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
Conference calls for Papua peace
Bishops tell president to immediately end violence in restive provinceBishop Ladjar (left), Bishop Situmorang (middle) and Archbishop Pujasumarta (right) at the press conference
- November 18, 2011
The president â€śmust immediately hold a Jakarta-Papua dialogue to follow up on his commitment to deal with the violence in Papua, which is frightening now. Almost all Papuans want the dialogue so as to resolve various problems in their land,â€ť said the KWIâ€™s chairman Capuchin Bishop Martinus Dogma Situmorang of Padang.
He was speaking at a press conference at the KWIâ€™s office in Menteng, Jakarta, organized to close the meeting, attended by 36 bishops and archbishops, Cardinal Julius Darmaatmadja, and several bishops emeritus.
The bishops strongly condemned the violence in Papua since it took away Papuansâ€™ dignity and right to life, he said.
Franciscan Bishop Leo Laba Ladjar of Jayapura, capital of Papua province, added that violence in Papua must not be resolved also with violence. â€śAny kind of violent act will never resolve any problems. Instead, they will create new problems.â€ť
He said the violence in Papua is a long story and Papuansâ€™ cry for help cannot be ignored. â€śThe KWI encourages the central government to change its stance and take an approach to deal with the issue by focusing on Papuansâ€™ interest and welfare.â€ť
â€śThe aspirations and political statements of a group of Papuans, which are delivered openly and peacefully, are responded to with the gunfire, arrests, tortures or killings,â€ť he recalled.
He suggested central government should apologize to Papuans and return their rights. It should also reduce the number of military personnel assigned in Papua since they had failed to do their tasks.
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