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
Muslims, Catholics sign MoU on humanity
Agreement looks to develop alliance to improve human interactionChairman of Muhammadiyah Din Syamsuddin (left) and president of the Community of Sant'Egidio Marco Impagliazzo (right) sign the MoU.
- Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta
- April 25, 2012
â€śThis MoU is between two organizations which have a similar responsibility to help people free themselves from the chains that weigh them down such as poverty and stupidity,â€ť said Muhammadiyah chief, Din Syamsuddin, at a press conference following the signing in central Jakarta.
Besides humanity, the agreement -- Working Together on One Humanity, One Destiny, One Responsibility -- also includes cooperation in promoting peace through interfaith dialogue between Muslims and Christians, and political resolutions.
â€śI hope this cooperation will fully materialize. It has been started, so I hope it can be improved. What we, including other Islamic organizations, should do is move in a world without violence. That is what we want to reach,â€ť Syamsuddin continued.
Marco Impagliazzo from Santâ€™Egidio called the agreement a â€śconcrete commitment.â€ť
â€śWe will organize various activities, including helping needy children,â€ť he said.
â€śThe reason why the community chose to link up with Muhammadiyah was because it represents spirituality in Indonesia, especially in the way it deals with poverty and promotes peace,â€ť he added.
Indonesia is also an example of how people from different religious backgrounds can live together, he continued.
Both parties have agreed to come up with humanitarian and cultural initiatives. These initiatives will be implemented through seminaries, thematic projects and any other activity thought appropriate to achieve the goals that are
Both organizations are also committed to further the development of interaction with institutions, governments and associations in their respective countries.
Interfaith dialogue must foster peace