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 'sentences' Gilani for contempt
Prime minister avoids jail term, but observers say the crisis has not yet passed
- ucanews.com reporter, Lahore
- April 26, 2012
The sentence was symbolic, but observers say the decision could throw Gilaniâ€™s leadership into question and add further strain on a judiciary already the target of mounting criticism.
Peter Jacob, executive secretary of the Justice and Peace Commission at the Catholic Bishopsâ€™ Conference of Pakistan, said the sentence was â€śmildâ€ť but nonetheless significant.
â€śPeople were fearing a worse situation if he was sent to jail. Still, a crisis has been born.â€ť
Gilani, the countryâ€™s longest-serving premier, was summoned twice this year by the court for failing to reopen an investigation into charges of money laundering by Swiss authorities against Zardari.
â€śThe decision may also affect the credibility of the Supreme Court, which should intervene much less [than it does] in political issues. Only the political process can improve such [problems],â€ť Jacob said.
But Fr Joseph Louis, executive secretary of Caritas Pakistan in Lahore, blamed Gilani for putting his party above the country.
â€śWe are left [living] hand to mouth because of corrupt leaders. There is no electricity or gas, and many government institutions have collapsed,â€ť Fr Louis said.
â€śThe prime minister should resign on moral grounds, or else the crises in the country will continue.â€ť