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
Seas head for 'unprecedented' crisis
Greenpeace warns that fishing industry is in deep trouble
- ucanews.com reporter, Sorsogon
- October 25, 2012
"We are in deep trouble. The government must acknowledge that our seas are in crisis," said Vince Cinches, Oceans Campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia, at a community conference in Donsol, Sorsogon province.
He said the country needs marine reserves and must reduce its fishing capacity to sustainable levels.
"Our seas are already under threat from massive overfishing and decades of unsustainable fishing practices that have resulted in todayâ€™s dwindling fish catches," Cinches said.
Monsignor Angel Dy of the Sorsogon Social Action Foundation Inc. also pointed out the threat from illegal commercial fishing.
He said fisher folk in Sorsogon and elsewhere cannot compete with large commercial fishing vessels that encroach on restricted waters.
"We know that illegal and unregulated fishing is rampant in our waters, and yet no one seems to be doing anything about it," he said.
He added that several bishops have already appealed to President Benigno Aquino to ban commercial vessels from the province's waters but theyÂ continue to fish in the area.
In Donsol, fishermen have complained of poor catches this year. Most can barely catch enough to give them a decent dayâ€™s wage.
Greenpeace says that about 1.2 million jobs in the fishing, tourism and the food industries will be directly affected by poor marine management.
Philippine Fisheries has an annual estimated production of 6,000,000 metric tons of fish, but there has been a steady decline due to overfishing, largely attributed to illegal commercial fishing vessels.
Fish shortage looms, says Greenpeace