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
Catholic students to stand trial
Four stand accused of spreading anti-government propaganda
- ucanews.com reporter, Asia Desk
- May 21, 2012
Anthony Chu Manh Son, Peter Tran Huu Duc, Anthony Dau Van Duong and John Baptist Hoang Phong are due in court in Vinh City on May 24, for spreading anti-government propaganda, local sources said.
The sources said they are being detained in Nghi Kim prison in Nghe An province.
Son, Duc and Duong, all 23, were arrested last August, while Phong, 24, has been held since December.
Church sources said they were all active in Church-run activities. They collected aborted fetuses and buried them in cemeteries, made blood donations and did other charity work.
Chu Van Nghiem, Sonâ€™s father, was quoted as sayingÂ his son was picked off the street and that one month later he was told his son had been disseminating anti-government propaganda.
â€śMy son has never been involved in anti-government work. All he has done is donate blood and help abandoned children,â€ť he said.
However, the studentâ€™s defense lawyer Le Dang Tung, has reportedly said the students have admitted to having given out leaflets demanding a multiparty system, criticizing Communist Party policies and rejecting the results of national assemblyâ€™s election held last year.
Church sources said the relatives are looking for another lawyer to replace Tung.
Meanwhile, yesterday evening, around 3,000 Catholics attended a candlelit vigil at the Redemptorist-run Thai Ha in Hanoi.
Father Joseph Nguyen Van Phuong, the parish priest, urged them to pray for justice and truth and for a fair trial
for the students.
Church launches justice commission
Bishop pleads for halt to Vietnamese trial