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
Voter drive 'new dawn' for Muslim region
Voter list nullified after 300,000 counts of fraud found
- Ali Macabalang, Cotabato City
- July 9, 2012
The Muslim region was the center of massive alleged voter fraud during the 2007 senatorial elections, and a review by the election commission revealed more than 300,000 multiple registrants in the region out of the 1.8 million eligible voters.
Henrietta De Villa, chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and former ambassador to the Vatican, described the process as a â€śnew dawnâ€ť for the region.
She urged stakeholders to help preserve the sanctity of reform intended for the 10-day registration period by observing the policy of â€śone thumbprint, one registration, one voteâ€ť in electoral processes.
The election commission authorized the PPCRV to act as a watchdog for the process. By law, the PPCRV can conduct a house-to-house canvass of registrants as well as a registration drive.
After a PPCRV volunteer was assaulted in Maguindanao province Sunday, De Villa urged field volunteers to keep up their courage to help shape an ideal electoral system. Hundreds of coordinators and volunteers are covering the regionâ€™s five provinces and two cities.
The victim, Sarah Kaharudin of Barira, was attacked after she refused to give four women volunteersâ€™ accreditation cards.
De Villa said she has asked the local police to secure volunteers in the field.
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