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 urged to help tribal people integrate
Indian Jesuit says mixed communities will speed development in JharkhandTribal people in Jharkhand perform a traditional dance
- Ajit Paul, Ranchi
- February 9, 2011
The Church should take the lead in promoting unity amid diversity and bring justice, peace and development in Jharkhand, said Father Alex Ekka, who directs Xavier Institute of Social Science in Ranchi, the state capital.
Jharkhand was created for the advancement of tribal communities 10 years ago, but it still lacks development, governance, peace and prosperity, Father Ekka lamented at a recent symposium.
The February 4 program in Ranchi was part of the state‚Äôs commemoration of Pope John Paul II‚Äôs first visit to India 25 years ago.
Father Ekka in his keynote address on ‚ÄúSocial Concerns of Jharkhand‚ÄĚ said Church social teaching can play ‚Äúa significant role‚ÄĚ in providing political education and promoting sustainable development and communal harmony.
The Church, he said, has contributed immensely to the education of Jharkhand people, who now have self-dignity and social mobility.
‚ÄúThe People of Jharkhand now look up to the Church for empowerment and training in leadership,‚ÄĚ he added.
The Oraon tribal priest regretted that Jharkhand still suffers from unemployment, disease and extremism, despite possessing immense natural and mineral wealth.
He also stressed its people should evolve a new identity as they come from diverse traditions and backgrounds.
‚ÄúSuch an identity must have the core values of justice, mutual respect, equality, fraternity, liberty and solidarity‚ÄĚ and the Church can help people achieve these goals, Father Ekka added.
He also urged the Church to encourage sustainable development that is people and eco-friendly and educate people about their rights and duties as citizens.
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