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 nuncio comforts disaster victims
Archbishop Pinto spends Christmas in Leyte following pope's request
Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto (center) in a ucanews.com file photo
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- December 26, 2013
On Christmas Day, Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, spent the day in the province of Leyte to show the "personal solidarity" of Pope Francis with the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck in November and forced four million people from their homes.
Tecson Lim, administrator of Tacloban City, told ucanews.com that the nuncio's visit "was so heartwarming and uplifting that it almost able to compensate for the sad Christmas that many Taclobanons are experiencing."
Fr. Amadeo Alvero, spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Palo, said Pinto's visit "is indeed an expression of the solidarity and the love of Pope Francis to the local church."
"Pope Francis loves us that he wants us to know with the visit of his ambassador that we are not alone. The Universal Church does not leave us alone but journeys with us this way towards rebuilding our society," Alvero told ucanews.com.