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
Nuclear meeting short on substance
Lots of leaders but doubts over whether joint communique will be enactedThe end of the meeting
- Stephen Hong, Seoul
- March 28, 2012
But experts doubted about whether it had any real hope of implementation.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, who chaired the summit, announcing the communique, said participating countries have agreed to "voluntarily announce their specific actions on minimizing the use of highly-enriched uranium by the end of 2013."
Kim Ik-jung, head of the executive committee of the Korean Professorsâ€™Organization for a Post-Nuclear Energy Society, said the agreement to reduce nuclear materials was "positive."
But Lee Heon-seok, professor of medicine at Dongguk University, questioned if it could be realized because "the agreement is not compulsory but just declaratory."
Lee, a representative of environmental NGO Energy Justice Action, said: "this summit has not mentioned any danger of nuclear power generation" which he said was as dangerous as nuclear weapons.
The Seoul meeting was the second round of talks forming the Nuclear Security Summit. The next meeting will be in the Netherlands in 2014.
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