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 to receive bad marks
Multi-faith leaders to write open letter decrying lack of anti-graft efforts
- September 8, 2011
The open letter will be sent to the president on October 18, two days before he enters the second year of his second term of office.
âWe will question his commitment to combating corruption in Indonesia, which has not met the expectations of the people or us inter-religious leaders,â said Capuchin Bishop Martinus Dogma Situmorang of Padang, chairman of the bishopsâ conference.
The open letter will cite many examples where the presidentâs efforts have fallen flat.
âWe want to encourage the president to be more serious [in dealing with graft and law enforcement],â the prelate maintained, saying that many people have lost their trust in him.
Bishop Situmorang said the decision to write the letter was made at a multi-faith meeting yesterday.
âWe organized the meeting because we are deeply concerned about the current situation in this nation,â he said.
Other religious leaders at the meeting included the former chairman of Muhammadiyah (Indonesiaâs largest Islamic social organization), Ahmad Syafii Maarif, and Reverend Andreas Anangguru Yewangoe, chairman of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia.
Religious leaders to tackle corruption
Corruption is âpart of cultureâ