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
Suu Kyi marks 1988 uprising
The opposition icon leads hundreds in a moment of silence for those killed by army troops
- Michael MacLachlan, London
- United Kingdom
- August 8, 2011
On August 8, 1988, student-led protests began against Myanmar's military rulers. They were joined by increasing numbers of people until more than 3,000 were killed in an army crackdown the following month.
Suu Kyi marked the anniversary by visiting a Yangon monastery with about 400 people who held a minuteâ€™s silence to remember the dead.
â€śI would like you all to think about what has happened and not forget,â€ť Suu Kyi wrote in a guestbook at the monastery.
CSW has written to European Union foreign ministers urging them to work for the establishment of a UN commission of inquiry into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity by the Yangon regime.
It held a protest at the German Embassy in London today to urge the Berlin governmentâ€™s support.
â€śGermany has a special responsibility to ensure that war crimes and crimes against humanity carried out by a brutal military dictatorship are not allowed to go unchecked,â€ť said Benedict Rogers, CSWâ€™s East Asia team leader.
Meanwhile, the Myanmar dissident website The Irrawaddy published a commentary yesterday calling on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to consider action against the regime.
ASEAN has always maintained that the situation in Myanmar is a domestic issue but the regime has asked to take its turn as the chair of Asean in 2014.
In view of this, The Irrawaddy said, the regime needs to account for the suppression of the uprising. It urges a public investigation of the killings and of deaths in custody among the thousands arrested after the uprising. It also calls for the release of all remaining political prisoners.
â€śIf the Burmese government cannot accomplish these tasks by 2014, ASEAN member countries have the responsibility to bar the country from chairing the bloc,â€ť the article said.