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
CRS in Laos teaches how to keep safe from bombs
In Laos and Vietnam, Catholic Relief Services teaches villagers about unexploded bombs, and how to keep safe, writes Laura Sheahen in the Catholic News Agency.
- July 25, 2011
But in Laos, a country that borders Vietnam, you never know what youâ€™ll hear about deadly explosives.
Iâ€™m sitting with Bounma, a teenager whose right leg is pocked with shrapnel scars.
When he was seven, he and a friend were in the woods, hunting for birds. His friend knew â€śbombiesâ€ť the size and shape of tennis balls were probably lying around. He knew they were fun.
Bounma and his friend found a yellow one that they tossed one back and forth a few times. Nothing happened. Then his friend decided to throw the bombie at a piece of metal, and it exploded.
His friend didnâ€™t make it.
Bounma was taken to the hospitalâ€”in rural Laos, where water buffalo block flooded roads, itâ€™s not possible to be â€śrushedâ€ť thereâ€”and survived.
Bounmaâ€™s story plays itself out year after year, decades after the end of the Vietnam War. During the war, Laos became the most heavily-bombarded country in the world in terms of bombs dropped per person.
In Laos and Vietnam, Catholic Relief Services teaches villagers about bombs and how to keep safe.
Catholics keeping kids away from bombs in Laos (Catholic News Agency)
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