(ANS - Caracas) - Venezuela has been going through a very difficult political and social situation in recent times. Pope Francis recently said, referring to Venezuela: "I pray for this people, who are very dear to me, and I urge everyone to persevere without growing tired, avoiding any violence and seeking political solutions." On 19 April, peaceful demonstrations took place in the country to deliver to the 'Defensoría del Pueblo', the state agency that oversees human rights, a document accusing the government of President Nicolás Maduro of a coup d'état against the National Assembly. On the margins of the events, two Salesian past pupils were killed.
(ANS – Iringa) – After the Holy Mass at Don Bosco Mafinga Parish with the students of the seminary and the parishioners, on Thursday, April 20, the Rector Major and his team proceeded to Don Bosco Vocational Training Centre, Iringa. There he had a chance to meet with the youth and he told them, “you give me hope for the future”.
(ANS - Buenos Aires) - The heavy rains affecting various places in Argentina have caused huge losses in different parts of the country. For this reason, "Exploradores de Don Bosco" have mobilized, along with many other groups, to help the most needy.
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.