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
Elderly woman dies in police hands
75-year-old was protesting over land grabs and unpaid pension
- Asia Desk, Bangkok
- November 14, 2012
Ha Thi Nhung, 75, fell down when police took her away from the protest at a public flower garden in the capital, according to sources present.
Protesters then tried to use herbal oil to treat her â€śbut failed to save her life,â€ť said a person at the scene who declined to be identified.
However, state-run newspapers said the victim â€śsuffered severe flu and died suddenly.â€ť
Nhung, a retired civil servant who was previously awarded the prestigious Resistance War Medal, travelled from her home in Thanh Hoa south of Hanoi on Thursday to meet with officials to discuss her pension after it was reportedly not paid for years.
â€śShe had no money and had to borrow from other protesters to cover her accommodation in Hanoi,â€ť said a source at the demonstration.
Officials in Thanh Hoa recently confiscated Nhungâ€™s house ownership papers, according to those who knew her, another reason why she decided to join the demonstration which reportedly included other people involved in land disputes.
Last year, Vietnam recorded 4,000 similar protests over land disputes leading Nguyen Sinh Hung, chairman of the National Assembly, to admit recently that such cases â€śare very serious and caused by authorities making wrong decisions.â€ť