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 to hear beatification evidence
Ho Chi Minh City prelate calls for witnesses for the cause of Cardinal ThuanCardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan cooking while in detention in Giang Xa parish in Hanoi (photo: Hanoi archdiocese)
- ucanews.com reporters, Ho Chi Minh City
- January 4, 2012
Cardinal Man announced on January 1 that the delegation from the Vatican-based Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace plans to visit Vietnam from March 23 to April 9 to meet and listen to witnesses with regard to Cardinal Thuanâ€™s beatification cause, which was officially launched by the pontifical council on October 22, 2010.
Cardinal Thuan was named coadjutor archbishop of Saigon archdiocese seven days before South Vietnam fell to the communist North on April 30, 1975.
The communist authorities rejected his appointment and imprisoned him for 13 years, nine of them in solitary confinement in the north. Released in 1988, he was allowed to travel overseas in 1991. While abroad, he was barred from returning to Vietnam.
In 1994, BlessedÂ John PaulÂ called him to Rome and appointed him vice-president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. He later became president of the council from 1998 until he died of cancer at age 74 in 2002.
He was the first Vietnamese prelate to hold a high Vatican office.
â€śI would like to invite you all to fervently pray for our beloved cardinalâ€™s beatification and canonization process to be completed soon,â€ť Cardinal Man said in the announcement posted on the archdioceseâ€™s website.
He also urged priests, Religious and laypeople that knew or met the late cardinal to bear witness to his holiness and virtues before the Vatican delegation in March.
He said the launch of the cause for his predecessorâ€™s sainthood was a great honor for the Catholic Church in Vietnam, especially the archdiocese.
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