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
Holy See warns on email scams
Apostolic Nuncio to Australia Archbishop Guiseppe Lazzaratto has warned against email scams falsely referring to the Vatican.
- February 17, 2011
"The Holy See continues to receives notices of financial scams perpetrated via Email and which falsely refer to Heads of Dicasteries and other Church Authorities," Archbishop Lazzaratto said in a statement issued by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.
"Such scams solicit financial support in favour of exceptional situations or fictitious projects. They also ask for monetary transfers that involve money laundering resulting from illicit dealings," the statement continued.
In case of any doubt regarding the legitimacy of requests made with reference Cardinals, Bishops or other officials of the Roman Curia, itÂ is advisable to contact the Apostolic Nunciature for further enquiry and clarification," the note concluded.
Notification for all Bishops, Clergy,Religious and Catholic Institutions
Archbishop Lazzaratto (Catholic Directory/National Council of Priests)