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
Judge says authorities backed radicals
Karnataka violence pre-planned and supported by the state administration, says report(L - R): Joseph Dias, Justice Michael Saldanha, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Abraham Mathai and Maulana Mustaquim Azmi
- ucanews.com, Mumbai
- February 23, 2011
â€śOver 1,500 attacks on various churches in Karnataka were pre-planned and supported by the ruling party in the state,â€ť Michael Saldanha, a Catholic, said yesterday in Mumbai after releasing the Peoples Tribunal Enquiry report.
The retired judge of the Karnataka high court gave a copy to Cardinal Oswald Gracias, who heads the Catholic Church in India.
Saldanha dismissed asÂ a â€śwhitewashâ€ť the report of a commission that probed the attacks for the government. The commission, headed by another retired high court judge, B. K. Somashekhara, exonerated Hindu groups and the government.
Saldanha said his investigation has revealed that the police and state administration had supported Hindu militant groups in attacking Christians.
â€śLegal action should be initiated against all responsible for the attacks, including police and government officers,â€ť Saldana demanded.
He alleged that the government had supported and covered a â€śhate campaignâ€ť against the Christians in the state and accused Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyyurappa and Home Minister B. V. Acharya for the attacks.
Saldanha also demanded immediate withdrawal of cases against Christians from various courts, compensation for the damages and steps to restore confidence among Christians.
Cardinal Gracias asked the Karnataka government to act on the Saldana report. The prelate said various Christian denominations have demanded that the Central Bureau of Investigation should probe the incidents.
Joseph Dias, general secretary of Mumbai-based Catholic Secular Forum, said he wants Yeddyyurappa and Acharya prosecuted on the basis of the Saldanha report.
Abraham Mathai, vice-chairman of the Maharashtra state minorities commission, urged the federal and Karnataka governments to reject the Somashekhara report.