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
Hindus in fear after temple attack
Desecration linked to victory in legal case over 'archaeological site'Bricks thrown at the damaged Shiva lingam at Goraknath temple
- by ucanews.com reporter, Peshawar
- May 23, 2012
An iron lock hanging from the wooden brown door of Goraknath temple in Gorkhatri, one of Peshawarâ€™s oldest districts, now bars entry.
Inside, gray bricks lie scattered on the floor after up to 10 men reportedly used them to damage the Shiva lingam (sacred stone) on Sunday.
Six pictures and two holy flags were also damaged by fire, while â€śa statue of Shiva [a major Hindu deity] is still missingâ€ť said Ramesh Lal, who is in charge of the temple.
Local Hindus said yesterday the attack could be a precursor to acts of violence against them.
â€śWe do not want to make a big thing of the incident. Families are already worried about the safety of their children,â€ť said Lal.
Locals cannot organize a protest rally out of fear of suicide bombings which have become the norm in this city,â€ť said a member of the local Hindu council who asked not to be named.
It was the third such attack on the temple since it reopened last October following the end of a legal dispute over the temple between local Hindus and the Evacuee Property Board and Archaeology Department, a dispute that has spanned six decades.
The Goraknath temple is situated in the center of a Mughal-era compound which the Archaeological Department says is of significant historical interest.
Hindus believe the attacks are linked to their legal victory and have accused local authorities of not doing enough to protect them.
Officials only put the cityâ€™s six temples under guard yesterday after a report on the attack was filed with police.
â€śThe promises and guarantees of authorities are half-hearted. Clerics from a neighboring mosque and madrassa have already barred Hindus from playing any music during our feasts,â€ť the council member said, adding that â€śofficial bias against us now rules after the court verdict.â€ť
There are presently around 600 Hindus in Peshawar.
Hindus seek protection for temples