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 protest poll result
Residents reject tarnished candidates in SAR's leadership electionA woman casts her 'vote' in the mock election
- Hong Kong
- March 26, 2012
Leung Chun-ying, 57, beat two other candidates to become the next chief executive of the territory after securing 689 votes from a 1,200-member committee of business leaders and politicians, who are mostly Beijing loyalists.
However, many democracy supporters doubt Leungâ€™s legitimacy. In one poll, 54.6 percent of 222,990 participants rejected all three candidates in a mock election organized by Hong Kong University on March 23-24.
Outside the waterfront convention center where the election was held, hundreds of pro-democracy protesters gathered, waving banners and chanting slogans calling for â€śone person, one vote.â€ť
They also protested against Beijing intervening in Hong Kongâ€™s autonomy by lobbying election committee members behind the scenes to cast their votes for Leung. He will succeed Donald Tsang, who was ineligible to stand again after two terms as chief executive.
The Basic Law, Hong Kongâ€™s mini-constitution, has promised universal suffrage for 2017, when Leungâ€™s five-year term ends, but no plan has yet been laid out.
Christians call for electoral change
HK voting committee to add religious electors