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
People unite in anger at girl's shooting
Taliban condemned for "diary girl" attackCandles were lit for Malala Yousafzai
- ucanews.com reporter, Lahore
- October 11, 2012
Malala, 14, was singled out and shot by gunmen on Tuesday for blogging about life in the Swat Valley while it was occupied by the Taliban until 2009.
With placards that said â€śI am Malala,â€ť â€śstand with me or the Talibanâ€ť and â€śI was shot for wanting peace and education,â€ť the demonstrators gathered in front of the Punjab assembly and chanted slogans against Taliban â€śmurderers.â€ť
South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP), a group of regional development organizations,Â organized the two hour rally which concluded with the lighting of candles in front of giant posters of Malala, a childrenâ€™s rights activist who had spoken out against the militants.
â€śThis is the ugliest face of ignorance, tyranny and extremism. The cowardly act of the militant Taliban has proved they do not spare innocent children,â€ť said Farzana Mumtaz, media coordinator of SAP, in a press statement.
â€śShe caused wonder in the world with her progressive campaign in an impoverished locality. She has made the whole nation proud. She has become a symbol of womenâ€™s courage and the whole of society stands with her.â€ť
Meanwhile, surgeons released news of her condition after removing a bullet from near her spinal cord in a three-hour operation. â€śShe will be kept in intensive care unit as the next 24 hours are critical,â€ť said Doctor Mumtaz Khan at the Combined Military Hospital in Peshawar.
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has offered to pay her medical expenses.
â€śTheyâ€™ve gone too far:â€ť fury after Taliban shoot girl
Bullet removed from Taliban victim aged 14