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
Islamic radicals threaten Catholic gathering
Indonesian police criticized for being afraid, meeting cancelledA protest by Muslim radicals in Indonesia
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- January 7, 2011
âWe condemn it. The meeting aimed to facilitate the victims and wanted to find solutions for them,â said Father Antonius Benny Susetyo, secretary of the National Board of Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace and executive secretary of the Indonesian Bishopsâ Conferenceâs Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.
The Setara institute was forced to cancel the meeting scheduled for yesterday. The meeting titled Eliminating Discrimination, Promoting Holistic Protection and Religious Freedom Guarantee in West Java was to present 25 victims of religious violence.
However, prior to the scheduled meeting, several Muslims calling themselves the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) said the institute had issued reports discrediting Muslims and threatened to stop the activity. Ten Muslims from a different radical group came to the meeting venue and staged a protest.
âIt obviously threatens the civil societyâs freedom to speak and gather,â institute personnel said.
They also criticized the police for being âafraidâ of such religious radical groups after they canceled the meeting for security reasons.
The police should be âguardian of civil libertiesâ and protect every citizen, they said.
âThe police must be firm,â said Theopilus Bela, secretary general of the Indonesian Committee of Religion for Peace.
Setara institute works to promote freedom of religion and belief and encourage the State to safeguard such rights in Indonesia.
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