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
RH bill tops senate agenda
Reserves an hour and a half for two days a week until debate closesProtesters demonstrate against the reproductive health bill in Manila
- ucanews.com reporters, Manila
- September 6, 2011
In a manifesto issued yesterday, the senators agreed to have the RH bill top the agenda of sessions on the two days, until the debate is closed on second reading.
â€śIn the daily agenda, the RH bill should be called first, provided the debate for each day shall be limited to one-and-a-half hours to accommodate other pending bills,â€ť the manifesto stated.
The senators, who started the debates Monday, said this was to show support for President Benigno Aquinoâ€™s Â recent statement that priority should be given to the bill.
Aquino risked the ire of the Catholic Church when he voiced support for the RH bill, which includes protections for artificial contraception.
â€śIn the spirit of cooperation, and in order to enhance the constitutional right of the people to information on matters of public concern, without committing ourselves to a particular vote on the RH bill, we support the calendar for RH bill debates,â€ť the manifesto stated.
RH advocates will hold a â€śPurple Ribbon Dayâ€ť campaign tomorrow to push for passage of the bill. The organizers are asking the public to wear purple clothes, display purple ribbons on their homes and cars, and light candles at exactly 6pm.
Opponents of the bill, meanwhile, have scheduled a protest event in the presidentâ€™s home province of Tarlac on September 17, according to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
The event, entitled "Run for Life, Run for Mama Mary, Run against the RH bill,â€™ is also being held as a belated celebration of the Virgin Maryâ€™s birthday on September 8 and as a manifestation of the peopleâ€™s opposition to the [bill] currently being debated in both chambers of Congress," the CBCP said in a statement yesterday.
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