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
Presidential candidates promise safe poll
Second round runoff contestants vow to keep supporters in checkTaur Matan Ruak (right) and his wife during the first round campaign
- Thomas Ora, Dili
- timor leste
- March 30, 2012
Campaigning begins today and ends on April 13.
Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo and Taur Matan Ruak made the pledge at a meeting with outgoing President Jose Ramos-Horta and several top national security officials yesterday in the presidentâ€™s office in Dili.
â€śTaur and I were invited by the president to review technical problems and security issues that surfaced in the first round so that the second round will run smoother,â€ť Lu-Olo said.
He admitted that some of his and Taurâ€™s supporters could become violent.
â€śWe will work together in order to prevent clashes. People want peace and national unity,â€ť he said.
Taur agreed, saying a peaceful election and a show of unity are vital to demonstrate the countryâ€™s credibility.
â€śLu-Olo and I are determined every person will have the opportunity to vote in an honest, free and safe election. By doing so, we will show our democratic credibility to the international community,â€ť he said.
â€śWhat we want is to keep Timor Leste peaceful and united,â€ť he asserted.
Military chief Major-General Lere Anan Timor welcomed the pledges and said Â security personnel â€śare ready to work together to control the situation.â€ť
The campaignÂ for the first round of voting on March 17, in which 12 candidates took part, passed off peacefully.
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