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
Vietnam hits out at China
Foreign Ministry anger over disputed islands
- October 12, 2012
On September 23, Chinese press reported that China would deploy drones to strengthen¬†surveillance of ¬†the waters in¬†and around the¬†¬†Spratly Islands.
On October 1, China held a flag raising ceremony to mark its National Day on one of the Paracel islands. Two days later, the Chinese navy‚Äôs Nanhai Fleet held exercises¬†in¬†waters near¬†the¬†islands.
China and Vietnam claim sovereignty¬†of both¬†territories.
China ‚Äúseriously violated Vietnam‚Äôs sovereignty over these archipelagos, international law and the agreement on basic principles guiding the settlement of sea-related issues between the two countries, signed in October 2011,‚ÄĚ Foreign Ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi said yesterday.
‚ÄúVietnam demands China respect its sovereignty and refrain from wrongful actions so as to make practical contributions to developing the friendship and cooperation between the two countries as well as maintaining peace and stability in the [South China] Sea,‚ÄĚ he said.
The comments came as the Party Central Committee approaches the end of a two-week general assembly.
Decisions made at the conference will have a great impact on the nation, Party General-Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said.
Major-General Nguyen Trong Vinh, Vietnam‚Äôs former ambassador to Beijing, warned the country‚Äôs leaders in an internet post on Sunday not to let China sway Vietnam‚Äôs internal affairs.
He noted that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung recently held a closed meeting with¬†Xi Jinping, expected to be China‚Äôs next president,¬†in Beijing.
In these actions, China has gone against the Declaration on Conduct of the Parties in the East Sea (DOC) signed between ASEAN and China in 2002, thus further complicating the East Sea situation,¬†¬†Nghi said.
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