(ANS - Rome) - He has been President of Caritas Europa for nearly 3 years, bishop of Gent (Belgium) for more than 13 years, and a priest for over 46; and yet, had it not been for an unexpected visit from a distant missionary granduncle based in China, who knows what the life path of Mgr. Luc Van Looy, SDB, might have been. Years later, the Salesian Bishop, former vicar of the Rector Major between 1996 and 2003, looks back on his life to see "the silent guidance of God", and he has collected the results of this research in a book-interview he presented to the Rector Major.
(ANS - Montevideo) - "As young people change, so too must we be pilgrims." "Ever-changing", "mobile": is how the 47-year-old Mr. Ariel Fresia, Salesian Brother originally of Cordoba, Argentina, describes today's young people. For him, young people are "subjectivity under construction". New words to define the same old truths? According to him, an expert in youth ministry, these are new terms for describing a universe that is also new, young and complex.
(ANS - Caracas) - The Salesian Msgr. Raul Biord, bishop of La Guaira, on the outskirts of Caracas, spoke of the calvary that Venzuala is experiencing, a country where, although there is "sorrow, weeping and suffering", there is also "hope in peace, in our people and where the Pope can help." The interview was published on the new site of the Salesian Province of Venezuela.
(ANS - Rome) - Don Salvador Delgadillo, Salesian of Mexico, is the Director of the New Religious Community "San Giuseppe Cafasso" at the Salesian Center for Ongoing Formation (CSFPA), based in Quito, Ecuador. In the last week of May, he traveled to Italy - "Following the steps of Don Bosco" - with a group of Salesians, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, laymen and volunteers of the fourth phase of the Salesianity Course. "It was a profound spiritual experience,” he said, “that helped us renew our strength and walk like Don Bosco."