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
Court finds priest guilty of murder
Hands down 15 years sentence for killing of parishioner's ex-husbandThe prison in Bei'an, where Fr Shang Kanfa will serve a 15-year sentence for murder
- ucanews.com, Hailun
- June 8, 2012
Father Shang Kanfa was arrested last year after an altercation with a man who came to the construction site of the new Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ Church in Hailun city looking for his ex-wife and armed with a screwdriver.
When the priest reportedly intervened, a fight broke out and the man, surnamed Wang, was struck on the head and fell unconscious. He later died in hospital.
Fr Shang will serve his sentence at a prison in Beiâ€™an city, where Church sources say that for the moment he is not permitted to receive visitors. He was also ordered to pay an indemnity of 300,000 yuan (US$47,000) to the family of the deceased.
The priestâ€™s siblings decided not to appeal the decision to a higher court, and the compensation was paid with donations from family members, priests and laypeople, the Church sources said.
â€śSeveral diocesan priests and Fr Shangâ€™s family members went to the court and wanted to sit in to hear the judgment. But only his two lawyers were allowedÂ in the closed court,â€ť one Church source said.
Parishioners of Sacred Heart said they were grieved by the verdict, as Fr Shang had served the parish faithfully for 18 years, since he was ordained a priest in 1993.
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