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
British man abducted in Indonesia
Armed men snatch engineer in restive Aceh district
- ucanews.com reporter, Jakarta
- June 12, 2013
A group of armed men have kidnapped a British oil engineer near a village in East Aceh district.
Malcolm Primrose, 61, a senior drilling supervisor with oil and gas company Medco E&P Malaka, and his driver named Dania Arani, 40, were returning home when six masked gunmen ambushed their car in Lubuk Pimping village.
"We can confirm a British national was involved in an incident in Aceh yesterday," the British embassy in Jakarta said in a statement released today. "We are in touch with the local authorities and his family. An embassy team has deployed to the area."
The gunmen tied the driver with a rope and left him in the car, while Primrose was taken into the village. The incident was reported to local police hours later after Arani managed to free himself.
Medco spokesman, Imron Gazali, said today the company is coordinating with police and local authorities to discover the whereabouts of the kidnapped worker.
"The company was quick to report the incident to security forces, local authorities, oil and gas authorities and the British embassy," Gazali was quoted as saying by the Atjeh Post newspaper today.
Everyone is making efforts for the safe return of the worker, he added.