(ANS – Chennai) - “I ran from pillar to post looking for him but couldn’t find him. My prayers have finally been answered,” Shehnaz said. Shehnaz finally met her son Muhammed, alias Faiz Hussein, after nine long years, at a child rescue centre. She broke down on seeing her son and couldn’t stop hugging him, and neither could he.
(ANS - Guatemala) – An old book on Salesian Brothers called them "The lay hands of Don Bosco". They were a brilliant idea of Don Bosco who used to say to them: "You will be able to do good in places where the Salesian priests cannot go.” Don Bosco understood that vocational training was not only about teaching young people skills, but also a place for education in values.
Papua New Guinea - Msgr. Panfilo's efforts to protect local population and Creation
(ANS - Rabaul) - "In every discussion concerning an entrepreneurial initiative one should ask a series of questions, in order to discern if it will lead to a true integral development: For what purpose? For what reason? Where is it? When? How? Who is it for? What are the risks? At what cost? Who pays the expenses and how will they do it?" Monsignor Francesco Panfilo, Salesian Archbishop of Rabaul, cites Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Sì" (LS, 185) to explain why, alongside and with the rest of the local episcopate, he opposes the risky drilling operation of the ocean floor.
Young people are moving and what do we do?
"We are a traveling species. We have no property, but luggage. (...)
We are alive because we are moving. We are never still.
We are transhumant (...) If you want something to die, leave it alone."
(Jorge Drexler, Movimiento, 2017)
Young people always move towards unprecedented possibilities, unsuspected futures. But beyond physical mobility and territorial displacement, young people show a great capacity for flux or change and mobilization in current societies, strengthened by new communication technologies, and networks.
Bolivia - "Damas Salesianas" Association: Catholic women who direct their efforts to serve needy population
(ANS - Cochabamba) - Someone may wonder, "Who are those ladies with yellow coats walking through life with smiles on their faces?" You could simply answer that they are social workers, women from a certain company, people working for a brand ... Yes, all true answers, but there is more. They are women who are part of the association "Damas Salesianas" (ADS), "Catholic women who direct their efforts to the service of the needy population, especially other women. Their goal is to evangelize through human promotion," says E. Marín, one of the Damas.
Spain - Young university students look to Salesian Vocational Training as a life choice
(ANS - Madrid) - In the eight months that he studied Telecommunications in a Vocational Training Center (VTC), Carlos Rodríguez Cecilia, aged 19, learned to transmit telephone signals and to connect local networks. A year ago, however, he was still attending classes in Constitutional Law and Financial Mathematics. "It was all very theoretical and the system did not motivate me much to study. That's why I decided to look for other options," he recalls. Carlos decided to change law for antennas and routers, theory with practice, university with vocational training. "I don't regret it. Today, I'm very happy," he says.