(ANS - Rome) - Over 70 thousand young people met on Saturday 11 August at the Circus Maximus to meet Pope Francis in view of the October Synod of Bishops. The young people, coming from 200 dioceses of Italy, gathered in Rome to greet the Holy Father and, above all, to express their love and gratitude towards him. "We have come so far to tell you that we love you," they told Pope Francis.
(ANS - Caracas) - Dolorita is the sadly famous Caracas neighborhood due to its rate of delinquency; every day, incidents of robbery, violence, kidnapping are reported. But, where social conditions stifle development, some young people find and encounter friendships and environments that can contribute to their maturity. This is the case of Pedro (pseudonym), born in 1992, who "grew up in the bosom of a large and affectionate family, full of joy and presence of God," as he himself says.
(ANS - Callao) - In a letter sent to Rome, Fr Giacomo Costamagna, who had visited Peru, namely Lima and Callao, wrote: "Before any other work in Peru, it is necessary to think of Callao ... I would venture to open the house of Callao." The spiritual Sons of Don Bosco arrived in Peru in 1891 and in 1898 founded their house in the port of Callao, a few meters from the sea.
(ANS - Vienna) - "Around the world today, there are around 30 million children and adolescents on the run, exposed to dangers in terms of safety and health. In view of the International Youth Day, which is celebrated on 12 August, as a Church we are challenged to help these young people," says Salesian Brother Günter Mayer, SDB, Director of the Salesian Mission Office of Austria.