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 protest against death penalty
Group hands out flowers as part of campaign to stop executionsMembers of the Santâ€™Egidio Community handing flowers to passers-by
- Margaretha Krismi, Jakarta
- December 1, 2011
More than 25 of the community's members staged the protest in the city centre against state executions in the wake of the death of an Indonesian migrant worker in Saudi Arabia in June.
â€śThis campaign aims to invite people to reject the death penalty since it is against human rights,â€ť said Eveline Winarko, coordinator of the community in the city.
The community worked together with the Indonesian Conference on Religion and Peace and the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence.
In mid-June Ruyati, an Indonesian migrant worker, was executed in the western province of Mecca after being found guilty of killing her employerâ€™s wife with a machete. Some 218 Indonesians working in China, Saudi Arabia and Singapore are facing the death penalty because of various cases, according to data from the Migrant Institute.
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protest against the death penalty