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
"Don't feel down," Suu Kyi tells Burmese migrants
For thousands of Burmese migrants in Thailand, life is tough and precarious, but Aung San Suu Kyi had encouraging words for them yesterday.
- May 31, 2012
Crowds of people, some gripping "We want to go home" posters, greeted the democracy leader in an area south of Bangkok where many migrants work.
She arrived on Tuesday and will attend the World Economic Forum on Friday.
For the past 20 years she has been either detained or afraid if she left Burma she would not be able to return.
But recent reforms led to her election to parliament last month, and she is confident she will be allowed back into the country. She was given a passport in early May.
"Don't feel down, or weak. History is always changing," she told the crowds in Mahachai, an area about 20 miles (30km) south of the Thai capital that has a large population of Burmese migrant workers.
"Today, I will make you one promise: I will try my best for you."
An estimated 130,000 Burmese refugees live in camps in Thailand, having fled persecution at home....
....The main event of this historic trip will be on Friday, when Ms Suu Kyi speaks at a high-powered economic summit. By coming to Mahachai and speaking to Burmese migrants first, she has delivered a clear message as to where her priorities still lie.
Full Story: Â Aung San Suu Kyi visits Burmese migrants in Thailand
Source: BBC News