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 envoy heads for Vietnam
First visit by new representative aims to shore up local ChurchArchbishop Leopoldo Girelli (right) meeting Cardinal Jean Baptiste Pham Minh Man (second right) and other Church leaders
- ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh City
- April 18, 2011
The visit ┬áÔÇťaims to help the local Church to bear witness to the Good News among other people and evangelize through its educational, charitable, cultural and health care activities,ÔÇŁ said Cardinal Jean Baptiste Pham Minh Man of Ho Chi Minh City archdiocese.
Cardinal Man, 77, said the Vatican diplomat also plans to meet Archbishop Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon of Ha Noi and other Church leaders from northern dioceses.
Archbishop Girelli will seek bases for himself in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh city for when he works in the country, the cardinal said.
Cardinal Man said he and Auxiliary Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Kham and some priests had visited Archbishop Girelli at his residence in Singapore early this month.
The cardinal said Archbishop Girelli is expected to fly to Ho Chi Minh city on Sunday and meet city authorities. If his schedule is approved by the government, the Italian Archbishop will open a biannual meeting of the local bishops held at the archdiocesan Pastoral Center April 24-29.
He is expected to stay at the Archbishop's House, meet local priests, Religious and laypeople and preside at concelebrated Masses at the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Pastoral Center.
Archbishop Girelli ┬áalso plans to visit southern dioceses of Can Tho, My Tho, Vinh Long and Xuan Loc and attend the episcopal ordination of Coadjutor Bishop Joseph Nguyen Tan Tuoc of Phu Cuong diocese taking place on April 29.
He is also expected to visit three local major seminaries before he returns to Singapore on May 2.
Church diplomat eyes close Vietnam ties
Vietnamese people ÔÇśopening upÔÇÖ: Cardinal