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
Group blames state for Papua violence
Says recent conflicts shows government's lack of resolve to find solutionsHaris Azhar speaks at a press conference yesterday on recent violence in Papua
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- August 8, 2011
âKontraS recorded that in July and August, at least eight incidents of violence and shootings happened in Papua. In all, 25 people -- 19 civilians and six military personnel -- died and dozens of others were injured,â Haris Azhar, the commissionâs coordinator, said at a press conference here yesterday.
Gunfire between military personnel and an unidentified armed group erupted on July 5 in Kalome hamlet in Puncak Jaya district, leaving three soldiers injured. On July 12, another gun battle in the hamlet between military personnel and an armed group took place, which injured four civilians.
On July 13, a skirmish between military personnel and an armed group allegedly led by Goliath Tabuni broke out in Mulia in Puncak Jaya district, leaving four military personnel injured. Other shootings were reported on July 21 in Yambi hamlet in Puncak Jaya district, killing one government soldier.
Ashar further identified several other unexplained shootings and incidents of violence in July and early this month, which reportedly killed or injured dozens more.
âWe see that this situation is evidence of the governmentâs powerlessness in dealing with the situation in Papua. This situation creates an impression that the government pays little attention to the dialogue initiated by the Peaceful Network of Papua and other civilians,â Azhar said.
He added that the government was the only party to be held responsible for the violence, not simply by deploying soldiers and police but by implementing accountability and control in the absence of a law regulating military intervention.
âWe hope the president of the Republic of Indonesia can immediately take strategic steps by coordinating with the â¦ minister for legal, political and security affairs, the minister of defence and armed forces, and police commanders so as to create a united vision before making polices for Papua,â Azhar said.
Government âmust stop Papua violenceâ
Papua Church leaders want fair talks