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
"Burn a Qu'ran" pastor backed the film that sparked carnage
The film that led to the killing of Libya's US ambassador was financed by Terry Jones, the pastor globally condemned for his "Burn a Qu'ran" stunt.
- Philip Caulfield
- September 13, 2012
Known as "Innocence of Muslims" or "Muhammad, Prophet of the Muslims," the incendiary flick depicts Muhammad, Islam's holiest prophet, as a thuggish womanizer, and Muslims as homosexuals, child molesters and madmen.
Jones defended the film, produced by amateur moviemaker Sam Bacile, and showed a trailer of it on Tuesday, which he dubbed "International Judge Mohammed Day," The Orlando Sentinel reported.
"The fact that angry protesters climbed the wall at the U.S. embassy in Cairo today, ripped down the American flag and tore it apart further indicated the lack of respect that Islam has for any other religion," Jones said in the statement.
"Islam is a religion that is totally incompatible with Western free society."
On Wednesday, a source told Reuters that a top U.S. military official contacted Jones and urged him to stop supporting the film.
Outrage over the film swept the Middle East and led to the killings of four diplomats in Libya, including U.S. ambassador Stevens.
Stevens, 52, was killed in Benghazi when the American embassy there was hit with a fusillade of rocket-propelled grenades.
Thousands of angry protesters also stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Chanting â€śWe are all Osama,â€ť the mob tore down the U.S. flag there and replaced it with a black Islamic one.
President Obama condemned the â€śsenseless violence,â€ť noting that Stevens â€śhelped save the cityâ€ť in which he was killed, referring to the envoyâ€™s work in Libya's second-largest city during the fall of Moammar Gadhafi last spring.
â€śThe United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack,â€ť Obama said in a Rose Garden address on Tuesday, flanked by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Republican Mitt Romney slammed President Obama for â€śa lack of clarity on foreign policyâ€ť and criticized the White House for an apology issued from the embassy in Cairo after protesters first gathered there.
"An apology for America's values is never the right course,â€ť Romney said.
The Obama administration said it did not authorize the apology, which the embassy later withdrew. Romney came under fire for the remarks but held his ground, insisting that the President was "sending mixed signals to the world."
Bacile, meanwhile, a shady figure who identified himself as an Israeli Jew and a California real estate developer, said he had no idea his film would cause such furor and has gone into hiding.
Jones, though, wasnâ€™t sorry.
In a video announcing â€śInternational Judge Muhammad Day,â€ť on Tuesday, he wore a shirt with the word â€śInfidelâ€ť printed in Arabic on it, The Tampa Bay Times reported.
Full Story: This guy again? Koran-burning pastor Terry Jones backs anti-Muhammad movie
Source: New York Daily News
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