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
Landslide kills 18 schoolchildren
Students were from another school hit by last month's earthquakesResuers search for survivors of the landslide
- ucanews.com reporter, Yiliang
- October 5, 2012
The school and three neighboring farmhouses were buried under around 160,000 cubic meters of soil which slid down the side of a mountain overlooking Longhai township, according to local media.
The children had just arrived at the school and were waiting for classes to begin when the accident occurred at around 8:10 a.m.
The landslide also blocked a nearby river, creating a 15-meter wide and 7-meter deep barrier lake. More than 800 people were evacuated.
The disaster may have been a result of two deadly earthquakes last month which killed 81 people and injured more than 800,¬†and a continuous downpour since the beginning of this month, according to Catholic priest Father Huang Xiaojin, who was in the township today.
Tragically, the children who died were from another school that was badly damaged by last month‚Äôs quakes, which forced them to transfer to Tiantou Primary School where the disaster struck.
Moreover, according to Fr Huang, schools and government offices were supposed to be closed during the week for National Day holidays.¬†But the county education bureau decided schools in the township should stay open so students could catch up on classes missed during a two-week suspension caused by the previous quakes.
‚ÄúLocal people are filled with fear after what has been a series of disasters,‚ÄĚ Father Huang said today.
‚ÄúI have been staying in the county to accompany the villagers as I noticed their fear," he said. "I am sad to see them suffer another serious blow.‚ÄĚ
Flooding, mudslides follow earthquake