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
US 'deeply concerned' at self-immolation
Shockwaves after Christian activist's mother kills herselfLieng, third from left, was protesting over her daughter's continued detention
- Asia Desk, Bangkok
- August 1, 2012
An embassy statement said the US was âsaddenedâ to hear of Dang Thi Kim Liengâs death on Monday after she set herself alight in the southern city of Bac Lieu. The trial of her daughter Ta Phong Tan, along with two other bloggers, is scheduled for August 7 in Ho Chi Minh City.
âWe call upon the government of Vietnam to release all three immediately,â the statement said. It also called on Hanoi to create a society where journalists could operate freely and without fear.
Tan, Dieu Cay and Anh Ba Sai Gon, the founding members of the âFree Journalists Clubâ, have been charged under Article 88, âwhich applies vaguely worded provisions to stifle free and open debate,â the statement added.
Authorities arrested the trio in September and charged them with anti-government activities ahead of a trial that had been scheduled for May and was later postponed.
Liengâs funeral is due to take place tomorrow.
Christian activist's mother sets herself ablaze