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
Arrests at self-immolating woman's memorial
Family, friends and a priest taken for questioning
- Asia Desk, Bangkok
- September 17, 2012
Two plainclothes security officials bundled another of Liengâ€™s daughters, Ta Khoi Phung, and five friends into a car following the ceremony to mark 49 days since her death at her familyâ€™s home in the southern city of Bac Lieu, said Phung.
They were then taken to a police station where officers questioned them separately for four hours about a road accident and accused them of taking pictures of a government building before their release at 7pm yesterday evening.
â€śThey arrested us as if we were criminals,â€ť said Phung.
Police also briefly confiscated her cell phone, she added.
Among those questioned were Redemptorist Father Anthony Le Ngoc Thanh and Duong Thi Tan, a former blogger who was previously detained.
Liengâ€™s daughter Marie Ta Phong Tan is due to go on trial on September 24 for offences including threatening state security.
â€śOur family members will attend the trial,â€ť said Phung.
Their brother Ta Minh Tu said all members of his family are seen as â€śreactionariesâ€ť and have been â€śisolatedâ€ť since his motherâ€™s self-immolation on July 30.
Neighbors do not dareÂ to have any contact with them over fears that they too willÂ be persecuted by state officials, he added.
Tu accused Major-General Do Viet Thang, director of Bac Lieuâ€™s Public Security Department, of leading a harassment campaign against his family.
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