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
Alarm in Bangladesh over rise of militant groups
Minister expresses fears after nationwide arrests
Members of the Ansarullah Bangla Team with some of their seized arms and equipment (Picture by Shahadat Hossain)
- ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
- August 27, 2013
There is deepening alarm in Bangladesh over the sudden emergence of several militant groups, a government minister said on Monday.
“Some of these outfits are undergoing Taliban-type training and trying to introduce religion-based politics. We are taking this seriously,” said Law Minister Shafique Ahmed.
Ahmed was speaking to journalists during a three-day conference in Dhaka on money laundering and terrorist financing, organized by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.
The minister’s statement follows this month’s arrest of members from two militant outfits - Ansarullah Bangla Team and BEM - with large caches of munitions, military training manuals and Jihadist publications.
Monirul Islam, Dhaka police joint commissioner, said a total of 31 people have been arrested in connection with the two groups, in various parts of the country.
“Ansarullah Bangla Team follows the Al-Qaeda model, while BEM follows the principles of the banned militant group Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh who want to make Bangladesh a Sharia-based country,” he said.
Catholic rights activist Rosaline Costa has blamed the major political parties - the ruling Awami League and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party - for the rise of the militant groups.
“In the past years, the ruling party didn’t take tough action against Islamic hardliners, fearing political backlash in elections, while the opposition supported Islamists to upset the government. Militant groups have grown in the unstable backdrop of rivalry between the political parties,” she said.