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
Religions pledge to pray for politicians
Ethnic groups should take an example from religions, say faith leadersSpeakers at last night's meeting
- ucanews.com reporter, Kathmandu
- May 17, 2011
Two constitutional assembly members and human right activists joined them at a public meeting in central Kathmandu.
Christian representative Chirendra Satyal, secretary of Religions for Peace and the inter-religious commission of Nepalâ€™s Catholic Church, said: â€śInstead of playing the blame game, Christians in churches are praying for political leaders and also fasting for them. Unlike groups who are ready to kill for a cause, we are ready to die but will never kill for anything.â€ť
Damodar Gautam, president of the Nepal office of the World Hindu Federation, said: â€śYou may be considered as speaking against peace if you ask why a new parliamentary resolution, seeking to extend the constitution-making deadline by one more year, was tabled by the prime minister without consulting anyone a few days ago.
â€śLet us just pray that God gives wisdom to our 600 assembly members who seem to want to extend deadlines easily, as they are getting paid well for doing nothing for three years.â€ť
Muslim leader Nazrul Hussein said: â€śLet us pray for our political leaders, so they will formulate a constitution that will equally include everyone - even minorities.â€ť
Religions for Peace Nepal president Indira Manandhar, a Buddhist, said that three years of salary and benefits has been wasted in paying some 600 politicians to make a constitution.
Ethnic groups should take an example from religions in Nepal that co-exist peacefully and stop violently demanding different states of their own via national strikes, she said.
Congress party assembly member Gagan Thapa said: â€śAs the May 28 deadline [to make the new constitution] approaches, we assembly members feel ashamed to go out in public.
He said assembly members had been caught selling their diplomatic passports illegally or stealing electricity, which had â€śhumiliated all of us.â€ť
â€śI think the youth in Nepal today should be made aware that they have to consult and involve religious leaders when planning the future of our country.â€ť