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
Parents check for sharp edges as kids move to uni
Parents of Chinese students enrolled in Taiwan's universities are overprotective, possibly a result of the one-child policy, said university officials - one of whom suggests a future guidelines for protective parents, reports the Central News Agency.Screenshot from the Central News Agency report on Focus Taiwan News Channel
- September 13, 2011
The high level of protectiveness shown by the parents could be the result of China's one-child policy, university officials said.
Shih Hsin University officials found a similar trend, saying that contrary to their previous image of being independent and articulate, the Chinese students relied heavily on their parents.
The Chinese parents have checked every corner of the campus, looking for places where students could possibly suffer from injuries, the Fu Jen Catholic University said.
Among things the parents paid attention to include: the size of beds and closets, sharp edges in the dorm rooms and cafeteria hygiene. Other worries include political tensions between Taiwan and China.
Yuan Ze University President Tsong P. Perng said that while the universities were dealing with Chinese parents for the first time, they could in future set up guidelines for protective parents.
Parents of Chinese students in Taiwan give schools new challenge (Focus Taiwan News Channel/Central News Agency)