(ANS - Rome) - "Fr Tom Uzhunnalil is now on his way to Rome, where he will be in a Salesian community for medical check-up and care. With immense joy and great emotion, we thank God and all those who have cooperated in his release after a year and a half of imprisonment.” Fr Francesco Cereda the Vicar of the Rector Major, communicates this news with joy.
(ANS – Dingli) – The Rector Major’s official pastoral visit to Malta started with a great day at Savio College in Dingli on Sunday, 10 September. Fr Ángel’s first meeting was with the Maltese Salesian Family, consisting not only of the Salesians of Don Bosco, but also the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Salesian Cooperators, Past pupils, ADMA, VDBs and CDBs as well as many benefactors, parents and friends. Fr. Sandro Camilleri, delegate for the Salesian Family, gave the Rector Major a brief presentation of the richness of the Salesian Family in the Maltese Islands.
(ANS - Morogoro) - Sunday, September 10, after completing a series of meetings with various commissions and provincial teams in Morogoro, Tanzania, Fr Simon Asira, Provincial of the East Africa Province; his Vicar, Fr Augustine Sellam; Fr Eric Mairura, Provincial Economer – driving at the time - and the new Director of the Mafinga Seminary, Fr Peter Mugo, were traveling towards the city of Mafinga. Around 13:30, local time, a truck driver who was overtaking another vehicle appears to have fallen asleep, causing him to crash into the vehicle the 4 Salesians were traveling in.
Burundi - Fr Jean Paul's mission for Rukago youth
(ANS - Rukago) – "'It is enough for you to be young for me to love you very much,' this is the phrase of Don Bosco I most prefer," says Fr Jean Paul Ndayikengurutse, a Salesian priest of Burundi. "I'm a priest with a young spirit. I love to play and chat, listen to and share the problems of so many young people who come to our community." Today, Fr Jean Paul's mission is to live and apply the Preventive System with the young people of Rukago, Burundi.
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)
RMG - Father Tom: "I am what I am today because God has taken care of me"
(ANS - Rome) - A serene man, in peace with God and with everyone, including the kidnappers, and also able to joke about the experience he lived through. This is the image the world's journalists and media saw in Fr Tom Uzhunnalil the morning of Saturday 16 September at the "Salesianum" in Rome where they heard in person the touching tale of captivity and liberation, both experiences lived with great faith in God.
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.