(ANS - Ebolowa) - Covadonga Cid Busto and Elena Martínez Ramos have returned from a beautiful and profound volunteering experience in Ebolowa (Cameroon). "We didn't know to what point Africa would remain in our hearts. When you live something like this, the question always arises: what remains of this experience?" Covadonga and Elena tell us about their experiences.
(ANS - Mandalay) - It's another day in August and a group of forward-looking young people is busy working in a motorcycle workshop in Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar. Some are performing major repairs, some are working on the electrical wiring, while others focus on tires and wheels. These youths come to the workshop every day, except on Sundays, to learn all there is to know about the motorcycle trade.
(ANS - Chimpay) - In a society marked by an extreme lack of faith, a world that is increasingly agnostic and distant from God, in a youthful context where faith in God is of no or little interest, the number of "small atheists", as the sociologist Franco Garelli has stated, increases. However, the figure of a teenager who has made his life a gift continues to be alive and present: Blessed Ceferino Namuncurá.
Belgium – Learn and re-create yourself: it's your fundamental right!
(ANS - Brussels) - Don Bosco gave his street children as many learning and play opportunities as possible. Later, in 1948, such opportunities were registered as rights in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Today, how do we consider the right to education and leisure time? Can children and young people really use them? Two experts talk about it today: Bram Reekmans, of the Belgian Salesian NGO "VIA Don Bosco", and Fonny Grootjans of the international network of Salesian organizations "Don Bosco Youth-Net".
Ghana – Formation of Trainers in Bio-Entomology
(ANS – Sunyani) – The Salesians of Don Bosco Anglophone West Africa province through its instrument, “Don Bosco Youth Network” and the Salesian NGO “VIS – Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo”, are promoting Green Economy and Sustainable Agriculture. As part of a project for Local Economic Empowerment for Women, Youth and Vulnerable groups (LEEWYV), Don Bosco Youth Network of AFW Province organized a formation session of trainers in Bio-Entomology to boost its campaign and promotion of organic agriculture as part of its commitment in Don Bosco Green Alliance.
Argentina – Towards a parish where one walks together
(ANS - Cordoba) - Pope Francis speaks of the parish as a "community of communities", an invitation and a challenge to welcome everyone without distinction, in the name of a Church with open doors. In the last days of August and until September 1, the parishes of the Province of Northern Argentina (ARN) met in Cabana, Cordoba, to share the life and dreams of their communities. As stated in the Salesian Youth Ministry Framework, the "Parish is an experience".
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
JESUS AND THE CRUCIFIED OF THIS WORLD
It is a cross (as we well know, the symbol of Christianity), but it is not our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who hangs on this one; rather, it bears the image of a poor boy. The message is clear and very strong: our Lord Jesus is being crucified in those who are being crucified in today’s world.