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 want ASEAN education focus
Development of people and the region 'depends on formulating an effective bloc-wide policy'ASEAN secretariat in Jakarta
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- May 6, 2011
â€śWe hope the summit will not only be a mere ceremonial meeting, but one in which leaders can formulate measures to increase the quality of education in ASEAN countries,â€ť said Father Antonius Benny Susetyo of the Indonesian Bishopâ€™s Conference.
Providing quality education will enable ASEAN countries to compete with other countries in many ways, he said.
â€śThe summit is also important because ideas on education are not clear,â€ť Fr. Susetyo added.
â€śCooperation in education is important for the development of ASEAN people and their communities,â€ť said Mulyawan Margadana, head of Indonesian Catholic Intellectuals Association.
â€śStandardization and accredited certification are needed,â€ť he asserted.
â€śEducation must at the very least be able to prepare students to become part of the global community, in particular building their character to help them become future leaders,â€ť he added.
Meanwhile, Stefanus Gusma from the Union of Catholic University Students said education in Indonesia is the stateâ€™s responsibility and that it must â€śbe populist and humanist, not capitalist.â€ť
He also urged the government to increase funding for education and stop the commercialization of schools.