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 question 'suicide' of dissident
Demand a full investigation into the death of Li Wangyang at a hospital in Hunan provinceProtesters march in front of the Liaison Office of the central government in Hong Kong
- ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
- June 7, 2012
The Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of the Hong Kong diocese joined other rights groups today to protest the death of Li Wangyang in front of the Liaison Office of the central government in Hong Kong.
âThe international community is paying close attention to this incident. The central government should investigate who is responsible,â said Or Yan-yan, a JPC project officer.
Li, who was jailed for 21 years for his involvement in the Tiananmen Square protestsÂ in 1989, was found hanged in his hospital room with a cloth tied around his neck and attached to a window. Chinese officials determined that he had killed himself.
Li had been released from prison last May and transferred to the hospital in Shaoyang city in Hunan province, where he remained under police surveillance.
The Hong Kong-based Center for Human Rights and Democracy in China called the death âunusualâ in a statement.
âWe cannot rule out that security guards monitoring him tortured him to death and faked a suicide,â the statement said.
Cable TV news reporter Lam Kin-shing interviewed Li in hospital on June 2 as part of a report on this yearâs commemoration of the Tiananmen Square protests.
He told local media he was concerned that the interview, in which Li promised to continue his work towards democratic reforms in the country even if it endangered his life, could have led to his death.
âThat was an assassination,â Lam said.
Liâs younger sister told local media that she received a call from the hospital notifying her that her brother had been found dead.
She said Li had never expressed any desire to kill himself even after more than two decades in prison and suffering severe illness.
âRecord turnoutâ at Tiananmen vigil
Activists test Beijingâs appetite for protest