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
Country marks Peace Day amid turmoil
Religious leaders urge an end to current political infightingReligious leaders mark World Peace Day in Kathmandu
- Chirendra Satyal, Kathmandu
- September 21, 2012
This took place against a background of increasing disunity among political parties and government leaders, and a looming strike is in protest against a visit by ousted King Gyanendra Shah.
Kalsong Lama, a Buddhist monk and head of the monastery, spoke of the need for leaders and people in Nepal to end the divisive and hateful rhetoric that has led to religious and political infighting.
â€śWe light these lamps in the hope that they join millions of other candles and lamps worldwide for peace,â€ť he said, referring to the ceremonial lighting of â€śbutter lampsâ€ť during todayâ€™s event.
Dr. Robert Kittel of the United Peace Federation said there was an urgent need for â€śincreasing interfaith relationships and cross-fertilization of ideas by meeting more often,â€ť adding that the principles of peace had to be discovered in a selfless relationship between individuals before they could be applied among billions of people worldwide.
Former king Gyanendra Shah canceled a planned visit to Myagdi district, about 250 kilometers west of Kathmandu, after Communist Party members threatened to strike over what they said was an attempt to curry political favor and improve his public image.
Meanwhile, the three main parties - Congress, Communist and Maoist - continue to jockey for position ahead of the November elections for a new Constituent Assembly, which was dissolved earlier this year after it failed to draft a new constitution.