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
At least 11 die in avalanche
- Chirendra Satyal, Kathmandu
- September 24, 2012
Seven French climbers were confirmed among the dead after an avalanche crashed into a camp 7,000 ms. up on the worldâ€™s eighth highest peak at about 4am local time yesterday. Two Germans also died along with a Spaniard and a Nepalese.
Reports on local television put the toll as high as 13 today but these could not be verified with reports later saying three people remained missing including two French nationals and a Canadian doctor.
A spokesman for the Trekking Agencies Association Nepal said the death toll was expected to rise despite the rescue of a number of climbers today.