(ANS - Rome) - On the occasion of United Nations Earth Day (22 April) the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, supports and endorses the Interfaith Declaration on Climate Change, directed by religious and spiritual leaders to world leaders. With this gesture the Rector Major wants to remind us that care for creation is to be seen as a moral issue and he encourages the Salesians and Salesian Family members to work for the adoption of consistent behaviour and education for the protection of "our common home." (Laudato Si’, 1).
(ANS - Manta) - On 21 April a new 6.2 ° earthquake was recorded off the coast of Ecuador. The earth continues to shake, so along with the grief over the loss of loved ones people cannot find serenity and peace. The Provincial Fr Jorge Molina arrived in Manta to see the situation. "I came to be with my brother Salesians,” he explained. “It will not be easy to rebuild, but we will be here to help and to respond to the most important human needs."
(ANS - Jarudori) - The Travelling Missionary Support Programme is one of the initiatives of the Salesian Mission in Mato Grosso (Campo Grande Province). Its aim is to support the work of the Salesians who work in missions among the natives, especially with the ethnic groups, the Xavantes and Bororo. On 4 April, a team from the programme, made up of the Salesian Brothers Ludwig Würstle and Mario Bordignon and the technician Osmar Paulino Guarienti Bezerra, drilled a well 30 metres deep and built hydraulic and electrical systems in the Bororo village of Jarudori near Poxoréu.
Italy - The role of oratories today
(ANS - Catania) - During the afternoons of so many kids today, digital devices have replaced the physical locations of meeting and gettting together. Several observers comment that there are fewer outdoor games today, fewer socialization opportunities ... In this context, the oratories have also changed, but their service continues to be precious, reiterates Fr Domenico Luvarà, Delegate of the Youth Ministry of the Sicilian Province (ISI).
Communicating hope and confidence in our time, a difficult task
22 May, 2017: It is 10:35 PM, local time. The concert of American pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester City Arena turns into a night of terror when a terrorist attack kills 22 people, many young; in the following days, repeated attacks in Egypt, Afghanistan, and even more recently in London, the number of victims tragically increases.
Belgium – 4 Salesian organizations join 250 NGOs launching Alternative Vision for Europe
(ANS – Bruxelles) – More than 250 non-governmental organizations from across Europe have released an alternative vision for a more democratic, just and sustainable Europe today, June 20, 2017. Intended to influence the debate on the future direction of Europe, this alternative vision is endorsed by organisations representing a multitude of public interest issues, including labour rights, culture, development, environment, health, women’s rights, youth, and anti-discrimination groups.
Italy - Hope beyond the waves: Ahmed's story
(ANS - Turin) - Ahmed comes from Egypt, is a Muslim and he arrived in Italy three years ago. The family did not want to let him go, for fear of losing him in the waves of the Mediterranean but, convinced by a friend, Ahmed decided to leave with the help of his father. Now he has started a new life in Turin, accompanied by the sons of Don Bosco. "The most beautiful and important lesson I learned is to live in peace with people of different countries and religions and the recent visit of the Pope to Cairo is a beautiful demonstration of how we can be brothers," says Ahmed.