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
Manila gets new archbishop
Bishop Tagle a leading regional theological light, takes over from Cardinal RosalesBishop Tagle
- Michael Diaz, Manila
- October 14, 2011
Fifty-four year-old Bishop Tagle succeeds Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, 79, the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) announced, citing a letter from the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila.
At the time of the appointment, Bishop Tagle, was serving as chairman of CBCPâ€™s Commission on Doctrine of the Faith and chairman of the office of theological concerns of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences.
Bishop Tagle was also serving as member of the International Theological Commission of the Vatican, a body of expert advisers on Church teaching.
His intervention at the October 2008 Synod of Bishops in which he advocated for greater listening by Church leaders placed him on the front pages in Rome.
Cardinal Rosales, who turned 79 last August, had announced he would retire this year and was just waiting for his successor to be named.
The cardinal, who served as Manilaâ€™s archbishop for seven years, submitted his resignation in 2007 when he turned 75, the mandatory retirement age for prelates, but the pope had extended his term indefinitely.
Asked of his greatest achievement, Cardinal Rosales cited his encounters with different people, particularly the poor.
â€śI think itâ€™s having been given the opportunity to get to know the poor more, the good hearted people, the generous people who continuously help the Church. I thank all of them,â€ť he said.
He leaves Manila's more than 2.7 million Catholics in the pastoral care of Bishop Tagle.
Born in Manila on June 21, 1957, Bishop Tagle, of Filipino-Chinese descent, went to the Jesuit Ateneo De Manila Universityâ€™s San Jose Major Seminary for diocesan priests. He was ordained a priest on February 27, 1982.
In 1992, he completed his doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Six years later he was appointed as expert at the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Asia in Rome.
Months before becoming a bishop in 2001, he was assigned by the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, to participate in a series of video conferences about ongoing formation of priests.