(ANS - Quito) - On 12 June, the "Ecuadorian Missionary Day ad gentes" was celebrated in Ecuador. It was 2014 when the Ecuadorian bishops decided to celebrate this day, coinciding with the feast of the first ad gentes missionary active in Eastern Ecuador, Blessed Mercedes de Jesús Molina (1828-1883), a religious and founder, who did not hesitate to face the many challenges to cross the forests and bring the Gospel to the indigenous Jíbaros.
(ANS – Yangon) – A sorrowful lament, like a true pastor and a true citizen of Myanmar: it is the one launched by Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Salesian, Archbishop of Yangon and President of the Federation of Episcopal Conferences of Asia, who observes with bitterness what Myanmar was and could be and the many evils that afflict her today. And yet, he reiterates, "peace is possible, peace is the only way." The following is the text of the cardinal's letter.
(ANS - Pozzomaggiore) - On Saturday 15 May 2019 in Pozzomaggiore, Sardinia, Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, beatified, on behalf of the Holy Father, Edvige Carboni, a humble and strong woman with a "life imbued with God", who lived a life of manual and service work, in the family and towards many needy people she met, a life filled with graces and extraordinary supernatural gifts.
Spain – Fr Bottasso: "The Gospel not called to annul beliefs, substituting them, but to illuminate and make flourish"
(ANS - Madrid) - Amazonia is undoubtedly one of the themes that Pope Francis has very much at heart, and he would like all Christians to participate in this sentiment, as demonstrated by Puerto Maldonado, Peru, in January 2018. On that occasion, according to Fr Juan (Giovanni) Bottasso, an Italian Salesian missionary active in Ecuador for 60 years, the Pope "clearly stated that the conservation of the Amazon and the defense of indigenous peoples should be one of the great concerns of Christians and, at the same time, he shouted so the Church, which for centuries has been on a pilgrimage in this immense region, have more and more an Amazonian face."
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Bolivia – Social networks as protagonists of Salesian Social Communication Days
(ANS - Cochabamba) - "We are members of one another (Eph 4:25). From social network communities to the human community" was the theme proposed by Pope Francis for the 2019 World Communications Day, and in Bolivia the Provincial Delegate for Social Communications and his support team had the task of spreading this message in Bolivia's 'Our Lady of Copacabana' Province.
Spain - 158 million enslaved children in the world
(ANS - Madrid) - They can't go to school, they barely have time to eat, they don't even rest on weekends and they don't know what it's like to play with other children. This is the life that 158 million children around the world lead, victims of child labor who should, instead, be at school and in the playground rather than employed doing adult activities. Without considering that, in almost half of the cases (73 million) they are engaged in activities dangerous to their health. Pope Francis, recalling the World Day against the Exploitation of Child Labor, writes: "Children must be able to play, study and grow up in a peaceful environment. Woe to those who suffocate in them the joyful impulse of hope!"
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ST. FRANCIS XAVIER AND DON BOSCO. TWO GREAT MISSIONARIES YESTERDAY AND TODAY . Just a short while ago I was in Goa, India, where I saw how amid the palm trees and the fine sand of the sea there rise up cathedrals and churches built during the 16th and 17th centuries. One of these shrines is the Basilica of the Good Jesus, which has become a site for pilgrimages, especially for Christians but also for believers of other religions, because here lie the remains of St. Francis Xavier, the missionary from Navarre who evangelized the Far East and was a disciple of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Even though St. Francis Xavier died in China in 1552, his remains rest in this most beautiful basilica situated next to the cathedral and to the church of St. Francis of Assisi. This place in which his mortal remains rest was erected between 1594 and 1605. His body is conserved there. Its incorruptibility was the miracle for which St. Francis Xavier was canonized in 1622. Accompanied by other Salesians and some lay persons, I had the privilege of celebrating Holy Mass on the altar at the tomb of this great and holy Jesuit missionary.