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
Our Lady of Fatima comes to Rome
Venerated statue is part of Marian celebration
Picture: L'Osservatore Romano
- L'Osservatore Romano
- Vatican City
- October 14, 2013
The statue of Our Lady of Fatima arrived at the Vatican early afternoon, Saturday 12 October. The venerated image will take its place in St Peter's Square for the celebrations of the Marian Day presided over by Pope Francis as part of the Year of Faith. A time of prayer and catechesis is scheduled for later this afternoon. Thousands of the faithful are expected to attend. The gathering will be followed by tomorrow's Sunday celebration of the Holy Mass at the end of which the Holy Father will entrust the world to Our Lady.
The statue was transported from Cova da Iria to the Roman airport of Fiumicino by the Lisbon-based Portuguese airline Tap. After landing, the statue was entrusted to the Italian Air Force which transported it by helicopter to the Vatican. Upon arrival, a small procession with the statue was held, with stops in the chapel of the Monastery of Mater Ecclesiae where Benedict XVI now resides, and at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where it was received by Pope Francis.
Full Story: Our Lady of Fatima in St Peter's Square
Source: L'Osservatore Romano