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
Rights group announces assistance plan
Gwangju foundation to provide cash support to Myanmar, Sri Lanka displacedVolunteers on education service in Burma (photo: Gwangju Human rights Peace Foundation)
- ucanews.com reporter, Seoul
- May 17, 2011
Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-jung, the foundation director, announced its assistance plan yesterday during a Mass to mark the 31st anniversary of the Gwangju Democratization Movement.
The foundation also intends to help tribal women in Chiang Mai, Thailand and dalit people in Nepal.
The money was raised through offerings by Catholics from Kwangju archdiocese and donations from ordinary Gwangju citizens.
‚ÄúThe foundation decided to support them as they are the most in need,‚ÄĚ Father Raphael Kim Jae-hak, executive director of the foundation, said.
Kwangju archdiocese set up the foundation in October to commemorate a pro-democracy uprising in Gwangju in 1980, which ended in a massacre of protesters by government militia.
‚ÄúThe foundation commemorates the suffering of the Gwangju people in 1980 by supporting people around the world who are enduring similar experiences today,‚ÄĚ said Archbishop Kim at the foundation‚Äôs inauguration ceremony in October.
¬īArchdiocese sets up human rights foundation¬ī