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 'orders meeting closed'
Pressure brought to bear on attendees means discussion of sea disputes is off
- ucanews.com Asia Desk, Bangkok
- September 22, 2011
Dominican Bishop Paul Nguyen Thai Hop said the event had been cancelled at the request of government departmens in charge of religious affairs in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Bishop Hop, head of Paul Nguyen Van Binh Club, said in an interview posted on Vietcatholic News, run by Vietnamese-American Catholics in the US, on September 20 that local security officials âthreatened to dismiss some people from their workâ at government-run organizations.
Many people were also questioned or instructed by phone not to attend the symposium, he added. Bishop Hop, who also heads the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Vietnam bishopsâ Conference, said the scientific symposium aimed to present geographic, historical and Â legal documentations claiming Vietnamese sovereignty over the Paracel and Spratly islands, where Vietnam has disputes with neighboring China.