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
Oldest reactor 'must close permanently'
Anti-nuclear coalition says Kori nuclear facility has passed its sell-by dateMembers of the Anti-Nuclear Association are asking the government to decommission the No. 1 reactor at the Kori nuclear plant
- April 20, 2011
The Anti-Nuclear Association in Busan, comprising 30 civil, environmental and religious groups, made the call today at the start of its Â â€œNuke-Free Busan Weekâ€™â€™ to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and to campaign for a nuclear-free world.
The No. 1 reactor of the Kori nuclear power plant in Busan was shut down on April 12, following an electrical problem. Plant authorities announced on Monday that operation of the reactor would be suspended indefinitely.
Elisabeth Kim Keom-hoi, secretary of the Committee for Justice and Peace in Pusan diocese which is a member of the association, said the intended lifespan of the reactor ended four years ago.
The government should not extend its use any longer, she argued, stressing it was originally designed to be used for 30 years.
The Kori No. 1 reactor has been in operation since 1978, but the government decided in 2008 to extend its life through to 2017.
Kim also noted that the Kori power plant has five existing reactors and is building or planning several more, and urged the government to halt further construction and shift its energy policy towards sustainable eco-friendly alternatives.
Meanwhile, the Anti-Nuclear Association will hold a national meeting in Busan, on April 23, to pressure the government into closing the Kori No. 1 reactor permanently.
Around 50 environmental groups from across the country will attend the meeting.
Busan is South Koreaâ€™s second largest city and has a population of around 3.6 million.
Korea currently has 21 nuclear reactors at four nuclear power plants and is building or planning 11 more, according to Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power.
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