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 views differ on Nobel laureate
Mo Yan's win not universally welcomedMo Yan, awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature
- ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
- October 12, 2012
Mo Yan, whose pseudonym translates to â€śdonâ€™t speak,â€ťÂ has been criticized for failing to support other Chinese writers who have been subjected to censorship under the Communist government.
â€śIn an interview in London, Mo Yan said censorship can help the writing of an author. He protested against mainland dissident writer Dai Qingâ€™s appearance at the Frankfurt Book Fair. He also copied the speech of Chairman Mao to commemorate an event for writers that Mao hosted in 1942,â€ť said Patrick Poon Kar-wai, secretary of the Independent Chinese Pen Center.
â€śMo Yan, as vice-chairperson of the official China Writers Association, is one of those who was responsible for censorship of other writers,â€ť saidÂ Poon, Â a member of Hong Kong dioceseâ€™s Justice and Peace Commission, arguing that the prize should consider the conduct of the artist, not just the work.
The Swedish Academy hailed the 57 year-old writer for his â€śhallucinatory realismâ€ť that merges folk tales, history and the contemporary, and created a world reminiscent of those forged by William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Mo Yan said in London this April that â€śMany approaches to literature have political bearings â€¦ a writer can inject their own imagination to isolate them from the real world or maybe they can exaggerate the situation â€“ making sure it is bold, vivid and has the signature of our real world. So, actually I believe these limitations or censorship is great for literature creation."
Mo Yan's works includeÂ Red Sorghum,Â The Republic of Wine, andÂ Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out.
â€śMoâ€™s win brought joy to his supporters,â€ť the Xinhua News Agency said yesterday.
In a press conference in his hometown of Gaomi in eastern Shangdong province, the 57 year-old writer said he hopes fellow Chinese writer Liu XiaoboÂ â€ścan achieve his freedom as soon as possible."
Liu, a writer and political dissident, was sentenced to 11 yearsâ€™ imprisonment in 2009. He was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, at which time the Chinese Foreign Ministry called theÂ Oslo-based Peace Prize committee "clowns."
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