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 senators demand an end to YouTube ban
Continued blocking of site serves no purpose, they say
- ucanews.com reporter, Islamabad
- April 22, 2014
A panel of Pakistani senators called on Monday for the government to lift its ban on YouTube, describing the blocking of the popular video sharing website as “useless and unjustified”.
YouTube was blocked in September 2012 over a film deemed offensive to Muslims.
The film, Innocence of Muslims, made by a group of anti-Islamic extremists in the USA, triggered violent protests across Pakistan which resulted in the deaths of 13 people.
Senator Afrasiab Khattak, chairman of the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights, said that even the head of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority admitted that the ban was of no use as it is still possible for users to access offensive material on other websites.
Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed said that YouTube is a source of information for every segment of society. “The continued blockage of YouTube is unjustified considering there is no such ban in other Muslim nations, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,” he said.
He added that no filtering mechanism could ensure a 100 percent block on objectionable online content.
Bolo Bhi, a non-profit group working on internet freedom, privacy and gender in Pakistan, has welcomed the resolution.
“We thank the members of the Senate Human Rights Committee for their unanimous support towards lifting the ban on YouTube in Pakistan,” the group said in a statement.