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 Francis baptizes father of Korea ferry disaster victim
Lee Ho-Jin made pilgrimage to Daejeon to ease his grief when he met the pope on Friday
Pope Francis baptizes Lee Ho-Jin, 56, the father of a victim of the Sewol ferry disaster, at a small ceremony in Seoul on Sunday. (Photo by AFP/Osservatore Romano)
- AFP, Seoul
- August 17, 2014
Pope Francis on Sunday baptised the father of one of hundreds of high school students killed in South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster in April, the pontiff's spokesman said.
Lee Ho-Jin, 56, who lost his youngest son in the tragedy, was baptised in a simple ceremony at the Vatican embassy in Seoul, choosing Francis as his baptismal name.
Lee had asked the pope to baptise him when Francis held a private audience with a group of Sewol survivors and victims' relatives before holding a mass in the central city of Daejeon on Friday.
"The pope was only too happy to be able to conduct an unscheduled baptism of an adult into the Korean Church," spokesman Federico Lombardi said.
Last week Lee had completed a pilgrimage from the site of the ferry disaster to Daejeon, to help overcome the grief of losing his son.
The Sewol ferry capsized on April 16 off the southern coast, with the loss of 300 lives, most of them high school students on an organised trip.
The relatives have urged the pope to support their campaign for a full, independent inquiry into the Sewol sinking, which has largely been blamed on regulatory failings and negligence. AFP