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
Schools to ignore Independence Day
Educational institutions fear violent backlash from Balochistan separatists
- ucanews.com reporter, Quetta
- August 1, 2011
All nine Catholic schools in Balochistan province will be closed on August 14, Pakistan‚Äôs Independence Day.
‚ÄúNo patriotic events have been organized for the past two years because the fear of being attacked is so strong,‚ÄĚ said Father Abid Saleem, organizer of a four-day training course for catechism and Sunday school teachers that ended yesterday at the bishop‚Äôs house in Quetta.
‚ÄúChristian schools have to tread very carefully and not offend separatists in the province. We cannot sing the national anthem or hoist Pakistan flags in our schools, since the killing of three Baloch leaders in 2009‚ÄĚ, the priest said.
There are several armed separatist groups in the region, including the Balochistan Liberation Army and the Baloch Liberation Front, which are seeking an independent homeland from Pakistan and Iran.
An ongoing offensive against these and other tribal separatist groups is also making it difficult for Church run and government schools to operate day to day, ¬†Father Saleem added.
Catholics in Quetta Apostolic Vicariate numbered 30,518 in 2010 out of a total population of 7,83,4116.
Church promotes peace amid violence