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 dissidents go home to house arrest
Both served four years for 'anti-government' activities
- Asia Desk from Bangkok
- September 11, 2012
Nguyen Van Tuc┬áreturned to his home in┬ánorthern Thai Binh province yesterday. He┬áwill be under house arrest for a further three years.
ÔÇťMy husband has served four years in jail for the people and country. My children and I are very proud of him,ÔÇŁ his wife Bui Thi Re told Voice of America.
She said he suffers illnesses relating to the heart and spine but his spirits remain high.
Tuc, 49, who was arrested on September 10, 2008, produced articles on human rights, sovereignty, and land disputes between people and government authorities.
The father of two and five other dissidents went on trial in Hai Phong city in October 2009. They were accused of ÔÇťrestoring and┬ádisseminating documents that slandered government officials and posing them on the internet.ÔÇŁ
They were also accused of hanging banners and giving out anti-government leaflets in Hai Phong city and Hai Duong province.
Writer Nguyen Xuan Nghia, 64, who was accused of being the leader of those dissidents, is serving a six-year sentence in jail and will have three years of house arrest. The other four arrested have completed their sentences.
Local bloggers also reported today that political dissident Pham Van Troi, who went on trial in Ha Noi in 2008, has ended his four-year prison term and returned home.
He will be under house arrest for four years in Hanoi.
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