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
Pontiff names 22 new cardinals
Bishop John Tong Hon of Hong Kong and Archbishop Mar George Allencherry of India to receive red hats
- Alessandro Speciale, Vatican City
- Vatican City
- January 7, 2012
Eighteen of the new cardinals are under the age of 80 and therefore will have a vote in the conclave to elect the next pope.
Two clerics from Asia were among the new cardinals. The appointments of Bishop John Tong Hon of Hong Kong and Major Archbishop Mar George Allencherry of the Syro Malabar Church in India bring the total voting members from Asia to nine.
Europe remains the most represented continent in the College of Cardinals, with 67 red hats (and representing 24 percent of the worldâ€™s Catholic population).
Latin America is represented by 22 cardinals, while North America has 15 and Africa has 11. Oceania only has one voting cardinal.
Ten of the new cardianals come from the Roman Curia and six of them are Italians. In total, 50 of the voting cardinals hold or have held top-level positions in the Vaticanâ€™s ministries and offices.
Pope Benedict also included in his appointments four non-voting cardinals: the head of the Greek-Catholic Church in Romania, a noted Belgian professor of religious anthropology and two scholars who taught at the Pontifical universities and worked with then Professor Ratzinger at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.