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
Marines accused of murder home for Christmas
Judge relaxes bail but warns Italian suspects
- ucanews.com reporter, Kochi
- December 20, 2012
The High Court in the southern Indian state of Kerala ruled today that two Italian marines awaiting trial for murder could return home for Christmas.
Judge P. Bhavadasan relaxed the strict bail terms on Massimilano Lattore and Salvatore Girone after they submitted a petition, asking the two men to pledge a bank guarantee of 60 million rupees (US$1.1 million) to return to Italy until January 10.
They were previously not allowed to leave the country pending a trial for allegedly shooting and killing two fishermen off the coast of Kerala, an incident which sparked a diplomatic dispute between New Delhi and Rome.
The Italian government has backed the two marines in saying they were in international waters when they shot two men they believed to be pirates trying to attack the ‘Enrica Lexie’, an oil vessel off the coast of Kerala, and has called on the high court to quash the trial.
The Indian authorities claim the vessel was within national waters.
Director General of Prosecutions Azaf Ali, who appeared in court today on behalf of the state of Kerala which opposed the verdict, said the move was a tactical ploy to end the matter.
“If the government of Italy withholds them from further prosecution in this case, we have no legal recourse to bring them back,” he said.
Dora Jelestian, the widow of one of the fishermen, agreed, saying that today’s court decision was “a great disappointment for me and my family.”
P. Udhayabhanu, who represented the marines, told the court they were ready to accept all conditions.
“Italy has no intention to meddle with the Indian judicial system,” he said.