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
Jeju protesters petition UN
Seek an end to alleged abuses and to inform international community of their causeFather Mun Jung-hyun fell off the west seawall of Gangjeong.
- ucanews.com reporter, Seoul
- April 19, 2012
The petition was filed on behalf of four protesters, including Father Bartholomew Mun Jung-hyun, who was recently injured during an attempt to block construction at the site in Gangjeong village.
Some 450 activists and residents of the village have been arrested or detained by police for protesting the naval base since 2010, according to the PSPD petition.
āThe petition to the UNHRC is one of the ways to inform people worldwide about rights violations in Jeju,ā said Baek Ga-yoon, coordinator at PSPD.
Kang Dong-kyun, head of Gangjeong village and one of the petitioners, said he and fellow activists would continue to publicize the Jeju abuses in the international community.
The petition urges the UNHRC to investigate claims of abuse and urges special rapporteurs to prevent future violations of individualsā rights.
The naval base project was announced in 2007, at which time the government selected Gangjeong village on Jeju island as the site for the new 400,000 square meter facility.
The base will be home to a new fleet of destroyers set to patrol the East China Sea between China and Japan.
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