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
Myanmar releases more political prisoners
High-profile political dissidents, former prime minister among those free in today's amnestyU Win Kyi, an NLD party member, exits Oo Bo prison in Mandalay
- John Zaw, Mandalay
- January 13, 2012
Among them were 88 Generation Students Group leader Min Ko Naing and U Gambira, the monk who helped spearhead the 2007 Saffron Revolution.
State media announced yesterday that it would release about 650 prisoners, though it did not include specific names of political dissidents. The announcement followed a prisoner release on January 3, during which only a handful of dissidents were freed.
U Win Kyi, a member of the National League for Democracy, was released from Oo Bo prison in Mandalay this morning and told ucanews.com that he was eager to return to the work that put him behind bars for the last eight years.
â€śOur journey is not finished, and we must move forward to fulfill our dream of getting democracy in our country,â€ť he said.
U Win Kyi was sentenced to 23 years in prison in 2003.
He added that recent steps by the countryâ€™s nominally civilian government had fired his hopes of real and enduring change.
â€śIf all people in the country work together with fraternity, we may reach our goal of becoming a democratic country, including a durable peace in the ethnic regions.â€ť
Some 23 prisoners from Oo Bo prison, including monks and former military intelligence personnel, were released today, according to NLD sources in Mandalay.
Sai Nyunt Lwin, 60, an ethnic minority Shan and secretary of the former Shan Nationalitiesâ€™ League for Democracy, was freed today from Kalaymyo prison, according to a Reuters report.
â€śI have confirmed all remaining leaders of the SNLD, including Chairman Khun Tun Oo, were released from different prisons across the country today,â€ť he told Reuters by phone.
Also freed in todayâ€™s amnesty was former prime minister Khin Nyunt, who was arrested in 2004 following a purge of the countryâ€™s military intelligence apparatus and had been under house arrest.
Khin Nyunt first promoted Myanmarâ€™s 7-point â€śroadmap to democracyâ€ť in 2003.