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
Communists accused of civilian massacre
Nine killed in roadside ambush
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- January 28, 2013
The military has accused the communist New People's Army (NPA) of massacring nine people, eight of them civilians, in Negros Occidental province.
“Despite our openness to the rebels returning to the democratic fold, the NPA continues to wage armed violence [and] disrupt government peace-building initiatives,” said Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos in a statement today.
Nine people were killed and at least six injured on Sunday morning when suspected NPA rebels ambushed a truck carrying police and village guards returning from a festival in the town of La Castellana.
The dead included one policeman, six village guards, the wife of a guard, and the driver of the truck.
It was the deadliest attack by communist rebels in several months and came amid hopes that peace talks would be revived between the government and the insurgents.
The communists pulled out of peace negotiations in November 2011 after the government rejected demands to free jailed rebel leaders.
The Communist Party of the Philippines and its military wing, the NPA, have been waging an armed rebellion since 1969 and more than 30,000 people have died in the conflict.
The military estimates current rebel strength at about 4,000 fighters, significantly down from more than 26,000 in the late 1980s.