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
Risky launch 'shows leadership problems'
Military has touted satellite launch to flex its muscles, expert saysA North Korean missile launch
- Stephen Hong, Seoul
- March 20, 2012
North Korea announced on March 16 that it would launch "an observation satellite" into space on the back of a long-range missile between April 12 and 16, as part of celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the countryâ€™s founder Kim Il-sung on April 15.
Park Jong-chul, director of the Center for Unification Policy Studies, said the move is a risk considering recent progress in dialogue with the US.
â€œThe move suggests its new leader Kim Jong-un has succumbed to the military's demand to allow it to flex its muscles," he said.
The announcement of the launch sparked widespread international condemnation and cast doubts over an agreement with the US which was to provide 240,000 tons of food aid in exchange for a North Korean moratorium on nuclear
testing and uranium enrichment activities.
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