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
Migrant workers say they are being fleeced
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- January 9, 2013
Filipino workers bound for Hong Kong and Taiwan are being charged excessive placement fees that reach up to P120,000 (US$3,000), leaving families at home laden with heavy debts, government officials say.
The workers, especially those bound for Taiwan, also face trafficking and labor exploitation, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, said yesterday.
"Hong Kong and Taiwan markets are being monitored,” Baldoz told ucanews.com. “This is our challenge in Hong Kong and we continue to investigate complaints of our workers there.”
Philippine law prohibits workers from paying placement fees exceeding 10 percent of their monthly salary.