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
Bishops protest over report 'whitewash'
Probe into anti-Christian violence nothing more than politically motivated propaganda, critics sayCatholic and protestant Bishops at a sit-in in Bangalore
- Philip Mathew, Bangalore
- February 18, 2011
They criticized the Justice B. K. Somashekhara Commission for not identifying people who attacked the churches in 2008.
The demonstration was organized in Bangalore, the state capital, by the Karnataka United Christian Forum for Human Rights and the Karnataka Region Catholic Bishops' Council.
The commission had presented its final report on January 28, after nearly three years of investigation, to the state government led by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, India peopleâ€™s party).
The report is not judicial findings but politically motivated statements, alleged Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore, who heads the Catholic Church in the state.
The report is "completely one-sided, biased, propagandist and even communal," he said, adding that it has been "totally unfair to all Christians."
"The Christians who were the target of attacks and the victims of the organized mayhem and vandalism have been converted into the perpetrators, while the real attackers and all forces and elements that had directly or indirectly supported have been given a clean chit," Archbishop Morass bemoaned.
The commission investigated 57 cases of church attacks in 2008, soon after the BJP government came to power in the state.
The bishops have demanded that the government should hand over the cases to the Central Bureau of Investigation, the top probe agency in the country.
They also demanded withdrawal of over 150 cases lodged against Christians who were hurt and disturbed by the church attacks.
Meanwhile, the Global Council of Indian Christians organized a similar protest in another part of the city which some 3,000 Christians of all denominations attended.