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
Call for joint Buddhist celebrations
Followers of all religions urged to mark 2,600th anniversary of Buddha's enlightenmentMuslim religious leaders addressing the media at the press conference
- ucanews.com reporter, Colombo
- Sri Lanka
- May 4, 2011
The Inter Religious Alliance for National Unity (IANU) made the appeal yesterday at a press conference in Colombo.
âWe all have a responsibility to join Buddhists and support their celebrations,â said Rev Sarath Hettiarchchi, the allianceâs co-chairman.
Now that the war is over, all religions have to work for a renewed multicultural vision and respect cultural and religious diversity,Â Rev Hettiarchchi, a Methodist priest.
âBuddhists join Christmas celebrations organized by the IANU to show their solidarity. Therefore we should support them in organizing the Buddhist anniversary.â
He urged people of all faiths to join the Buddhist practice of avoiding liquor and eating meat when marking the anniversary, for which the alliance is organizing several events.
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