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
Prayers for peace in Hiroshima
A-bomb anniversary solemnly rememberedCatholics and Anglicans join to promote world peace in Hiroshima city
- August 8, 2012
On Sunday, around 500 people carrying placards and banners reading â€śWorld Peaceâ€ť and â€śEnd Nuclear Powerâ€ť marched up the main street from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park to the cathedral.
That evening, a Mass to petition for peace was held at the cathedral. Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, Secretary Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, was in Japan this week and attended the Mass.
Related activities were also conducted throughout the day. A symposium on the prospect of ending nuclear power generation was held on Sunday afternoon, echoing the central theme of a message issued last November by the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of Japan.
The program also featured comments from a Korean resident of Japan who survived the bomb and from mothers who had been forced to flee Fukushima in the wake of last yearâ€™s nuclear accident.
On Monday, around 400 people attended a â€śMass of Memorial for the Victims of Nuclear Weapons and Wars Everywhere,â€ť also held at the cathedral with Bishop Manâ€™yo Maeda of Hiroshima as the main celebrant.
At 8:15 a.m., the time the bomb was dropped, a minuteâ€™s silence was observed.
In his homily at the Monday Mass, Bishop Sueo Hamaguchi of Oita said that the events of last year, including the nuclear incident at Fukushima Daiâ€™ichi, illustrated â€śthe errors of this world,â€ť including human pride.
We must turn toward the source of salvation and share the journey of those in the midst of hardship, he said.
Hiroshima dioceseâ€™s peace activities will end tomorrow, with another Mass at the World Peace Memorial Cathedral dedicated to the victims of the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki.
Support from others is vital to overcoming nuclear tragedy