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
Hunan ordains new bishop
New prelate will visit all his priests to 'understand their situation'The episcopal ordination of Hunan diocese
- ucanews.com reporter, Changsha
- April 25, 2012
The ceremony took place at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Changsha city, with Bishop Joseph Liu Xinhong of Anhui â€“ an illicitly ordained prelate â€“ taking part.
Another illicitly ordained prelate, excommunicated Fr Paul Lei Shiyin, took part in last weekâ€™s ordination of Bishop Joseph Chen Gongâ€™ao of Nanchong, in a move that some Chinese clergy say will become a â€śregularâ€ť practice in future Vatican-approved episcopal ordinations.
Bishop Joseph Li Shan, who himself has participated in two recent illicit ordinations and has yet to be pardoned by the Holy See, served as the main consecrator.
Other participating bishops included John Lu Peisen of Yanzhou, John Baptist Li Suguang of Nanchang, Paul Liang Jiansen of Jiangmen and John Baptist Tan Yanquan of Nanning â€“ all Vatican-approved and government-recognized.
A source close to the Vatican warned that bishops and priests in China should be more attentive to the principles of Church doctrine and â€śnot look for excuses to make a new Church doctrine according to the wishes of the Chinese Communist Party.â€ť
The source added: â€śBishops should not allow the government to interfere in Church matters.â€ť
Beijing seems to have a new strategy to create more confusion and provoke disunity in the Church rather than fostering peace and harmony, the source said, adding that dialogue between the Holy See and Beijing would not be served well by repeatedly making such provocations.
Bishop Qu said today that he did not know Bishop Liu or his status with the Vatican.
About Bishop Joseph Li, he said: â€śI know he is a legitimate bishop, but not sure which episcopal ordinations he took part in before.â€ť
Bishop Qu was ordained a priest of Hengyang diocese in 1995 upon graduating from Beijing diocesan seminary. He was appointed as vicar general of Hunan diocese in 1999.
The Vatican, which does not recognize Hunan diocese, regards Bishop Qu as the bishop of Changsha and apostolic administrator of all other ecclesiastical territories in the province.
In an election last December, then Father Qu got 54 out of 55 votes in favor of his candidature for bishop.
The new prelate said he would visit all his priests to â€śunderstand their situation and listen to their opinions before starting my work.â€ť
Bishop Qu added that because of the size of Hunan province and the lack of leadership in the past, the 25 diocesan priests that serve the region are too few and too separated from each other.
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