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
Teenage girl soldiers surrender
- Lance Danial Baconguis, Cagayan de Oro City
- September 10, 2012
Lt. Col. Eugene Osias, spokesman for the Armyâ€™s 4th Infantry Division, said theÂ girls from Surigao del Norte Province surrendered separately on September 6 and 7.Â He alleged that they were duped into joining the NPA Â and leftÂ because they could not endure the hardships.
"We are saddened by the deceit employed by the NPAs to recruit minors to join their ranks," said the Division's commander.Â "These minors should have been sent to school to study, graduate and be employed in the future."
Meanwhile, the NPA's Merardo Arce Command in southern Mindanao issued an apology for attacking a village near Davao City on September 1.Â Â The attack injured 41 people.