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
Racism 'becoming more prevalent'
- ucanews.com reporter, Kuala Lumpur
- January 18, 2012
The government in the past 40 years has adopted â€śMalay-centrism as its central populist ideologyâ€ť to remain in power, said Kua Kia Soong, director of the human-rights NGO â€śSuaram.â€ť
This has entailed impressing upon Malay-Muslims, who comprise 60 percent of the population, that they are the owners of the country while other communities are mere â€śimmigrants,â€ť he explained.
Lim Tech Ghee, director of the Centre for Policy Initiatives, said the â€śtentaclesâ€ť of institutionalized racism â€śextend into practically every sphere of life â€“ economic, social, administrative, and even culture and religion.â€ť
He said the forum, attended by around 200 people, was the first of a planned series to bring the issue of institutionalized racism out in the open for public discussion.