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
Hiroshima Diocese gets new bishop
- ucanews.com correspondent, Tokyo
- September 29, 2011
Bishop Maedaâ€™s predecessor, retired bishop Atsumi Misue, presided at the ordination. Also present were 18 bishops from all the dioceses of Japan, as well as representatives from other sees with close ties to Hiroshima, such as the Prelature of Infanta and the Diocese of Pusan in Korea.
Many priests, Religious and laypeople made the trip from the Archdiocese of Nagasaki, of which Bishop Maeda is a native. Staff members from the General Secretariat of the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of Japan, where he served as secretary general from April 2006 until this July, were also on hand.
Bishop Maeda was born in Chuchi, Nakasaki Prefecture on March 3, 1949, and was ordained a diocesan priest in Nagasaki on March 19, 1975.
Maedaâ€™s selection for the office of bishop was made on May 13 of this year. At last count in December 2010, Hiroshima diocese is home to about 21,000 Catholics, 41 parishes, 70 priests, 214 women Religious, and 6 men Religious.