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 vows to target 'throw-away culture' this week
More care must be taken over young and old people, he says
Picture: AFP/Gabriel Buoys
- John L. Allen Jr for National Catholic Reporter
- July 23, 2013
Aboard the papal plane en route to Brazil today, Pope Francis told the roughly 70 reporters traveling with him from Rome to Rio de Janeiro that he wants World Youth Day to include a greater focus on the elderly, too, fighting a "throw-away" culture that often neglects people at both ends of life.
Francis did not hold a press conference, saying bluntly, "I don't give interviews." He spoke without notes for about five minutes to reporters aboard the plane. The pope then stood at the front of the economy compartment on the plane for almost an hour, greeting each journalist one by one.
Prior to the pope's brief remarks, Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, had asked a veteran Mexican television correspondent to say a few words to the pope in his native Spanish on behalf of the press corps.
Valentina Alazraki Crastich of Televisa told Francis that reporters often aren't saints, at least of the religious sort, and can sometimes be like lions. She presented Francis with an icon of the Madonna of Guadalupe, traditionally venerated at the patroness of Latin America.
The following is an NCR transcript of the pope's remarks, which took place roughly two hours after take-off at 8:45 a.m. Rome time. Francis spoke in Italian; the following is a rush NCR translation....
Full Story: Pope on plane: No to a 'throw-away' culture
Source: National Catholic Reporter