in the northern provinces of Bulacan, Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan.
In Metro Manila, the center of celebration was the Santo NiĂ±o de Tondo Parish in Tondo, Manila, where large crowds of devotees attended the hourly Masses, held a procession of Santo Nino images and celebrated the âLakbayawâ street dancing and festivities.
Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila said the devotion of Filipinos to the Santo Nino is a manifestation of their love for children.
âThis only shows that Filipinos love children,â he said.
Meanwhile, Church leaders urged young people in Aklan to become good leaders and inspire the next generation to celebrate the annual âAti-Atihanâ festival according to Catholic tradition and challenged devotees to âfind Santo Ninoâ in the festivity and become aware of the issues surrounding the festival.
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