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 baffled by couple's murder
Say the double killing in tribal area could be the result of 'superstition'
- Ajit Paul, Ranchi
- March 6, 2012
Residents of Jilpi-Saraipani village found the bodies of Nicholas Dungdung and his wife Mariam, both Catholics, around noon yesterday in a forest.
The slain couple‚Äôs 18-year-old son Libnus said the family had gone to sleep Sunday night and he had no clue when his parents went out or who took them out.
‚ÄúMy parents were very simple people. They had no enmity with anybody," he told ucanews.com.
The villagers informed the nearby Kolebira police station, but police asked a village guard to bring the bodies to the station, apparently out of fear of Maoists.
Jilpi-Saraipani, about 135 km south of Ranchi, the state capital, lies in interior forest which is under Maoist control.
The guard sought villagers‚Äô help to convey the bodies to the police station. Police authorities then sent them for autopsy to Simdega.
The head of the Kolebira police station, identified only as Shrinivas, said identifying the killer or killers would be difficult.
‚ÄúBut the incident indicates that they were killed as a result of superstition that has already claimed many lives in remote villages,‚ÄĚ he said without elaborating on why police thought that superstition was involved.