(ANS – Moshi) – The Salesian student Chihiro Morito is the first Japanese Salesian missionary in Africa. Baptized at the age of twenty-three by Fr Achille Loro Piana, SDB, he took part in various volunteer initiatives in Tokyo and began to feel the beginnings of a priestly and missionary vocation. In 2011 he left work and friends and went as a missionary to Wau in South Sudan. He made his first profession in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2014, and now works with young people in Moshi, Tanzania, especially among "the least loved and most unwanted members of our society". For them he wants to be "the poverty, humility and obedience of Christ". His dream is to become "the Cimatti of Africa".
(ANS - Rome) – Some have come from a journey of total conversion to the faith. Others have waited 20 years from the time they first asked before receiving the go- ahead to become a missionary, and others still were inspired by young volunteers. These are the missionaries of the 147th Salesian Missionary Expedition, who tell the story of their missionary vocation as they are about to leave for their destinations.
(ANS - Rome) - Yesterday, 18 September, marked the centenary of the death of Monsignor Giuseppe Fagnano, missionary in Southern Patagonia, sent by Don Bosco in the first missionary expedition of 1875. The Vicar of the Rector Major, Fr Francesco Cereda, was recently in Chile to attend the beginning of the centenary celebrations. We put some questions to him: