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
Prelate welcomes property decision
State should use existing laws to check illegal acts, says Madhya Pradesh archbishopChristian leaders including Archbishop Leo Cornelio in a meeting in Bhopal
- ucanews.com reporter, Bhopal
- March 16, 2011
â€śWe purchase properties with our money following all the rules. We do not seek government grants and, therefore, it does not need to monitor our use of properties,â€ť he said yesterday reacting to the state governmentâ€™s assurance that it has no plans to control Church properties.
He said the government should instead enforce existing laws to check the illegal sale of Church properties.
On March 8, Minister for Minority Welfare Ajay Vishoni, assured the legislative assembly that the government has no plans to set up a special board to control Christian properties.
Christians opposed a proposal for the state government to set up a board to bring their properties, including cemeteries, under government control in line with the Muslim Waqf Board.
The Waqf Board, established in 1995, manages properties used for religious and charitable purposes by the Muslim community.
The proposal for a Christian board followed a recommendation by the State Minority Commission in January 2009, which had claimed that the illegal sale of Christian properties was rampant.
Mounting public pressure coupled with legal solutions helped save the situation,â€ť said Father Anand Muttungal, a petitioner in the case and spokesperson of the stateâ€™s Catholic Church.
â€śWe filed a petition in the top court after the Madhya Pradesh High Court rejected our plea,â€ť he said.
The petition was withdrawn on March 14.
Lay leader Sheela Santiago said the affair has proved that despite being a minority we can win legitimate demands through peaceful means.
State decides not to control Church properties