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
Monks mark 'saffron revolution'
Five-year anniversary represents first public commemoration of protestsSome monks remain imprisoned following the protests in 2007
- Min Set, Yangon
- September 26, 2012
In the first public commemoration of the protests, which saw at least 31 people killed and hundreds of monks imprisoned, monks and activists gathered at Magway Monastery in the north of Myanmarâs largest city Yangon.
Ashin Par Maukha, a monk at the monastery, said they gathered today so that monks could reunite with ordinary citizens, just as they had in the September 2007 protests that started as a reaction to rising fuel prices before quickly escalating into a call for democracy.
âThe Saffron Revolution occurred because we could no longer bear the sorrows and suffering of our people,â he said.
Ashin Par Maukha also called for the authorities to release those who remain behind bars after the military conducted night-time raids of monasteries during the 2007 protests and detained monks.
Some have been released as part of prisoner amnesties since President Thein Sein took office in March last year but others still remain behind bars.
âThe military government treated monks like dark stains and we canât forget it,â said a monk at the ceremony who did not give his name.
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