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
PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM NOT NATIONAL WITHOUT MINORITIES, BISHOP SAYS
- April 09 1996
"Did Pakistan lose in Bangalore?" a Catholic bishop asked in a letter to the editor on the country´s national cricket team, which was ousted from World Cup play by India March 9. "No, not at all!"
Bishop John Joseph of Faisalabad, chairman of the Pakistani bishops´ National Justice and Peace Commission, said that "factually speaking, the team that lost in Bangalore (India) represented a particular group.
"Had that team represented Pakistan, there definitely would have been some players from the minority communities of Pakistan!" he said.
Bishop Joseph insisted in the letter published March 21 in Dawn, an English-language daily, that a team that has no Christian, Hindu or Parsi members cannot be accepted by minorities as "national."
Some Christians, whose sympathies were with other teams, asserted that India and Sri Lanka do not care about their players´ religions, wondering why their predominantly Muslim country looks at everything with a regard to religion.
India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka hosted this year´s World Cup. In the final match March 17 in Lahore, Pakistan, Australia lost to Sri Lanka.