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
Police arrest priest murder suspects
Siblings allegedly hired gunmen to kill Father Rigonan over property disputeCatholics release white balloons after a Mass at the tomb of Father Rigonan
- Leilani Adriano, Ilocos Norte
- January 6, 2012
Roger Macalma and his sister were arrested at their home in Balbuena Village in connection with the death on August 28, 2007 of Father Florante Rigonan.
A third suspect, another sister named Liwliwa, gave herself up to police later.
Fr Rigonan was shot dead after leaving the house of Florencio and Elisea Macalma, relatives of the suspects, who had returned to retire after four decades of working in San Francisco.
The pair arrested allegedly hired two gunmen, still unaccounted for, to kill Fr Rigonan over a property dispute.
The couple had donated five million pesos (US$108,000) and raised 250,000 pesos more from family and friends abroad for the construction of their new parish church, which Father Rigonan oversaw.
According to witnesses, Roger, Lydia and Liwliwa Macalmas ā the coupleās nephew and nieces ā did not like Rigonanās appointment as āadministratorā of the coupleās properties in the Philippines. The priest had also been given gifts including a trip to the US anded a service van for his parish activities.