(ANS - Bukavu) - In their message of last May 13, the Bishops of Northern and Southern Kivu, members of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Bukavu, once again denounced: "The number of street children are growing at an alarming rate." The Salesians active in Bukavu, such as Fr Piero Gavioli, deal with this situation on a daily basis: not statistical data, but real children, innocent victims. On the example of their founder, the Children of Don Bosco still succeed in giving hope, dignity and opportunities for the future.
(ANS - Calcutta) - "Don Bosco Ashalayam is the only family I have ever had," says Sanjoy, a boy who grew up without parents. He remembers having lived in the streets, where he worked, slept, and sought food to survive. He recalls that a family once offered him a place to stay, but soon realized it was a scam; they treated him like a domestic slave, abused him and gave him no money, nor help. And he was just 10 years old.
New Delhi, India - July 2017 - The National Salesian Forum for the Young At Risk (DBYaR Forum) organized a meeting on the issue of migrants for for the heads of the Migrants’ Desk in July. Illustrated: the lives of migrants exploited in domestic and job-seeking jobs and the activities needed to support them. After careful analyses, the DBYaR Forum has recently launched a migrant support service in eight Indian cities: Trivandrum, Chennai, Tiruppur, Vijayawada, Guwahati, Dimapur, Goa and Mumbai.
(ANS - Rome) - In June 2017 more than 9,000 unaccompanied foreign minors landed in Italy, vulnerable young people who, after a long sea voyage, find themselves alone and exposed to various risks. An answer to this emergency is the figure of the voluntary guardian, introduced by recently approved Parliamentary Law N 47/2017: "Provisions on measures for the protection of unaccompanied minors." Volunteer tutors are those citizens (over 25 of age) who decide to act as the single child's legal representative so that the child's rights are, indeed, recognized. Starting today, the guide, requirements and profile of this new figure can be downloaded at http://www.salesianperilsociale.it/tutore-volontario. See: "Voluntary guardian for unaccompanied foreign minors. Challenge and Opportunity for the Salesian Family."
(ANS - Cape Town) – Irishman Fr Patrick Naughton has been serving the young as a missionary in South Africa for over 30 years. He is currently the Economer of the Salesian house in Cape Town and has never stopped working for vulnerable children and youth at risk of the country he has devoted his life to.
(ANS - Naples) - On July 25, in Torre Annunziata (NA), the "Peppino Brancati" residential community for minors will be inaugurated. The new residential facility will house eight boys between the ages of 14 and 21 sent by the Territorial Social Services and the Justice Center for Minors. The event will take place from 5 pm at their location on Via Margherita di Savoia, 22.
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.