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
Chinese authorities kill seven suspected kidnappers in Xinjian
Authorities rescue two alleged hostages in standoff
- December 29, 2011
The deceased were believed to be part of a "terror gang", state media said. Four others were wounded and arrested.
The hostages were taken late on Wednesday in Pishan county, southern Xinjiang, a government spokesman told Xinhua, China's state-run news agency.
It was not clear if the incident was related to ethnic tensions and clashes in the area.
However an official from the Xinjiang government told the BBC that the two hostages were Uighur shepherds who were looking for missing goats in the mountain areas on Wednesday night when they were abducted by the gang - also Uighurs.
The official said it was an "individual incident".
Pishan, near the Taklamakan Desert, is located in the largely Muslim Uighur area of Xinjiang.
Full story: Seven 'kidnappers' killed in China's Xinjian