(ANS - Monrovia) - The World Health Organization still recommends maintaining high controls on possible new outbreaks, but currently Liberia is better prepared to identify, isolate and treat new cases of Ebola. According to Fr Nicola Ciarapica SDB, Rector of the Don Bosco Centre in Matadi, "Social relations, trade, and politics are returning to normal ... And yet you can notice more and more the gap between the people who are well-off and those who are most in need, most lacking in education, health, and work."
(ANS - Rome) - "A mark of esteem for the whole Salesian University," commented Professor Mauro Mantovani, SDB, Rector of the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome (UPS), on his recent election as President of the Conference of Rectors of the Pontifical Universities in Rome (CRUPR), which took place on 24 October. In his term, lasting three years, Fr Mantovani will be assisted by Vice-President, Professor Mary Melone, Rector of the Antonianum Pontifical University, and the Secretary General, Professor Andrzej Wodka, President of the Alphonsian Academy.
(ANS - Vatican City) – On Sunday 6 November, during the Mass in the Basilica of St Peter with over a thousand prisoners, Pope Francis took the opportunity to urge governments to improve the living conditions of prisoners. Among them was a young man called José Antonio, from the prison of Jaén in Spain, where the Salesians offer spiritual assistance. José Antonio came to Rome for the Jubilee of Mercy with the Holy Father. "When I saw the Pope passing very close to me, I felt God in my heart."
(ANS - Lubumbashi) - Between January and June 2016, 70,222 people arrived in Italy by sea, to escape from war, hunger and violence, (compared to70,329 in the whole of 2015). This year’s total from January to June included 11,608 minors, the vast majority of them unaccompanied minors (90%). They have undergone experiences that we cannot even imagine. Let us quote one example. Heritier Tshibanda is 13 years old and is one of the tens of thousands of boys and girls from the Congo who are branded as wizards or witches and are abandoned by their families. Heritier lived on the streets for twelve months and then, after many difficulties, he returned to a normal life at "Bakanja-Magone", a centre run by the Salesians. It is not easy for him to talk about his experience.