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
Hunt for priest's killers widens
Police and military join suspects in Fr. Tentorio's murderFr. Peter Geremia (left), lawyer Gregorio Andolana (center), and Bishop Romulo de la Cruz after meeting officials in Davao City
- Keith Bacongco, Davao City
- November 7, 2012
Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan said the Arakan police department will now be included on the list ofÂ those who will be investigated.Â The Justice official said certain military officials should also be investigated after witnesses accused them of masterminding the killing.
He was speaking yesterday after a meeting with Bishop Romulo de la Cruz of Kidapawan, Italian missionary Peter Geremia, ChurchÂ lawyers and National Bureau of Investigation officials in Davao City.
Fr. Geremia has made repeated calls in the past for police and military officials to be included in the investigation.
Tentorio was gunned down in the compound of Arakan church on October 17, 2011. At least three suspects, including the alleged gunman, have been arrested.
Geremia, however, said there is still a long way to go to get justice for Tentorio. "It seems that someone is interfering to mislead investigators," he said. He refused to give details.
Baraan agreed that there are "some missing links" in the case.
Last December, authorities arrested a man called Jimmy Ato in connection with the crime. Ato allegedly toldÂ authorities that the Arakan police chief, Benjamin Rioflorido, along with another man, paid two brothers to kill Tentorio.
During yesterday's meeting, a witness told Baraan that a businessman and military figures put up money for the killing of Tentorio. A soldier gave the money to another suspect in the crime, a militia man called Jan Corbala, on October 10, 2011.
Another witness said he saw Corbala, Ato and his brother fleeing the crime scene moments after Tentorio wasÂ shot.
Anger over slow pace of hunt for priestâ€™s killers
Calls for justice continue after priestâ€™s killing