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
State chiefs say dieting causes dengue fever
Commentators lambast leaders' comments
- Bijay Kumar Minj, New Delhi
- September 5, 2012
"In dieting, if you cut down on your food intake, if you have less oil here and less spices there and eat less, you can easily get affected by dengue,"Â Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, told state media yesterday.
She said people affected by a growing dengue outbreak should drink plenty of water and eat good food.
The death toll from dengue has reached 20Â in West Bengal this year, with another 699 people affected by the virus.
Dengue, also known as breakbone fever, is an infectious tropical disease carried by several species ofÂ mosquito.Â Its symptoms includeÂ fever,Â headache,Â muscleÂ andÂ joint pains. It affects the platelets in the body.
Banerjeeâ€™s comments came just days after Narendra Modi, chief minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat, blamed the high level of malnutrition in the region on middle class people paying more attention to beauty than to their health.Â He made this claim in an interview withÂ The Wall Street Journal on August 28.
Various studies have found dismal malnutrition levels in Gujarat, particularly among tribal, rural and female populations.
â€œThis shows how our leaders are unaware of the facts in their respective states," said Mukti Prakash Tirkey, a New Delhi-based social activist and journalist.
There are more cases of people dying due to poverty than abstaining from food, he said.