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 released from prison
Says harsh treatment requires him to seek medical attention for heart, skin ailments
- ucanews.com reporter, Asia desk
- May 7, 2012
Truong Minh Duc, a freelance journalist said after his release on May 5 that he was â€śnot in good health and needs hospital treatment for my diseases related to the heart and skin,â€ť according to local media reports.
He added that he experienced harsh treatment while in prison.
Duc said he would â€śresume his work to fight for civiliansâ€™ rights even though he may face problems from the government.â€ť
Duc was arrested on May 5, 2007, in the southern province of Kien Giang and was accused of â€śmisusing rights of freedom and democracy to undermine the stateâ€™s interests and citizensâ€™ legal rights,â€ť according to the charge made against him at the time, and which he continues to deny.
Meanwhile local sources say a court hearing in Ho Chi Minh City scheduled for May 15 against three bloggers â€śmay be adjourned indefinitely.â€ť
The sources added: â€śCourt officials withdrew invitations to the hearing of lawyers of the bloggers and they neither gave them any explanation for the postponement nor informed them about the new date.â€ť
The bloggers, identified as Dieu Cay (real name Nguyen Van Hai), Anh Ba Sai Gon (real name Phan Thanh Hai) and Ta Phong Tan, are accused of spreading anti-government propaganda.
â€śAnh Ba Sai Gon is not in good health, while Ta Phong Tan has been maintaining a hunger strike for 35 days,â€ť the sources said.
Dieu Cay was arrested in 2008 and accused of tax evasion. He remains in prison despite completing his sentence in October 2010.
Anh Ba Sai Gon was arrested in 2010 and Ta Phong Tan was arrested in September last year.