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
Hong Kong enters into World Youth Day spirit
Synchronous event attended by Catholics from mainland
Young participants at the end of the closing Mass
- ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
- Hong Kong
- July 29, 2013
More than 1,000 young people vowed to follow Jesus’ calling to “go and make disciples of all nations,” during a ceremony yesterday bringing to a close local World Youth Day celebrations outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
The synchronous program with the main Rio de Janeiro event began with an opening Mass on July 23, followed by evening gatherings and visits to low-income families and the diocesan seminary over the next two days.
Some 200 participants then joined a camp from July 26-28, which ended with the closing Mass led by Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong.
“We only sent 28 delegates to Rio, one tenth of those who went to the last WYD in Madrid, because not many youngsters could afford to travel,” said Father Paul Kam Po-wai, head of the Diocesan Youth Commission.
Among the young participants at the Hong Kong celebration were several dozen from mainland China.
Maria Feng, a sophomore student from northern China, told ucanews.com that “it was great” to join the Hong Kong event and learned many things from the program that would help her run her youth group back home.
“A youth leader needs to be passionate and vigorous. Thus, we also need to go out and see the world to reenergize ourselves,” she said.
Joseph Dong, also from northern China, attended with a few members of his diocese’s youth group.
He said he was excited to meet hundreds of young Catholics in Hong Kong and learn about their activities.
“We will discuss what kind of activities we will employ to bring the WYD messages back to our fellow parishioners,” he said.
Local participants admired the fervent spirit which their mainland friends showed towards prayers and liturgy, while the mainland Catholics experienced a large Mass in a public area for the first time.
During the July 26-28 program, many participants were moved particularly by the 'living' Stations of the Cross tableaux and the overnight adoration of the Blessed Sacraments.
Catherine Cheung, 23, said that watching the passion of Jesus Christ up close had an impact on her.
“I will try to spread the Gospel through heart to heart interaction with people around me who do not know Jesus,” she said.