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 to monitor nuclear plant safety
Concern over radiation prompts urgent safety review of major reactorYonggwang Nuclear Power Plant, one of the largest nuclear installations in South Korea (photo courtesy of Yonggwang Nuclear Power Plant)
- March 29, 2011
The committee announced March 28 it has sent a letter to Yonggwang nuclear power plant in Jeollanam-do province, requesting its cooperation in monitoring the safety of the plant, which is located in the archdiocese's jurisdiction.
The letter said the committee would inspect the plant's safety accident history since its opening in 1978, the safety procedures manual in case of emergency and the regular exercises to evacuate residents in mid April.
The Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety said today that radioactive iodine has been detected in 12 areas including Seoul.
Reports claimed the particles of iodine-131 might have come from the Japanese nuclear power plant at Fukushima that was damaged in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
The concentrations were being analysed but were probably too low to pose any threat to people's health or the environment, the institute was reported as saying.
Authorities confirmed on March 28 that small concentrations of radioactive xenon-133 had also been found in South Korea's north-east.
Augustine Kim Yang-rae, vice president of the committee, said fear and concern among residents neighboring the power plant have been increasing, so his committee resolved that monitoring of the plant is urgent during its meeting on March 15.
He said that their longer-term action plan will be drawn up in the light of the plant authorities' cooperation in revealing safety information during their visit.
The Yonggwang plant, one of the largest nuclear plants in the country, has been operating six reactors since 1978.
The Kwangju committee led the protest against building the most recent four of the plant's total of six reactors since 1992, during which priests of the committee were arrested and brought to trial.
Korea, the world's sixth largest nuclear power producer, is now operating 21 nuclear power plants commercially.
Green group urges nuclear shift