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
Campaign to mobilize youth power in India
Journey of awareness to mark UNâ€™s International Year of YouthParticipants of the upcoming "Jago Yuva Bharat" are getting ready for their journey
- Ritu Sharma, New Delhi
- January 7, 2011
The â€śJago Yuva Bharatâ€ť (awaken young India) campaign is a 61-day journey starting from Jan. 12 to mobilize youth and make them more aware of national and international issues, said Father Alwyn M. J. Dâ€™Souza, Executive Secretary of the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of Indiaâ€™s Commission for Youth.
The journey will focus on the UNâ€™s eight millennium development goals which include: national integration, climate change and youth-led development, he said.
Thirty one young people from all over India will take part in the journey.
The campaign, which starts in Kanyakumari, in southern India, will be in five phases and will end in New Delhi on March 13.
â€śIt is a journey to sensitize young people and bring them into the mainstream,â€ť said Father Dâ€™Souza.
He said the journey will be a message passed from youth to youth to become responsible citizens.
The participants will visit 4,000 villages and present programs in about 150 institutions.
The participants will present songs, dance, street plays and distribute leaflets to motivate the young generation about these issues, journey organizer Rakesh Singh said.
The journey already has participants excited.
â€śWe want to reach out to local people along the way. So we have prepared different items which will have an effect on them,â€ť said participant John Kujur.
The UNâ€™s International Year of Youth runs from Aug. 12, 2010-Aug. 11, 2011.
The journey is being organized by the Youth Activ8 foundation, the CBCI Commission for Youth, Indian Catholic Youth Movement, FIMCAP, an international federation of Catholic parochial youth movements, among others.
Catholic youths march for peace