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
Flash floods strike Mindanao
At least one person dead, many families left strandedResidents in Kidapawan City try to salvage belongings from what is left of their homes after floods washed away their houses yesterday (Photo by Geonarri Solmerano)
- by Julian Labores, Manila
- June 12, 2012
One man reportedly drowned in Glan, in Sarangani province, while many other areas in the province and in nearby Cotabato were under water following several days of heavy rain, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
At least 300 families are feared trapped in their homes while more than 30 have been evacuated to safer ground around Kidapawan.
The Red Cross and the NDRRMC say they have already launched operations to rescue the trapped families and are warning of possible landslides.
NDRRMC chief, Benito Ramos, also said the rains are expected to raise water levels in rivers in several provinces of Mindanao.
He said he has directed disaster management officials to undertake precautionary measures and monitor the situation.
Two million Filipinos affected by floods
Flood survivors pick up the pieces