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
Jesuit leader welcomes papal appointment
South Asian provincial hails 'non-Eurocentric' choiceFather Edward Mudavassery says he hopes for more regional dialogue
- Ritu Sharma, New Delhi
- March 20, 2013
As Pope Francis opened his pontificate with a Mass on Tuesday, Jesuits in South Asia expressed hope he will address injustice in the world and find ways to tackle sex abuse and a dysfunctional Roman Curia.
“The new pope is not Euro-centric and is concerned about the present world conditions, the poor and issues of peace and justice,” Jesuit Provincial of South Asia Father Edward Mudavassery told ucanews.com.
Pope Francis’ election will not bring any radical changes, but it will certainly give a new direction to many things, including the administrative crisis in the Vatican and its relations with other churches and governments, Father Mudavassery said.
Suggesting the Church has lost moral standing amid cases of clerical sex abuse, the priest said Pope Francis will "have to work toward recovering the spiritual and moral space the Church has lost.”
“I hope that there would be more open dialogue with other regional churches,” the priest added.
The pontificate will also witness changes in administration, becoming simpler and more accessible rather than bureaucratic, the priest said, adding that clergy inside the Vatican and around the world will become more normalized rather than medieval.
The priest said the selection of the name Francis shows the pope has “special spirituality and vision.”
Pope Francis started his office by urging all to "open arms to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity, especially the poorest, the weakest, the least important."