(ANS - Juba) - A fragile truce has been declared by both sides in the struggle for power in South Sudan, those loyal to President Salva Kiir and those of his deputy and traditional opponent Riek Machar. However, it is not yet time to breathe a sigh of relief. The Salesians from Juba, the capital of the country, send this report: "Our country is plunged back into disorder. There has been heavy shooting for three days. Hundreds of people have been killed and the damage is severe. Many essential goods are lacking. Continue to pray for us, we are experiencing a very serious humanitarian crisis in our country. "
(ANS - Sarh) - The Republic of Chad is located in Central Africa. The most prestigious media have defined this republic as "chronically ill, suffering from almost all the epidemics that plague the African continent". Chad is the most recent of the countries of Africa to receive the Gospel of Jesus. There are two Polish Salesians preaching the Gospel in the country: Fr Artur Bartol and Fr Jan Hubner. In this part of the world there is extreme poverty and an epidemic of tuberculosis that is out of control.
(ANS - Aleppo) - "We have had a very hard time. A rain of bombs fell on the people of Aleppo. A girl from the oratory was injured together with her sister, after a rocket fell on their house but, thank God, they are now well.” This is the umpteenth dramatic report from the Salesians in Aleppo. Because of the resumption of the bombing they have had to interrupt their summer activities for children and teenagers. And yet there is no desire to give up: to make ends meet young people, Salesians and the local churches are organizing a Youth Day.
(ANS - Juba) - In the South Sudan capital, Juba, there is an escalation of violence that has already caused more than 200 deaths, and thousands of people have fled to seek refuge outside the capital. In Wau, another city of South Sudan, about 500 km North West of the capital, the local Salesian mission has already been receiving new refugees for the past few weeks. They have come to look for a safe place far from the fighting.
(ANS - Minsk) - The Rector Major arrived in Minsk on the evening of Friday 8 July for his visit to Belarus. He then went to the town of Borovlyany, where he celebrated Mass with his confreres on Saturday morning. During the Mass he said that priests should be first of all apostles and that they should preach as sons of Jesus. "Now we have the task of speaking about Jesus, really speaking about Jesus!"