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
Karnataka church attacks probe slammed
Disgust at commission’s failure to name those responsible for violenceA woman prays before a broken crucifix after the 2008 anti-Christian violence in Mangalore
- Philip Mathew, Bangalore
- January 31, 2011
âThe entire Christian community is disappointed,â Monsignor S. Jayanathan, vicar general of Bangalore archdiocese told ucanews.com on Jan. 28 soon after the commission submitted its final report to the state government.
The Karnataka government appointed Justice Banavar Krishnamurthy Somashekhara, a former judge, to investigate attacks on 57 churches in various parts of the state in 2008.
Its 1,000-page final report said âno true Hindusâ had a role in the attacks. It also said the government and police were not responsible for the violence.
The pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, Indian peopleâs party) www.bjp.org/ assumed control of the state government a few months before the attacks.
Monsignor Jayanathan said the ecumenical Karnataka United Christian Forum for Human Rights would press the government to reject the report.
Bishop Henry DâSouza of Bellary called the report âan utter failure,â pointing out the commission had in its interim report a year ago blamed Hindu extremist groups for the attacks.
The National Council of Churches in India, an association of Protestant and Orthodox Churches, said the report was not acceptable to Christians.
Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, called the report âa travesty of justiceâ and âan attempt to hoodwink the people of Karnataka.â
Janardhan Poojary, former federal minister and leader of the opposition Congress Party, called the report âbiased.ââ
Federal Law Minister Veerappa Moily has asked the Karnataka government to turn the probe over to the Central Bureau of Investigation.
Moily accused the state government of putting pressure on the commission to clear the BJP and Hindu extremists.
The commission, established in 2008, questioned nearly 800 witnesses, including representatives of Hindu and Christians organizations.
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