(ANS – São Paulo) – “I was born in Vietnam, in a diocesan parish, and I had the desire to be a priest. I read a biography of Dominic Savio and I loved the priest who had shaped his life. I was impressed by the film on Don Bosco. I said to myself, ‘That is the type of priest I would like to be.’” This is the Vietnamese Salesian missionary Joseph Tran Van Lich.
(ANS - Caracas) - Last Sunday, because of the elections in Venezuela, Pope Francis prayed that this country will find "the road to peace and unity." Mgr. José Ángel Divassón, Salesian, apostolic vicar emeritus of Puerto Ayacucho, in an interview states that "he has lost the fear of speaking, because I speak the truth ... Because it is the voice of a people suffering from lack of food, medicines, basic necessities."
(ANS - Turin) - On Monday morning, 21 May, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the Salesians, took part in the meeting of the World Consultative Body of the Salesian Family (SF). The meeting was attended by 27 SF groups, represented by their leaders or by their respective delegates. Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major for the Salesian Family, reflects on this important meeting.
(ANS - Rabaul) - "In every discussion concerning an entrepreneurial initiative one should ask a series of questions, in order to discern if it will lead to a true integral development: For what purpose? For what reason? Where is it? When? How? Who is it for? What are the risks? At what cost? Who pays the expenses and how will they do it?" Monsignor Francesco Panfilo, Salesian Archbishop of Rabaul, cites Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Sì" (LS, 185) to explain why, alongside and with the rest of the local episcopate, he opposes the risky drilling operation of the ocean floor.