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 welcome 'challenging' budget
Everything 'will depend on proper implementation and better collection of taxes'
- ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
- June 14, 2011
âThe budget is huge and I appreciate it. But everything will depend on proper implementation,â said Caritas BangladeshÂ executive director Benedict Alo DâRozario yesterday.
DâRozario said the budget proposed strengthening the education and agricultural sectors for internal development and also emphasized power generation.
But he said taxation will be most the challenging matter for the budget as it largely depends on increasing revenue collection. He criticized it for not having any clear outline or initiative to attract investments or develop an investment-friendly environment.
Finance minister AMA Muhith on June 9 presented a budget of 1.64 trillion taka (US$ 23.67 billion) for the year beginning July 1.
The proposed net outlay is nearly 26 percent higher than the current budget.
âI welcome increasing tax on luxury goods and cigarettes that will reduce their usage. The most interesting thing is that for the first time ministers and government officials will have to pay tax from their own pocket,â added DâRozario.
He said that when the government met NGO heads to get their opinion on the budget he said that budget implementers should have moral and ethical training.
Nirmol Rozario, 51, a Catholic banker, also welcomed the budget but warned that inflation and price hikes will be challenges.