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
Use of Allah still banned in Christian publications
- March 02 2009
A recent issue of ´Herald,´ the Malaysian Catholic weekly
On Feb. 28, local media reported Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar saying his ministry made a mistake in earlier allowing the use of the Arabic word for God. The ministry, on Feb. 16, issued an order allowing the use of Allah in Christian publications as long as they specify their material is not for Muslims.
Muslim groups, however, reportedly urged the government to withdraw its permission, saying it would cause confusion among Muslims.
For the past few years, the Catholic weekly "Herald" has engaged in a dispute with the government on the use of Allah in the section of the weekly printed in Bahasa Malaysia, the national language. A judicial review challenging the ban is pending.
Meanwhile, local media reported that Nik Aziz Nik Mat, spiritual leader of the opposition All-Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS), said non-Muslims should be allowed to use Allah.