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
Catholics pledge aid to women
Many female fetuses are aborted every day to avoid dowry complications
- Mariola Sequeria, Ajmer
- April 1, 2011
The diocese in Indiaâ€™s Rajasthan state organized a day-long program on Sunday for 30 women to also help spread awareness on other social issues such as clearing doubts about HIV/AIDS, disseminating information on government schemes and using the Right To Information Act to get women their rights.
Bishop Ignatius Menezes of Ajmer, regional chairman of the Womenâ€™s Commission said this kind of program was imperative now as a large number of female fetuses are aborted every day. â€śCan we afford to be silent spectators and not do anything about these missing women?â€ť he asked.
The census report released on March 31 reveals the lowest male-female ratio -- 914 per 1000 males -- in the country since independence in 1947.Â Rajasthan along with Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra states are among the worst affected areas.
Due to the number of selective abortions of female fetuses, use of prenatal sex determination for the purpose of abortion is now a criminal offense in India.
People resort to killing female fetuses to avoid having to give a dowry for a daughters' marriage. In most Indian communities, the brideâ€™s family has to give cash and goods to the bridegroom as a precondition for marriage.