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
Key players speak out 25 years onNuns are among those who manned the barricades during the 1986 people power uprising (Photo courtesy of Joe Galvez)
- ucanews.com reporters, Manila
- February 25, 2011
"Iâ€™m very sorry, I have yet to see real change after 25 years." The Philippines is like "a changing land with unchanging people."
- former constabulary chief Ramon MontaÃ±o, who joined other generals in turning against Marcos.
"Terror and chronic poverty as well as social deterioration still hound Filipinos."
- Jorge Madlos, spokesperson of the armed communist movement, the National Democratic Front.
The late Manila archbishop,Â Jaime Cardinal Sin "put his heart into peaceful participation, regardless of the threats to his life and the prospect of going up against a powerful foe." But prayer alone was not enough to effect change.
"As long as there are hungry Filipinos and Filipinos who have no shot at a decent life, our fight is not over."
- President Benigno Aquino III, who urged FilipinosÂ to continue the fight for reforms.
"Human rights violations continue with impunity.Â People power may have spread in North Africa and parts of the Middle East today..., (but) social reforms and human rights, however, require far more direct political mass actions of the people."
-Â Human rights group Karapatan (Rights)
'People power' in basic communities can fight corruption
1986 revolt inspires Philippine bishops