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
Hard up fishermen win concessions
President backtracks on fuel price rises to appease struggling marinersTrawlers in harbor
- ucanews.com reporter, Colombo
- Sri Lanka
- March 5, 2012
The president promised during a meeting with industry leaders on Friday to increase fuel subsidies, crack down on illegal fishing, and remove tax on imported equipment and restrictions on imported fish.
He also asked officials to look into buying catches direct from fishermen to protect them from exploitation from merchants.
The meeting followed protests by fishermen who also refused to put to sea after the price of fuel went up on February 14 and a meeting between the president and Catholic Church leaders on Thursday.
The government has agreed to add an extra 125 liters of kerosene to the previously agreed subsidy on 250 liters for small scale fishermen, while an extra 100 liters of diesel is being added to the 2,500 liter subsidy for trawler owners.
However, fishermenâ€™s leaders complained that the fuel subsidies will not come in to affect until next month
â€śWe were not completely happy about the fuel concession agreed by the president but we had to agree to it,â€ť said fishermanâ€™s leader Warnakulasuriya Maxi Coonghe after the talks.
â€śIt means fishermen will find it hard going this month,â€ť he said.
Fishermen protest fuel price hike