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
Interfaith dialogue must foster peace
Forum says unity between religions can be forged by differencesInterfaith forum organized yesterday by Sant'Egidio in Jakarta
- Ryan Dagur, Jakarta
- April 24, 2012
This was the message from the foreign ministers of the two countries at the opening of an interfaith forum yesterday in Jakarta.
Indonesia foreign minister Marty M. Natalegawa said that building bridges of mutual understanding is the best way to foster a global culture of peace.
â€śMessage of peace in interfaith dialogue must echo outside assembly halls,â€ť he said.
Italian foreign minister Guilio Terzi, agreed saying that interfaith dialogue must ensure protection for minority groups.
Government must reach out at the grass roots level and religious leaders must help promote respect towards different religious beliefs, Terzi said.
The forum called Unity in Diversity: The Power of Dialogue for Peaceful Cohabitation in a Pluralistic Society was organized by the Community of Saintâ€™Egidio in cooperation with foreign ministries of the two countries.
The Community of Saintâ€™Egidio is a â€śChurch public lay association.â€ť
The first interfaith forum between Indonesia and Italy was held in Rome in March 2009.
Participants in yesterdayâ€™s dialogue included Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo of Jakarta, Din Syamsuddin, chairman of Indonesiaâ€™s largest Islamic group Muhammadiah, and Santâ€™Egidio president Marco Impagliazzo.
â€śDiscussions, seminars and talk shows are not enough. We must also take part and support all initiatives which promote dialogue,â€ť Archbishop Suharyo said.
Impagliazzo said Saintâ€™Egidio is committed to building peace withÂ other religions in Indonesia.
â€śEthnic, religious even linguistic differences are not considered an obstacle to unity,â€ť he said.
On the contrary, they have become the common ground of an inclusive national ideology that emphasizes the value of living together in unity and diversity, he added.
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