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
Activists and tribals placed under house arrest
Police detain them while Nirendra Modi attends local ceremony
- ucanews.com reporter, Ahmedabad
- October 31, 2013
Hundreds of tribal people and four environment activists have been placed under house arrest today, to prevent them from protesting against the erection of what will be the world’s tallest statue, in Gujarat, western India.
The lockdown was imposed in seven villages from early this morning, while Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) laid the statue’s foundation stone in the Navagam district. It is expected that the detention will be lifted tomorrow.
The villagers, mostly tribals, were also prevented from flying black flags over their houses as a further protest.
“The tribals are protesting to protect their land, forests, livelihoods and rivers. But Narendra Modi’s government has denied them their fundamental rights in their own villages,'' said Rohit Prajapati, one of the detained environmentalists.
Prajapati added that the police treated them like criminals and seized several activists’ mobile phones so they could not communicate with colleagues.
“Activists and villagers were detained illegally to create an atmosphere of terror inside villages,'' he said.
The planned statue will commemorate Sardar Vallabhai Patel, a freedom fighter and political leader from Gujarat, who served as India’s first Home Minister. Planned to be built alongside the Narmada Dam in Navagam, the 182 meter statue will be double the size of the Statue of Liberty.