(ANS-Cotonou) - On 30 August, the "Improving the care of street children in Cotonou (Benin)" project was completed. The "Mamá Margarita" house in Cotonou keeps its doors open to young vulnerable people living in the streets.
(ANS - Tournai) - Saidi is 14 years old and a year ago he left his home in Kabul, Afghanistan. He did everything to escape the Taliban. He traveled thousands of miles and crossed the sea. He did not ask himself about where to go. Today Saidi is being assisted by the program for unaccompanied minors of the Don Bosco Institute in Tournai, Belgium.
Freetown, Sierra Leone - August 21, 2017 - Salesians working in Freetown visited the flooded areas and hospitals and offered their complete support to help the government in the emergency. The disaster has recorded more than 492 deaths, 600 missing, and over 3,000 displaced persons. Since Friday, the local Salesians have hosted more than 300 children and numerous mothers nurturing their babies.
Villarrica, Paraguay - August 2017 - The young animators of the Don Bosco Oratory of Villarrica, Paraguay, are engaged in the activity of the "traveling oratory." Thanks to this initiative, they visited the chapel dedicated to San Biagio and took care of the neighbourhood's needy children.
(ANS - Rome) - "Giovannino's Dream" is the first e-color book created by the "Salesians for Social Work - SCS / CNOS Federation", a proposal for young children to read and color. The story is divided into 8 illustrated tables and reflects the dream St. John Bosco had at the age of 9 which would later become the guideline for all his life with and for young people.
(ANS - Vatican City) - "Syria is beautiful, marked by coexistence. This is characteristic of Syria: coexistence." Despite six years of war, there is still solidarity and attention to one’s neighbour, regardless of differences. So says Sister Carolin Tahhan Fachakh, Daughter of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) and a "courageous woman" - as evidenced by the international prize that she received from the US State Department. On the margins of a meeting organized by the "Women of the Vatican" in Rome, Sister Carolin spoke of her mission in Damascus.
Comfort Zone: NO THANK YOU! "I prefer a wounded Church"
Some were astonished to see the face of Pope Francis injured during his visit to Colombia. The bruise on his eyebrow and on his cheekbone, the blood-stained white garment. A small accident on the Pope-mobile, which brought to mind the words of Bergoglio and inspired my ANS Editorial: "I prefer a Church that is bruised, wounded and dirty because it is going out into the streets, rather than a Church made sick by closure and the convenience of clinging to its own safety." (EG49)
RMG - Father Tom: "I am what I am today because God has taken care of me"
(ANS - Rome) - A serene man, in peace with God and with everyone, including the kidnappers, and also able to joke about the experience he lived through. This is the image the world's journalists and media saw in Fr Tom Uzhunnalil the morning of Saturday 16 September at the "Salesianum" in Rome where they heard in person the touching tale of captivity and liberation, both experiences lived with great faith in God.
Italy – Life of St. John Bosco narrated in Italian Public TV History Channel
(ANS - Rome) - A documentary on the life of St John Bosco aired on the Rai Storia channel in August. Produced with material from Teche Rai (Radiotelevisione Italiana), it was based on biographical notes suggested by guests Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Marco Pizzo and Domenico Agasso.