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
Religious leaders deny threatening government
Lies campaign is to ’help Indonesia,’ they sayCapuchin Bishop Martinus Dogma Situmorang of Padang (fourth left) and other religious leaders express their solidarity
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- January 21, 2011
â€śWe are not a pressure group. There is no threat. Our movement [against lies] is merely to improve the nation,â€ť Capuchin Bishop Martinus Dogma Situmorang of Padang said yesterday at the Indonesian Bishopsâ€™ Conference (KWI) office in Jakarta.
â€śWe do not have any political motives. We do not blame the government. We are not acting like a superpower over the government,â€ť the chairman of the KWI said.
Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim and Protestant leaders all hope the government will make some substantive efforts for the sake of peopleâ€™s welfare, the prelate added.
He said the complaints center will be used as a tool to make a larger and more fundamental movement.
â€śWe will continue to watch over the government,â€ť he maintained.
Din Syamsuddin from Muhammadiyah, the countryâ€™s second largest Islamic organization, agreed upon maintaining the momentum of their campaign.
We will keep the movement moving because â€śwe see it as the truth,â€ť he said.
Commenting on a statement by religious leaders on government lies issued on Jan. 10, he maintained that the statement was a critique.
â€śThere is no distortion in voicing peopleâ€™s concerns,â€ť he added.
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