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
Bomb attempt targets Protestant church
Defused devices follow blast at Christian NGO in Kathmandu five days earlierRemains of the bomb and bag on the ground after the explosion
- ucanews.com reporter, Kathmandu
- November 28, 2011
The bomb, which was in a cloth bag and stuffed in a white plastic sack, was discovered yesterday outside the Navajiwan Church, which belongs to the Assemblies of God grouping of churches at around 6pm by the janitor Arjun Magar.
â€śThe sack was left just outside the gate. I became suspicious when I saw another bag inside, so I called the church elders who called the police,â€ť he said.
Police cordoned off the area in Kupondole district before making the bomb safe with a series of controlled explosions.
An army bomb disposal expert later said three high-powered devices were found in the sack and would have caused extensive damage if they had gone off.
Suman Gurung, the church pastor, said people in the area had a lucky escape and that security for services and Church activities in the future would be stepped up.
â€śWe will continue to be vigilant and pray. We didnâ€™t used to examine bags of those coming to worship but fromÂ now on we will do that,â€ť he said.
Security has become a major concern for Christians in Kathmandu this week following a bomb attack on the United Mission to Nepal, a Christian NGO, on November 22.
Earlier yesterday, Pastor Gurung, along with several other Christian clergymen in south Kathmandu including two Catholic parish priests, met with police to discuss the security situation.