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
Church condemns 'blasphemou?s' movie
Christians support Muslims over 'offensive' filmFather Aftab James Paul reading out the Church statement
- ucanews.com reporter, Faisalabad
- September 17, 2012
The Diocesan Commission for Interfaith Dialogue issued a statement on Saturday, expressing outrage over the controversial movie â€“ Innocence of Muslims.
â€śThe movie has hurt spiritual and religious sentiments of Muslims as well as Christians worldwide. The Vatican, like leaders of other countries, has condemned its release and promotion. This is a huge blow to world peace and efforts for interfaith harmony,â€ť the statement said.
It concluded with a call for the arrest of movie maker Sam Becile and Terry Jones, an American pastor who publicly supported the movie. Jones achieved notoriety and offended Muslims by burning the Quâ€™ran in April.
Father Aftab James Paul, director of the commission, said the Church hoped to avoid a possible backlash against Christians by showing support to Muslims over theÂ controversial film.
On Friday a large banner was also hung on the gates of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral.Â â€śWe strongly condemn the blasphemous American-made movie against the Holy Prophetâ€ť, it said.
It was undersigned by Bishop Rufin Anthony, apostolic administrator of Faisalabad diocese, and the â€śChristian community of Pakistan.â€ť
The banner was put up as violent protests gathered momentum following Friday sermons attacking the controversial movie.
â€śBurn a Quâ€™ranâ€ť pastor backed the film that sparked carnage