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-nuke demo takes to the water
Protesters vow to stay in sea near plantProtesters in the water near the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant
- ucanews.com reporter, Idinthakarai
- September 13, 2012
Protesters are demanding that the government scraps plans to fire up the first of two reactors at a nuclear plant.
The move comes on the heels of a successful 17-day protest in Madhya Pradesh by 50 villagers who stood neck-deep in waterÂ to demand compensation for land taken for the construction ofÂ a state dam project.
â€śOur people have no future. So we donâ€™t care whether we die in the sea or on land,â€ť said Initha David, a housewife who joined the water protest.
The Supreme Court of India today refused to issue a court order halting the installation of fuel rods in one of the two 1,000 MW reactors at the power plant in Koodankulam.
The court heard a plea calling for a halt to the installation because safety measures have allegedly not been implemented.
Women and children from Idinthakarai, four kms from the plant, led the water protest, entering the sea around noon while shouting anti- police, state and federal government slogans.
â€śWe will remain in the sea to register our protest against the insensitivity of the government,â€ť saidÂ Father Mypa Jesuraj, who is heading the protest.
Anger over the project has been gathering momentum for over a year, as people fear that a disaster like the one at Fukushima could occur in Koodankulam. Â They have called on the state government to allow an independent body to conduct oceanography, hydrology and geology studies around the plant.
The protests stepped up a gear on Sunday when news brokeÂ of the fuel rods being installed. Thousands of police officers were deployed in and around the facility to keep the protesters out.They fired tear gas on Monday to disperse the crowd.
In a separate demonstration, one person was killed when police opened fire on protesters in nearby Tuticorin district. Protests against the plant have spread to other areas in the state, including the capital Chennai.
Anti-nuke protest turns violent