(ANS - Santo Domingo de Guzmán) – A group of children who speak the indigenous language Náhuat, in the town of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, Department of Sonsonate, have been formed by the “Náhuat Cradle” of the Don Bosco University, a programme of early full immersion in “Náhuat or Pipil” language for children ranging from 3 to 5 years of age, descendants of Pipil indigenous. In El Salvador hardly 200 persons, in a population of 5.7 million people, speak Náhuat, which is therefore a language risking extinction.
(ANS – Rome) – On December 15th, 1966, Pope Paul VI promulgated the decree of venerability of Fr. Andrea Beltrami SDB. The anniversary was particularly remembered both in his hometown, Omegna, and in the Salesian house of Turin-Valsalice, where he spent great part of his Salesian life and where he died in 1897.
(ANS – Talisay City) – The Sacred Heart Novitiate in Cebu - Talisay City, Lawaan (FIS province) is remarkable for the international character of the community.The novices, between 21-23 years of age, are coming from the Philippines, Cambodia, Japan and Pakistan. The diversity of spoken languages is most visible at the entrance wall.
(ANS – Manazary) – Madagascar, the fourth greatest island in the world, is located off the South-Eastern coast of Africa. At the centre of this island there is a small village, named Manazary, where about 5000 people live. There, the presence of many children is particularly evident. And the colour of their hair, which ranges from black to red, is the sign that their stomachs are full of worms.
(ANS – Manaus) – Salesian Confrère Edmilson Tadeu Canavarros dos Santos has been ordained a bishop during the Eucharist celebrated on Monday afternoon, December 12th, in the house “Polisportivo Don Bosco”. The titular Archbishop of Manaus, Msgr. Sergio Castriani, was the main consecrating Bishop. Together with him there were also the Archibishop of Campo Grande, Msgr. Dimas Lara Barbosa, and the Bishop of Corumbá, Msgr. Segismundo Martinez Alvarez SDB. Fr. Edmilson Tadeu Canavarros, SDB, who was ordained as Auxiliary Bishop of Manaus, is the first Bishop coming from the Brazilian State of South Mato Grosso.
(ANS – Madrid) – Wars, terrorism, poverty, injustice and inequality now make millions of people defenceless in the five continents. Regretfully, too much is still lacking for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to become a reality the world all over. This would mean progress for all humanity and the common ideal to be reached by all peoples and nations.