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
Anti-nuclear protest resumes
Anger at 'fake promises' offered by prime minister over construction
- Bijay Kumar Minj, New Delhi
- October 10, 2011
A 12-member delegation comprising village leaders and social activists met Manmohan Singh over the weekend to discuss a halt to construction.
Bishop Yuvon Ambroise of Tuticorin, a member of the delegation, said Singh agreed to appoint a panel of experts to study the matter.
SP Udayakumar, convener of the Peopleâ€™s Movement against Atomic Power and a member of the delegation, said the meeting had proved disappointing and the prime minister had tried to stall protesters with â€śfake promises.â€ť
â€śWe donâ€™t want any panel. We want the entire project to be scrapped.â€ť
Last month thousands of fishermen along with Catholic priests and nuns staged a 12-day protest and hunger strike against construction of a nuclear plant at Koondankulam, a village in Tirunelveli district.
The protest was halted after Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalitha Jayaram promised to press the federal government to halt work on the project.
Udayakumar said the protest have not been politically motivated but instead are the result of fears by coastal Tamil Nadu residents of a nuclear disaster such as the one that struck at a nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan in March following an earthquake and tsunami.
Nuclear Power Corporation of India is building two 1,000 megawatt reactors using Russian technology in Koondankulam. The first reactor is expected to go online in December.
Bishop Ambroise said the Church â€śis not directly involvedâ€ť in the protest but is â€śgiving moral support.â€ť
Fishermen call off anti-nuclear fast
Protesters take aim at nuclear plant