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 fight to save university
Plan to make new military academy denies qualified students a place, priest saysCatholic priest Father Dilan Perera and Buddhist monk stand with demonstrators in front of ministry of education in colombo on May
- ucanews.com, Colombo
- Sri Lanka
- May 11, 2011
The Ministry of Higher Education ministry announced it would take over Uva Wellassa, one of the 15 national universities in Sri Lanka, sparking anger among parents, teachers, students and religious leaders.
About 200 people from across the country rallied in a silent protest in front of the ministry today.
The crowd chanted: ‚ÄúMinister! We came to take back our university‚ÄĚ and waved placards saying ‚ÄúStop take over‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt disturb education.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThis is wrong decision of the government as actually we need more universities," said Father Dilan Perera, the¬†editor of religious magazine Bhakthi Prabodanaya.¬†"Not all students who qualified for university entrance find a place the national university system.
‚ÄúThis is the sad story for last decades but the government can allocate a new place for military purposes,‚ÄĚ Father Perera said.
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