(ANS - Calcutta) – Last week, the Postulator General for the Causes of the Saints of the Salesian Family, Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, began a visit in India to promote the causes of four spiritual Sons of Don Bosco: the Venerable Fr Francesco Convertini, mons. Stefano Ferrando, and the Servants of God Fr Costantino Vendrame and Msgr. Oreste Marengo.
(ANS - Tambacounda) - "When we decide to travel, we never think we can die. The only desire that leads us to leave our homeland is to want a better life. We want to leave poverty ... So we close our eyes and launch ourselves on the adventure." It is the testimony of Seny Daillo, a young Senegalese who one day left his family and started a journey from Tambacounda to Lampedusa, Italy. What was the end of this story? What happened to his wish for a better life? The questions are many and the answers are in the few words and in the life itself of Seny.
(ANS - Rome) - The 73rd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations opens in New York. The Salesians actively participate through an intense activity of advocacy, and are at work in this and other international organizations where it is possible to have the voice of the young heard, bringing to the attention of political decision-makers the needs and expectations of the poorest and most marginalized young. What does doing "advocacy" mean in the Salesian key? But above all, why is this theme imposed today on the reflections of the Congregation and of the Salesian Family? Trying to answer these and other similar questions is the Position Paper entitled "What does advocacy mean according to a Salesian perspective", recently adopted by the Rector Major and by the General Council of the Salesians of Don Bosco.
(ANS - Pamplona) - The project "Electronics and Autism Spectrum Disorders: building bridges for communication" is an initiative that focuses on overcoming the difficulties of interaction with the environment by children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders). Participants were the Salesians of Pamplona, the Association for Autism of Navarre and the "Santa Luisa de Marillac" Institute of Barañain, Pamplona.
(ANS - Yala) - The three southernmost provinces of Thailand, those of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, have for many years been a rather dangerous territory: there are in fact several separatist movements with extremist fringes that attack the local population and have in the last 15 years caused over 6,000 civilian casualties and injured some 12,000 people. In this region, with a Muslim majority, the Spiritual Sons of Don Bosco are also present.
(ANS - Lille) - In 2010, Danièle Sciacaluga, a Salesian Cooperator, had the opportunity to visit some Roma families in a camp in the city of Lille. Their situation observed, to meet their educational needs he decided in 2014 to start, together with a Salesian priest, the association "ESPERE" (Espoir Salésiens Pour les Enfants Roms d'Europe - Salesian Hope for Roma Children of Europe), committed to promoting the education of children according to the pedagogy of Don Bosco. Every year since then, during the summer, the association carries out summer activities in favor of those children who live in marginal conditions.