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 makes the cover of Rolling Stone
Magazine's cover story reflects wide appeal of the 'People's Pope'
- Huffington Post
- January 29, 2014
Pope Francis racked up yet another magazine cover with his appearance on the front of iconic rock magazine Rolling Stone. He is the first pope to ever be featured.
Mark Binelli's extensive, 7,700-word cover story reflects the pope's unusually wide appeal, which cuts across demographic lines of age, political views, and even religious affiliation.
Binelli's piece, "Pope Francis: The Times They Are A-Changing" goes "Inside the Pope's Gentle Revolution" to investigate why this pontiff is so different from those before him. Alluding to Bob Dylan's anthem, Binelli portrays the pope as "Cool Pope Francis," a politically savvy leader, PR expert and friend of the crowded masses.
This is by no means Pope Francis' first appearance on a magazine cover. He graced the covers of Time Magazine and Vanity Fair Italia after the publications named him "Person of the Year" and "Man of the Year," respectively.
The New Yorker also put him on the cover less than a week after he became Time's "Person of the Year."
Perhaps his most unexpected appearance was on the cover of The Advocate, an LGBT-focused magazine who named him "Person of the Year" for his landmark statement, "If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?"
Source: Huffington Post Religion