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
Bishop Anil Joseph Thomas Couto of Jalandhar has been named the new archbishop of Delhi replacing Archbishop Vincent Concessao, who passed the canonical retirement age of 75 last year.
Fr Mathew Koyickal, chancellor of the archdiocese, read the letter of appointment from Pope Benedict XVI Nov. 30 at the archbishop's house in New Delhi.
Around 100 people were present at the event. Bishop Couto could not take part in the program as he was out of the country.
Archbishop Concessao served the Delhi archdiocese for 12 years since Sept. 7, 2000. The archbishop, born in Mangalore, celebrated his 75th birthday on Sept. 28, 2011.
Church law demands all prelates to submit their resignation on completion of 75 years of age. The Vatican will decide whether these resignations will be accepted.
Archbishop Concessao said Bishop Couto, who was earlier Auxiliary bishop of Delhi "is the most able person who can run the affairs of the archdiocese."
Auxiliary Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Delhi said that people of the archdiocese wanted Bishop Couto to be appointed to the post.
“People had a deep urge to have Bishop Couto as the head of the Delhi archdiocese as he has been the auxiliary bishop of Delhi and knows the dioceses and the people well,” he said.
Bishop Couto, 58, was born in Goa and was ordained a priest for Delhi archdiocese on Feb 8, 1981. He became Auxiliary Bishop of Delhi in 2001 and continued in that capacity until transferred to Jalandhar as its bishop in 2007.
The Delhi archdiocese, formed in 1959, has some 105,000 Catholics in 61 parishes.
The Archdiocese comprises the state of Delhi and the districts of Gurgaon, Rohtak, Mahendragarh, Sonepat, Faridabad, Nuh, Jhajjar and Rewari of Haryana.
Jullundur is a suffragan diocese of the archdiocese along wih Jammu-Srinagar and Simla and Chandigarh dioceses.
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