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 wins permission to kill wild boars
'Humanitarian action ' after animals decimated crops and attacked farm workersFarmers at a rally held in Kozhikode demanding protection from wild boars
- George Kommattathil, Kozhikode
- June 20, 2011
Father Antony Kozhuvanal, general secretary of the Church-affiliated forum, said the decision has brought â€śgreat solaceâ€ť to farmers, many of whom say they have been devastated by the havoc caused by wild boars.
The Kerala governmentâ€™s â€śhumanitarian actionâ€ť came after two years of protests and pleading by Kerala farmers, he said, and would boost INFAMâ€™s efforts to secure food safety and increase agricultural yields.
Father Kozhuvanal added that the animals have caused crop losses worth millions of rupees.
Permission to kill the wild boars followed a recommendation by the previous state government earlier this year in a move to protect crops.
Wild boars have been a growing threat since the Indian government afforded them protected status by including them on a list of endangered species in 2004.
Since that time, farmers in several districts of Kerala state have complained about wild boar attacks and staged rallies with cooperation from the Church and INFAM to demand protection.
Dennis Peruvelil, a farmer from Pasukadavu village in Kozhikode district, praised the Churchâ€™s efforts on behalf of the agricultural community.
â€śWe are grateful to the Church people. Only they came forward and raised their voices for us,â€ť he said, adding that farmers should be allowed to protect their farms at any cost.