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
Security up in Cebu for feast of Child Jesus
Police told to ensure safety for up to 2 million visitorsThe traditional Sinulog prayer dance in Cebu City that honors the Santo Nino (holy child)
- Julian Labores, Manila
- January 6, 2011
The festival, which will culminate on Jan. 16, is one of the countryâ€™s main tourist attractions.
Local authorities today ordered police to implement measures to ensure the safety of two million visitors expected to attend the festivities that will include a street parade.
The Sinulog is a dance ritual in honor of the supposedly miraculous image of the Santo NiĂ±o.
The dance, which has a pagan origin, is said to be the link between the countryâ€™s pagan past and its Christian present.
Meanwhile, Cebuanos are also busy preparing for the installation of their new archbishop, Jose Palma, at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral on Jan. 13.
Archbishop Palma will become the 24th prelate to administer the ecclesial province of Cebu since 1595, when Augustinian Friar Pedro de Agurto was appointed the first bishop.
Archbishop Palma’s predecessor, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, will preside over the 9 am Mass and hand over responsibilities with Auxiliary Bishops Julito Cortes and Emilio Bataclan.
Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales and Papal Nuncio Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams are expected to attend the ceremonies.
Archbishop Palma, 60, was born on March 19, 1950, in Dingle, Iloilo and was ordained a priest in 1976. His episcopal ordination took place in Jan. 1998. He was appointed Bishop of Calbayog in January 1999 and installed the following March.
He was later appointed Archbishop of Palo in March, 2006 and installed in May of that year. In July, 2009, he was elected vice president of the Catholic bishopsâ€™ conference.
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