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
Vatican announces new diocese
- ucanews reporter, Batticaloa
- Sri Lanka
- July 4, 2012
It says Trincomalee-Batticaloa diocese is to be divided, making Batticaloa a¬†diocese in its own right.
Batticaloa will become Sri Lanka's¬†12th diocese¬†with Auxiliary Bishop Ponniah Joseph becoming its first prelate.
The new diocese will comprise¬†55,225 Catholics with 48 priests.
‚ÄúWe have been expecting this news¬†for a¬†¬†long time,‚ÄĚ Bishop¬†Joseph said.
‚ÄúPeople here have been urging the Vatican to declare a separate diocese since 1980,‚ÄĚ the bishop said. ‚ÄúAdministrative matters will be much easier from now on,‚ÄĚ he added.
The official installation ceremony will be held on September 23.