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
Malala and whistleblower Snowden may win rights award
Both nominated for highly prestigious Sakharov Prize
- September 17, 2013
European lawmakers have nominated several candidates for the bloc's top human rights prize, including Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai and US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.
The European Parliament said in a statement late Monday they were among seven nominees for this year's Sakharov prize.
The finalist for the prestigious 50,000 euro ($65,000) award will be chosen next month.
The 16-year-old Malala, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year on her way home from school, was jointly nominated by three caucuses, making her the likely front-runner.
Snowden, who leaked a trove of documents on US surveillance agencies' spying programs, was nominated by the Greens, a smaller pro-environment group.
The prize is considered the Europe's top rights award. Previous winners include Nobel Peace Prize laureates Aung San Suu Kyi and Nelson Mandela.