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 media hails Suu Kyi electoral win
Credits NLD leader's win as 'historic' but urges caution about the country's full transition
- Alessandro Speciale, Vatican
- Vatican City
- April 3, 2012
A news story headlined â€śThe seat of hopeâ€ť reported on the success of the National League for Democracy leader in the first internationally recognized vote to be held in Myanmar in more than 20 years.
â€śThe result of the vote should bring significant economic benefits to the whole country,â€ť wrote the Vatican newspaper, commenting on the possible lifting of United States and European Union sanctions against Myanmar.
â€śAccording to analysts, the effects of the return of Aung San Suu Kyi to Parliament and of the victory of her party will be numerous and far reaching,â€ť L'Osservatore Romano noted, adding as a caveat that this will happen only if â€śformer army members will allow it.â€ť
Vatican Radio hailed the vote as an â€śhistoric dayâ€ť and a â€śmomentous eventâ€ť for Myanmar.
PIME Father Massimo Cenci, undersecretary of the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, praised the country's â€śawakeningâ€ť and ascribed its merit to the NLD leader.
â€śSuu Kyi has stirred the people's longing not only for democracy, but for involvement in what happens in their country from the social and political point of view,â€ť he told ucanews.com.
Nevertheless, Cenci cautioned towards those who speak of a full-fledged â€śtransitionâ€ť towards democracy: â€śWe still need to wait and see. But what happened this weekend is exceptional for Myanmar's history.â€ť
He said the Vatican and the Catholic Church are following the situation closely.
â€śWe are very interested in the developments. There are still significant restrictions to Church activity there. But if the opening up of the country picks up steam, the Church will profit from it in terms of freedom.â€ť
Long way to go for Myanmar's reformers