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 warns of threat to charter
Government 'must act against persecution of religious minorities'Protesters outside the meeting
- ucanews.com staff, Jakarta
- April 16, 2012
â€śWe, the Interfaith National Group, wanting toÂ preserve Indonesia as a home for everyone, call on the president â€“ as head of the government and state â€“ not to stay silent in the face of threats to the 1945 constitution and legal supremacy,â€ť they said in a statement yesterday.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono must uphold the national motto -- unity in diversity â€“ and not let it be destroyed by abuse of authority from officials at all levels, the statement added.
The coalition, which included the Communion of Churches in Indonesia and the Wahid Institute, highlighted discrimination faced by members of the Christian Church in Indonesia (GKI) in Taman Yasmin in Bogor and the Batak Society Christian Church (HKBP) of Philadelphia in Bekasi as well as Ahmadiyah and Shia Muslims.
The GKI Yasmin congregation has been banned from using their church because of alleged irregularities regarding a 2006 building application.
A Supreme Court ruling which has been backed by the Ombudsman saying the congregation has the right to worship in the church, has been ignored by the local mayor.
Protestants from the HKBP of Philadelphia are embroiled in a similar case.
â€śThe president must immediately take action and guarantee the freedoms of religion, faith and worship in all parts of Indonesia,â€ť the coalition said.
â€śMarginalization and criminalization based on religions and faiths must be ended as soon as possible,â€ť they asserted.