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
Priest fears unrest over Qu'ran burning
Islamic party announces protests in solidarity with Muslims in AfghanistanMuslims protest in Karachi over Quran desecration at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan
- ucanews.com reporter, Faisalabad
- February 23, 2012
Father Aftab James Paul, director of Faisalabadâ€™s diocesan Commission for Interfaith Dialogue and Ecumenism, said he had received calls from news agencies asking if violence had broken out in Pakistan.
Although five people have been killed and dozens more injured across the border, the priest said Â no violence has been reported in Pakistan over the incident but he has been in â€śclose contactâ€ť with Muslim leaders.
â€śWe have always condemned NATO forces for killing Afghanis. Now [the soldiers] have hurt their faith,â€ť he said.
Fr James Channan, regional coordinator for the United Religious Initiative, said an apology issued earlier by General John Allen, US commander in Afghanistan, was not enough.
â€śThe mistake of one soldier can set fire around the globe. Similar incidents were reported in Iraq,â€ť he said.
â€śThe soldiers must be trained to respect religions as well. This is very depressing.â€ť
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, a Muslim political party, said in a statement today that it will begin a protest campaign.
â€śThis is not the first time. We are being instigated. Later they will blame us for being terrorists and extremists,â€ť said Amjad Saeed Rahimi, the partyâ€™s leader in Lahore.