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
South China becomes West Philippine Sea
Aquino orders name change for disputed waters
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- September 12, 2012
The order signed by President Benigno Aquino on September 5 states that the naming of the West Philippine Sea "is without prejudice to the determination of the maritime domain over territories" over which the Philippines has sovereignty and jurisdiction.
Based on the order, the West Philippine Sea covers the Luzon Sea "as well as waters around, within and adjacent to the Kalayaan Island Group and Bajo De Masinloc, also known as the Scarborough Shoal."
The shoal is a disputed territory claimed by the People's Republic of China, the Philippines and Taiwan.
Aquino ordered all government departments and agencies "to use and employ" the name West Philippine Sea in all communications, messages and public documents.
Aquino signed the order days before he was to meet with Chinese President Hu JintaoÂ on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Vladivostok last week.
The meeting between the two leaders did notÂ take placeÂ due to "scheduling problems," Philippine officials claimed.
Spratly islands standoff continues
Protestors descend on China mission