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
Government seeks more charitable work
Says registered religious groups, NGOs to receive incentivesYoung volunteers in Jilin diocese
- ucanews.com reporter, Guangzhou
- March 1, 2012
‚ÄúSome local governments do not have sufficient understanding [about] the positive meaning for the religious sector to participate in charitable services,‚ÄĚ said the paper issued jointly by the Communist Party of China‚Äôs United Front Work Department and five central government departments.
Ngok King-lun, director of the Institute of Social Policy at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, said the Chinese government often ‚Äúadopts a pragmatic attitude towards religions and NGOs but now also recognizes that ‚Äúreligions are important social organizations.‚ÄĚ
Father Joseph Wang Guosheng, director of Jilin diocese‚Äôs social service center, said the document would allow ‚Äúgreater space for operation.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúOur center lacks funds to develop because it is very difficult to get registration from the government, and thus we have developed slower than other dioceses,‚ÄĚ the priest said.
‚ÄúWith tax exempt status after registration, we can draw greater support from corporate donors and thus provide more services to the needy.‚ÄĚ
The Jilin center offers home visits to people living with HIV/AIDS or disabilities, youth and volunteer development and scholarships for poor students.
‚ÄúPreferential policies, including government subsidies and tax reductions, would be offered for religious groups seeking registration to establish foundations, nursing homes and hospitals,‚ÄĚ according to a report in the China Daily that cited the government notice.
Population shift means more lonely old people
Chancellor‚Äôs advice may inspire more charity work