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
Protesters demand action on disappeared people
More than 20 disappeared in three monthsActivists and family members demonstrate at a monument to the disappeared
- ucanews.com reporter, Raddoluwa
- Sri Lanka
- October 29, 2012
"We urge the criminalization of disappearances and the appointment ofÂ an independent commission to investigate disappearances," said Father Jeyabalan Croos at a rally in Raddulowa, 35 kms north of Colombo, on Saturday.
â€śA silent war is spreading in the northern and eastern part of the country. People disappear and nobody knows what is going on,â€ť he told the gathering at a monument commemorating disappeared people.
"So many peopleÂ are missing, including a Catholic priest," he said.
There were 21 suspected enforced disappearances reported in local English media in the 100 days between April 1 and July 9 of this year.
"The government would have ample power to criminalize enforced disappearances if it really wanted to win the hearts of these people,â€ť said Professor Chandraguptha Thenuwara, a lecturer at Colombo University.
The recommendations from the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation CommissionÂ set up after the civil warÂ included an investigation into the circumstances of the disappeared and bringing those responsible to justice.
A woman who did not want to be named said her husband went missing eight years ago.
"My husband went missing in 2004 afterÂ he had goneÂ fishing," said the mother of four children.
"Since that day I have walked to 175 camps in search of himâ€¦ I went to temples and begged God to bring my husband back," she said. "I believe he is still alive somewhere."
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