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
Foreigners flee ahead of election
Fears of violence or repeat of murder attempt on cadidatesThe Indonesia-Timor border crossing
- Albertus V. Rehi, Kupang
- March 9, 2012
Most of the foreigners are the families of diplomats, Eddy Setiabudi, said yesterday.
There are 12 candidates, two of them women, in the election which is scheduled for March 17. Campaigning began on February 29 and will end on March 14.
Setiabudi said the foreignersâ€™ concerns stem mainly from experience of the previous presidential election in 2007, after which former president Jose Ramos-Horta was almost killed in an assassination attempt in 2008.
Other recent incidents have also raised fears.
A clash between the police and the military at a hospital in the capital Dili injured two policemen, while a building housing the National Election Commission was damaged after petrol bombs were thrown at it last month.
Setiabudi was speaking at a meeting yesterday in Kupang, capital of East Nusa Tenggara province, to discuss the possible evacuation of Indonesians from Timor Leste in the event violence does break out.
There are more than 7,500 Indonesians in the country, said Setiabudi. There are an unspecified number of other foreigners in the state.
For the evacuation plan, he has chosen several spots including oil and gas corporation Pertamina in Dili.
The border areas including Motaain and Motamasin will also be prepared, he added.
March held for peaceful elections