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 hunt seminary rector's killer
Priest found bludgeoned to death
- Christopher Joseph, Kochi
- April 2, 2013
Police in Bangalore have launched a murder inquiry after the rector of a major seminary in the city was found bludgeoned to death early on Monday morning.
Father K. J. Thomas, 62, was found by another priest lying in a pool of blood in a corridor near his room at St. Peter's Seminary at about 4 am, police say.
According to the officer in charge of the investigation, Fr Thomas was killed not long after midnight. He was last seen by Father Patrick Xavier, who found the body, at 10.30 pm on Sunday night as he was going to his room.
Preliminary investigations suggest that Fr Thomas was attacked after answering a knock on his door. Bloodstains found in the corridor suggest the priest had tried to escape or the body had been dragged to where it was found by the coffee room, the policeman said. He also said boot marks made from the dead priest's blood suggest there was more than one assailant.
"He sustained two or three injuries to the head. He bled to death.”
Despite the priest’s room being ransacked, the investigator ruled out robbery saying nothing valuable was missing.
“We cannot ascertain a motive yet," he said.
Fr Thomas was a native of Kerala state and a former priest in Ooty diocese in Tamil Nadu.
He had taught at the seminary in Bangalore for the past three decades according to Church sources.