INTERVIEWS

(ANS - Rome) - "Azerbaijan has changed radically in the past sixteen years. It is a whole new country: tall buildings, high technology ... Now when people visit Baku it feels like Dubai." So says Fr Stefan Kormančik, a Slovak Salesian who has been a missionary in Azerbaijan since 2001, that is, practically since the Catholic Church returned to the country. In view of the apostolic visit of Pope Francis to the Caucasus, Fr Kormančik came to Rome to help us learn more about the astonishing reality of Azerbaijan.

(ANS – Port Moresby) – "It takes a village to raise a child", says a well-known proverb; and it takes a community - family, ormation guides, friends, etc. – to help a vocation to grow even though the call is from God himself. The vocational witness the Papuan student Bernard Kaiau is proof.

(ANS – Myitkyina) – Don Bosco Vocation Training Center (DBVTC) in Myitkina (Kachin State – North of Myanmar) was open 15 years ago and is developing according the needs of the local youth in need. Among the 77 boys and 37 girls of DBVTC in Myitkina are many youngsters of 14-32 years of age with drug addiction experience. One of them, heading from traditional Catholic familiy and being active in his local villages, is happy to share his experience of being born again after a long nightmare with drug addiction.

(ANS – Rome) – The theme of the family is at the core of the reflection of the Church; and the Salesian Family as well is getting ready to deepen this theme with the Strenna of the Rector Major for 2017. Today’s interview is with Fr. Roberto Barone, of “Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco” in Rome.

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