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
Leaders appreciate lifting of Bible threat
Praise for Islamic party for reversing decision to demand ban in wake of Qurâ€™an burningReligious leaders at an inter religious prayer service in Lahore
- ucanews.com reporter, Islamabad
- June 15, 2011
Julius Salik, convener of World Minorities Alliance has appreciated the solidarity statement. â€śIt is a commendable move by a religious scholar who knows the true teachings of Islam. It is hard to find people working for religious harmonyâ€ť, said the Islamabad based former federal minister in a press release yesterday.
The welcome reaction came after Maulana Sami Ul Haq, chief of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, told media that he has censured his party leader, a cleric, for demanding the ban.
â€śWe believe in religious solidarity; I inquired with the person who demanded banning the Holy Bible. All Muslims are obliged to respect Divine books but this also goes for the followers of other religionsâ€ť, he said on June 13.
Clerics asked the supreme court last month to ban the book under the countryâ€™s blasphemy laws. The demand came as a reaction to the burning in the US of a Qurâ€™an, organized by Pastor Terry Jones.
Father Francis Nadeem, patron of the National Council for Interfaith Dialogue, said the partyâ€™s decision neither benefits nor harms the cause of interfaith harmony in the country.
â€śIt is withdrawal from a stand which was wrong in the first place. Nobody would have filed the case or put any of the divine books on trial anywayâ€ť, he said.
â€śJesus Christ is mentioned in the Qurâ€™an as Isa. Any future move against the Bible would be in contradiction to the belief of the majorityâ€ť, the Capuchin priest added.
Christians rebut Bible pornography claim