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
Foreign workers face crime, health checks
Govt announces measures to stem crime and spread of infectious diseases
- ucanews.com reporter, Seoul
- July 3, 2012
The move was announced in response to an increase in crimes committed by foreign nationals, the ministry said.
Under the new guidelines, which go into effect on August 1, foreigners applying for a non-professional (E-9), crewmanâ€™s (E-10) or working visit (H-2) visa would be required to submit a full criminal report when entering the country.
In the past, the government has required criminal histories only from foreigners who work as teachers or those coming from countries with frequent incidences of marriage immigration fraud.
"Foreigners who have violent criminal records, such as murder, robbery or rape, must be denied entry," Park Sang-wook, deputy director of the ministry, told ucanews.com today.
A Chinese migrant worker was sentenced to death last month for the murder and dismemberment of a Korean woman in April.
According to the Korean National Police Agency, the number of foreignÂ nationals arrestedÂ in Korea rose from 14,524 in 2007 to 26,915 in 2011.
Kim Gi-don, director of the Korea Migrant Human Rights Center, said the new directive could lead to discrimination against foreign workers.
"With the new measures, people might have bias against migrant workers in Korea, regarding them as potential criminals," Kim said.
"The government has issued many policies to help migrant workers or multicultural families, but this one is contrary to these policies and might cause conflict between Korean people and migrant workers."
The ministry further announced a tightening up of health checks on foreign workers to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Under the new guidelines, medical reports will be required from ministry-designated hospitals.
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