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 demand government action
Student leaders say people still suffer because lawmakers let politics distract themTwedy Noviady (left) and Noer Fajriansyah (right)
- Konradus Mangu, Jakarta
- July 8, 2011
‚ÄúPoliticians are too busy tackling issues concerning their own political parties instead of making efforts to raise people‚Äôs living standards,‚ÄĚ according to Noer Fajriansyah, chairman of the Islamic Association of University Students.
When some politicians from the big parties have tried to do something, they are invariably ‚Äúsidetracked by economic and legal issues,‚ÄĚ he continued.
Stefanus Gusma from the Union of Catholic University of the Republic of Indonesia, meanwhile, maintained that corruption is still rampant and decent education for the poor remains out of reach.
‚ÄúThe government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice-President Boediono is leading to structural poverty,‚ÄĚ he said.
The activists also accused the government of trying to brush major issues under the carpet.
‚ÄúI am sure the government tends to ignore many issues and creates political dramas,‚ÄĚ Twedy Noviady, chairman of the National Movement of Indonesian Students said.
According to Addien Jauharuddin, chairman of the Indonesian Muslim University Students‚Äô Movement, almost everything related to people‚Äôs lives is trapped within a political quagmire.
‚ÄúThe government should focus more on its tasks. For instances, legal issues must be dealt within the boundaries of the law and religious affairs must be seen to be handled without prejudice,‚ÄĚ he said.
Jhony Rahmat from the Indonesian Protestant Students‚Äô Movement highlighted freedom of worship, which is a major cause of concern in the country.
‚ÄúThis is an indicator of how much the government has failed to protect people,‚ÄĚ he said.
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