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
Mindanao peace caravan heads to Manila
- October 12, 2012
The so-called framework agreement will be signed at the presidential palace in Manila on Monday.
"We are a big part of this historic event,‚ÄĚ said Mariel Andrea Gardiola, networking and liaison officer of the Mindanao Peoples‚Äô Caucus (MPC), which organized the caravan.
MPC secretary-general, Mary Ann Arnado, called on all of Mindanao‚Äôs political leaders to support the framework agreement including the more critical task of implementing it.
Organizers of the caravan expect to arrive in Manila on Sunday afternoon ahead of Monday‚Äôs signing.