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
Christians demand 'right to worship'
Protesters take Bogor church dispute with Muslims to president's residenceMembers of the GKI in Taman Yasmin and activists stage a peaceful rally
- Konradus Mangu, Jakarta
- January 30, 2012
The members of the Christian Church in Indonesia (GKI) say they are still being persecuted by a hardline Muslim groups and being prevented from worshipping in their church.
According to GKI spokesman Bona Sigalingging, the national government has not yet seriously dealt with the issue which has been dragging on since they began conducting services in the street after their church was closed down by authorities in 2010.
â€śAttacks against us by the Indonesian Muslim Communications Forum and Islamic Reform Movement are still going on despite security personnel being drafted in to protect [us],â€ť he said.
"Instead of talking to us and telling us their complaints they commit acts of violence against us and vandalize our cars when we gather. Attempts by local authorities to safeguard our security while we worship are not working,â€ť he added.
The Muslims claim signatures on the church building application were forged by GKI members.
Sigalingging refuted this and condemned Bogor authorities for posting â€śfake informationâ€ť about the application on its website.
The result of this was that a permit which was granted in 2006 was later revoked by officials in 2010.
â€śWe want our right to worship,â€ť Sigalingging demanded yesterday.
He urged President Yudhoyono to right the wrong committed by the Bogor authorities.
â€śHow can the Bogor mayor, who caused this problem, be tolerated?â€ť he asked.
Protestants claim persecution
Muslims condemn Christian worship ban