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 Tutu visits Yangon, Suu Kyi
Urges faster reforms and 'true freedom' for the countryArchbishop Desmond Tutu with Aung San Suu Kyi outside her home in Yangon (AFP photo)
- Daniel Wynn, Yangon
- February 26, 2013
Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa on Tuesday met with Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at her house in Yangon, the first ever meeting between the two Noble Peace Laureates.
Tutu, anti-apartheid campaigner, was an ardent supporter of Suu Kyi and persistently called for her release during her years of house arrest imposed by the country’s military rulers.
Tutu once vowed that he would visit Myanmar when Suu Kyi became the country’s head of state, but his visit came as the Burmese democracy leader, though now elected as a member of parliament, is still struggling to lead the country towards further democratic reforms in the parliamentary system dominated by former and active army generals.
“Personally, this is a very joyful moment for me though I don’t know what his visit means to our country,” Suu Kyi told the press after an hour-long closed-door meeting with Tutu at her lakeside mansion, which was a prison to her for decades.
In a press briefing, Tutu called for speeding up Myanmar’s ongoing political and economic reforms and expressed his hope that the country will enjoy true freedom in the near future. He also met with a group of former political prisoners in Yangon this morning.
In 1984, Tutu received the Noble Peace Prize for his role in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and has since become an influential moral voice calling for the end of human rights abuses around the world.
He arrived in Yangon on Monday and is scheduled to give a speech to the Burmese people at the American Center in the former capital and make visits to the country’s major tourist sites including Bagan in central Myanmar.
Ahead of Tutu’s visit, Rohingya parliamentarian Shwe Maung of Arakan state pleaded in a twitter post for Tutu to help resolve ongoing conflicts in western Myanmar, where a series of deadly riots have pitted Buddhist Arakanese and Rohingya communities against each other.