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
Christmas events get more air time
Bishops see more Christian programmingSanta pays a visit to a Christmas fair in Dhaka
- Raphael Palma, Dhaka
- December 23, 2011
Father Joyanto S Gomes, director of the Christian Communications Center at the Catholic Bishopsâ Conference of Bangladesh, said this week that a Christmas program will appear on state-run television.
The program, a 55-minute drama, will air on Bangladesh Television on Christmas Day. The state-run broadcaster will also feature additional holiday programming, Fr Gomes said.
This is a departure from years past, where Christmas-themed programming has largely been missing from national media in the predominantly Muslim country.
Fr Gomes, also the editor of the Catholic weekly Pratibeshi, said programming this year shows a change in the mediaâs willingness to air Christian holiday broadcasting.
âNowadays, media is alert and keen to broadcast any newsworthy stories relating to religious rituals and festivals of believers of any community in Bangladesh.â
The Christmas Eucharist at St Maryâs Cathedral in Dhaka will be broadcast live tomorrow by most local television channels, and Massranga TV will air a special message from Holy Cross Archbishop Patrick DâRozario on December 25.
Other radio and television outlets also plan to air Christmas-related programming over the holiday weekend.
âA 150-member Christian delegation will go to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her residence on December 24 to convey Christmas wishes. The event will be covered by most of the print and electronic media,â said Nirmol Rozario, secretary of the Bangladesh Christian Association.