(ANS – Nairobi) – Johanna Stauffer is a volunteer from Bosco Boys Langata, Nairobi, Kenya. She arrived in Kenya from Finland, with the “International Cultural Youth Exchange” (ICYE). “I didn’t know Salesians nor am I catholic. Still I’ve been warmly welcomed to be part of this life and for that I’m grateful”. This is her story among the “good boys” in Langata.
(ANS – Cordoba) – With many efforts, with much love and trust in Don Bosco, in October 2014, the “Circo Social Saltimbanqui” (Social Acrobats Circus) was born. This is a project promoted by more than 30 young people who collaborate in various pastoral activities of the Salesian house “St. Antony of Padua”, in the San Vicente district in Cordoba, where jugglery, trapeze, colours, acrobatics and illusionism merge together “in order to be always cheerful”.
(ANS – Madrid) – Africa is a continent well known for its famines, droughts and illnesses and which is seldom presented in a positive way, as it deserves. In fact Africa is rich not only in its land (gold, coltan, diamonds, oil…), but above all for its people. Today is the commemoration of the 53 years of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) and since then, each May 25th there is the celebration of “Africa Day”, to remind the problems, but also the achievements and the challenges of the world’s third greatest continent.
(ANS – Turin) – “Great respect and prayer… and a great faith, much simple faith in all of us. Certainly Don Bosco was present with his spirit … and the MOTHER interceded for ALL before the Lord”. This is the impression remaining in the eyes and heart of the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernández Artime, at the end of the traditional procession of the statue of Mary Help of Christians in the streets of Turin.
(ANS - San Salvador) – One day in the autumn of 1846 Mamma Margaret decided to go for a walk with her son Don Bosco. "Mother,” said the son who was then a young priest, “my oratory needs a mother". As he spoke Don Bosco thought: "How can I ask my mother to leave the Becchi, where she is comfortable, well known by all, and living quietly among her fields and with her grandchildren? How can I ask her to leave her quiet rural life and to move to a noisy city among rough young boys? ". The answer to his question was not long in coming: "if it seems that it is pleasing to the Lord, I'm ready to leave immediately." From that moment Mamma Margaret became the motherly presence of all the Salesian centres in the world.