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
Nun, priest beaten by mob
Pair were in process of claiming back confiscated Church property when attackedTwo banners hanging on the faÃ§ade of the Moxi Church ask the local government and a private company to return Church properties
- ucanews.com reporter, Moxi
- September 6, 2011
Sister Xie Yuming suffered head and chest injuries and is still in hospital after she and Father Huang Yusong were attacked by around a dozen unknown assailants on September 3, local sources said.
The pair was trying to assert Church rights of two properties which formally belonged to Kangding diocese.
The properties, a former Latin school and boyâ€™s school, are among several that were confiscated by authorities in the 1950s but were due to be returned to the diocese.
The Latin school was demolished by the government and the land occupied by a private company. The boysâ€™ school is currently used as living quarters for officials from the Moxi county government.
The sources said the attack on the Church people has sparked anger among many parishioners who have gathered in protest outside their local church vowing to defend their rights.
Kangding currently has three priests and two nuns serving 13,00 Catholics in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The diocese has a vacant see and is currently being administrated by Leshan diocese.
Authorities raze cityâ€™s only Catholic church
Workmen remove bishopâ€™s tombstone