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 prays for journalists killed in Gaza
Holds impromptu moment of silence with reporters aboard the flight to Korea
Pope Francis takes a moment during his flight to Korea to pray for slain Italian journalist Simone Camilli and his Palestinian translator Ali Shehda Abu Afash, both killed on Wednesday in Gaza. (AFP photo/Daniel Dal Zennaro)
- Alan Holdren and Kevin J. Jones for Catholic News Agency
- August 14, 2014
Aboard the papal flight to South Korea today, Pope Francis led an impromptu moment of silence to pray for a photojournalist who was killed in Gaza, and thanked journalists for their work.
Simone Camilli, a 35-year-old Italian working for the Associated Press, and his freelance Palestinian translator, Ali Shehda Abu Afash, died on Wednesday along with four Gazan bomb disposal offficers who were trying to dismantle an Israeli missile.
The missile exploded in Beit Lahiya as they tried to neutralize it. Four additional persons, including AP photographer Hatem Moussa, were gravely injured by the explosion.
Fighting between Israel and Hamas since July 8 has killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, and 67 Israelis.
“These are the consequences of war,” Pope Francis told reporters after learning of the death of Camilli, Afash, and the others. “Thanks for your service,” the pope told the journalists on his flight. “Thanks for all that you do.”
Pope Francis asked for a moment of silence to pray for those who died in Beit Lahiya; the moment lasted about 30 seconds.
The Pope then turned to the topic of his visit to South Korea. “It will not be a tourist trip. It will be extremely physical,” he told the journalists, again expressing his gratitude.
“Thank you so much, as your words always help to unite us to the world,” Pope Francis said. “Also I encourage you, give this message of peace always.”
The pope also announced that he would give an interview to journalists on his return flight from South Korea to Italy. In a light-hearted spirit, he compared the promised interview to the story of the biblical prophet Daniel.
“Daniel will go into the lion's den,” he said. “They don't bite though,” he said in reference to the journalists.
Source: Catholic News Agency