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 earthquake survivors to dine with pope
More details emerge of upcoming papal visit
Survivors of the October 2013 earthquake in Bohol gather for religious celebrations in makeshift churches. (Photo by Vincent Go)
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- September 1, 2014
Several survivors of the earthquake that devastated the Philippine province of Bohol last year are among those set to dine with Pope Francis when he visits the country in January next year.
"We will be sending some of my people there who were victims of the quake, five of them. They will dine with the pope," said Bishop Leonardo Medroso of Tagbilaran.
Bishop Medroso expressed hope that the pope will also visit Bohol "even for just one or two hours to counsel our people".
The prelate said that the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, which struck the central Philippines in October last year, ruined 33 churches in his diocese.
Bishops Medroso said people later built "alternative churches" using tents where Masses are still being held.
Archbishop John Du of Palu recently revealed that Pope Francis will dine with 30 typhoon and earthquake victims when the he visits Tacloban City on January 17.
Pope Francis will be visiting the Philippines from January 15 to 19.