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
Police acted 'worse than regime'
Rights group also slams naval base arrests as 'serious failure of governance'Sister Yoon (center) speaking at the press conference
- January 17, 2012
Some 35 sisters and priests from the Association of Major Superiors of Religious Women in Korea and the Catholic Solidarity to Realize Peace in Jeju held a press conferenceÂ to protest against the arrest of 29 people including 19 Religious on January 10.
They had been praying in front of a naval base construction site on the resort island and urging a halt to the project. All were released within two days.
Notre Dame Sister Marie Aquina Yoon Jung-ok, president of the association, said even â€śthe past military regime did not forcibly take Religious sisters who were praying to a police station,â€ť stressing â€śwe canâ€™t just ignore the forcible arrest.â€ť
Sister Yoon said the police should apologise immediately to the Korean Catholic Church and the nation for â€śdetaining people who were singing and dancing peacefully for two days.â€ť
Father John Go Byeong-soo, vice-chairman of Jeju dioceseâ€™s Special Committee for the Island of Peace, called the police action â€śthe indiscriminate suppression of religion by state power.â€ť
The Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) issued a statement yesterday criticizing the incident, saying itÂ showed that â€śthe government can arrest anyone if the authorities feel the actions relate to the construction of the naval base.â€ť
The AHRC called the naval base case in Jeju a â€śgood example of worst governance,â€ť saying the arrest of peaceful demonstrators only shows â€śthe serious failure of governance and the misleading of the rule of law.â€ť
The navy and the Jeju provincial government announced Gangjeong village in Jeju would be the site of a new naval base in June 2007.
It is expected to be completed in 2014 and become the base for a new fleet of destroyers that will patrol the East China Sea between China and Japan.
Church threatens revolt over base
Police arrest priest in Jeju protest