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 to foster peace and unity
Vatican official says religions should work against those promoting hateThe cardinal during his address
- ucanews.com reporter, Pune
- November 8, 2011
â€śBut unfortunately there has been a tendency among some with vested interests to create distrust â€¦ between communities in the name of religion,â€ť said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.
The cardinal was addressing a gathering of 40 Catholic and 30 Hindu religious leaders yesterday in Pune, western India.
The November 6-9 meeting is addressing the theme: â€śEnhancing Hindu-Christian relations and collaboration for justice, peace and harmony.â€ť
It is being held at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Asiaâ€™s largest seminary.
The Vatican official urged people to turn their backs on those using religion to spread hate, violence and division in society and to uphold unity and peace.
Cardinal Tauran said if religions worked together they could promote a culture of religious solidarity that will defeat divisive forces and foster love, justice and peace.
He noted that despite their differences, Hinduism and Christianity enjoy shared values and visions.
Genuine relationships, he added, respect differences â€śno matter what they are.â€ť
The cardinal hailed the meeting as a â€śsign of hopeâ€ť to recognize what is â€śtrue, good and holyâ€ť in each otherâ€™s religions to shape a culture of trust and collaboration.
Swami Srikantananda, a Hindu religious leader, quoted Swami Vivekananda, a 19th century Indian religious leader, in asserting that many faiths are many paths to God.
He said: a Christian was not to become a Hindu or a Buddhist, nor are they to become a Christian.
â€śBut each must assimilate the spirit of the others and yet preserve his individuality and grow in the service of others,â€ť he added.
Bishop Thomas Dabre of Poona, a member of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, noted that India isaÂ multi-cultural and multi-religious society where inter-religious dialogue should become a way of life.
Vatican cardinal stresses ecumenical, interreligious dialogue