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 protesters renew struggle
Anger as nod is given to install uranium rodsThousands of anti-nuclear protesters rally outside the nuclear plant
- ucanews.com reporter, Thiruvananthapuram
- September 10, 2012
The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board Â last month approved the installation of 163 enriched uranium fuel rods for one of the two reactors at the US$3 billion plant.
Built with Russian technology at Koodankulam in Tamil Naduâ€™s Tirunelveli district, the plant was due to start operations last December.
The move to install the nuclear rods prompted thousands of people, who have been campaigning against the plant since 2004 to descend upon the facility. The protesters, who include fishermen and farmers from at least 20 villages, call the plant â€śa disaster waiting to happen.â€ť
â€śWe marched along the seashore and approached the plant from the rear,â€ť said S.P. Udayakumar, coordinator of Peopleâ€™s Movement against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), which is spearheading the protest.
He told reporters that the protesters avoided security forces by changing their route at the last minute.â€śWe are sitting in the sand and will remain here,â€ť he said.
Around 2,000 security and police personnel had been deployed as tension mounted in the area over the past few days.
But the police were unable to arrest PMANE leaders as they were surrounded by women and children.
â€śWe will not resort to violence and our protests will be peaceful," said Â Udayakumar. "We have no faith in the state or federal governments as they are trying to commission the plant without following mandatory procedures.â€ť
The protesters have called on the state government to allow an independent body to conduct oceanography, hydrology and geology studies around the plant.
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