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
Peace plane flies in for protest rally
Protesters step-up campaign against controversial naval baseThe 'Peace Concert' to support opposition to a naval base on Jeju island on Friday
- Francesco Ahn, Jeju
- September 5, 2011
Around 190 people arrived on Jeju Island from Seoul to show solidarity with villagers from Gangjeong, where the base is being built, and with others opposed to the project.
At a press conference at the airport they condemned the arrest of around 30 activists and villagers on Friday, calling it an â€śattack on democracy.â€ť
They called on the government and the police to release those being held and halt construction of the base.
Andrew Kim Duck-jin, secretary-general of the Catholic Human Rights Committee which organized the flight said the construction lacks all â€śprocedural and environmental justificationâ€ť and will consequently â€śbury nature under concrete.â€ť
After the conference, they joined around 2,000 islanders who converged on the village on â€śBuses of Peaceâ€ť to issue their â€śDeclaration of a Peaceful Pilgrimage.â€ť
â€śThe cries of nature and those living around the village called on us to come here,â€ť the declaration said.
â€śWe are opposed to the base because it will destroy nature, a peopleâ€™s way of life and could ultimately lead to war,â€ť the declaration added.
After the â€śpilgrimage,â€ť they attended a â€śPeace Concertâ€ť where more declarations of support and solidarity were pledged to the villagers.
Before returning to Seoul, Kim said that his committee plans to fly more planes to the island from October 1 and also send â€śShips of Peace.â€ť