(ANS - Caracas) - "I have eight children and I cannot even go to protest, because if they kill me ... What will happen to them? They make us stay in silence through fear. But there is no food. My husband and I have two jobs each and even that is not enough," says a Venezuelan mother crying. This is the reality that the Salesians in Venezuela have to face every day: families that cannot give the basic necessities to their children. "They are a generation that will not grow up healthy, a generation of lost opportunities," say the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco.
(ANS - Juba) - Fr David Tulimelli is a Salesian who has dedicated his life to the youth of Sudan, a witness of the troubled phases of the country's history in the last decades, before and after its division. Now he is in Juba, capital of South Sudan.
(ANS - La Guaira) - "Our first duty is to accompany the people who are suffering: we cannot abandon them and to prevent this from happening we must support the priests in their pastoral service." Mons. Raúl Biord Castillo, a 55-year-old Salesian, now in his fifth year as bishop of La Guaira, does not hide the difficulties that the whole country and with it the Church of Venezuela are experiencing during this long-lasting political, social and economic crisis. And for this very same reason, he also has the courage to ask for help.
(ANS - Caracas) - Despite Venezuela's socio-economic state of affairs today presents every feature of a humanitarian crisis and emergency, the news media and the world of information have been largely silent. Last week, a small delegation of Missioni Don Bosco, called by the Salesians of Caracas, visited the country and reported their bleak impressions: a widespread lack of food and medicines, combined with the high inflation rates of recent years, make life unsustainable for most of the population; only those who enjoy government privileges are able to access ordinary purchases, while the value of money is practically nil.
(ANS - Touba) - Mali is among the world's 10 poorest countries. Even if Mali is experiencing macroeconomic growth, it is the elites that are getting rich, not the population, which has serious problems even to feed themselves. In recent years the drought has sowed chaos among farmers and has led to an impoverishment of the rural population. A sign of hope: the Salesians have built a secondary school in Touba, a small town in Mali, where there were no educational institutions at this level.
Palabek, Uganda - 2018 - New Salesian presence in Palabek, Uganda, within the refugee camp.
The Philippines – Prayer and commitment for poor young people: the strength and joy of Br. Hopida
(ANS – Cebu City) – Br. Tony Hopida is a Salesian Coadjutor of the South Philippines Province (FIS). At 77 years of age, of which 58 as Salesian, he shares the richness of his Salesian, consecrated and lay identity.
April 1, 1934: Don Bosco, father and teacher of youthful holiness, declared saint
On 1 April, 84 years ago, then also Easter, Pope Pius XI proclaimed Saint Don Bosco a saint. Thus ended the long process of beatification and canonization, begun in Turin on 4 June 1890.
RMG - Technology at the service of the mission
(ANS - Rome) - A seminar began yesterday, Monday 16 April, for the leaders and operators of the Salesian Mission Offices, the Planning and Development Offices, the various foundations and other Salesian organizations involved in activities of communication, fundraising, and development. The seminar's theme is digital marketing: "Technology at the service of the mission."
Ghana – A warm welcome, education, fraternal love: Salesian charism in action
(ANS - Accra) - Accra, the capital of Ghana, located on the Gulf of Guinea, is a metropolis of 5 million inhabitants. In its metropolitan area, at Ashaiman, the Salesians animate two houses. The presence of the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco in the country then develops through two other communities, namely in the locality of Sunyani, about 400 km north-west of the capital. In both cities, as well as in the new center of Tatale, the Salesians work at the service of children and young people, especially the most in need.