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
Negotiators ask Church to take lead
Christians have key role in public consultations, both sides agreePeace negotiators mark the start of formal talks with a handshake in Oslo last February
- ucanews.com staff, Manila
- April 7, 2011
"The Church can provide pressures to keep (both parties) on the table for the continuation and completion of negotiations," said Jurgette Honculada, a member of the government peace panel.
She said the Church can provide "valuable inputs" through public dialogues and consultations on issues such as the use of landmines, recruitment of children for combat, revolutionary taxation, displacement and killing of indigenous peoples.
Honculada suggested that the imperative of peace be integrated into Bible studies, theological curricula and pastors' convocations.
Fidel Agcaoili, vice chairman of the NDF peace panel, recently stressed the role of the Church as a "keeper of the process."
"Be there to protect and make sure that the peace agreement will be implemented," he told a forum of Church people on April 1. He said that as a "moral guardian of the people," the Church must also be "analytical of the issues."
The government and the NDF resumed formal negotiations in Oslo, Norway, last February after six years of deadlock.