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
WWF in new bid to save orangutans
Fundraising drive aims to finance coordinated preservation efforts
- by Ryan Dagur, Jakarta
- May 9, 2012
The environmental organization estimates orangutan numbers in Borneo have dropped by about 55 percent over the last 20 years, with only about 57,000 remaining in the wild today.
In Sumatra the situation is even more desperate with estimates putting the population at only 7,500.
Poaching, deforestation, climate change and forest fires have all contributed to the dramatic fall in orangutan numbers, WFF-Indonesia said today during the launch of the fundraising campaign called Sahabat Orangutan (friends of orangutans).
‚ÄúThrough the Sahabat Orangutan program, WWF-Indonesia is opening a door to every individual who wants to indirectly support the orangutan preservation effort by giving donations,‚ÄĚ said Linda Sukandar, the organization‚Äôs fundraising manager.
Acknowledging that such financial aid is desperately needed to continue orangutan preservation programs, she said the effort has ‚Äúbecome a very urgent need and is the only priority of WWF-Indonesia.‚ÄĚ
Donations will be used to fund research on the primates and awareness programs illustrating how important it is to preserve and build up orangutan numbers.
Efforts will also be made in building cooperation among local people, authorities and private companies in order to develop orangutan ecotourism.