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
South threatens Pyongyang
Defence officials vow tit-for-tat response to any acts of aggression from the NorthA missile launch
- ucanews.com staff, Seoul
- April 3, 2012
Guidelines amounting to tit-for-tat operations have been drawn up in the event attacks take place against the South, the official said yesterday.
South Korea: "will immediately retaliate in the event of North Korean aggression,â€ť he added.
Previously, Seoul said it would mount retaliatory strikes at the sources of provocation and any supporting units.
But now the South is promising to repay any hostile act in kind, which could involve attacking North Korean cities.
Defense officials say that the South has the capability to hit key North Korean facilities, including its nuclear and missile sites.
The defense ministryâ€™s statement comes amid heightened tension following the Northâ€™s announcement it intends to put a satellite into orbit this month on the back of a long range missile. Other countries believe Pyongyang wants to conduct a long-range missile test.
The North has also issued threats against the South over perceived insults against its new leader Kim Jong-un
A member of the bishopsâ€™ sub-committee for aid to North Korea has meanwhile called for both sides to look at ways of easing tensions.
The priest, who did not wish to be named, said it is â€śonly natural for a country to respond immediately to protect its citizens,â€ť but things should not be allowed to get that far.
He called for more exchanges at group and government level to thaw the frosty ties between the two Koreas.
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