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 signals possible papal visit to Philippines
Request made for change of 2016 congress date
Pope Francis waves during his weekly audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican (Filippo Monteforte/AFP)
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- May 23, 2013
Pope Francis is likely to visit the Philippines in early 2016 to attend the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu City, the head of the country’s bishops' conference said yesterday.
Archbishop Jose Palma says he received a request from the Vatican to move the Congress, scheduled for May 2016, to an earlier date in January that year. The letter said that the pope had prior engagements for May.
"We told them that January is fine because our suggestion was to make the pope’s visit to the Philippines a priority,” said Palma, who is also president of the Pontifical Committee on the International Eucharistic Congress. "We know that the pope continues to inspire us and his visit will have an enormous impact on our faith and our Christian life."
The retired Archbishop of Manila, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, earlier said he believed the pope will visit the country in 2016. Rosales was one of the three Filipino cardinals who flew to the Vatican for the papal conclave following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI in February.
Pope John Paul II visited the Philippines twice. His first visit was in 1981 for the beatification of Lorenzo Ruiz. His visit purportedly convinced then President Marcos to lift martial law.
In 1995, Pope John Paul II visited the Philippines for the World Youth Day festival.
The 51st International Eucharistic Congress in 2016 will carry on the theme “Christ in You: Our Hope of Glory.”