(ANS - Mexico City) - The earthquake bearing a magnitude of 7.1° on the Richter scale that struck Mexico on Tuesday, September 19, has caused hundreds of victims: 217, according to the Civil Protection Service as of this morning, but the number may increase due to the high probability that there are people trapped under collapsed buildings.
(ANS - Turin) - An occasion to show the accompaniment of the Congregation's leaders towards local contexts and to ensure the proper advancement of the various Provinces in a common Salesian and ecclesial journey: this is the meaning of the mid-term Meeting for the Provincials at the middle of their six-year term, a verification meeting the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime is attending in Turin.
(ANS - Vatican City) - On September 7, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints communicated to Msgr. Protógenes José Luft, SdC, bishop of Barra do Garças (Brazil), the Holy See's approval for the cause of martyrdom of the Servants of God, Salesian priest Rodolfo Lunkenbein, and Simão Bororo, layperson, both killed in hatred for the faith on 15 July 1976 in the Salesian mission of Meruri (Mato Grosso - Brazil), two men who gave their lives for God, the people, land rights, prophets of the Kingdom, defenders of the poor.
Congo - A new story begins with the new "Africa Congo Congo" Vice Province. Interview with Fr Manuel Jiménez
(ANS - Brazzaville) - While in different parts of the Salesian world, the Provinces are being merged for a number of reasons, in Africa, a new hope for Salesian life begins thanks to the creation of the new "Africa Congo Congo" (ACC) Vice Province. To learn more about this new Salesian reality, ANS interviewed Fr Manuel Jiménez, the first ACC Provincial.
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)
Italy - 148th Salesian Missionary Expedition: "Without missionaries, many of us would not be here"
(ANS - Turin) - Yesterday, Sunday, 24 September, at the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, 22 Salesians of Don Bosco and 15 Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) received the Missionary Cross and prepared to depart to their assigned destinations as missionaries.
Democratic Republic of the Congo - "The child and the dugout canoe"
(ANS - Miti) - There are three maternal orphans abandoned by their fathers; there is Bora, a young woman who has faced more challenges in her 28 years than most people live through in an entire lifetime; there are the Bambuti Pygmies who, while being the region's oldest inhabitants, when Kahuzi Biega National Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, were expelled and now live on the margins: there are, alas, many poor people living in rural areas near Bukavu where the Salesian missionary Fr Piero Gavioli and Lydie Masoka, a Salesian Cooperator, are working as best as they can to help give a future to the area's children and most vulnerable teens.