(ANS - Piura) - The city of Piura, in northern Peru, is the main producer and national exporter of organic bananas, mango, lemon, grapes and products like coffee. It is also the main producer of oil and phosphates and the second in rice production. Piura is one of the regions that give the greatest contribution to the national GDP, but 35% of the population live in poverty. Worse still, this region is among the worst in terms of health conditions. The Don Bosco Foundation of Peru, knowing the socio-economic situation, has launched a free medical, surgical and dentistry campaign in the city of Paita.
(ANS - Les Cayes) - Haiti is suffering yet another humanitarian crisis. Hurricane Matthew hit the country and has caused a new emergency, worse than ever. More than 2 million people are affected, about 1.5 million people need emergency assistance and more than 60,000 are homeless. The number of deaths is not clear: at least 375 have died, but some organizations are speaking of more than 900 deaths. "This is the richest area of the country and now it is devastated. There is nothing, no cultivation, no food. It is a real humanitarian catastrophe," according to Fr Victor Auguste, Salesian, Deputy Director of the Rinaldi Foundation of Haiti.
(ANS - Vatican City) - Today 12 October, the Holy Father Pope Francis, appointed Fr Edmilson Tadeu Canavarros dos Santos, SDB, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Manaus, Brazil, assigning him the titular see of Feradi.
Myanmar - Don Bosco in the country: yesterday, today and tomorrow
(ANS - Anisakan) - From November 27 to 30, Pope Francis will be on an apostolic voyage to Myanmar and, in view of this important event, we have asked a few questions to Fr Bosco Zeya Aung, Provincial Vicar and Delegate for Formation in Myanmar.
THE DARK FACE OF INTERNET
If we wanted to find a metaphor to fully describe the revolution caused to society since the introduction and use of the Internet, we could certainly compare this phenomenon to the discovery of a new planet, a new continent, a territory continuously being explored that we cannot manage to fully fathom, one we repeatedly marvel at, that surprises us with ever-new aspects and unexpressed potential.
Italy - Msgr. Fagnano: seminar and book dedicated to him
(ANS - Rome) – Definitely a prominent figure, Msgr Giuseppe Fagnano (Rocchetta Tanaro 1844 – Santiago del Cile 1916), member of the first Salesian Missionary Expedition (1875), the first Salesian director in Patagonia (1880), the first Salesian to land in the Tierra del Fuego (1886), the first and only Apostolic Prefect of Southern Patagonia, the Malvine Islands and the thousands of islands beyond the Magellan Strait (1883). To such a multifaceted character, the Faculty of Theology of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) and the Salesian Historical Institute (ISS) devoted an afternoon of study this past November 9.
Italy - Salesians, Sports and Soccer: Success Stories
(ANS - Ferrara) - "Since the Oratory was the first of Don Bosco's initiatives, and the kind of initiative on which all the others are modeled, this combination of "catechesis and play" has been passed on to almost all the Salesian works. There is not even one Salesian school that does not, at least as a complementary activity, have recreational and sporting activities." Thus wrote Fr Juan E. Vecchi, VIII Successor of Don Bosco, in describing the Salesian's inherent attention to the world of sports. Attention from which sports teams, minor league and Serie A teams, amateur and pro players, emerged and came into being.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
ONE MISSIONARY RETURNS, ANOTHER 34 LEAVE FOR THE MISSIONS
I chose this enigmatic title for my greeting this month because I want to make reference to one Salesian who spent 18 months in captivity and another 34 SDBs and FMAs who will leave for the missions in various parts of the world. Ever since the very first one on November 11, 1875, there have been 148 missionary expeditions for our Salesian Family. These evoke the profound feeling that grace is at work.