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
Pope adds Pietro Parolin to Council of Cardinals
Advisers working relentlessly on restructuring the Vatican
- Rome Reports
- Vatican City
- July 3, 2014
Pope Francis and his nine cardinal advisers continue working relentlessly on redesigning the Vatican. The select group expanded to include Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. The move merely reflects reality, since Parolin has participated in all meetings, but with a lower profile, given that he was not a full member.
There is only one photograph of their meeting, and a statement from the Vatican explained what three topics the group has talked about so far.
Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello explained to the Council the governance of the Vatican City State, which he currently presides.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin also presented a report on the duties and the situation of the Secretariat of State.
Afterward, the nine cardinals and the Pope analyzed "in depth the new structure” of the IOR or Vatican Bank.
In fact, on that particular topic, the Vatican hinted at the possibility of an announcement next week to appoint a new president to the Vatican Bank. Spokesperson Federico Lombardi did not confirm this, but talked about "a time of natural and peaceful transition.” He also added that "the contribution of Ernst von Freyberg continues to be deeply appreciated and highly valued.”
Source: Rome Reports