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
Swiss rape victim may be quizzed at home
Police say her testimony is essential
- ucanews.com reporter, Bhopal
- April 5, 2013
A judicial commission will visit Switzerland to record the statements of the Swiss national who was brutally gang raped in Madhya Pradesh last month, an official told ucanews.com yesterday.
The state police proposed the trip after the 39-year old victim and her partner left the country eight days ago, unable to identify the people who attacked them, police officer D. K Arya said.
The couple, cycle adventure tourists, had stopped overnight in a forested area when seven people came into their tent and five men raped the woman in front of her partner.
The attackers assaulted the couple when they resisted.
Police arrested six people in connection with the crime, but the victim and her partner told the police they would not be able to recognize anyone as the attack occured at night.
A trial court in Datia district began proceedings against the alleged attackers last Saturday, but without detailed statements from the victim the case could collapse, Arya said.
If they refuse to come back a judicial commission will be sent to their home country to record their statement, Arya said.