(ANS - Rijeka) - The Salesians have been in Croatia since 1914. The country has experienced great changes in this period, with the dictatorship, the war of independence, and so on. The testimony of Fr Goran Antunovic, 32 year-old Salesian working in Rijeka (Fiume), provides an overview of the current situation.
(ANS - Wau) - This is not the first time that the Sons of Don Bosco pay for their missionary service to those most in need by being deprived of their freedom. Today it is Father Uzhunnalil who has been abducted because of his consistent witness to the Gospel. Before him, however, in 1985, the same thing happened to an Indian missionary, also from Kerala, working at the time in Sudan. He was kidnapped and remained a prisoner for over 500 days, but was eventually released. Now he describes his experience, while all the Salesian world hopes that soon Fr Uzhunnalil’s story will have a similar ending.
(ANS - Lungi) - Fr Ubaldino Andrade Hernandez is a Salesian missionary who has worked in Sierra Leone. He was in Rome at the Generalate during the photographic exhibition: "Ebola, and beyond Ebola". His testimony is a sign of trust in God. He says that in those strange days of the epidemic they were living with "a real fear of death” but they decided to stay there as parents for many abandoned children." Looking at the pictures of the exhibition, the memories came to mind, and his eyes paused to remember his experiences. "Staying was the best option."
(ANS - Rome) – In future, when the Rector Major and his Councillors go to the various regions for the Team Visit, they will carry with them a small statue of Don Bosco. It is in contemporary style and a bit different from traditional images. Mauro Baldassarri, the artist who created the statue, has spoken about his relationship with Don Bosco and about art and education.