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
Archbishop blesses inter-faith cemetery
Burial ground a symbol of inter-religious harmony and cooperationArchbishop Paulinus Costa of Dhaka blesses the inter-faith cemetery
- Chandan Robert Rebeiro, Narayangonj
- May 16, 2011
The cemetery about 17 km southeast of Dhaka was established in 1972 and is run by Narayangonj municipality. It was recently renovated and also has a new boundary wall.
It is probably the only inter-faith cemetery in South Asia where followers of four major religions (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism) are buried.
‚ÄúIf the people around the world want to realize what interreligious harmony is they should come to this graveyard. Here, Muslims leave space for those of other religions to bury their dead,‚ÄĚ said Archbishop Costa, while blessing the cemetery with holy water and incense.
‚ÄúSolidarity, cooperation and mutual respect among followers of various religions has seen this inter-faith cemetery exist for many years now,‚ÄĚ said Holy Cross Father Edmond Cruze, from Luxmibazar parish, who takes care of the spiritual needs of nearly 1,000 Catholics in Narayangonj.
Pintu Polycarp Purification, 43, secretary of nearby St. Paul‚Äôs Church said the cemetery has helped forge inter-faith dialogue and harmony among followers of various faiths in the area.
Mohammad Sohel, 35, a local Muslim said: ¬†‚ÄúAll my life I‚Äôve never seen any enmity regarding the graveyard. We respect each other, and live in harmony.‚ÄĚ
CHURCH RESTORES CHRISTIAN CEMETERY
Bangladeshi Catholics regain, renew lost cemetery