Freetown, Sierra Leone - 2016 - These are the faces of children left without parents, whom the Salesians look after and educate for life. They are "faces that speak of the future."
(Photo: Alberto Lopez, the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid)
(ANS - Lungi) - Fr Ubaldino Andrade Hernandez is a Salesian missionary who has worked in Sierra Leone. He was in Rome at the Generalate during the photographic exhibition: "Ebola, and beyond Ebola". His testimony is a sign of trust in God. He says that in those strange days of the epidemic they were living with "a real fear of death” but they decided to stay there as parents for many abandoned children." Looking at the pictures of the exhibition, the memories came to mind, and his eyes paused to remember his experiences. "Staying was the best option."
(ANS – Rome) – An exhibition to inform and sensitize on the consequences of Ebola, now that the world fear of the epidemic is over, was held in these days at the General House of the Salesians in Rome, after it had been launched about 7 months ago in Madrid. It is the photo-exhibition “Ebola beyond Ebola” (Ébola, más allá del Ébola) prepared by Alfons Rodríguez and sponsored by the Salesian Missionary Procure of Madrid.
(ANS - Monrovia) - The World Health Organization still recommends maintaining high controls on possible new outbreaks, but currently Liberia is better prepared to identify, isolate and treat new cases of Ebola. According to Fr Nicola Ciarapica SDB, Rector of the Don Bosco Centre in Matadi, "Social relations, trade, and politics are returning to normal ... And yet you can notice more and more the gap between the people who are well-off and those who are most in need, most lacking in education, health, and work."
(ANS - Rome) - Opening the pages of the newspapers and seeing the plight of children around the world creates a sense of hopelessness. The news is depressing for those who care about the world of children. "The child population as a whole is the subject of serious violations: abduction, sexual violence, child marriages and forced recruitment." If we stop to think, a second thought comes immediately. What is happening? How can we tolerate such suffering? Indifference has globalized, said Pope Francis, becoming a "selfish attitude of indifference that has achieved a global dimension."
(ANS - Madrid) – “Ebola and beyond Ebola" is the title of a photographic exhibition by Alfons Rodríguez, sponsored by the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid. It shows, through 30 images, the consequences of the terrible epidemic that devastated Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea Conakry in 2013, with several cases occurring even to the end of last year.
Ethiopia – “Here I was able to live the ‘Oratorian Heart’” says Donato Galletta SDB
(ANS – Addis Ababa) – Be it Feast or Feria, Christmas or Easter, Meskel or Temket, the National Feasts in Ethiopia, there is someone who is always at his job: a Salesian 24/7, a man with an ‘oratorian heart’, ‘man of few words and more actions’. This is Bro. Donato Galetta, who has been touching the hearts of hundreds of young people ever since his arrival in Ethiopia in the year 1988. Of the thirty years spent in Ethiopia, 12 years were spent in Zway and the remaining 18 years at Mekanissa in Addis Abeba.
A rich man who helped Lazarus
In his letter for Lent this year, Pope Francis invites us to be generous with the needy, stressing that this generosity should lead us not to give what is left over but to give of our very own. In this regard, the example set by Chuck Feeney, an 85-year-old man who donated all his possessions to charity, well represents the phrase: "He did not give the crumbs. He gave the whole bread."
Indonesia – Asian Youth Day 2017, in preparation
(ANS – Jakarta) – To encourage and accompany young people in Asia to live and promote a "culture of solidarity and encounter with the other, in the multicultural and multireligious societies of Asia" and increase the awareness of the contribution to give to the Church and society: this is the intent of the seventh Asia Youth Day, which in 2017 will be held in Yogyakarta in central Java, from July 30 to August 9, 2017. The theme chosen for the event which will bring over 3,000 young Catholics from 29 Asian countries to Indonesia is "Joyful Asian Youth! Living The Gospel In Multicultural Asia".
Paraguay – Conclusion of Team Visit with the Rector Major
(ANS - Ypacaraí) - The Team Visit to the Salesian Region of the American Southern Cone was held at the House of the Salesian Family of Ypacaraí, Paraguay. It ended on the afternoon of Friday 24 March with the concluding words of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime.