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
Priest protests president's permit
Massgoers say court should not have issued permission for Arroyo to go abroadFather Robert Reyes leads the rally against a court order allowing Arroyo to travel
- John Francis Lagman, Manila
- November 16, 2011
Arroyo and her husband tried to fly out of the country last night but the government ordered immigration officials to stop them in defiance of the court order.
Some 30 people joined a ‚ÄúMass of Deliverance‚ÄĚ presided over by Father Robert Reyes this morning outside the court.
‚ÄúHypocrites and blind‚Ä¶ You Pharisees and Scribes of the Supreme Court,‚ÄĚ read one of the placards.
Arroyo has said she needs to seek medical treatment for a bone disease and was not planning to flee or seek asylum abroad. Some critics, however, believe that Arroyo is running away from a non-bailable corruption case against her.
‚ÄúWe are here to protest the questionable decision of the supreme court,‚ÄĚ Fr Reyes said.
‚ÄúThis is highly immoral, this is not a legal issue,‚ÄĚ said Father Reyes. ‚ÄúThe law has been [usurped] by angry indignation of people crying out to heaven telling God, ‚ÄėPlease let your justice take over because our justices have sold out to the dogs',‚ÄĚ he said.