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
Russian Orthodox Church marks 300 years in China
- ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
- December 7, 2012
The Russian Orthodox Church has held several events in Hong Kong to mark 300 years since Emperor Kangxi (1654-1722) issued a decree approving the founding of the Russian Spiritual Mission in Beijing.
As well as liturgy services there was a roundtable conference yesterday to discuss various issues the Orthodox Church encounters in China today.
The Orthodox Church is not among the five government-recognized religions in China. There are four churches in the country which are officially allowed to hold services but there are no full-time priests.
There are roughly 15,000 to 20,000 Chinese believers across China.
Books featuring a Russian-Chinese translation on catechism, missiology, liturgy and history were also on display while commemorative stamps depicting former bishops and churches in China were issued in Hong Kong earlier this year.