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
John Paul II museum opens in Bacolod
Lighthouse to act as beacon to seamen as well as memorial to late popeThe Popeâ€™s museum in Bacolod (photo courtesy of pinoybiyahero)
- Jun Ariolo N. Aguirre, Bacolod City
- February 28, 2011
"It is a beacon for fishermen at sea and a light for the spiritual journey of pilgrims," said Father Felix Pasquin, rector of the cathedral of St. Sebastian and head of the Diocesan Commission on Social Communication.
"We welcome people from all walks of life to visit the museum," the priest said. He said Pope John Paul II inspired people in the diocese when he visited 30 years ago.
The late pope visited Bacolod City in 1981 at the invitation of the late Bishop Antonio Fortich.
"The museum is also in anticipation of Pope John Paul II's beautification on May 1," said Father Pasquin.
The "Museum of Live and Love" was conceptualized two years ago during the centennial celebration of the diocese.
The seven-storey museum is located in a 700-square meter lot. The light house was donated to the diocese by a businessman who said he was "blessed" when he saw the pope 30 years ago.
Among the items in the museum is a copy of the pope's speech during his visit, an alb used by the pope and photos of his visit in the province of Negros.
Father Pasquin said he expects pilgrims to flock to the museum during the Holy Week.