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
Government 'must stop Papua violence'
Worsening situation is stoking further human rights abuses, Jakarta forum saysElias Petege (right) urges government to mitigate conflicts in Papua
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- July 21, 2011
‚ÄúThe government must immediately change its approach from what appears to be a military one to one of dialogue which is more dignified,‚ÄĚ the forum‚Äôs chairman Elias Petege said at a press conference yesterday at the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence headquarters in Jakarta.
Petege cited a series of armed clashes in Papua in the past couple of months that have injured civilians and members of the security forces.
The most recent was on July 13, when five soldiers were wounded in a firefight with suspected members of the Free Papua Movement in Monia, in Tingginambut sub-district.
Petege, who is also a volunteer for Jayapura diocese‚Äôs Commission for Justice and Peace, said the incidents proved the military approach is not working and allows human rights abuses to continue.
‚ÄúThe military‚Äôs presence is worsening the human rights situation in Papua,‚ÄĚ he continued.
He urged the government and lawmakers to immediately seek ways of resolving grievances through peaceful dialogue which can be accepted by all Papuans and asked the National Commission on Human Rights to immediately submit the results of its investigation into violations so that they can be legally processed.
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