(ANS - Rome) – As of September 1, the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) has renewed itself and started its activities with a new Office for Communications and Development, an office that now incorporates the services previously offered by the Press Office and the Office for Development and Public Relations. Mr. Massimo Ilardo was appointed the Director of the new Communications and Development Office.
(ANS – Vatican City) –Amidst a high tension caused by the launching of IBCM (Inter-continental ballistic missile) and sixth test of the nuclear bomb by North Korea there is a spark of light and hope offered by a joint Korean inter-religion Council leaders with their Peace-Pilgrimage including also their meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican.
(ANS - Medellín) – For a long time, they hoped the Pope would visit them in person; not possible, but all the same, expectations for the Pope's forthcoming visit to Colombia (6-11 September) is high at the Ciudad Don Bosco of Medellín, which is managed by the Salesians and headed by Fr Rafael Bejarano. "Along with the former child soldiers housed in our facility, we will all be present at Mass," explains Sir James Areiza, general coordinator of the facility's protection and prevention programs.
(ANS - Caracas) - In an interview conducted by "IHU" online, Venezuelan theologian Rafael Luciani categorically stated: "In Venezuela there is hunger and people die for lack of medicines. When they tell me from the outside that I'm exaggerating, I invite them to go to Venezuela to live a couple of months and suffer some diseases. You will see that they will ask friends outside to get some medicines or they will die." The Catholic Church has always been present in moments of difficulty and in times of crisis.