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
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Soon the use of words like “His Excellency” and “Mahamahim” to address state dignitaries would be history.
President Pranab Mukherjee has approved a new set of protocol to be used in greeting and meeting dignitaries inside and outside the country.
"Use of the words 'His Excellency' will be discontinued while organizing functions within the country and during interaction between Indian dignitaries and the President.
"In Hindi, 'Rashtrapati Mahoday' should be used in place of 'Mahamahin' during such occasions," a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesman said in a statement yesterday.
The newly elected president, after reviewing the current protocol practices, also directed that the word "Honorable" will be used before the title of 'President' or 'Governor'.
The traditional Indian greeting of "Shri" or "Smt" should precede the name.
Whereas, "Excellency" will be used only for interaction of leaders with foreign dignitaries as is customary international practice, it said.
Officials said all changes in protocol practice, which have been conveyed to the Ministry of Home Affairs for further action, will be implemented with immediate effect.
Mukherjee has also directed authorities to organize government functions for him within the Rashtrapati Bhavan (president’s house) in order to reduce the burden on police and the inconvenience caused to people.
"Taking into account inconvenience caused to public during his movement within the city, the President has instructed that, to the best extent possible, all functions be organised within Rashtrapati Bhavan premises itself," the statement added.
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