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
Missionaries escape Basilan ambush
Incident comes four days after deadly attack on plantation workers
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- July 16, 2012
The incident occurred four days after the al-Qaeda-linkedÂ terror group were thought to haveÂ killed eight people and wounded 22 others in an attack on plantation workers on the same road near the village of Tumahubong.
Bishop Martin Jumoad of Isabela today confirmed that Fathers Elmer Cantular and Julius Boado were unharmed following the attack.
"We escaped an ambush [yesterday]. It's good that nobody was killed or hurt," said the theology student, John Luis Guades, in a text message to ucanews.com yesterday.
The priests were heading to Isabela town with their security escorts when gunmen attacked a group of government militia who were guarding the road where the priests were supposed to pass.
Luckiiy, the priests' vehicle had been slightly delayed and avoided the initial attack because one of them had to bless the remains of one of the victims of last week's ambush, Bishop Jumoad said.
"The priests were immediately taken to Tumahubong," he said. "They are safe and remain there now," the bishop said.
Jumoad said he will visit the priests tomorrow "to show our moral support."
It was unclear whether the priests were the target of the gunmen.
The Claretians had issued a statement on Friday and challenged the government and the Catholic Church to do something about the ongoing violence in the province.
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