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
'Miracle baby' born amid Tacloban typhoon wreckage
Girl born at emergency clinic after mother swam for her life
Picture: NBC News/AP
- Alexander Smith for NBC News
- November 12, 2013
A baby girl was born at the airport in the typhoon-devastated city of Tacloban on Monday, providing a glimmer of hope amid widespread destruction.
Cheers rang out when Emily Ortega, 21, gave birth to healthy baby Bea Joy Sagales at an emergency clinic in the ruined airport.
Ortega was in an evacuation center when the Typhoon Haiyan hit on Friday, flooding Tacloban. She had to swim and cling to a post to survive, according to The Associated Press.
The baby was named after her grandmother Beatrice, who remained missing Monday.
Ortega's husband was in the safety of the capital Manila, which is about 360 miles northwest of Tacloban. He did not know what had happened.
Tacloban's airport was all but destroyed as seawaters swept through the city, shattering the glass of its tower, leveling the terminal and overturning nearby vehicles.
Airport manager Efren Nagrama, 47, told Reuters that water levels rose up to 13 feet.
Meanwhile, heartbreaking stories of personal loss began to emerge. Corpses were spotted hanging on on tree branches, buildings, and lay on sidewalks, The Associated Press reported.
Source: NBC News