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
'Taoist Day' gets minister's support
Taoist Association's proposal would set a Sunday in March to commemorate the religion
- Ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
- Hong Kong
- August 13, 2012
Tsang Tak-sing expressed his support on Saturday, duringÂ celebrations to mark the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
If accepted by the Legislative Council, the proposed Taoist Day will add a sixth special day for religion to the calendar, but itÂ would not be a public holiday.
Hong KongÂ recognizes Easter and Christmas as public holidays. The Buddhist Association successfully fought for a public holiday in 1999, two years after Hong Kongâ€™s handover.
A proposal for a public holiday to commemorate Confucianism was rejected by the Legislative Council in 2010.
The commercial sector in general does not support increasing the number of public holidays, which they claim raise costs.