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
Fu Jen starts building new hospital
- Francis Kuo, New Taipei
- December 5, 2011
With 16 storeys above ground and four more underground, the arc-shaped hospital with 1,000 beds is expected to open in 2015. The construction cost is estimated at NT$4 billion (US$132 million).
At the ceremony, Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of Pontifical Congregation for Catholic Education, said he hoped the hospital could serve patients with the love of Christ.
Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, the host, prayed for smooth process of the project, which when completed will be the first Catholic university hospital in the world in Chinese communities.
He called on more than 200 staff, students and alumni of Fu Jen, heads of other medical institutes and government officials present to help fund the project so that its mission to spread love through medical care could be realised.