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
'Record turnout' at Tiananmen vigil
Organisers say 180,000 people attended candlelight anniversaryFang Zheng leads a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong
- Hong Kong
- June 5, 2012
Thousands were forced to stand outside the packed venue in Victoria Park where police said there were only 85,000 people.
Among them was special guest Fang Zheng, a survivor who lost bothÂ his legs when a tank ran him over on June 4, the day the Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army cleared the square of the thousands that remained after weeks of pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing and across China.
â€śI was merely an ordinary person joining the movement and I had only fulfilled my responsibility as a student. All credit should go to those who died in the crackdown,â€ť said Fang, whose appearance at the event was a rarity for a Tiananmen activist since Hong Kong returned to China in 1997. He currently lives inÂ the US.
Wang Dan, one of the principal student leaders of the Tiananmen protests, delivered a video message from the US in which he said the persistence of those in Hong Kong might eventually lead to the rehabilitation of the victims on the mainland.
His comments follow those of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who angered Beijing on Sunday by suggesting this yearâ€™s anniversary provided China with an opportunity to release those still imprisoned for their participation in the demonstrations in 1989, believed to be about 10 people.
â€śWe urge China to cease the harassment of participants in the demonstrations and begin dialogue with the family members of victims, including the Tiananmen Mothers,â€ť said Clinton, referring to the group representing the parents, relatives and friends of those involved in the protests.
In response, Chinaâ€™s Foreign Ministry expressed â€śstrong dissatisfactionâ€ť at the remarks.
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