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
Koreans launch anti-abortion drive
Institutions combine to offer single mums needed supportBishop Gabriel Chang Bong-hun presides at a Mass launching the New Life Project
- John Choi, Seoul
- February 8, 2011
The Pro-life Activities of the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of Korea (CBCK) launched the â€śNew Life Projectâ€ť with a Mass at Myeongdong Cathedral yesterday.
The project combines 15 Church and pro-life group shelters for single mothers, and assistance from dioceses and hospitals to encourage unmarried pregnant women to have their babies.
Catholic-run hospitals will offer free delivery for unmarried pregnant women who will be later offered accommodation at the shelters along with financial support from dioceses and parishes.
The project will also focus on sex education for youths in Catholic schools and parish Sunday schools to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
â€śCatholic Church teaches that human life begins from fertilization. Abortions and destruction of human embryos are heavy crimes that destroy life,â€ť said Bishop Gabriel Chang Bong-hun of Cheongju, president of the CBCK Committee for Bioethics.
â€śLife choosing life is life loving God. We all should be the protectors of life by respecting and loving life and being proclaimers of the Gospel of life,â€ť he added.
Father Casimir Song Yul-sup, secretary of the Pro-life Activities said the project would help many women.
â€śAnnually, some 4,000 single women have their babies and they are great mothers who protect life. This project is concrete action and will help them and many others greatly,â€ť he said
Korean Christians vow to join fight for life