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
Philippine bishops urge Holy Week ceasefire
- Julian Labores, Manila
- March 30, 2012
Bishop Leonardo Medroso of Tagbilaran said soldiers and rebels should not fight during a season that is symbolic of reconciliation.
"It is sad that both sides appear to be neglecting Godâ€™s teachings,â€ť Bishop Medroso said.
Bishop Angelito Lampon of Jolo, meanwhile, urged Muslim rebels to declare a truce.
"Lent is similar to the holy month of Ramadan. It is a safe season and a time for reconciliation,â€ť Bishop Lampon said.
The government and communist rebels last week dismissed the possibility of a Lenten ceasefire.
Citing what it claimed were continued â€śbrutal offensives and campaigns of suppressionâ€ť by government forces, the Communist Party of the Philippines said it will not declare a ceasefire.