(ANS– Mumbai) – Sushma Swaraj, one of the most well-known and beloved political figures in India, Foreign Minister in the First Modi Government (2014-2019), died on August 6 at 67 years. In hers service she worked hard for the cause of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, SDB, kidnapped in Yemen and held hostage for 18 months, and she was the one to announce via Twitter his release on September 12, 2017. She loved Mother Teresa and was defined by Pope Francis “as a very spiritual person”.
(ANS - Hong Kong) - This year the Rector Major will spend Don Bosco's birthday in the Far East: starting next Sunday; in fact, from 11 to 17 August, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime will be on an Animation Visit in Macao, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
(ANS– Rome) – After over a year and a half since its inception, the campaign “150 Young People in Search of an Author” presents the work done and the work still to be done. In recent months there have been 66 minors who, with the support of generous benefactors, have been given a concrete opportunity of redemption.
Belgium - The story of Andy and Jef, Salesian missionaries
(ANS - Brussels) - Andy Jebarus and Jef Delporte are both Salesian missionaries. Andy went to Indonesia and comes from Holland; Jef is from Belgium, and left for Ecuador. They told us about their dreams, their experiences and what they have gone through thus far.
Brazil – UniSALESIANO inaugurates Community Life Center
(ANS - Araçatuba-SP) - The institute of higher education "UniSALESIANO", in its headquarters in Araçatuba, Province of Brazil Campo Grande, inaugurated its Community Life Center this past Friday evening, August 9th. Intended for the academic community, it offers different spaces meant to foster a family atmosphere within the center. The ceremony was attended by various civil, ecclesiastical and Salesian authorities, including the Counselor for the America South Cone region, Fr Natale Vitali.
RMG - 25 August: 50th anniversary of Blessed Maria Troncatti's death
(ANS - Rome) - On 25 August 1969, in Sucúa (Ecuador), the airplane that was carrying Sister Maria Troncatti crashes shortly after take-off on the edge of that forest which for almost half a century was her "home of the heart", the location of her tireless donation among the Shuar people. Sister Maria thus lives her last flight: the one that takes her to Heaven! She was 86 years old at the time, years all spent on a gift of love. She wrote: "Of my religious missionary vocation, I am happier every day!"
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
THREE STOLES, THREE WONDERFUL STORIES and a heart that doesn’t forget
I want to carve into my memory and yours the inestimable value of every human encounter, however brief or lengthy, deep or quick it might be. If it is a human encounter, it is always special and we have to make it special. We will have a much better life if we live it this way.