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
Rights group wants justice for villagers
Authorities 'dragging their feet' in dealing with attackers of a Christian villageProtesters demand justice for an attack on Christians at Thakurgaon district court yesterday
- ucanews.com reporter, Thakurgaon
- March 17, 2011
The Thakurgaon district wing of the Bangladesh Dalit Council (BDC), a rights group for downtrodden and tribal people, staged a rally yesterday outside the local district court in an attempt to kick-start some official action against several men accused of being behind the attack.
Around 100 demonstrators at the protest demanded a proper investigation and appropriate punishment against attackers who torched seven houses in the village of Banglagar in Ranishonkoil sub-district earlier this month.
They also handed over a memorandum outlining their demands to a high-ranking district officer who later promised the protesters to bring the attackers to justice.
The attack triggered by a land dispute with Muslims seriously injured 10 people and left around 50, all Catholic Christians, without food or shelter.
â€śWeâ€™ve starving, thereâ€™s no food and my children are falling sick because of the cold, said Shishu Hrishi, 35, who lost his home in the attack.
So, far the only aid they have received has come from the local parish priest, Father Anthony Sen, who with the support of Caritas has distributed 40 kilos of rice and some blankets.
The villagers say the accused are now threatening them to get the charges dropped.
â€śLocal authorities have not compensated the victims yet and are not doing enough to bring about justice,â€ť said Thakurgaon BDC president Jacob Khalko.
â€śItâ€™s really painful to see these people living a miserable life. If our demands are not met weâ€™ll organize bigger non-violent action, including strikes under the BDC banner across the country,â€ť the tribal Oraon Catholic added.
Muslims torch Christiansâ€™ houses
Rights activists have to fight for justice
Catholics fight dowry demands and land grabs
Catholics join fight against land grabbers