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, rebels sign ceasefire
Karenni leader says far to go for lasting peace but talks were positiveThe talks in Loikaw yesterday
- ucanews.com reporter, Loikaw
- March 8, 2012
Representatives from the UN High Commission for Refugees, British Council and the US embassy attended the meeting as international observers.
Railways minister U Aung Min led the government-initiated team and Khu Oo Reh led negotiations for the KNPP at the meeting in Loikaw. They signed a three point agreement covering a ceasefire, establishment of liaison offices and a pledge to meet again for further talks.
Bishop Sotero Phamo and a priest from Loikaw Diocese also joined in the meeting as observers.
Khu Oo Reh told ucanews.com: "this time things went better than when we met in 1993, 94 and 95 because of the new civilian government's reforms and policy. But it is too early to say that we reached a satisfactory [outcome]."
"It is yet to be decided where and when we will meet again for further talks but I hope we will decide as soon as possible," he said.
KNPP leaders and the government's peace team also met in Chiang Mai, Thailand in February.
In 1995, the military government and the KNPP signed a ceasefire agreement but it broke down after three months.