(ANS – Namugongo) – Salesian Missions is committed to improving the wellbeing of children and families in Uganda, a country rebuilding after decades of war as well as facing the serious increase of HIV/AIDS cases which have left millions of children orphaned. Recently, Salesian Missions donors provided the Don Bosco Children and Life Mission, located in the town of Namugongo just 10 miles northeast of the city of Kampala in Central Uganda, the funding to support a Salesian program that helps children living in poverty who are HIV positive.
(ANS – Vienna) – Dario Soto Abril, CEO of Fairtrade International, addressed a cordial greeting message to the whole Don Bosco movement – to all Salesians, Don Bosco institutions, Don Bosco friends and Past Pupils of Don Bosco – last Thursday 12 October, during his recent stay in Vienna on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Fairtrade Austria.
(ANS – Vatican City) – Along with Bishop Luc Van Looy SDB, Bishop Patrick Buzon also spoke for the regulation 4 minutes at the Synod. This can be found here below:
RMG - Fr Tom Uzhunnalil visits DON BOSCO NEL MONDO Foundation
(ANS - Rome) - The DON BOSCO NEL MONDO Foundation organized a meeting this morning, 23 October, with Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, the Salesian kidnapped in Yemen in 2016 and held hostage for 18 months. During the meeting, which took place in a family-like atmosphere, Fr Uzhunnalil, accompanied by Fr. George MK, spoke of his book "Vivo per Miracolo – Alive by a Miracle" and thanked all the participants for the prayers made towards his release.
"The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to dream"
The Synod of Bishops on young people began in a difficult and apparently unfavorable context for the Church, amid tensions, disbelief, decline in vocations and open challenges to the Church's teachings on important issues such as the right to life and the role of the Christian faith in the social fabric and in human rights. On the other hand, despite the complex circumstances surrounding this event, a sign of communion and hope is the presence of two continental Chinese bishops who "for the first time" can participate in a Synod.
RMG - V World Congress of Salesian Cooperators: "Being co-responsible to respond to world's new challenges"
(ANS - Rome) - From October 25 to 28, the Association of Salesian Cooperators will hold its 5th World Congress at the "Fraterna Domus" of Rome-Sacrofano, with about 330 representatives of 80 nations from every continent participating. The theme of the Congress is the need of the Salesian Cooperators to "be co-responsible to respond to the new challenges of the world."
Italy - Reception of Unaccompanied Foreign Minors at "Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco"
(ANS - Rome) - In his words to the Synod of Bishops on young people, the Rector Major highlighted several themes: that the Church is not only made up of parishes, but also of many structures that welcome, educate and accompany; the need to include young foreigners in communities; the need for fatherhood and motherhood of many young people. With its activities in favor of Unaccompanied Foreign Minors (UFM), the "Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco" represents an exemplary model on all three issues.