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 protesters seek martyr's intervention
- ucanews.com reporter, Thiruvananthapuram
- December 3, 2012
Protesters opposing the controversial Koodankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu were among an estimated 100,000 people who attended the beatification ceremony yesterday of Devasahayam Pillai.
The Hindu-born Indian lay martyr, who was persecuted and shot dead in the 18th century after having converted to Catholicism, was yesterday declared “Blessed” during the ceremony held, in Nagercoil city, in Kottar diocese.
Among the devotees who joined the event were activists seeking the scrapping of Koodankulam nuclear power plant which is due to be commissioned soon.
“I came to Nagercoil to pray for the shutdown of the nuclear plant. We have been fighting against it for so long,” said Shouri Ammal, who comes from Idinthakarai, a village close to the plant.
We have staged several indefinite hunger strikes and laid siege to the plant but now only “divine intervention can save us,” she said.