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
Two Christian aid workers shot dead in Afghanistan
Victims worked for International Assistance Mission in Herat
- AFP, Herat
- July 24, 2014
Two foreign female aid workers were shot dead by unknown gunmen while travelling in a taxi in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, officials said.
"This morning at around 11:30am (0700 GMT) gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire at two foreigners riding in a taxi and killed them," Sayed Fazullah Wahidy, governor of Herat province told AFP.
Interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi confirmed the attack and said the perpetrators had escaped.
"One person was detained at the scene but the two gunmen escaped and the police are searching the area," he said.
Wahidy said the women were working as psychiatrists for International Assistance Mission (IAM), an international Christian charity providing eye care and medical help in Afghanistan.
The charity confirmed the victims were employees but did not disclose their nationalities.
"Their bodies are now in the Central hospital and the police have launched an investigation to find out who is behind this attack," he added.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but criminal gangs as well as Taliban are active in Herat. AFP