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
New crackdown on illegal mining
Major government move blocks 20 companies
- Cong B. Corrales, Cagayan de Oro City
- October 17, 2012
The decision, announced today, was hailed by a coalition of environment advocates who say the certificates were fraudulently used in illegal acts.
Ruth Tawantawan, regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said a "technical evaluation" by the office confirmed that dredging barges covered by the certificates were used for the illegal extraction of gold and other minerals.
"We are happy that [the environment office] has found out the truth," said Orlando Ravanera, head of the environment coalition Sulog. He added that those involved should be arrested.
The evaluation also showed that 20 gravel and sand concessionaires were not only mining illegally but also did not have permits from the Mining Regulatory Board.
The same investigation discovered that illegal mining operations in upland villages had been going on since 1994.
"Let justice be done. We should stop the bleeding, then heal and restore,â€ť said Tito Mora, a member of Sulog.
He said mining operations "figured in the catastrophic effects" of tropical storm Washi last December that caused floods that killed at least 1,268 people.
Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan last week called for a halt to all mining activities in the cityâ€™s watershed areas.
â€śWe need an impact assessment on mining and logging, including large scale upland plantations, on environmentally fragile areas,â€ť the prelate told a gathering of anti-mining activists.
Archbishop Ledesma reminded people to â€śtreasure gratefully Godâ€™s gift of our natural resources, to be vigilant stewards of the environment and to initiate conservation practices.â€ť
Company fighting case in media: lawyers
Donâ€™t vote for pro-mine candidates, Catholics told