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
|(Photo courtesy: hillpost.in) Vayalar Ravi inspected an upcoming multi-faith funeral centre for Indians.|
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) would soon open a multi-faith funeral center for Indians.
Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi recently announced that the funeral centre, built at a cost of USD 1.65 million, will open in January 2013.
The Minister had on Nov. 11 handed over a cheque for USD 136,000 as India’s contribution to the project.
Reports said the Minister along with the Indian ambassador to the UAE M.K. Lokesh and Consul General, Dubai, Sanjay Verma visited the site at Juwaiza, 25 kms east of Sharjah (third largest city in the UAE).
"There is going to be a funeral place in Sharjah for which I also paid money. It is a funeral ground for Indians from all religions. It is an Indian community project there. It is a good thing," Ravi said.
"They asked me for some financial help and I paid 50 per cent. They have started work and we have already paid the money," he said.
The Indian Association Sharjah (IAS), which is spearheading the project, said the facility is designed to have four gas cremators for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists as well as burial grounds for Muslims and Christians.
Statistics by the Indian Consulate in Dubai show that about 1,300 Indians die in the country annually.
However, due to legal issues and high cost involved, families often find it difficult to make funeral arrangements in keeping with the last wishes.
The new facility aims to cater Indians living in Sharjah and the Northern Emirates.
India had in April requested the UAE to provide land for a funeral home for Indians residing in that country when their external affairs ministers met in New Delhi for bilateral talks.
India: Police say no charges filed yet, interrogation ongoing.