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
Flood threat sparks evacuation alert
Dam at critical level as heavy rain soaks ManilaA pedestrian crosses a flooded street in Metro Manila (Photo by Joe Torres)
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- July 3, 2012
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration's, in a red alert, warned that the volume of rain recorded over La Mesa Dam in Quezon City was continuing to rise and that heavy rain was forecast throughout the day.
La Mesa is a spill dam where water will overflow at 80.15 meters. The water level at the dam as of 11 a.m. local time today was 79.52 meters, officials said.
The Department of National Defense has already issued an "Imminent Flood Alert" after flood waters rose in several parts of Metro Manila.
At least two people are reported to have died and two were injured after a wall collapsed on two houses in the suburb of Valenzuela.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said roads in several parts of Luzon Island were already impassable to light vehicles.
The Department of Education has closed schools in the capital.
Authorities are also warning of flash floods and landslides in other parts of the country over the next 24 hours.
The alert meanwhile prompted an environmental group to call for the introduction of typhoon and flood drills in the capital.
Frances Quimpo, secretary general of the Kalikasan (Nature) Party said the "haphazard way classes were cancelled this morning is just one sign that warning systems are not fully adequate."
He added: â€œWhat we need is a flood drill before heavy rains and typhoons come to try and safeguard lives and property."
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