(ANS - Rome) - Today, Tuesday 18 April, marks the beginning of the visit of the Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime to the Province of East Africa (AFE). Accompanied by his secretary, Fr Horacio López, the Tenth Successor of Don Bosco will be travelling between Tanzania and Kenya until 27 April. He will preside over celebrations of important anniversaries, will participate in the First Regional Congress for Salesian Brothers of Africa-Madagascar and, above all, he will testify anew the love of the Salesians for the neediest young people by visiting the refugee camp in Kakuma.
(ANS - Rome) – In the latest video in the Cari Confratelli (Dear Confreres) series, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, speaks about the heroism, holiness and witness of the great Salesian missionaries and of the Salesian Family, and our commitment to bring to fruition in our work with young people the seed sown by them. The video is available on the network from today.
(ANS - Rome) - The Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, asked the members of the Executive Council of the Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS) to ensure that, with evangelical freedom, honesty and courage, the IUS may not only be high quality academic organizations but above all, places that offer training for young people and especially for the poorest.
El Salvador - Archbishop Rivera Damas, SDB: the silent and humble friend of Archbishop Romero
(ANS - San Salvador) – Martyrdom was the fate destined for Archbishop Óscar Romero. His first successor, the Salesian Archbishop Arturo Rivera Damas, was destined to die a quiet death in a hospital bed. Now they are both buried in the cathedral in San Salvador, one in a large sepulchral monument, the other portrayed on the wall behind the Romero mausoleum. Even in life he was always behind Romero, silent and humble.
Paula Figueroa, who worked with both of them, speaks about the figure of the Salesian Archbishop.
What plot, Lord, are you weaving?
On a day of protests and clashes in Venezuela, two young people were assassinated. Carlos José Moreno Barón was killed while on his way to a football pitch. He did not reach his destination. Paola Ramírez Gómez, 23, was killed while returning from a job interview as she was passing in front of San Carlos Square in San Cristóbal. Neither of them was participating in the protests.
Czech Republic - Meeting of Salesian Publishers from Europe
(ANS - Prague) - Representatives of 11 Salesian Publishers from all over Europe met in Prague from 20 to 23 April to analyse the current situation and plan activities in response to new challenges arising from the new type of readers, Salesian pastoral approach, the economic situation and the market.
Mexico – Kindness matters
(ANS – Tijuana) – Between May 2016 and January 2017, a Haitian tsunami hit Tijuana. These migrants arrived dizzy, exhausted, cold, hungry, and broke after their threemonth land journey from Brazil. Some were sick. Some had delivered babies or miscarried en route. Some had buried their dead along the way or watched helplessly as loved ones were swept away by swollen rivers. Some left their dead to rot in the woods. Some were stripsearched, robbed, raped, or exploited as they traveled through Central America.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
WHY WE HAVE LIFE IN ABUNDANCE
My thought goes to the Salesian presences around the world because our dream is that they might be true dispensers of life to so many young people, and a life in abundance, an authentic, true life which gives them dignity and helps them also experience the great gift that God is in their lives.