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
Priest accused of student sex attack
Teacher in custody after girl's allegations
- ucanews.com reporter, Pune
- January 23, 2013
An Indian court remanded a Catholic priest in police custody after he was accused of molesting and attempting to rape a female student in the western city of Pune.
Salesian Father Igidius Falcao, 61, appeared before the local court in Pune on Tuesday morning. He is being charged under various criminal sections for outraging the modesty of a woman and attempted rape.
The vice-principal at Don Bosco High School was arrested after a 14-year-old schoolgirl "complained that the priest had misbehaved and attempted to rape her on January 2 in his office on the school premises," deputy police commissioner Manoj Patil said.
The girl told her mother, who lodged a complaint with the police on January 21, citing fear as the reason for not coming forward earlier, Patil said.
According to the complaint, the priest met the girl, a 10th grade student, on January 1 after a prayer meeting and asked her to meet him the next day. When she later met the priest in his office around 1 pm, Fr Falcao allegedly shut the door and molested and tried to rape the victim, who pushed him away.
A school official dismissed the allegations. “All the allegations made against Fr Falcao are false. The institution categorically denies the allegations framed against him,” Salesian Father Anton D’Souza, the manager of Don Bosco Establishment, said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The institution gives the highest priority to the security and care of its students,” he said.
Father D’Souza said Father Falcao was previously the principal of a renowned high school in Mumbai and there have been no complaints against him in the past.
No Church official was able to speak with the accused after police arrested him.
“Only after speaking with him will we know the details,” said Fr Malcolm Sequeira, spokesperson of Poona diocese.