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
The Indian government today banned bulk text messages for the next 15 days following threats of attacks to northeast people, leading to mass exodus in Bangalore and other cities.
Cell phone users can now send short messages to only 5 people.
The federal government had yesterday ordered a probe into the source of rumors of attacks on northeast people as a fallout of the ethnic clashes in Assam.
More than 15,000 north east people have fled Bangalore in Karnataka in the past two days following rumors of attacks.
Reports of exodus are also coming from Mysore, Mangalore and Kodagu districts of the state.
People are also fleeing from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh and Pune in Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has stressed that nobody from the northeast has been attacked and police are patrolling neighborhoods housing those from states like Asam, Manipur and Mizoram.
"The whole government is with you....don't worry," said Karnataka chief minister Jagadish Shettar.
In parliament, leaders cutting across political parties said people from northeast must be assured that their safety is a priority for the government and that they must work and live wherever they want.
India: The nec, born in 1972, mainly funds infrastructure in the northeastern states.