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
End corruption, say students
String of cases throughout the country is 'most serious problem we all face'Demonstrators at the rally
- Albertus V Rehi, Kupang
- October 28, 2011
‚ÄúThrough this rally, we want to re-enliven the spirit of the Youth Pledge declared in 1928. In the past, young people fought for freedom. And now we speak out against injustice being faced by this nation,‚ÄĚ said Sergius Tri Dedy, the rally‚Äôs coordinator.
The Youth Pledge was declared on October 28 that year by young nationalists. They proclaimed three ideals, namely one motherland, one nation and one language.
The students asked law enforcement institutions, including the corruption eradication commission, to pay more serious attention to corruption cases which involved state officials.
They also expressed concerns over the life of people living in the province, which is not much different from the situation faced by the rest of the nation. ‚ÄúWe are really concerned about this. When many people face food instability and famine, there are still some people who make use of the state‚Äôs money for their own interests,‚ÄĚ he said.
Deputy head of the province‚Äôs legislative board, Anselmus Tallo, welcomed the protesters and acknowledged that he felt the same.
‚ÄúThe most serious problem faced by the Indonesian nation right now is the chronic corruption cases which have spread over the regions. These corruption cases have harmed the pillars of national life,‚ÄĚ he maintained.
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