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
Indonesia urged to live up to its principles
Upsurge in Java violence sets alarm bells ringing among Catholic academicsA police officer tries to stop angry people attacking sect members
- ucanews.com staff, Jakarta
- February 10, 2011
It also called on society to adhere to the national motto; Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (unity in diversity).
‚ÄúThe government must firmly uphold Pancasila and Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, which serve as the foundation of national life. Letting violence occur will harm our identity as a nation which is dignified and believes in God,‚ÄĚ the intellectuals said in a statement yesterday.
Pancasila, enshrined in the preamble to the 1945 Constitution, stresses belief in one God, a just and civilized society, a united Indonesia, democracy guided by consensus, and social justice for all.
The association said it was shocked at the level of violence in Java in recent days.
On February 6, three Ahmadiyah sect members were beaten and stoned to death and at least five others injured during an attack by over 1,000 orthodox Muslims on worshippers at a house in Umbulan village in Banten.
Two days later, in Temanggung, angry mobs ransacked three churches after a court jailed a Christian for five for insulting Islam in books and articles he published in October.
The mobs were angry at the sentence, believing the Christian should have got the death penalty.
‚ÄúThese acts demonstrate that the constitution‚Äôs guarantees of freedom of religion and faith are lacking,‚ÄĚ they added.
They called on Indonesians to disregard all teachings and values which are against national fundamental values of tolerance, harmony and dignity.
‚ÄúLet us de-radicalize those that are against our plural nation and continually strengthen the value of solidarity,‚ÄĚ they said.
Indonesian Ahmadiyah killings condemned