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
Military denies 'imminent' terrorist threat
Embassy travel advisories unfounded, says colonel
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- October 1, 2012
The military today refuted travel advisories issued by several Western countries last week warning of an imminent terrorist threat in the country's capital.
"There is no imminent threat monitored by our intelligence units," said military spokesman Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos. He said the intelligence information used in the advisories did not come from the Philippine military.
"We have not monitored any imminent threat or any violence that will be emanating from a terrorist group or other groups," he said.
On Friday, the US embassy warned its citizens of a looming threat against Americans in Manila. The message, which was posted on the embassy's website, said the threat will remain in effect until October 10. On Saturday, Canada, Australia, and Britain also releasedÂ their own travel advisories, without providing further detailsÂ .
Burgos, however, said the military will continue to validate the threats cited. "We will continue our [intelligence gathering] and further intensify our monitoring efforts," he said.
The government yesterday issued a statement assuring the public that heightened security have been implemented around embassies of â€śWesternâ€ť nations in Manila following last weekâ€™s advisories.
Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the security measures were implemented "as a matter of precaution."
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