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 Emeritus heads for his 'retirement home'
Benedict to return to Vatican monastery on May 2(Picture: Catholic News Agency)
- David Uebbing for Catholic News Agency
- Vatican City
- May 1, 2013
Benedict XVI will return to the Vatican on May 2 by helicopter, coming back the same way he left just two months ago when he resigned as Pope. The return of a former Pope is something that has no historical precedent, making everything a new one for the Vatican’s staff.
Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican’s press office, told CNA April 30 that “there will be someone there to welcome Benedict XVI” but he is not yet sure who that will be.
The former Pope will arrive by helicopter around 4:30 or 5:00 in the afternoon, and after a brief greeting will head to the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, where he will live a life of prayer and meditation.
Since he resigned from the papacy on Feb. 28, Benedict XVI has been living at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.
Blessed John Paul II opened the cloistered monastery in May 1994 as a place dedicated solely to prayer for the Pope, his ministry and the cardinals. It contains a chapel, a choir room, a library, a semi-basement, a terrace and a visiting room.
Different groups of nuns have lived in the monastery since it was created, rotating out every three years.
But when Benedict XVI announced Feb. 11 that he would abdicate the papacy, the building was empty. The last group of religious to live in Mater Ecclesiae left in Nov. 2012 when the Vatican began renovations on the building to take replace old windows, fix a problem with humidity in the basement and make repairs to a rooftop terrace.
Mater Ecclesiae will also be home to four consecrated women who have taken care of the papal household since Benedict became pontiff in 2005, and his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who is also the head of the Prefecture of the Papal Household.
Source: Catholic News Agency