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
Koreans pastors protest development plan
12,000 churches to be demolished under new government projectProtestant pastors gather to urge the government to revise its re-development plan
- John Choi, Seoul
- January 7, 2011
âThe government should abolish the current re-development process,â said Reverend Rhee Kwang-sun, president of the Christian Council of Korea (CCK).
The priest, of an umbrella organization for conservative Protestant Churches, on Jan. 6 addressed a prayer rally among 1,000 Protestant pastors, faithful and affected residents from the re-development areas.
âOur Churches and other religious institutions in the re-development areas are discriminated,â Reverend Rhee said.
According to the CCK, under the governmentâs re-development plan to demolish unnecessary buildings, 12,000 Churches will be destroyed.
Under the Gimpo New City project, only two among 74 churches will be spared, while only three among 68 churches will remain under the New Town project in Incheon.
âCurrent re-development process should be changed into rehabilitating one which redevelops part by part, so poor and rich people live together,â the participants said.
They said the re-development only pursues profits and prevents resettlement of the Churches. Most Churches do not have enough land to trade for relocation to other areas and are renters not entitled to ownership in the new redeveloped area.
They said the government needs to compensate the buildings and land with proper market price inclusive of interior equipment costs as some of the Churches are small and financially weak.
Bishop slams government Â´policies for the richÂ´