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
Officials restrict funeral after self-immolation
Plainclothes police threatened physical violence, say those that tried to attendDang Thi Kim Lieng's coffin is carried to her grave
- Asia Desk, Bangkok
- August 2, 2012
Father Anthony Le Ngoc Thanh, head of the Vietnamese Redemptorist Networks, said officials threatened to arrest all those who attended the ceremony in the southern city of Bac Lieu following Liengâ€™s death on Monday.
â€śWe offered incense in front of Liengâ€™s coffin while security officials videoed and took our photos,â€ť he said.
Blogger Dan Lam Bao reported that 200 officials surrounded the funeral, tried to prevent people from walking to the cemetery and separated visitors from Liengâ€™s family.
Another blogger who visited Liengâ€™s family the day she died, Nguyen Hoang Vi, said she was followed by plainclothes police who threatened to physically attack her.
Eventually, the group she was with were prevented from attending, she added.
Sources said Liengâ€™s imprisoned blogger daughter Ta Phong Tan, who is due to face trial for anti-government activities on August 7, was not permitted to attend and remained in detention following her arrest in September.
US 'deeply concerned' at self-immolation
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