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
Italian Bishop praises Ricci legacy
Jesuit pioneer helped forge ongoing east-west links, Macerata prelate saysBishop Claudio Giuliodori of Macerata meets with Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan of Taipei
- Francis Kuo, Taipei
- February 17, 2012
Fr Ricciâs spiritual heritage âof mutual respect and open-minded dialogue between East and West is still relevant today,â Bishop Claudio Giuliodori of Macerata told Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan yesterday during a meeting with leaders of the Taiwan Church at the Taipei Archdiocese curia.
To this end, his diocese has established the Li Madou Study Center (Li Madou is the Chinese name of Fr Ricci) to serve Chinese clergy who pursue studies in Europe and hold theological seminars, the 53-year-old Italian prelate told them during his visit to the island.
During his week-long visit, which began on February 15, Bishop Guiliodori will also look for testimonies that would help move the sainthood cause of Fr Ricci forward.
He hoped Shanghai diocese in the mainland could speed up its cause for Paul Xu Guangqi (1562-1633), Fr Ricciâs collaborator in China, so that âthe two Catholic sages of East and West would be canonized together.â
âThrough the example of their canonization, other Chinese dioceses may engage actively in the search of historical material to apply for the canonizations of other foreign missioners, Chinese clergy and laypeople,â he said.
Bishop Giuliodori was due to travel south today to meet Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi in Kaohsiung diocese.
Tomorrow he will visit Tainan diocese where he will unveil three statues of Fr Ricci, Xu and his granddaughter Xu Candida (1607-1680), who was an active evangelizer.
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