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
President calls for post-election calm
Violence kills one after second-placed party excluded from proposed coalition govtFrancisco Guterres (right) speaks at a campaign rally ahead of parliamentary elections this month
- Thomas Ora, Dili
- Timor Leste
- July 17, 2012
The clashes in Viqueque started Sunday shortly after Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao said at a national conference that his Ā National Congress for the Reconstruction of East Timor (CNRT) would set up a coalition with the Democratic Party and Frenti-Mudanca, and exclude the second-placed party.
The results of the July 7 parliamentary election showed that CNRT won 30 seats in the 65-member assembly. Meanwhile, the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (Fretilin), Democratic Party and Frenti-Mudanca respectively won 25, eight and two seats.
āI ask political leaders for your help and cooperation to call on your parties to contribute to creating peace and calm in our country,ā the president told the party leaders in his office in Dili.
āViolence is not the way of democracy,ā he said.
He urged the party leaders to understand each other andĀ develop the nation so that it can be more dignified.
Francisco Guterres from FretilinĀ attended the meeting and supported the president's message. āFretilin wants to maintainĀ peace and stability in this country,ā he said.
According to Guterres, the clashes occurred as a result of provocative statements from some of those attending the national conference which criticized and harmed the dignity of Fretilin.
Gusmao calls for calm ahead of polls