(ANS - Caracas) - Venezuela has been going through a very difficult political and social situation in recent times. Pope Francis recently said, referring to Venezuela: "I pray for this people, who are very dear to me, and I urge everyone to persevere without growing tired, avoiding any violence and seeking political solutions." On 19 April, peaceful demonstrations took place in the country to deliver to the 'Defensoría del Pueblo', the state agency that oversees human rights, a document accusing the government of President Nicolás Maduro of a coup d'état against the National Assembly. On the margins of the events, two Salesian past pupils were killed.
(ANS – Iringa) – After the Holy Mass at Don Bosco Mafinga Parish with the students of the seminary and the parishioners, on Thursday, April 20, the Rector Major and his team proceeded to Don Bosco Vocational Training Centre, Iringa. There he had a chance to meet with the youth and he told them, “you give me hope for the future”.
(ANS - Buenos Aires) - The heavy rains affecting various places in Argentina have caused huge losses in different parts of the country. For this reason, "Exploradores de Don Bosco" have mobilized, along with many other groups, to help the most needy.
Spain - Jota Llorente, SDB: "One day they gave me a book on Don Bosco and I thought, 'I want to be like this priest'"
(ANS - Bilbao) - The Salesian Fr Jesús Javier Llorente – known in art as "Jota Llorente" – speaks in an interview about this musician, photographer, artist and especially, priest.
What plot, Lord, are you weaving?
On a day of protests and clashes in Venezuela, two young people were assassinated. Carlos José Moreno Barón was killed while on his way to a football pitch. He did not reach his destination. Paola Ramírez Gómez, 23, was killed while returning from a job interview as she was passing in front of San Carlos Square in San Cristóbal. Neither of them was participating in the protests.
Belgium - "Don Bosco Mission" at the Institute of Tournai
(ANS - Tournai) - At the end of March students of the Primary School and Secondary Technical-Vocational School in Tournai, Belgium, had two extraordinary days of animation, games and special moments thanks to the "missionaries": Salesians, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) and the youth of the Salesian youth Movement (SYM).
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
WHY WE HAVE LIFE IN ABUNDANCE
My thought goes to the Salesian presences around the world because our dream is that they might be true dispensers of life to so many young people, and a life in abundance, an authentic, true life which gives them dignity and helps them also experience the great gift that God is in their lives.