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
Cardinal Oswald Gracias has expressed pain over the Bodh Gaya serial blasts and extended his support to Buddhist pilgrims around the world, three days after nine explosions shook the holiest Buddhist shrine in the Bihar.
“I would like to assure our Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world, especially from Sri Lanka, China, Japan and the Southeast Asia region, that India is a land of peace, compassion and harmony and we give them our support and solidarity,” said Cardinal Gracias, who is also the general secretary of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC).
He said that as an Indian, he is anguished and pained at the “horrendous violence at this sacred place of worship.”
Nine medium-intensity explosions took place on July 7 at the Mahabodhi Temple, which is named a UNESCO world heritage site and where Buddha attained enlightenment.
Two monks were injured in the incident and the temple complex suffered minor damage.
No one has been arrested in connection with the blasts.
However, the National Investigating Agency, which is probing the blasts, has announced a reward of 1 million rupees for information that would lead to the bombers.
“Our prayers and concerns are with so many who have experienced the trauma of these acts, most especially those who were injured,” the prelate said.
“Before this mindless violence, we, the Catholic Church in India, the Christian community and leaders of other religions must be united so as not to be overcome by the devil, but fight him with good, working together to build a more just, free and secure society, based on love, justice, truth and service, for generations to come,” he added.
Source: Asia News
India: Police say no charges filed yet, interrogation ongoing.