(ANS – Phnom Penh) – The Cagliero Immersion Project, started in 2009, offers students and young people from Australian Salesian houses an opportunity to experience life in another country and to learn about another culture. This year, the group of young participants headed to Cambodia for the immersion and arrived on 1 July, 2017, in Don Bosco Technical School, Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital city. The team consisted of twelve Cagliero immersionists accompanied by Fr. Bernie Graham, Cl. Tristan and Ms. Romina.
(ANS - Karare) - In the Marsabit region, Kenya's largest, water shortage represents an insurmountable difficulty that negatively conditions the entire area. Only 35.7% of the region's inhabitants have access to drinking water. Natural sources are arid for much of the year. Water supply wells of different types are commonly used, where possible; otherwise, rainwater is collected in tanks which, however, are insufficient for the population's needs - and are also cause diarrhea and trigger typhus epidemics.
(ANS - San José) - "Saints are not supermen; they are not born perfect. When they met the love of God, they followed Him, at the service of others," Pope Francis once explained. This message adapts well to the figure of the blessed Sr Maria Romero, a religious of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) who dedicated herself to serving the poor in Costa Rica for 46 years serving in medical clinics, and in youth boarding houses with the Association of Aid to the Needy made up of families who previously lived in inhumane conditions. Forty years since her death, her life still acts as a valid testimony.
Uruguay - Jope: "I'm interested in deepening my experience with the very poorest"
(ANS - Villa García) - Juan Pablo Castro, affectionately called "Jope," studies Medicine, wants his life to be more like the Gospel, and tries to meet Christ among the poorest. He decided to leave the comfort of his family home to go to the house of the "old man" in the colony of Villa García and live a year's experience in the footsteps of the man who has inspired him since his childhood: St. Francis of Assisi.
Put yourself in "someone else's shoes"
While in recent years the global scenario is increasingly characterized by a climate of widespread intolerance, where violence and xenophobia create a culture of division, in everyday life, within the family, with friends, in associations or groups, one the one hand we experience a need to live authentic relationships and on the other the sad truth of fatigue or of failure.
Chile – National Convention of Domenico Savio Club Animators
(ANS - Santiago) - With 55 animators and assistants from all the country's communities, the National Convention of the Animators of the Domenico Savio Clubs (CDS) took place in the Lo Cañas retreat from 7 to 9 July.
RMG - Amiability, Salesian joy
(ANS - Rome) - In our world, in our families, with those around us we need amiability; more so with young people. We need to ask it as a gift, and to increase it as a virtue and through gestures that favor communication, relationships and make God's love evident. It all begins with a kind word, or a subtle, kind, courteous, loving detail.