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
MP appeals to Pope over prelate attacks
Calls for intervention to end 'unjust' harrassment of the Bishop of MannarOver 5,000 attend a public show of support for Bishop Rayappu Joseph at St Sebastianâ€™s Church in Mannar
- ucanews.com reporter, Colombo
- Sri Lanka
- June 15, 2012
In a letter sent to the pope on Wednesday, Jayalath Jayawardena said the bishop is coming under increasing attack by several government ministers and the media.
â€śUse your good offices to dialogue with the Sri Lankan government to ensure his [Bishop Josephâ€™s] safety so he can continue his mission without threats, intimidation and false allegations,â€ť the United National Party lawmakerâ€™s letter said.
The bishop is under fire after calling for an independent international body to investigate allegations of war crimes committed by the government in a letter sent to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva earlier this year.
The bishop aspires to be the Cardinal of â€śTamil Eelam,â€ť is involved in a conspiracy against the government supported by INGOs, and disturbing Muslim-Tamil harmony are just some of the accusations being leveled against the prelate.
â€śGovernment ministers have called for his arrest and prosecution over the letter and a statement he made to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission,â€ť said Jayawardana.
â€śThe bishop was questioned by intelligence officers last month. At no time has the bishop ever called for a separate country or a renewed armed struggle,â€ť Jayawardena said.
â€śHe had also condemned attacks on journalists and human rights defenders.â€ť
Pope Benedict and President Rajapaksa met at the Vatican last week. It is not known whether the situation regarding Bishop Joseph was discussed.
Meanwhile, Father Jayabalan Croos, a priest from the bishopâ€™s diocese has expressed appreciation for the large show of support for the prelate.
Mashal Rajanayagam who attended a recent prayer service for Bishop Joseph condemned all those attacking him.
â€śThe bishop for many years has been a voice for the voiceless and for victims of war. He is also one of the most prominent spokespersons on matters of social justice, human rights, peace and reconciliation,â€ť he said.
Rajapaksa in audience with the pope
Tamil supporters start hunger strike