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
Virtual friendship ’OK’ if used wisely
New technologies allow people to go beyond culture, says Korean priestPope Benedict XVI
- Stephen Hong, Seoul
- January 27, 2011
Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, on Jan. 24 held a press conference at the Vatican and released the popeâs message for the 45th World Day of Social Communications on Jun. 5, titled Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age.
Todayâs new technologies âallow people to meet each other beyond the confines of space and of their own culture,â Father Ignatius Kim Min-soo, secretary of the Korean bishopsâ Committee for Social Communications, said today when conveying the popeâs message.
âThis network is an integral part of human life,â it creates an entirely new world of potential friendships, he said stating from the popeâs message.
Father Kim said the pope’s message has âprofound philosophical, psychological and socialâ contents about social networking.
He raised the pros and cons in the development process of the digital world, especially for young people, Father Kim said.
âIt is important always to remember that virtual contacts in online friendships cannot and must not take the place of direct human contact with people at every level of our lives,â was the popeâs warning for the young.
He also told them to make wise use of the digital technologies and constantly ask themselves, âWho is my âneighborâ in this new world?â
Since 2009, the Vatican has been running a web portal, for young people to access the pope’s speeches and writings and videos of his activities, that link to YouTube and Facebook.
Priests in Â´digital worldÂ´the focus for 2010 World Day of Social Communications