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
JRS lauds Cambodian refugee centre closure
The Jesuit Refugee Service has welcomed the closure of a United Nations refugee centre in Cambodia on government orders.
- February 15, 2011
The centre had taken in indigenous mostly evangelical Christian Montagnard people from the central highlands of neighbouring Vietnam, BBC News reports.
Human Rights Watch says it is concerned that future asylum-seekers may not be treated āaccording to international standardsā.
But the Jesuit Refugee Service says it is glad the facility is closing as it has been āthe equivalent of a detention centreā.
Ten of the twenty detainees will be resettled in a third country ā but the remainder failed to get refugee status and will be deported to Vietnam this week.
Cambodia closes centre for Vietnam Montagnard refugees (BBC News)
UN Photo/John Isaac. www.un.org/av/photo/ (Flickr/CC 2.0)