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
’Small’ patrons give more to protect life
South Koreaâ€™s Catholic Medical Center says small donations doubled their fundScreenshot of the Catholic Medical Centerâ€™s Life Respect Fund website
- Stephen Hong, Seoul
- January 11, 2011
Thanks to the increase of small donations, the fund has exceeded 50 billion won (US$44 million) as of January, said CMC in its press release issued on Jan. 10.
Ha Jin-a from CMC told ucanews.com today that they have 8,000 supporters, with 3,000 being small donators who regularly support less than 1 million won.
However, â€śTheir number has doubled in one year,â€ť she said.
She explained that the increase of small donations mainly came from a campaign launched by Father Remigio Lee Dong-ik, CMCâ€™s chief executive officer, of selling a cup of espresso coffee to his visitors at 10,000 won (US$8.9) each.
The fund originated from a money-raising campaign to construct the Catholic medical universityâ€™s buildings in 2003.
As donation drive still continued after the completion, CMC decided to merge its various collection programs into the Life Respect Fund in 2009.
Last year, Lee Seung-yeop, famous Korean baseball player, and Jose Carreras, one of the world’s greatest tenors, contributed to the donation campaign.
CMC uses the fund to support researches to treat hard-to-cure diseases, treatments of poor patients and scholarships for the formation of medical people, including a project to build a special hospital for marginalized people.
Koreans to build hospital for marginalized