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
Worker for Maryknoll arrested in Cambodia
Former student accused of insulting government politicianThe ancient Angkor Wat complex, a Cambodian icon
- ucanews.com reporter, Phnom Penh
- February 1, 2011
So Khemrak, a former Royal University of Phnom Penh student, was arrested on Jan. 29, as a result of confessions made by four other people arrested earlier for the same offence in Takeo in southern Cambodia, according to the Khmer-language Rasmei Kampuchea, the countryâ€™s most popular daily.
Khemrak denied distributing the leaflets, saying he only overheard one of the other four talking about them.
Another person arrested with Khemrak - Ngo Meng Hong â€“ also denied distributing the leaflets but admits he has had some in his possession since 2008.
Police found more than 200 leaflets in Hongâ€™s home, the paper reported. Some 85 leaflets were distributed around Phnom Penh last week.
Op Siphal, a Maryknoll office manager, admitted Khemrak is one of 172 workers for the local Maryknoll mission but denied the Church institution had anything to do with his spare time activities.
Khemrak works for Karol and Setha, (Knowledge and Reflection on Life and Sexuality Through a Holistic Approach), a Maryknoll program, he said.
â€śWe just provide a job for him. We donâ€™t know about his activities outside the office,â€ť Siphal told ucanews.com.
If found guilty Khemrak could face up to two years in jail and be fined 1.4 million riel (about US$345).
The US-based Maryknoll family consists of Fathers and Brothers, Sisters and lay workers dedicated to mission and social work outside the United States.
Cambodian NGOs fear law will tie their hands