(ANS - Lyon) - Elyes, a young Muslim, and Valentin, an atheist teenager, are two students of France's polytechnic schools who have decided to pursue their mandatory semester of human formation at the "Valdocco" Salesian Association center in Lyon, part of the "Don Bosco" Social Action Network. Below, their impressions.
(ANS – Manaus) – "One of the goals of the extraordinary Synod for the Pan-Amazon region is to identify new ways for the evangelization of indigenous peoples in all the Pan-Amazon regions… With this Synod, the Church takes on an important, religious, political, ethical, and moral role in the defense of biodiversity, biomes, forests, mountains, lakes, living beings and differences among populations": declares in an interview Salesian father Justino Sarmento Rezende, of the Tuyuka ethnic group, who was born in Pari-Cachoeira, on the border between Brazil and Colombia, in the high Río Negro region.
(ANS – Poipet) – “I never really thought of becoming a missionary because I did not feel confident that I could overcome the difficulties I would face in a mission land. I left it to the others to go to the missions.” Fr Mark Yang, a Korean Salesian, admitted candidly. Yet today he is fully convinced of his choice to leave as a missionary and devote his life to the young people of Cambodia.
(ANS - Mbuji Mayi) - "Being a missionary is part of every Christian's life: we cannot hide the light that God has lit inside us." So says Fr Mario Pérez, a Venezualan Salesian, over 35 years a missionary, currently engaged in serving children and teenagers accused of witchcraft at Mbuji Mayi, a city with great and serious social problems in the Democratic Republic of Congo.