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
Fugitive priest extradited to US
Faces theft and child pornography charges
- ucanews.com reporter, Iloilo City
- December 11, 2012
A Filipino Catholic priest wanted in the United States for alleged theft and possession of child pornography has been extradited after a year in hiding.
Father Lowe Dongor was flown to the US yesterday, a month after surrendering to the authorities in Iloilo.
Dongor became a US fugitive after he fled to the Philippines on October 1, 2011. He was arraigned on September 12, 2011, at the Fitchburg District Court in Massachusetts on possession of child pornography and the theft of more than $250.
Pornographic photographs of children were allegedly discovered on the priest's laptop by police investigating the theft charges.
Dongor reportedly admitted taking the money from St. Joseph’s parish in Worcester diocese, which he said he sent home to his family. He also admitted visiting online pornographic sites, but denied downloading them on his computer.
“I am so sorry. I want to apologize to all the people… for the damage I have done to you all, to the Church and to myself,” Dongor told a reporter from The Philippine Daily Inquirer before his extradition.
Besides the theft and pornography accusations, the priest is also facing additional charges including unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
“I am ready to go to jail if that will be the consequence of my actions. I leave myself to God now,” he told the Inquirer.