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
Kaohsiung to mark special birthday
Diocese reveals activities to celebrate Taiwan centenaryArchbishop Peter Liu Cheng-chung of Kaohsiung speaks at the press conference
- ucanews.com reporter, Kaohsiung
- March 31, 2011
Kaohsiung diocese, which is also commemorating its own 50th anniversary, has issued a special prayer for the nation and its people and has asked all Catholics to recite it every day.
The celebrations, revealed at a press conference yesterday, include a thanksgiving concert in June, an outdoor concert for youths and an aboriginal carnival in July, as well as a large prayer gathering at the historical Wanchin Minor Basilica in December.
Lin Shu-chuan, vice director of Kaohsiung city‚Äôs Civil Affairs Bureau, confirmed the Church‚Äôs activity plan at the press conference.
‚ÄúReligious belief is a significant force to stabilize society, as it can inspire people‚Äôs mercy and love,‚ÄĚ she said.
Wu I-cheng, a city lawmaker, called on people to pray for blessings.
‚ÄúReligious believers respect God, maintain a harmonious relationship with nature and reflect over the meaning and direction of life,‚ÄĚ he noted.
Archbishop Peter Liu Cheng-chung of Kaohsiung said preserving and carrying forward Taiwan‚Äôs beautiful land, people, democratic values and traditional cultures needs everybody‚Äôs effort, so that the next generation will have a future of hope and vision.
The 60-year-old prelate pledged the Church will also extend and improve its service to children, youth, women, indigenous people, the elderly and the public over the next 100 years.