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
Exhibition offers window on Dhaka's past
Stone inscriptions provide 'witness to history'Exhibition visitors look at a 17th century stone inscription collected from a Christian cemetery in Dhaka
- ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
- December 26, 2011
‚ÄúStone Inscriptions of Dhaka: Ancient Time to Mughal Period,‚ÄĚ which ran through December 17-23, showcased in digital photographs some 83 stone inscriptions, including items from various Christian churches and gravestones, written in Persian, English, Arabic, Latin, Armenian and other languages.
The exhibition was organized by the Committee for Documentation on Architectural Sites in Dhaka, a trust initiated and sponsored by Dhaka University, as part of efforts to preserve the heritage of the city.
The inscriptions depicted date from between the 3rd century BC to the end of the Mughal empire in 1757.
Organizers say the presence of so many different languages among the inscriptions shows that Dhaka was an important international city from its very beginnings.
Twelve of the 83 photographs showed inscriptions from churches and gravestones, written in Armenian, Latin, Portuguese and English.
Dr Arefin Siddique, vice chancellor of Dhaka University, told attendees at the inauguration of the exhibition that the objective of the event was to provide a ‚Äúwitness of history‚ÄĚ through the depiction of the stone inscriptions.
‚ÄúLanguage experts and researchers will translate and explain what these ancient writings mean and the historic significance they have.‚ÄĚ
Italian Xaverian Father Silvano Garello, one of three foreign missioners who have translated the inscriptions, said the Church in Bangladesh needs to preserve the inscriptions in their possession.
‚ÄúThere are few Church documents about the first missioners and the history of Christianity in the country. The Church should come forward to research and preserve the signs of history.‚ÄĚ
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