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
Journalist fired for anti-party blog
Writer spoke out for end of Communist controlNguyen Dac Kien sacked over blog
- ucanews.com reporter, Hanoi
- February 28, 2013
A journalist who works for a state-run newspaper based in Hanoi has been sacked over scathing comments he made about Communist Party Secretary-General Nguyen Phu Trong.
Gia dinh va Xa hoi (Family and Society) newspaper announced on Tuesday that Nguyen Dac Kien “has been fired for violating the newspaper’s regulations.”
Kien was sacked soon after he posted his article “Some words with Vietnamese Communist Party Secretary-General Nguyen Phu Trong” on the internet.
Trong said on Monday that public suggestions that include ending the Communist Party's total control over state and society, a re-definition of the army as a non-political entity and a multi-party political system, show a “decline of politics, thoughts and morality."
In his blog, Kien rejected Trong’s comments and said, “I not only want an end to the Communist Party's total control over state and society, but also [the government] should hold a conference to establish a new institution showing the people’s will, not the party’s will, in the current constitution,” Kien wrote.
He said he strongly supports a multi-party political system for freedom, democracy, peace and progress of the people and he is in favor of the army defending the country, not any party.
Kien, who started work at the newspaper in 2008, said he was exercising his freedom of speech and thought and those who oppose these rights are reactionaries.
Speaking with the BBC, Kien said he felt a moral responsibility to write the article and he was aware there would be repercussions.
“The path to democracy and freedom requires much patience, and I still follow this path,” he said.