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
Philippines bishops turn to social media to fight RH Law
Catholic prayers requested by text message
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- March 26, 2014
The Philippines bishops’ conference has begun a social media campaign in their long running fight against the passage of the controversial Reproductive Health Law, which would provide funding for contraception and sex education.
The bishops sent out a series of text messages to Catholics, starting on Monday, urging them to pray for a defeat of the law every day until April 8, when the country’s Supreme Court will decide on the law’s constitutionality.
The bishops also posted a copy of the Mandatory Prayer for the Protection of the Family and All Human Life on Facebook in order to encourage people to pray for the defeat of the law, said Father Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the bishops’ Commission on Family and Life.
Part of the prayer, which by March 26 had gathered some 26,000 'likes' and about 7,000 'shares' on Facebook, states: "We pray for the Philippine Supreme Court justices, may they declare the Reproductive Health Law as unconstitutional."
The implementation of the law, which was passed in December 2012, was stalled after opponents filed petitions to the court.
Health experts, however, have warned that delay could increase cases of HIV and AIDS.
The Philippines has the highest teen pregnancy rate in Southeast Asia. About 5,300 mothers die from child birth every year, according to government figures.