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
Vatican establishes new diocese
Oblate Bishop Bejoy Nicephorus D'Cruze of Khulna becomes Sylhet's first prelate
- ucanews.com reporters, Sylhet and Khulna
- July 11, 2011
The Holy Father also appointed Oblate Bishop Bejoy Nicephorus D'Cruze of Khulna as the dioceseâ€™s first bishop.
The new ecclesiastical province has six parishes and 12 out-stations with 17,000 predominantly tribal Catholics, 21 priests and 33 religious.
It covers four civil districts -- Sylhet, Sunamganj, Habiganj and Moulvibazar -- and was carved from Dhaka archdiocese, making it a suffragan of the same metropolitan church.
Bishop Dâ€™Cruze said he is ready to undertake his new responsibilities and challenges.
â€śItâ€™s an honor to be appointed the first bishop of a new diocese. Now I have to meet with religious and laypeople to formulate plan of action,â€ť he said.
He said he is already looking for land to build a cathedral and a bishopsâ€™ house.
â€śFor now Iâ€™ll have to live and work in a rented house.â€ť
Religious and laypeople in Sylhet have welcomed the long-awaited new ecclesiastical status for the region.
â€śWeâ€™ve been waiting for this a long time so we are very happy,â€ť said Father Michael Sarker, a priest in Srimangal parish in Moulvibazar district.
â€śNow we need not to travel all the way to Dhaka on Church business,â€ť he added.
There are approximately 400,000 Catholics in Bangladesh out of a total population of over 160 million.