(ANS - Valencia) -On 7 April, hundreds of people attended the first performance of the musical "AMAL, Esta vez amar se escribe con L” (Amar, spelt this time with an L) promoted and performed by the Salesian community "San Juan Bosco" in Valencia. The event was a triumph of solidarity and the spirit of fraternity of the Salesian Family. Over 240 people were involved in the representation - a musical project, sung and played live. They included students, past pupils, parents, teachers and administrative and service staff, all united in an authentic experience of community, sharing and solidarity.
(ANS – Lima) – Once Msgr. José Ramón Gurruchaga Ezama, after reaching fifty years of priesthood, in the presence of a large audience of bishops, priests and faithful, said: “When we grow old, we somehow go back to childhood, and I am already slightly beginning to realize this. Now I feel more like a child, I feel smaller; and because of this, in response to the love you expressed to me, I have nothing else to say but what I used to say as a child: ‘Eskerrik Asko!’ – i.e., in Basque language – ‘A thousand thanks to each one of you’”. After a long illness, yesterday, April 11th, Msgr. Gurruchaga Ezama went to the House of the Father.
(ANS - Lubumbashi) - Poverty and family breakdown are the main reasons for the large number of children and young people who crowd the streets of Lubumbashi, the third largest city of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Often their only shelter is the market stalls, cardboard boxes and an improvised fire.
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.