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
High number of gun-ban violations as Philippine election season starts
- ucanews.com reporter, Laoag City
- January 18, 2013
Police on Thursday reported almost 50 violations of a nationwide gun ban imposed ahead of mid-term elections in May.
At least 46 gun violations have been recorded since the campaign season started on Monday, police said.
Violators included 43 civilians and three government employees.
Meanwhile, civil groups in the city of Laoag in Ilocos Norte province today held a march calling for a peaceful campaign season.
Students, teachers, civic organizations, religious groups and law enforcers walked to the city square and lit candles to symbolize their vow to be vigilant during the elections. The rally ended with the signing of a peace covenant.
"We need not only more prayers, but more work to convince politicians to work for peace," said Fr Philip Anthony Dimagiba, chaplain of the provincial police force.