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
Pakistan frees 151 Indian fishermen
Goodwill gesture before meeting of Pakistan's and India's new PM
Indian fishing boats. File picture: Shutterstock
- ucanews.com reporter, Karachi
- May 26, 2014
Pakistan freed 151 Indian fishermen on Sunday in a goodwill gesture as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flew to India to attend the inauguration of his counterpart Narendra Modi.
Modi, who is to be sworn in as Prime Minister of India in Delhi on Monday, welcomed the diplomatic gesture.
"I welcome the step by Sri Lanka and Pakistan to release our fishermen. I welcome our fishermen brothers back home!" Modi tweeted. Sri Lanka also ordered the release of all detained Indian fishermen yesterday but did not indicate how many there were.
The 151 prisoners and 57 fishing vessels were released in Pakistan on the directive of Sharif, a press release from his office said. The prisoners are to be handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah-Attari border on Monday.
This is the first time in years that either side has decided to release confiscated fishing boats, according to the statement.
Senior prison official Nazir Shah told reporters that 92 Indian fishermen had been freed from Hyderabad's Nara Prison after completion of the necessary legal procedures and verification by Indian authorities.
"Most of these prisoners were fishermen who were arrested and brought here for trespassing into Pakistani territorial waters during fishing," Shah said.
Another 59 fishermen were released from the Malir jail in Karachi.
There are 521 Pakistani prisoners in India, including 168 fishermen, according to Pakistan government figures. The statement from Sharif's office expressed hope that they too would be able to return to their loved ones soon.
Sharif, who departed for Delhi early Monday, is to have a bilateral meeting on Tuesday with Modi, according to the Foreign Affairs Office.