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
Indonesian president to discuss ’lies’ issue
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ’serious’ about religious leaders’ complaintDaniel Sparringa speaks to reporters
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- January 17, 2011
â€śWe are ready if the government wants to meet us to discuss our statement on lies,â€ť Father Antonius Benny Susetyo, board member of the Workers of the Religious Leadersâ€™ Movement Against Lies told ucanews.com.
Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim and Protestant leaders in their statement issued last week said the governmentâ€™s failure to keep its word in dealing with poverty, education and violence against the press and mass media organizations.
Father Susetyo, executive secretary of the Indonesian bishopsâ€™ Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, said they issued the statement to encourage the president and his government to make some changes.
I hope the dialogue â€świll be constructive and qualified and able to resolve problems,â€ť he said.
Regarding the meeting, Daniel Sparringa, special staff to president for politics and communication desk, said on Jan. 14 at a meeting in the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI) in Jakarta that â€śBoth parties have had communication by phone. They will meet soon.â€ť
According to Sparringa, President Yudhoyono has taken the religious leadersâ€™ statement seriously.
Indonesian government should stop lying
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