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
Press Week prayers for slain Filipino journalistsMonsignor Rey Monsanto and some journalists light candles at the Press Freedom Monument
- Mach Alberto Fabe, Cagayan de Oro City
- May 24 2010
Monsignor Rey Monsanto, in his homily for the Mass that opened the commemoration reminded journalists they are “very influential.”
He urged them to exercise responsibility and use their influence for the good of the future generation.
The Mass at the Press Freedom Monument near the Provincial Capitol on May 24 marks a week dedicated to press freedom in 1982 through an Executive Order of then Mayor Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr.
In 2008, the Provincial Board of Misamis Oriental passed a resolution declaring the last week of May as Provincial Press Freedom Week.
Cagayan de Oro Press Club led the 28th Press Freedom Week celebration with the theme Truth Ushers in Hope Towards Fulfillment.
“If you want fulfillment in your work, if you want fulfillment for society, if you want fulfillment for humanity, then actively seek the truth whatever it may cost,” Monsignor Monsanto urged media workers.
The Committee to Protect Journalists lists 68 journalists killed in the Philippines since 1992.
Last year alone, 34 Philippine reporters, cameramen and drivers were killed in the politically motivated massacre in Maguindanao, also in the south. Two of them were correspondents of the Cagayan de Oro-based Gold Star Daily.
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