(ANS - Caracas) - “In the midst of difficult political and social situations in our beloved Venezuela, signs of hope appear,” a Salesian writes, “and one of these was the fourth vocational discernment meeting that was held from July 23 to 27. They were five days of grace and fraternity, offered with love for our country Venezuela.”
(ANS - Matadi) - Salesian Fr Nicola Ciarapica, a missionary in Matadi, sent a letter announcing that, starting August, he shall be leaving the mission of Matadi, Liberia, where during these years, among the many problems, he dealt with the Ebola emergency by organizing a prompt and effective response. Fr Ciarapica has been transferred to Sunyani, Ghana, in a community that forms future Salesians.
(ANS – Panjim) – A Salesian priest at Don Bosco, Fr Ralin Joseph de Souza, has been heading the Goa Basketball Association (GBA) for four years and has now achieved a unique distinction: He is the best-qualified basketball coach from Goa and the third-best in the country is the best-qualified basketball coach from Goa and the third-best in the country.
Italy - Don Bosco's relic, Fr Attard: "It is not spiritualism, but a projection towards the sacred"
(ANS - Castelnuovo Don Bosco) - The relic of Don Bosco, stolen last 2 June and recovered after a few days by the Carabinieri, was returned to the Basilico of Colle Don Bosco on 16 August. Here is how Fr. Fabio Attard, General Councilor for Youth Ministry, expresses his thanks to the Carabinieri and the sense of the Sanit's "presence."
"In extreme cases, extreme means must be used"
"Lift up your hearts! No more complaint and fear! It well may be some happier hour will find this memory fair.” These are the words with which Aeneas encourageed his companions in the adversity of fate and dangers. (Virgil, Aeneid, I, 203)
Thailand – EAO and South Asia Regions Seminar on Initial Proclamation
(ANS – Sam Phran) – The Missionary Animation and Formation Seminar: “Initial Proclamation and the Salesian Mission” is being held this week from August 14 to August 20 in Ban Than Praphon (FMA retreat house), Sam Phran, Thailand. Every six years, the Mission Sectors of SDB and FMA prepare a Seminar for their provincial-level missionary animators.
Democratic Republic of the Congo - Ishara's story, a boy in the street
(ANS - Bukavu) - In their message of last May 13, the Bishops of Northern and Southern Kivu, members of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Bukavu, once again denounced: "The number of street children are growing at an alarming rate." The Salesians active in Bukavu, such as Fr Piero Gavioli, deal with this situation on a daily basis: not statistical data, but real children, innocent victims. On the example of their founder, the Children of Don Bosco still succeed in giving hope, dignity and opportunities for the future.